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Fizzling dynamite?

Is it just me or has FEG spent the better part of the year having all it’s best laid plans fall apart? When your biggest fight of the year after Aoki / Kawajiri is a last second freakshow between Minowaman and Satoshi Ishii, then you know you’ve had problems putting shit together. And those problems continue into the promotion’s year end Dynamite!! spectacular, which still isn’t very spectacular a month away from showtime. Here’s what’s solid thus far:

  • Bibiano Fernandes vs Hiroyuki Takaya
  • Melvin Manhoef vs TBA

And here’s what’s on the more hopeful / speculative list:

  • Kazushi Sakuraba vs Akebono
  • Gegard Mousasi vs Jerome LeBanner
  • Shinya Aoki vs Gilbert Melendez

Unfortunately, as of now LeBanner hasn’t agreed to the Mousasi fight or even what kind of fight it would be. The Gilbert Melendez fight has officially been scuttled because of some weak sounding excuse about Gil’s contract negotiation with Strikeforce. And unless FEG’s TV partner TBS is willing to pony up the boatload of cash required to get Akebono back in the cage, there’s no way that fight will happen.

Still, having TBS pay for a shweet headline fight would be better than DREAM having to pay TBS to even get it’s show on the air. That’s the rumor of how things may play out if the Dynamite!! card doesn’t start coming together in a way that promises a strong ratings. Considering how valuable airtime on New Years Eve is and FEG’s current financial clusterfuck, it wouldn’t surprise me if a pay to play situation didn’t kill the event outright.

  • Reverend Clint

    another one bites the dust

  • glassjawsh

    im ok with dream dying as long as it’s replaced by another org or folded into sengoku (ie a well run organization)

    but they need to stop treating themselves like a major league mma promotion and just accept their status as the quirky b team from the far east

  • P W

    The writing’s be on the wall for quite some time now. K-1 HW have been recycling the same dozen or so fighters for the last 10 years, and after Musashi’s retirement there are no Japanese HWs. It’s of course easier to find fresh blood for K-1 Max, but how often does a guy like Masato, who has the looks and the skill, come by? Once every other decade or so perhaps? The future looks bleak.

    Since it appears that no one in Japan is interested in watching pro-wrestling, MMA, or K-1, what the heck ARE the Japanese fight fans watching? The UFC? I doubt it’s that popular. Or is it something heavily censored featuring tentacles and school girl uniforms?

  • scissors61

    Word, jawsh. Sengoku is a superior org that treats its fighters well and invests in them. I loves me some K-1 and I’ve seen lots of great fights in DREAM, but those motherfuckers have run themselves into a brick wall.

  • fightlinker

    Yeah, but Sengoku is also obviously incapable of putting together anything anyone from anywhere will ever give a shit about. I’d feel better if one of the less visible but more competent promotions was given an up and some more resources maybe? Ah, who am i fooling

  • Reverend Clint

    Dream needs to merge with Strikeforce and Bellator to form Dreamator Force

  • glassjawsh

    ^ id watch that

    strikeforce/dream/shark fights and bellator’s powers combine to form……..SHARK FORCE DREAMATOR!!!!!! (metal guitar riff and explosions! naked chicks dancing on muscle cars! motorcycles and semi automatic rifles!!!)

  • Reverend Clint

    the fights are on a glass covered shark tank and the loser falls in and battle hungry tiger sharks.

  • G Funk

    “naked chicks dancing on muscle cars! motorcycles and semi automatic rifles!!!)” <—This!

  • scissors61

    Marlon Sandro is reason enough to watch Sengoku if you ask me. Any 145er with enough power to send a guy out of the ring on a stretcher is worth seeking out.

  • iamphoenix

    “naked chicks dancing on muscle cars! motorcycles and semi automatic rifles!!!)” <—This! ^This just doesn’t sound safe. Will there be a risk assessment plan?

  • Márcio

    Weak souce for such an important card. And I think Melendez vs. Aoki ain’t happening.