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.