Interesting stuff going on in Japan. While 2007 in Japan was thrown into somewhat of a disarray with the death of PRIDE, it looks like 2008 is gonna be a hell of a year. You’ve got smaller promotions taking advantage of all of the free fighters floating around. New people coming in trying to replace the void left by PRIDE. And now it looks like some kind of alliance between HERO’s and Zombie Pride:
Japanese sports newspaper Tokyo Sports reported that FEG might finish with the HERO’S series and start a new show in March. “From the March show on, I would like to see the entire Kakutougi world unite to do something very interesting.” The report began with FEG head Sadaharu Tanikawa talking about a second “grand coalition” but since there is not going to be a second Yarennnoka! show, and FEG and ex-PRIDE people are going for a complete integration it’s basically about a new MMA show being started by FEG and that also means HERO’S could now be completely over.
I’d rather have two separate promotions, but I’ll take one mega promotion if that’s all I can get. Big question to ask is if the Pride scandal that got it kicked off TV will somehow carry over with this merge. Although knowing Japan, K1 is probably just as dirty as Pride was, so it won’t really matter in the end.