I don’t know what the fuck Yarennoka means … the random Japanese people I screamed “YARENNOKA!” at seemed pretty afraid, so I assume it’s probably something intense. My sources on the internet say it means something along the line of “Can’t Do It!”, kinda like a challenge. So I guess that’s a pretty apt name for this very ambitious last second event.
Zach Arnold is having a field day pointing out the similarities between this event and past PRIDE events. He pointed out that the event is using the same font as past NYE events, although I found that they’re using more than just the same font.
Basically, every sign absolutely screams PRIDE, and that’s what the Yarennoka guys are going for. And for all the controversy over the past few days regarding M-1 Global, the official ‘supported by M-1 Global’ label is a lot less involved than has been implied over the past few days. In fact, all other references regarding ownership and copyright are assigned simply to ‘Yarennoka’.
So enough fucking business. On to the fights! Here’s the guys announced so far:
- Fedor Emelianenko
- Joachim Hansen
- Ricardo Arona
- Gilbert Melendez
- Luiz Azeredo
- Aoki Shinya
- Kazuo Misaki
- Hayato “Mach” Sakurai
- Mitsuhiro Ishida
- Hasegawa Hidehiko
If Yarennoka keeps to the format PRIDE did, there could be between 10 and 14 matches for this event, meaning you’re looking at roughly half the lineup for this card. Honestly, as a fight fan I couldn’t give any less of a shit as to how much money these guys make or lose. Freakfights, footstomps, and that screaming bitch! Aw yeah!