Ever since Jordan Breen left his independent blog and turned to the dark side of the force, there’s been something of a void when it comes to dependable daily doses of Japanese MMA news sprinkled with commentary. Zach, posting one line about something and linking it to a Japanese article doesn’t count. Fortunately, my new favorite site for that shit is Nightmare of Battle. Don’t be fooled by the terrible layout … the guy’s pretty sharp.
Today’s big news is that HERO’s Sept 17th show has added two potentially explosive matches to satisfy ignorant gaijin like me : Alistair Overeen vs Sergei Kharitonov and Fabio Silva vs Melvin Manhoef. That brings the number of matches up to twelve! Oh those wacky Japanese, always overcompensating.
The rest of the card is stacked with Japanese fight royalty: Sakuraba, Minowa, and Kid Yamamoto. The fact that they’re all in pushover matches is kinda annoying, but it’s still nice to see a HERO’s card with at least some compelling matches. This card also features the finals of the middleweight tournament, which is interesting if you care about guys like Caol Uno and Vitor Riberio. In other words, no it is not interesting.
Overall, I’d say this is possibly HERO’s best card since their inception. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, but could this be the start of their plans to fill the void left by PRIDE? I certainly hope so!