It seems odd to concern ourselves with Japanese MMA when there’s a possibility that Japan might suffer a nuclear meltdown sometime soon, but I guess we are sorta a fighting site and that’s what we should focus on regardless of how underwater / on fire the real world is. Remember a little while ago when it looked like major MMA sponsor Don Quijote was threatening to stop funding the sport? A lot of people thought it was just an empty threat, but lo and behold they just pulled the plug on ailing promotion Sengoku:
Officials today announced the news and hinted that – with the organization’s dependence on sponsors – Sengoku’s promotional days may be over.
“The only hope is the emergence of a sponsor to replace Don Quijote,” today’s announcement stated. “If there is no company that can help us, we have to think about the worst-case scenario: the end of SRC.”
This isn’t so much of a surprise as it is a confirmation that Sengoku is basically toast. They’ve been bleeding fighters all year and haven’t been able to sort out a date for 2011 since cancelling their last show in January.
That leaves us with a number of smaller organizations and the rumored Zombie PRIDE #2 organization run by former PRIDE head Sakakibara. Oh, and I guess Strikeforce is still thinking about trying to get over there too, but you already know what I think of that.