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Yakuza Problem Predictions!

Fight Opinion’s Zach Arnold has a rep for being generally on point when it comes to how things work in the wacky world of Japanese MMA. And if you believe what he’s saying, the UFC might have problems with Yakuza goons screwing up their show:

One of the most fascinating questions I had going into UFC’s announcement of running Saitama Super Arena is what kind of trouble they were asking for. The only people who can largely afford to pay the expensive front-row seats are yakuza stooges who are a) looking to cause trouble and get into or bet on fights or b) look to work over foreigners and glad-hand politically in order to screw someone over. Anyone who knows the history of Japanese fighting events knows that the rackets want their protection money (often looked upon by promoters as a ‘tax’) and have crashed shows in the past. The whole yakuza scandal that imploded PRIDE was about Seiya Kawamata, a yakuza fixer whose job it was to keep to the mafia out of the front row and backstage hidden away from police.

So, you might naturally suspect (and be correct in assuming) that there’s some people who are looking forward to showing up at the UFC Japan event to cause trouble. By running a show at the same time in Las Vegas, it gives Dana White & Lorenzo Fertitta a reason to stay the hell away from Japan. And for good reason. This is smart. I just feel for Mark Fischer and anyone else Zuffa sends over to try to run the show.

Jeez, he makes it sound like they’ll be lucky to get out with their lives / fingers.

  • scissors61

    Zach’s a smart guy, but he can be hyperbolic at times. I highly, highly doubt any kind of violence is going to go down involving UFC employees and the yakuza. It just wouldn’t make any sense for them to potentially endanger their own position by causing a media storm in Japan and elsewhere. No criminal organization is just like another, but they are almost always press-averse. 

  • theinsaneoneJustinMcCully

    If they can survive a show with Andy prancing around suicide bombers…

  • agentsmith

    They’ll kill ya twice before ya hit the ground.

  • superGOGOPLATA

    damn i hope this show dont get F’d up, its funny im reading that book Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein and its all about the underside of japan and the yakuza and how a yakuza boss came over to the US to get a kidney transplant, its pretty good you should check it out

  • Redping

    just don’t go to europe, japan have respect for the massive american penis, japanese man is a so small, so small

  • JapanMMA

    I dont think we are likely to see riots. The Yakuza generally leave the public alone, and I dont think anyone going to the show will be in any danger. what we might see attempts at “sokaiya” though.

    I thought it was a very interesting read, and cant wait for the event now.

  • bakapoki

    Zach is a troll. There are more than 12 million people living here in Tokyo… I think there are a couple people other than yaks who can afford a front row seat. I will be in the back with all my sexy, squeaky little Japanese troll girls – chicks at these shows are so hot…

  • CAP

    Dana can send Scotty Coker.

  • glassjawsh

    pretty sure zak arnold just called dana white a pussy

  • frickshun

    Send Chuck Riddell. What the fuck else is our prince embassador doing now that he retired from the cage??

  • G Funk

    Italian Mafia vs. Jap Mafia! who wins? Wasn’t that a deadliest warrior show? If I learned anything from the movie Predators is that Yakuza are the chit with a sword… And Eric Foreman is a sick psychotic killer! Who knew?

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