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A look back at Ryo Chonan’s prominent 12-year career

At Sunday’s DEEP Tribe Tokyo Fight main event, it was a sad moment for Japanese fans and for MMA enthusiasts around the world as Ryo Chonan (22-13) parted ways with his pro MMA career. He did, however, retire on a high note, defeating Dan Hornbuckle for the Welterweight belt – just his second championship honor […]

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Rin Nakai Returns: Thunder Thighs & Pocket Size

MMA’s best thighs return this month (unless you’re gay or female, and have a bunch of old Ken Shamrock tapes) when pocket rocket and undefeated MMA starlet Rin Nakai returns to the ring on May 20, in Pancrase. Nakai is not just a bonny little beauty from Matsuyama, Japan, she’s a damn fine fighter. A […]

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An Interview with the lovely Lenne Hardt: PRIDE & One FC’s Screaming Announcer!

Her voice rang loud through 80k seater stadia in Japan, and was heard by millions around the world. More, she added to every PRIDE event, the eccentricity of her announcing delivery increasing the unique feel of what made PRIDE special and extraordinary. Her introductions of PRIDE champions Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and most of […]

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Worked Fights In PRIDE?

Absolutely not. None whatsoever. PRIDE FC was the pinnacle of Mixed Martial Arts & Combat Sports. Regardless of continent or country, for fighters and fans alike it was the place to be and the event to watch, with the best roster, most glamorous and extravagant shows and the sexiest image. It presented the sport in the […]

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Tatsuya “The Crusher” Kawajiri: ONE FC fighter!

The Crusher! Tatsuya Kawajiri is a remarkable signing for One FC. The elite top 10 lightweight (only lower in the current scheme of things than Gilbert Melendez, Shinya Aoki, Ben Henderson, Michael Chandler and Frankie Edgar in my opinion) turned featherweight monster is known to fans of PRIDE FC, Dream and Shooto alike. He was the #1 […]

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UFC 144: Hioki & Gomi Win In Japan

One was the former #1 lightweight, and one is the unofficial #1 featherweight. Takanori Gomi and Hatsu Hioki represented both their country and the Japanese MMA scene superbly with two displays of varying excellence. Hioki put on yet another grappling clinic, whereas the wilder Gomi showed considerable grit to come back from a combination of […]

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The Top 5 MMA organisations in Asia

This is obviously a pretty subjective issue and article… but lets take a look at (IMO) the top 5 MMA events in Asia. Notable mentions must also go to – Super Fight League, Dare Fc, URCC, Deep, Shooto, Pancrase, Rings, MFC, Rings, PXC and im sure many more. Below are (in no order) and (imo) the […]

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ONE FC II: Battle of Heroes (Preview)

An ambitious promotion, they say they will be the next PRIDE, bringing a new age of prosperity to the world of Mixed Martial Arts in Asia. Victor Cui’s OneFC are only one event in, yet have already brokered a deal with FEG and officially partnered up with Japan’s current biggest Mixed Martial Arts organisation DREAM. […]

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