Sengoku held a very interesting press conference today that may impact K-1 and FEG. The details, courtesy of Nightmare of Battle:
Today it was reported on Sponichi (among others?) that Satoshi Ishii’s debut will be on SENGOKU’s new years event. It was also reported that the event will take place at the Ariake Colosseum.
WVR PR Kokuho held a press conference at the J-ROCK workout studio today where he talked about the event and a lot of other future SENGOKU plans.
He said that the date and venue of the new years event aren’t set yet despite the above reports. He wants to hold it either on December 31st (head to head with Dynamite!!) or January 3rd. He also said that he hopes Ishii will make his debut at the event and that potential opponents are Hidehiko Yoshida or a foreign fighter.
About Japanese fighters participating in the event, Kokuho plans to include Satoshi Ishii, Hidehiko Yoshida, Lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota, Featherweight champion Masanori Kanehara, and former Lightweight champion Satoru Kitaoka.
If Sengoku does decide to challenge FEG and go up against Dynamite, it will be an exciting return to the glory days of PRIDE, when New Year’s Eve was a hotly contested ratings battleground in Japan. Dynamite’s main draw this year looks to be the retirement fight of MASATO, but the debut of Ishii, especially against fellow Judo star Yoshida, could draw a significant audience for Sengoku. Competition tends to bring out the best, so for fans looking for the best fights and the best cards, this has the potential to be great news.