- 11-21-2007, 07:19 PM
M1 has announced it's NYE card. It's being put on with the help of the old Pride staff which is cool. This has been an ongoing drama, so I would not be shocked if something changed. Here's a list of the fighters confirmed for it;
Hayato "Mach" Sakurai
Pretty awesome. You'll note there is no Hong Man Choi, which is where the speculation that Arona is fighting Fedor is coming from. It should be noted, however, that Alexander E. and Zestnov are also supposedly on the card, despite not being on the list.
- 11-21-2007, 09:04 PM
I am so amped for this. I'm assuming this will be on PPV, delayed like all the Pride events. I saw the picture for this event with all the fighters there, and Cnorris will be happy to know that the Pride announcer lady is in the house, along with the in ring "Elvis" Pride announcer dude. Can't wait to hear what the full card will be.
- 11-21-2007, 10:40 PM
It looks good, but I want to see the matchups before I get too excited. I also don't always believe the advertisements for who will be fighting.
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11-28-2007, 06:12 PM
PRIDE LADY!!!!!!!! WWWHOOOOOWHOOOOOO!!!
Card looks good too. Fedor vs. Arona would be awesome. GO RICARDO!
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12-07-2007, 09:38 PM
I don't know about Norris, but I'm pumped for this event. According to mmafightline.com:
Sakurai vs Hikehiko Hasegawa
Melendez vs Ishida
Kawajiri vs Azeredo
Aoki vs JZ
Misaki vs Akiyama(time for my boy to prove he is definitely top 10)
Fedor vs TBA
Aleksander vs TBA
Hansen vs TBA
Arona vs TBA
Hunt vs TBA
Zentsov vs TBA
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12-22-2007, 03:12 PM
It looks like CNorris was right that the JZ-Aoki fight isn't happening. I ****ing hate more than anything when a company pulls this sh!t and promotes fights that are never going to occur.
Hyped as one of the better fights scheduled for a busy New Year's Eve weekend, Shinya Aoki (Pictures) versus Gesias Calvancante (Pictures) will not come to fruition, sources tell Sherdog.com.
Why the Yarennoka! card -- a co-promotion between former PRIDE FC employees and upstart M-1 Global in what has been billed as a "Farwell to PRIDE" -- will miss its most interesting match is still in question.
Calvancante is rumored to be coming off knee and nose surgeries in Brazil. It is known that the 23-year-old Brazilian, ranked third at 155 pounds by Sherdog.com, has not been in Florida to train for this fight with his American Top Team camp.
Complicating the situation is the fact that "JZ" did not mention any injury concerns in a recent interview with Sherdog.com.
When questioned about the status of the bout, which was officially announced at a press conference in Tokyo on Nov. 28, M-1 Global CEO Monte Cox stated that if the fight is off, no one has informed him.
"As far as I know the fight is still happening," said Cox, "and it is one I am really looking forward to seeing."
Despite Cox's comments, sources speaking on the condition of anonymity told Sherdog.com that the fight won't take place and an announcement will be made in the coming week withdrawing it from the Yarennoka! lineup, which will be shown live in the U.S. on HDNet starting at 6 a.m. ET on Dec. 31.
In mid-September Calvancante (14-1-1), considered among the fastest ascending stars in the division, won a second consecutive K-1 HERO'S lightweight tournament championship.
Meanwhile Aoki, 11-2-0, is a slick 24-year-old grappler who has run off eight consecutive victories, including an impressive gogoplata submission over former Shooto champion Joachim Hansen (Pictures) last New Year's Eve.
According to one source, Aoki-Calvancante might happen sometime in 2008 when the Brazilian is healthy enough to compete.
12-24-2007, 04:27 AM
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