One Championship makes big plans for Japan

More Sports Aug 23, 2018

One Championship makes big plans for Japan

by Jason Coskrey

No one will ever accuse Chatri Sityodtong, the chairman of martial arts organization ONE Championship, of shying away from a fight. The half-Japanese Sityodtong has a grand vision for his promotion, a vision that includes ONE spreading the gospel of Asian martial arts around the ...

ONE Championship making waves on martial arts scene

More Sports Jun 6, 2018

ONE Championship making waves on martial arts scene

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Atomweight champion Angela "Unstoppable" Lee and Japanese veteran Mei Yamaguchi fought another closely contested main event before a sellout crowd of 12,000 during a ONE Championship at Singapore Indoor Stadium. At the end of the fight, the winner was the same as two years previously, ...

UFC plots growing presence in Asia, beyond

More Sports Jul 18, 2017

UFC plots growing presence in Asia, beyond

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to Japan after a two-year absence on Sept. 23, when it will host UFC Fight Night Japan at Saitama Super Arena. UFC events were held in Japan every year between 2012 and 2015 under the organization's previous ownership. Now, ...

'Kid' Yamamoto ready to rumble

More Sports Feb 28, 2015

'Kid' Yamamoto ready to rumble

by Jason Coskrey

Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto still gets asked about the time he knocked out an opponent in four seconds with a flying knee to the head. He managed that feat shortly after the opening bell for his fight against Kazuyuki Miyata, a former Olympic wrestler who on ...

UFC eyeing Asian market

More Sports Sep 24, 2014

UFC eyeing Asian market

by Kaz Nagatsuka

This past Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to Japan for a third straight year to host a show, dubbed UFC Fight Night Japan, at Saitama Super Arena. Used to hosting huge mixed martial arts events like K-1 and PRIDE, Japan remains one of the ...

UFC star Tate prepared to take fight to Nakai

More Sports Aug 27, 2014

UFC star Tate prepared to take fight to Nakai

by Jason Coskrey

Miesha Tate wants Rin Nakai to remember her after their fight next month. Nakai, who is undefeated (16-0-1), likely already knows all about Tate, a superstar in women's mixed martial arts, but Tate wants a special place in Nakai's world. "She's undefeated, so it's always ...

UFC plans ambitious project in Japan

More Sports Jun 28, 2014

UFC plans ambitious project in Japan

by Jason Coskrey

When DREAM and PRIDE were in their heyday about 10 to 15 years ago, Japan might have been considered the epicenter of mixed martial arts around the world. Those days are mostly over now. A number of organizations still remain, but the world's most important ...