MMA in Japan

In Japan, MMA and kickboxing are popular sports that are heavily covered by the media. But English-speaking fight fans do not have access to all this information. Some Americans try to report news from Japan, but they have language problems sometimes or they are not telling all sides of the story. This blog will give fans some of those news reports, and some observations too.


What Fuji TV ban? Takada on "Iitomo"

Tomorrow, Takada Nobuhiko will be on Fuji TV's extremely popular mid-day show, "Waratte Iitomo" hosted by Tamori.

However, weren't all persons connected to PRIDE blacklisted from Fuji TV?

This could turn out to be quite interesting. Takada has been on television a lot more in recent weeks, partly because of the court ruling related to the citizenship of his children. But maybe there is more behind this particular TV appearance. Let's keep an eye on this.


  • At 5:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    he did not mention pride once. that must have been a condition.

  • At 3:28 PM, Blogger kaku said…

    I was at work so I could not watch "Iitomo," but I heard the same thing. Takada was presented as a "MMA fighter" and "head of Takada Dojo," but no mention of the "P" word! Apparently there were also gift flowers visible from Yoshida Hidehiko and Mirko Cro Cop, but some portions of the messages were covered over with white tape. The covered parts must have mentioned PRIDE.

    In any case, considering how cold the relationship between Fuji TV and DSE was just a few months ago, I think that Takada's TV appearance is a step in a positive direction for PRIDE. Takada has also appeared on Fuji TV news programs over the last few days.


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