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Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima Discusses Being a Shut-in

  • Published in K-1

How you become a hero (C) FEGThere are some peculiar things about Yuichiro Nagashima. OK, that is a ludicrous statement, there are many downright odd things about Yuichiro Nagashima, from his nickname of Jienotsu, which embodies the character he portrays, to the clothing he wears in public to play this character. Then of course is the fact that he is an obsessive anime fan and that his fanbase seems to consist entirely of "cosplaying" teens, many basically crossdressing. Nagashima talked with K-1's official site, and he knew that the odds were against him going into the fight.

-- Honestly, did you think you would lose.
Jienotsu: I wanted to finish it in the first round and I didn't really imagine I would win in the second. I thought I would do my best, and when I won I was like, "That's what K-1 is all about!" I really felt like I'm the new face if K-1. I did what Masato couldn't do, right?
-- There were a lot of DREAM fans there so the whole arena reacted when you won.
Jienotsu: I heard it was the biggest rated moment of the night. I'm up against non-fightfans. That means they don't know much about K-1. And I'm sure that there are DREAM fans that don't care about K-1. I think I engaged all those people. I think I got them to feel that they might want to at least watch my fights.
-- Did you see the reaction on the Internet?
Jienotsu: I followed on 'Channel 2' (Japan's most popular BBS). Before the fight people were like, "I wonder which bone Jienotsu will get broken". I showed them. Things change so quickly on the net. People looked at the fight and some said, "I guess cosplay isn't that bad" which made me happy.

Nagashima is always looking out for cosplayers' rights everywhere, I guess. Nagashima also has a new book out entitled JiDENotsu that tells his life story, up until the last few months, and if you have to wonder exactly what kind of things he overcame to become the fighter he is now, well, behold.

-- What's in it?
Jienotsu: How I went from shut-in and bullied kid to martial artist to K-1 Japan champion. What inspired me to try hard. It's a book with a lot of "moe" (fan spirit).
-- What kind of person do you want to read it?
Jienotsu: I hope people who are lost and confused read it. People who are shut-ins.

If you are a shut-in or gender confused with K-1 aspirations, take a page from Nagashima's book, you might end up a MAX Japan champion and have the scalp of one of the best MMA fighters in the world to show off to your peers. [source]

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Inoki Genome Federation Videos; Jienotsu vs. Sapp, Aerts/Lashley vs. KaShin/Fujita and Barnett vs. JLB

  • Published in Video

The internet is a marvelous place where international borders mean little like they used to. If something happened in Japan ten years ago, eagerly reading the results online and waiting for a few weeks before you could have someone send you a DVD (or even -- GASP -- VHS tape) of the event to check out for yourself was commonplace. Now there are ways to stream events live as they happen, and if they aren't available to be streamed, they are shared around the internet at the blink of an eye. That is magic, folks. As someone who has been ordering K-1 and Japanese MMA tapes since the mid-90's, it is mind-boggling how much better we have it now and how easy it is to follow your favorite athletes.

All of this is a lead-in to this; Inoki Genome Federation is Antonio Inoki's pro wrestling promotion in Japan. The catch is, Inoki has a good relationship with many professional fighters and he fancies himself one of the true pioneers of Mixed Martial Arts. This means his brand of pro wrestling is a lot different from when he promoted New Japan Pro Wrestling and more resembles the style that he attempted to introduce to New Japan that nearly ran the company into the ground; Shoot Style. It is the kind of action that blurs reality from fiction and is entertaining. Sit back and watch as your favorite K-1 and MMA fighters go toe-to-toe in pre-scripted drama that is pro wrestling. Also note that wow, Nagashima is big, one source has claimed he is as high as 90kg. That is 198 pounds. [source]

Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima vs. Bob Sapp

Atsushi Sawada vs. Minowaman

Peter Aerts/Bobby Lashley vs. Kazuyuki Fujita/Kendo KaShin

Jerome Le Banner vs. Josh Barnett

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Shinya Aoki vs Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima 2010 NYE

  • Published in K-1

Aoki vs Jienotsu was a strange fight to begin with. The fighters come from different disciples, Aoki an MMA champion, and Jienotsu a K-1 MAX Japan champion. Putting them into the ring together was "gimmick fight," as a commentator notes. Both fighters would likely run in the round with their opponent's ruleset, as the rules dictated an automatic draw in the event of a decision. This... was half correct.

Nagashim vs Aoki

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Photo of the Day: Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima Wrestling

  • Published in K-1

Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima has been busy while K-1 has had some off time, and not just busy as a kickboxer, but doing lots of assorted and downright odd things. Like we showed you the other day, he was featured on a National Geographic special about cosplaying and on top of that he has been preparing to wrestle for Zero-One MAX. The match happened yesterday in Japan, where he took on former SHOOTO fighter and current Zero-One MAX wrestler Kohei Sato. Nagashima was victorious using a crucifix pin on Sato in a bout that saw Sato his a german suplex and piledriver on Nagashima, with Nagashima fighting back with a Moonsault and Shining Wizard. You can view the gallery from SportsNavi for the fight here.

Nagashima

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Rise 100 - Blade 0 - Fight Card

  • Published in Kickboxing

Rise 100 - Blade 0 - event will be taking place July 12 at the Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. There are some big names on the card like Andy Souwer, Hinata, Yasuhiro Kido, and Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima. Souwer Vs Kido should be an exciting rematch, I'm curious to see how Andy will adapt to Kido's awkward style this time (first fight was K-1 Final 16, 2013). The Weigh in's have already taken place and some pictures have been put on facebook here.

KICKBOXING RULES -70Kg Andy Souwer (Netherlands) vs. Kido Yasuhiro (Japan)

RISE KICKBOXING WELTER WEIGHT TITLE FIGHT - Danilo Zanolini (Brazil) vs. Nagashima Jienotsu Yuichirou (Japan)

KICKBOXING RULES -90Kg - Uehara Makoto (Japan) vs. Zelg "Benkei" Galesić (Croatia)

KICKBOXING RULES -70Kg - Hinata (Japan) vs. Samo Petje (Slovenia)

KICKBOXING RULES HEAVYWEIGHT  - Raoumaru (Japan) vs. Murat Eggan (Team Aerts)

KICKBOXING RULES -60Kg - TASUKU vs. Nobe Koudai

RISE KICKBOXING BANTAM WEIGHT TITLE FIGHT -55Kg - Hiroki Maeda vs. Yuta Murakoshi

KICKBOXING RULES -61Kg - Komiyama Kousuke (Japan) vs. Geo Fairtex (Thailand)

KICKBOXING RULES -65Kg  - Souda Yasuomi vs. Yuki

KICKBOXING RULES -70Kg - Miyakoshi Souichirou vs. Hirono Yu

KICKBOXING RULES -95Kg - Shimizu Kengo vs. Magnum Sakai

 

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