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Only in Japan: Jerome Le Banner vs. Josh Barnett Set for August

  • Published in Kickboxing

I'm not joking, Josh Barnett and Jerome Le Banner will square off on August 27th at the Ryogoku Kokugikan -- Japan's Sumo Hall, and this bout between the titans will be for a world championship. Who is promoting this bout? None other than Antonio Inoki, the grandfather of MMA in Japan and a pro wrestling celebrity. It is hard to believe that the MMA world and the Kickboxing world will be colliding like this, until you realize that it is under Inoki's IGF banner, which is professional wrestling.

Yes, Josh Barnett of Strikeforce fame will take on Jerome Le Banner of K-1 fame to declare the first IGF World Champion in August. IGF ran a tournament on the 10th in Japan that involved some pretty big names, including Ray Sefo, Eric Hammer, Josh Barnett, Jerome Le Banner and Bobby Lashley. Eric Hammer tapped Ray Sefo out in the qualifying round with an armbar, Josh Barnett tapped Bobby Lashley out with an armbar as well in the semi-finals. Hammer met Jerome Le Banner in the semi-finals by knocking him down five times, which sets up Barnett vs. Le Banner in the finals.

Something about this just reeks of awesomeness.

Barnett, Inoki, JLB

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Photos of the Day: K-1 Keeps it Real in IGF

  • Published in Kickboxing

Inoki Genome Federation, Antonio Inoki's professional wrestling promotion that is co-promoting the upcoming Real Entertainment New Year's Eve event, Genki Desuka! As par for the course with IGF, there are a lot of MMA and K-1 fighters involved in these cards, including a main event between Jerome Le Banner and Josh Barnett. JLB defended his IGF Championship against Barnett by doing what he does best; rearranging faces.

The event also featured a few other K-1 alumni, including Yuichiro Jienotsu Nagashima against Bob Sapp, with Jienotsu using a school boy on Sapp.

Then of course, everyone's favorite, Peter Aerts was in a tag team bout, partnering with former WWE wrestler and Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley, where Aerts was able to make mince meat of their opponents, former PRIDE FC fighters and NJPW wrestlers Kendo KaShin and Kaz Fujita. [Photos (C) SportsNavi]

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Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima's Pro Wrestling Opponent Set

  • Published in K-1

NagashimaYuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima is, as we all know, a very colorful fighter. Outside of his power and skill he comes to the ring in cosplaying costumes, much to the derision to some in the West and some at home, but it is hard to argue with his successes in the ring, especially over the past year. He announced earlier in the year his intention to step into the pro wrestling ring, namely of Zero-One MAX. Zero-One MAX for the uninitiated was the brain child of former New Japan Pro Wrestling owner, and one of the true god father's of MMA, Antonio Inoki's grand scheme to meld Mixed Martial Arts and Professioal Wrestling together, blurring the lines even further.

It started when it's chosen leader, Shin'ya Hashimoto was "shamed" into retirement by defeats from a MMA invasion of sorts by way of Olympic Judoka and MMA fighter Naoya Ogawa. At the time, due to Inoki and NJPW blurring the lines between wrestling and MMA, Hashimoto was "defending" his "sport" against MMA and was booked to lose, quickly. This pushed for the formation of a new promotion specifically for the two men and has since continued on after the death of Hashimoto.

Nagashima's opponent on 5/5/2011 will be none other than one of Hashimoto's former students and former Shooto fighter Kohei Sato. Sato started off in Shooto's amateur program, becoming a champion in their amateur ranks before moving up and having a few professional fights before entering professional wrestling.

All of this is a primer so you'll understand that Sato has a legitimate martial arts background and that his professional wrestling matches tend to look more like worked MMA bouts than anything else. His matches look more like submission grappling exhibitions than what you'll see on a standard WWE program. Video after the break, with Sato being the one in the kickpads.

 

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Bill Goldberg in Talks with GLORY. Why Not?

  • Published in Glory

If you grew up in the 90's at all there is a good chance that you know who Bill Goldberg is. If not, or if you were professional wrestling-adverse, Bill Goldberg was a muscle-bound ex-football player that WCW scooped up in the mid-90's, loosely trained how to be a pro wrestler and tossed him into the ring. He studied a lot of pro wrestling styles and the one that stuck out to him the most was shoot-style, funny enough, which led to him taking on a character that was sort of a "shoot fighter" and he did a quasi-UFC thing.

They treated him like a prized fighter, showing his entrances where he came from the backstage area with a full security detail like a professional boxer. He wore MMA gloves and was all about intensity and, well, crushing jobbers. He was best known for his "streak" where WCW brass booked him to crush enhancement talent (read: guys so low on the totem pole that they are paid to show up, make a guy look good and to lose). WCW was a complicated promotion, though, and eventually ruined the good thing that they had with Goldberg. 

Goldberg went on to WWE after WCW folded into the WWE, but he had no passion for professional wrestling and it showed throughout his run, culminating in a match with Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania where both men were booed out of the arena because the fans knew that both men were leaving after that night. Brock went on to become UFC Heavyweight Champion, Goldberg went on to have some involvement in calling MMA and being a personality, but since then has been a bit under the radar. 

He mentioned how excited that he was watching GLORY 19 last week on social media, which led to GLORY's team to reach out to him and apparently they are in talks now for Goldberg to appear in a fight on GLORY programming, but of course, Goldberg states that it's "just for fun" seeing as though he is 48. 

No word as to who a potential opponent might be, but the wrestling fan in me would like to see Norman Smiley, Barry Horowitz or "Lightning Foot" Jerry Flynn at least considered. We do know, of course, that GLORY has been in talks with Alberto Del Rio/El Patron (Jose Alberto Rodriguez/Dos Caras Jr.) about a potential fight in GLORY, so they have pro wrestling on the mind. [source]

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Bill Goldberg Claims He Turned Down a Fight with Alberto Del Rio

  • Published in Glory

Bill Goldberg appeared on Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour this afternoon and the sole purpose was for Bill Goldberg to talk about his relationship with GLORY. That relationship has been much-publicized over the past few months after GLORY learned about Goldberg's admiration for the sport of kickboxing and the organization itself. Goldberg, of course, still trains seriously and there has been talk about a possible fight between Goldberg and an unnamed opponent.

According to Goldberg on the show the fight that was offered to him was none other than Alberto Del Rio/Alberto el Patron/Rodriguez, or the guy that was formerly Dos Caras Jr. and fought Mirko Cro Cop. The fight was offered to Goldberg for May 8th but he decided that it wasn't the right direction that he'd like to see GLORY move in but remains steadfast that he wants to work with GLORY in some capacity, possibly even fight if the situation was right. Apparently a fight with Del Rio was a bit too much of a freakshow fight for him to justify it.

Goldberg reiterated that he is willing to do whatever it takes to work with GLORY and to help promote the brand, even if it means working in the front office, hosting shoulder programming or appearing as a commentator on events. While Goldberg's heyday in WCW was just under 20 years ago now he still commands a loyal following and has been involved in Mixed Martial Arts and sports since departing the WWE. It'll be interesting to see where this goes from here.

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