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Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima's Pro Wrestling Opponent Set

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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Peter Aerts Wants To Fight

We haven't heard much from Peter Aerts since the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix but that's not to say he hasn't been busy.

In this interview with FightStar TV, Peter talks about helping Andy Souwer open his new gym, Peter's own gym that is set to open next month, and the tragedy in Japan.

What I really found interesting is Mr. K-1's willingness to fight elsewhere in the world if K-1 won't be conducting their own shows. He is still clearly wanting to fight and has the passion to continue. As we saw in the semifinals of the WGP, Peter still has what it takes to compete at a high level.

Aerts also expresses his interest in fighting in Holland as it's been awhile since he's done so. According to WikiKick, Aerts last fought in Holland with a winning effort against Bob Sapp at the K-1 2007 Amsterdam WGP.

Can we say Peter Aerts fighting in Holland for It's Showtime in 2011? I'd love to see it!

Enjoy the video. It's always good to hear the booming voice of the Dutch Lumberjack, a true legend.


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They're Great, But Not The Greatest

A casual sports fan is asked who the greatest basketball player of all time is. Without thinking too long the fan replies and says Michael Jordan. When asked who the greatest football player is, the fan says Jim Brown. The fan continues to answer the same question from various sports. Gretzky, Pele, Mays, Robinson etc... The answers the fan gives are generally accepted by most sport pundits.

A casual fight fan is asked who the greatest Muay Thai fighter of all time is. The fan responds with Buakaw Por. Pramuk, and Ramon Dekkers. Which, unfortunately is what most fight fans would say. 

According to various highlight reels, and from his fans, Ramon Dekkers was the first foreign fighter to win fighter of the year in Thailand. This is not true at all. They claim he won the award in 1992, but the actual winner was Jaroensap Kiatbanchong. It is possible he won best foreign fighter, but he never won fighter of the year, yet many still believe he did. Kind of hard to be fighter of the year when you never held a title in any of the major stadiums (Lumpinee Stadium, and Rajadamnern Stadium) isn't it? His fans claim he beat the best fighters from Thailand, and on occasions he did. He violently took out Coban Lookchaomaesaitong, and also holds wins over Nampon NongkeePahuyuth, and Sangtienoi Sor. Rungrot. Granted Sangtienoi had seen better days, and Nampon had a fun night on the town the day before, but still, he got the W's. But more times than not he was outclassed by the Thai's. The same 3 names above also have wins over Dekkers, as does former fighter of the year Orono Por. Muang Ubon. The ever popular Sakmongkol Sitnchuchoke was only 17 when he beat Dekkers. Den Muangsurin outclassed him over 5 rounds, and a prime Sangtienoi clowned him. Being an 8 time world champion is great, but the true world champ has to get it in Lumpinee, or Raja. 

At the end of the day Ramon Dekkers was an awesome fighter, and a top 10 foreign Muay Thai fighter, but not the best Muay Thai fighter ever, or even top 50 or 100 for that matter. Joe "OHHH" Rogan and his comments about Dekkers, and Kaman being the greatest are incongruous and flat out not true. 

Where to begin with Buakaw Por. Pramuk? First off being a champion in K-1 does not make you the greatest Muay Thai fighter ever. Second, like Dekkers, Buakaw never held any major stadium titles. He was ranked high at one point and may have became a champion had he stayed in Thailand, but he chose the money, the myth, and the fame. Even in his homeland most people view him more as an attraction or celebrity, and not a fighter. Would the greatest Muay Thai fighter of all time and his handlers refuse to fight the best? Buakaw and his camp do. They've been running from the best Thai's for years, hence why he's viewed as a celebrity and not a fighter. It is rumored he accepted a fight with Yodsanklai Fairtex to take place sometime in the upcoming months. Will it happen? I highly doubt it. If it does happen? Myth takes a beating. 

Great ambassador for Muay Thai? I suppose. Greatest Muay Thai fighter ever? Not even in the discussion. He is to Muay Thai as Royce Gracie is to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. 

Ramon Dekkers, and Buakaw Por. Pramuk both have there place in fighting history. One as a ballsy "turbine from hell" who would fight the best and always put on a fun fight regardless of whether he won or not. The other, a good Muay Thai fighter who took his skills and abilities to kickboxing and became great in that sport. But please people, don't confuse Muay Thai with kickboxing. 

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FEG Might Hold a Press Conference Soon. Might.

FEG, Fighting and Entertainment Group has been quiet lately. Outside of the news that we might get some news in May and maybe a show in July, we've heard nothing. There have been persisting rumors about FEG changing it's name, as well as some fans believing that K-1 might even have a name change of sorts. That sort of talk is borderline ridiculous, as K-1 is a global brand with so much value to it. Imagine if UFC decided the name just didn't make sense for them anymore? It would be brand suicide. Don't expect a K-1 name change.

According to NOB, Tanikawa plans on a press conference next week, or the week after (oh FEG, even flaky on your death bed), maybe, to talk about a possible name change and what the future holds. The truth is, if you expect any solid answers out of FEG in regards to what is going on and what to expect, you are either new to the Japanese fight scene or your faith in it brings a tear to my eye.

If you are worried about Tanikawa, never fear, he put up a video on Yfrog, and his hair is as terrible as ever. [source]

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