The Challenger Muay Thai debuts on AXN in Asia on September 15th. The show pits 16 Muay Thai fighters from around the world against each other, for the ultimate goal of winning The Challenger Muay Thai belt. Among the fighters featured are Marco Pique and the recently featured Vuyisile Colossa. The video briefly profiles each fighter and gives a nice preview of the show. It's not known if this will ever air in North America but if videos fo find their way online, we'll be sure to post them up.
The IGF is a pro wrestling promotion ran out of Japan by former New Japan Pro Wrestling head and MMA pioneer Antonio Inoki. It features his "brand" of pro wrestling, which is a hybrid of real fighting and the theatrics and "booking" (read: scripted nature) of pro wrestling. In the end what it yields is the high drama of pro wrestling with the grit, violence and impact of a real fight. That style goes far back to catch-as-catch-can wrestling and Japan was king of the "shoot-style" with the early UWF, early Pancrase, RINGS, UWF-i and U-Style. Inoki's last show was an eclectic mix, featuring Jerome Le Banner against Kazuyoshi Fujita, Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima against pro wrestling legend Masahiro Chono and Peter Aerts against fallen sumo Shinichi Suzukawa.
Chono vs. Jienotsu
Peter Aerts vs. Shinichi Suzukawa
Jerome Le Banner vs. Kazuyoshi Fujita