The Bellator MMA promotion held its latest event in Tokyo last weekend and one of their fan favorite fighters decided to celebrate being placed on the card by showing off his Naruto fandom with his ring entrance, complete with Akatsuki cloak. Hit the jump for the video.
It's a trend that has peaked and faded a bit, but Japan has a tradition of big fight events on New Year's Eve. This year, former Pride (the Japanese answer to UFC for a while) president Nobuyuki Sakakibara's new Rizin Fighting Federation has one of these events planned for December 31st. This raised eyebrows for matching top heavyweight fighter Gabi Garcia against 52 year-old retired pro-wrestler/MMA fighter and politician Shinobu Kandori. That's off, but the replacement isn't necessarily an improvement.
Mixed martial arts fans watching last week's World Series Of Fighting 18 card got to see something novel in Shane Campbell's TKO victory over Derek Boyle. Depending of who's describing the final seconds of the co-headlining match, Campbell threw a Street Fighter style Hadoken, a Dragon Ball Kamehameha or a "power ball" before the ultimate pummeling. Watch after the jump.
After a ten month hiatus, mixed martial arts doujinshi "Natural Born Comics" has been inspired to return for a new manga analysis of tonight's UFC main event, featuring loud mouthed American wrestler Chael Sonnen versus Brazilian middleweight champion Anderson Silva - who made this name in Japanese fight promotion Pride. Get a look after the jump.