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Summer. 2017. The Russian backed Japanese organisation Yanagida has just established DYNAMO MMA in Sumida, Tokyo. In a controversial move, the polarising figure; Zacharias Brooks has been brought in as president and promoter after his long departure from the sport following the highly publicised incident with the rival company UCF 5 years earlier.
It appears that Dynamo has both the backing, and the organisational tools to be a success in the MMA world. However, they lack the fan base, and the momentum in a sport ruled by the monopoly of the UCF. Can Dynamo bring MMA back to Japan, secure world class stars, and be a much needed breath of fresh air in the fighting community?

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A new era of MMA in Japan



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  • JUNE 2017
    A NEW ERA OF MMA IN JAPAN


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    Welcome to The MMA News, I'm your host Jesse Harvey, and today we will be talking about what's on everybody's mind: DYNAMO MMA. That's right! them Japanese boys are back it again. Well they've always been at it, but this time it seems that they have returned with some solid plans and the muscles to make big things happen.

    Not to mention their first move was to hire Zaharias Brooks. Which is a pretty ballsy move, considering the whole catastrophe with the UCF 5 years ago. But the pool for people with the relevant work experience is fairly shallow, and they do need an American to make that strong push in North America. Thankfully Yanagida also hired Lee Hammond and pulled him out of semi-retirement. Which is just what the company need, if they can afford him that is. The fighters have long respected Hammond as a quiet man behind the scene who get things done.

    PRESS CONFERENCE:
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    The press confernce yesterday outlined a few important things regarding the newly established company. As well as showing both Zaharias Brooks, and Lee Hammond together on stage. Let's break it down.
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    Apparently Dynamo has a contract with the Ryōgoku Kokugikan for the rights to host regularly shows there. That means as of now the brand will not only be stationed in Sumida, Japan, but also have all their fights there. Which is a interesting approach. On one hand they risk the high possibility of saturating the marked in Tokyo, but on the other they won't have to deal with the logistics of traveling the world, which must be a nightmare for a smaller organisation. During the press conference they could also disclose that they have signed approximately 25 fighters for the first quarter, and that that the first card will be a PPV on the 1st of July. Which brings me to the bombshell of the main event. BISHOP vs HODGSON 2, which just blows my mind. If DYNAMO wants to step up as a serious contender, this is not the way to do it. Don't get me wrong, their first fight was amazing, a legendary fight, but that was, what? 12 years ago.



    BISHOP vs HODGSON 2005:
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    Back when both fighters were the best in the world. Englishman Paul Bishop, the then heavyweight champion of the world had never defended his belt, and after back and forth with fights falling out with various contenders it seemed that the heavyweight division would be plagued with uncertainty for the foreseeable future. That is until former boxer Hodgson showed up on the scene. All through 2004 and early 2005 he fought 5 times. All resulting in early knock outs, and it was clear Bishop would have to fight him or vacate the title.
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    The fight came to fruition, and would result in a fan favorite 5 round slugfest with know downs on both sides, but Bishop claiming the only takedown in round 5 as Hodgson pushed the champion to the breaking point.
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    With the fight going to decision many felt the judges could go both ways, but that it had brought out the best in both fighters. Hodgson had shown that he wasn't just a quick knock out artist, but a fighter capable of toughing it out on the ground, and go the distance. And after being dropped in the 1st Paul Bishop had shown the heart of a champion.
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    And still...
    Bishop could claim the World Heavyweight championship. At least for another year before losing to Chad Roberts.



    SIGNING PAUL BISHOP:
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    A lot has happened in those 12 years. Back then you could brawl, and keep it simple. Now it's a different game, a whole different sport. All in all 15 loses in 12 years. 5 of his last in a row. Which is probably why he was a free agent this year.
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    But Bishop has some impressive wins to his resume. A 2 time world champion, and a legend in the sport. It's a good name to have on the poster, at least for the casual fans. Too bad he won't have the stamina to make it out of the 2nd round.



    SIGNING DOUG HODGSON:

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    What's worse is I don't believe Hodgson has the stamina to make it out of the 1st. A one time contender. After his loss against Bishop he lost the next 3 fights in a row. But Hodgson never seemed to care about rankings or keeping a good record. He would take any fight, any day. He would stand in the pocket until someone got knocked out, and the fans love him for it.
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    A free agent this year, after being submitted in the first round by Co Olsman. his first submission ever. It was clear that Hodgson's time as a top contender was over, and has been for a while.
    Which is why I say it's insane that these two old geezers will be fighting for the DYNAMO heavyweight championship. Make it an exhibition bout or something. This makes the whole organisation look like a circus. Which is bad, because the rest of the card is pretty decent.


    Previewing the upcoming PPV.
    DYNAMO 1 - BISHOP vs HODGSON 2
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    CARD:
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    PAUL BISHOP vs DOUG HODGSON
    The main event. A 5 round rematch. This time for a slightly different belt. Neither man has the stamina to make it an exciting fight for more than 2 rounds. Hodgson is the underdog, but it's the heavyweight division, and those gloves are mighty thin.

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    ADRIAN KUBIT vs EDDIE VERNER
    Thankfully there's something a little more respectable on the rest of the card, starting off with this: A 5 round title fight for the DYNAMO welterweight champion of the world. Eddie Verner has proven to be a dangerous force in the lower organisations in the US. He's good on the feet, and a killer on the ground, usually ending his fights hammering down ground and pound with his opponent in the turtle position. Adrian Kubit, however is no easy match. The 25 year Polish native has a lethal striking game, and an undefeated record, although this will clearly be his toughest fight. The smart money's on Verner, but either way this fight brings some much needed credibility to the organisation, and the new belt.

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    MICHAEL PERKINS vs CYRUS THE HYBRID
    There are are handful of interesting things to look for on this card. One is it's very interesting to see Michael Perkins on it. Especially against such a dangerous opponent. The Englishman was said to be the next in line to the heir of the old school brawlers. A new Paul Bishop in fact. That's before he hit a rough patch. Cyrus the Hybrid is a legit world class fighter and a prospect the UCF must be biting their knuckles that they missed. it appears that Cyrus wanted a better sponsor deal, and to move to Japan. So here we are, this welterweight fight might be better than the title bout, and surely DYNAMO must be considering this as a title eliminator fight.

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    DANNY MACGOWAN vs DAICHI KIRIYAMA
    In the middleweight division, local fighter Kiriyama is beloved in Tokyo, and will face Australian Judo black belt Danny MacGowan. Both fighters are pretty solid in the clinch, so this should be interesting.

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    MARCUS HENDERSON vs DIAMOND DEMOS
    Another clobber fest with high level kickboxer Henderson meeting Diamond Demos from Greece. Not too much information on this one. Apparently they call him Diamond for his chin, and because his name is pretty impossible to pronounce.

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    FALLIH AL-SHEHADEH vs JEAN-YVES JACQUEMOUD
    Speaking of hard names. Al-Shehadeh will face Jacquemoud in the lightweight division. Al-Shehadeh is a high level black belt karate fighter, Jacquemoud has had 16 professional MMA fights in Europe, which is pretty impressive for a 21 year old.

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    EARNELL CAMBELL vs CHRIS PODLASKI
    Cambell is a name some of you might know. He was also supposed to fight for the UCF, but at the last minute decided to go with DYNAMO instead. Hammond and his Russian money must be giving the UCF a headache. He'll fight the less experienced underdog Chris Podlaski.

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    MISHINA MAXIMOVNA vs LELA HELLQUIST
    And lastly, it appears DYNAMO will test the waters with the only women's fight on the card. Russian Maximovna will meet BJJ purple belt Hellquist. If we ignore the freak show that is the main event, the rest of the card indicate that DYNAMO is very much interested in reproducing UCF's system of rankings, and divisions

    RUMORS OF SIGNING STRICKLAND:
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    Last on the agenda. Rumours have it that Malcolm Strickland, the gold olympic wrestler will also sign with DYNAMO come next week. Strickland has only fought professionally twice. But the second time against Manfred Sehlman where he demolished the German over the course of 3 rounds. I would not be surprised if they set him up with the winner of Bishop/Hodgson.
    It's not a bad idea. They rig up this circus fight, and either way can claim a legend as heavyweight champion, even if he's 4 years past his expiration date. And then match him against a Strickland, an up-and-comer, clinch beast who will bring fresh blood to the division.

    It's all pretty exciting, but the MMA gods have a tendency of doing what they want, so come July 1st we'll see if this new organisation can take off on a running start, or if, as most organisational debuts, will stumble through their first events.

    I'm Jesse Harvey, and that was The MMA News.
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