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monaroCountry
01-08-2012, 11:18 PM
MMA in Asia in 2012
By: Philip Wollschlaeger
- Sunday, 8 January 2012
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In retrospect, the year 2011 was very eventful for the sport of MMA in the Asian region. With (among others) earthquake-induced long break from DREAM and the debut of One FC and strengthening of Legend FC seem to have power shifts occurred, but how will it continue?

As a major player in terms of media coverage was one FC draw much attention and have some talent from the region of a stage, particularly on the Evolve the team was well represented. Measured by the "hype" One FC still remains to prove guilty of selfsame worth, what is apparently now trying to catch up.

Not only was announced for March, an event in collaboration with DREAM, but also the commitment of well-known fighters like Renato Sobral, Bob Sapp, Rolles Gracie and emerging talents such as Felipe Enomoto. While Sapps is the best time probably almost ten years ago and he probably will only fulfill the role of the rate Bringers and Rolles Gracie to prove to one fighter to be world class, not guilty, is the obligation "Babalus" as a challenge to all established MMA operators to understand. Worth mentioning is that one strives for FC with the "One FC Network" an Asia-wide cooperation with other organizations (including the URCC, DARE, FC ROAD).

Almost secretly in the slipstream of DREAM, the set Sengoku Raiden Championships and apparently also set "Art of War" series has the Hong Kong-based event series Legend managed FC to build a remarkable roster and get an Asia-wide TV contract secure with KIX plus PPV's in North America and Australia. In contrast to FC One focuses Legend FC currently on local fighters from the Asian and Pacific region and the lower weight classes. This raises the question whether Legend, which operate very strongly from the Chinese talent pool, can benefit from the highly popular "sports nationalism" in the Middle Kingdom. Also may be observed with interest how the partnership with CA Media, a renowned group in media and sports management, which focuses on India, China and Indonesia, the effect on popularity.

Besides China, the Philippines, considered as a potential ground zero for the MMA sport in the Asian region. The UFC has, aware already Georges St. Pierre and BJ Penn sent promotional tour. For some time rumors are circulating about its own TUF Season. Regional broadcasters such as the "One FC Network" Universal Reality Combat belonging Championship (URCC) and based in Guam, the Philippine market in aggressively pressing organizers Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) are still on the rise.

In Thailand, Korea and also to try the "One FC Network" belonging DARE ROAD FC Championship and to generate talent for attention to tournaments. M-1 could also celebrate a return to the Asian market. Vadim Finkelstein (CEO of M-1 Global) has already expressed a strong interest in further cooperation with DREAM, and Victor Cui (Managing Director of One FC) would like M-1 as a member of its "One Network FC" have.

All in all, one can adapt to a year in which many points are made: Will Asia again a center of the MMA world as it was to weddings from PRIDE or a minor sideshow, at best, as a lucrative market for the UFC in consideration comes.

shadeyfizzle
01-12-2012, 01:56 AM
The philippines is the surest bet to grow mma in asia outside of japan. It already has the biggest underground fight scene in asia and isnt so infatuated in the purity of a single aspect of the game the way thailand is with muay thai.

There are also plenty of already existing schools in the philippines that can be used as bases of operations for mma training grounds.

Jon Bailon's gym for example. multiple time olympic gold medalist in judo and already works with veteran mma fighters like hidehiko yoshida, takanori gomi, and mark munoz. It would be very simple for dana white to approach him and say they'd like to offer mma training at his gym with approved instructors. or even use it as the setting for the rumored season of the ultimate fighter.

monaroCountry
01-12-2012, 07:05 PM
The philippines is the surest bet to grow mma in asia outside of japan. It already has the biggest underground fight scene in asia and isnt so infatuated in the purity of a single aspect of the game the way thailand is with muay thai.

There are also plenty of already existing schools in the philippines that can be used as bases of operations for mma training grounds.

Jon Bailon's gym for example. multiple time olympic gold medalist in judo and already works with veteran mma fighters like hidehiko yoshida, takanori gomi, and mark munoz. It would be very simple for dana white to approach him and say they'd like to offer mma training at his gym with approved instructors. or even use it as the setting for the rumored season of the ultimate fighter.
Dana White and the UFC wont be doing that though, their center of operations is America. OneFC is within that region and can exert greater influence and greater benefits.

shadeyfizzle
01-12-2012, 10:45 PM
Dana White and the UFC wont be doing that though, their center of operations is America. OneFC is within that region and can exert greater influence and greater benefits.

Well regardless, it would make both better financial and influencial sense to make the philippines the mma capital of asia as opposed to japan.

Japanese mma has proved its weakness against global competition in their stubbornness in maximizing their discipline of choice as opposed to becoming more well rounded. The philippines doesnt share the same sentiment with their own indigenous martial arts themselves emphasizing being well rounded as well as booming with martial disciplines from all over the world.

Virgil Caine
01-13-2012, 01:26 AM
Well regardless, it would make both better financial and influencial sense to make the philippines the mma capital of asia as opposed to japan.

Japanese mma has proved its weakness against global competition in their stubbornness in maximizing their discipline of choice as opposed to becoming more well rounded. The philippines doesnt share the same sentiment with their own indigenous martial arts themselves emphasizing being well rounded as well as booming with martial disciplines from all over the world.
It's different styles of fighting. Just as many American cagefighters have gone to Japan and flopped. Just the differences between a cage and a ring are huge. Then there are rules differences, etc.

Japan was the biggest place in the sport, prior to the death of Pride. It hasn't recovered, and likely enough it never will. If you are talking about the UFC making a base in Asia in Japan than I'd agree though, not happening.

The difference between Japan and the Phillipines is that Japan is an advanced industrialized country with an affluent population.

shadeyfizzle
01-13-2012, 02:21 AM
It's different styles of fighting. Just as many American cagefighters have gone to Japan and flopped. Just the differences between a cage and a ring are huge. Then there are rules differences, etc.

Japan was the biggest place in the sport, prior to the death of Pride. It hasn't recovered, and likely enough it never will. If you are talking about the UFC making a base in Asia in Japan than I'd agree though, not happening.

The difference between Japan and the Phillipines is that Japan is an advanced industrialized country with an affluent population.

you're right about the difference between japan and the philippines. However the likelyness of the philippines embracing mma and taking off like a bat out of hell are pretty high and would serve as a big boost to their economy.

Like i mentioned before the philippines as of now already has the largest underground fight scene in asia, and is booming with martial disciplines from all over the world on top of their own indigenous arts which i've always been curious how a good fighter would be able to incorporate into the cage/ring.

John Bailon is a multiple time judo olympic gold medalist and a pseudo celebrity. Boxing is huge at the moment because of pacquiao. The philippines also has more olympic gold medalists in tae kwon do than any other country in the world besides korea.