Nagoya Rainbow Hall 10,000
8/19: IWGP Champion Loses Shoot To Kickboxing Star
JAPAN GP Kesshosen K-1 ANDY MEMORIAL 2001 in Saitama
8/19 Saitama Super Arena 18,200
K-1 has agreed to do a problem with Inoki's fighters. No specific details have been announced, but the first match will likely be on the 8/19 K-1 show.
There's a proposed
puroresu vs. K-1 all star card. 10 of Inoki's guys (Ogawa, Murakami,
Fujita, Satake, Yasuda, Frye, Johnston, Coleman, Hashimoto, and possibly
Nagata) would face 10 of K-1's best (Aerts and Musashi were mentioned
as possible co-main eventers), with the fans getting to vote on the
matchups and some money going to charity.
Supposedly the promotion is trying to put together a Mike Bernardo vs. Mike Tyson match.
& Nobuaki Kakuta are two fighters K-1 President Ishii suggested
for K-1 vs. Puroresu matches on the ZERO-ONE debut show. Yanagisawa
did works with PWFG before going to Pancrase with Funaki, Suzuki, Shamrock,
and co. Kakuta did works in RINGS before going to K-1 with Satake and
the other Seido Kaikan guys when Ishii formed that company.
Frank Shamrock is interested in fighting on K-1's 12/10 Tokyo Dome show. Although it's not even close to his strength, it looks like his match would be under regular K-1 kickboxing rules. If so, it's a bizarre move for someone who could get big money (although not Gracie money, well I'm sure more than Ryan but you know what I mean, even though he'd beat all of them with ease) for a main event against Kazushi Sakuraba to return after 13 months for a fight where his submissions will be useless and his conditioning probably won't even be a strengh since it's not the style he regularly trains in. The exposure will be great for reestablishing his name in Japan, but Maurice Smith can't even win in K-1 even though he was an awesome kickboxer in his prime and Igor Vovchanchyn also failed in his return to his roots (granted against probably the best kickboxer in the world) so for once it should be very hard for Frank to succeed. It certainly depends on his opponent, and it's never wise to say Frank will fail, but I don't see where he gains (other than monetarily) unless he wins.
8/24: Andy Hug Dead At 35
K-1's biggest star,
Andy Hug, died suddenly of from internal bleeding of the brain caused
by leukemia at the age of 35. Hug had flu like symptoms such as a high
fever since the 15th. On the 19th he was examined by K-1 ring doctor
Kenji Nakayama. His fever was going up really high for 5 minute intervals
then coming down, but never to a normal level. He also had an enlarged
tumor in the left part of his brain, and pain in the left side of his
neck. After this examination, he was sent to a Tokyo hospital where
they detected acute front bone marrow leukemia (or something to that
effect, this kind of stuff is really hard to translate properly). Hug
still vowed to beat this and return to the ring. Unfortunately, his
health took a turn for the worse that he never recovered from on the
23rd, as the brain problem was causing him to have respiratory problems
and lose function of the rest of his body, including his heart stopping
several times. 10 days ago he was a well conditioned and healthy fighter
in the twilight of a great career, but at 6:21 P.M. on the 24th he was
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