DREAM head Sasahara wants revenge in a cage

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Daniel Herbertson: What does having DREAM 14 in the cage prove?

Keiichi Sasahara: There will be something that I can prove to the MMA world. When we think about the cage that we used at Dream 12, the "White Cage" – it sounds similar to the one that is used in North America, but it is really original. It has a Japanese aspect to it. If we are to keep on going having cage fights in Japan, we need to create a really Japanese style cage fight.

After [Hayato Sakurai] Mach requested the cage for DREAM 14, I realized what a good idea it was. Aoki was defeated in the cage in Strikeforce and all the Western fans were looking at Japanese MMA as the loser and Mach couldn't stand it. I thought that it would be great if he could fight in the cage here in Japan against Nick Diaz, who is a champion in the cage.

Revenge is not the proper word but we want to do something against cage fighters. If Mach can win against Diaz, that would be great. Then the fans could look at Japanese MMA with a new view.

However, I really just thought that the idea was great. I had a meeting with all of the people from FEG because all the tickets had been sold and the venue was set for a ring. But we had enough time to change so I thought, why not and that this would be a great opportunity to answer the question for Japanese MMA – which direction should we go? Cage or Ring?

DH: What do you think is better? The cage or ring?

KS: Personally, I like to watch MMA in a ring but there are a lot problems with the ropes. It does make more sense to fight in the cage because of that. Taking photos in a ring is a lot easier though.

(Laughs) Many of Japanese MMA people are saying that the cage would be more suitable so we are making a transition. However, American fans of Japanese MMA are saying "Why are using the cage? The ring is a lot better."

DH: So, is this an indication that you will be moving to the cage permanently?

KS: I am still thinking about it. All the people around the world are saying that the world standard is the cage but the ring is our tradition. Probably, we will start to alternate between ring events and cage events. At the moment, I want to talk to all the fighters, officials, sponsors and fans about what they would like.


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 I find it interesting that Mach asked for the cage since he's training here at AMC and we don't have a cage to train in.



I get that he wants to prove something, but it's kinda strange when you can't practice in that environment. 

ttt

would be kind of funny if they used an octagon..... since there would be nothing zuffa could do about it

LeftLowKick - would be kind of funny if they used an octagon..... since there would be nothing zuffa could do about it


Wow, if you believe that international trademark law can't be enforced in Japan... You are sorely mistaken.

Keep the ring!!!

Kai Tremeche - 
LeftLowKick - would be kind of funny if they used an octagon..... since there would be nothing zuffa could do about it


Wow, if you believe that international trademark law can't be enforced in Japan... You are sorely mistaken.


your assuming that the japanese govt recognizes and enforces it.... and the track record indicates that is not the case...

What's funny is Diaz has said several times that he much prefers to fight in a ring. 

KEEP THE RING.