Possible Yakuza links spell trouble for DREAM

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DREAM/K-1 woes continue, investment fails to materialiseJapanese mega-promoter Fighting Entertainment Group, parent company of K-1 and DREAM, has suffered a new setback. The much-trumpeted $230,000,000 deal with investment bank PUJI has come to naught and that the investment bank has said that it can do nothing for FEG.

FEG has found itself in trouble because of waning interest in the kickboxing and MMA scene in Japan. Interest peaked some years ago - Japan is a notoriously faddish culture - and fighters were making big money at the height of the sport’s popularity. Major names that were getting several hundred thousand dollars for fights, are getting those similar purses despite the decline in revenues.

Unable to obtain loans or capital from investors FEG has, according to our souce, gone to the ‘black market’ for loans with which to pay its fighters. This of course raises the spectre of the Yakuza links which killed PRIDE FC, but FEG has always been fastidious about avoiding such links (or at least, having any such links made public). Seeking capital from ‘unofficial’ sources is a very risky move.The hunt for cash continues but our source, who has operated in the Japanese market for some years, is pessimistic about FEG’s ability to sustain itself and predicts a buy-out or the company’s demise towards the end of 2011.


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Aaaw sheeit, not again.

LOL. So fucking awesome. And you wonder why ZUFFA hasn't run an event in Japan.

But I thought the Japanese fans were leaps and bounds better than us stupid American UFC fans. If they're so great, how come they can't seem to keep their own fighting organization afloat. Or are the Japanese businessmen that run this the biggest retards in all of Japan?

Have a hard time seeing K-1 going anywhere, but DREAM, lol again.

Poor Gary Goodridge.

 Brock vs Minowaman, make it happen Dana



Brock stands no chance of course

 

its a shame feg cant get theyre shit together...


if dream is gone and there was no japanese mma alternative id probly loose interest in mma as a whole. dream has the hands down best production and most exciting show out right now. Praying dream doesnt die :(

dream neverdie!

Utah get me two - LOL. So fucking awesome. And you wonder why ZUFFA hasn't run an event in Japan.
"So fucking awesome"? What the fuck is wrong with you? An organization that regularly puts on two very unique styles of combat arts, and employs many fighters, is in financial trouble and you think that is "fucking awesome"?



Really?



Seriously 10er. You've been voted the fuck down, and you should get the fuck out of here.



What the fuck is wrong with you?



Fuck you!



"LOL"? Really? How old are you? 12? 

 I'd love to see a properly marketd K-1, MMA is going to be SIGNIFICANTLY more grappling than striking in 10yrs anyways...

OH,DELICIOUS!

NotTheNoobURLooking4 - 
Utah get me two - LOL. So fucking awesome. And you wonder why ZUFFA hasn't run an event in Japan.
So fucking awesome? What the fuck is wrong with you? An organization that regularly puts on two very unique styles of combat arts, and employs many fighters, is in financial trouble and you think that is "fucking awesome"?

Really?

Seriously 10er. You been voted the fuck down, and you should get the fuck out of here.

What the fuck is wrong with you?

Fuck you!

LOL? Really? How old are you? 12?<br type="_moz" />



SHIT JUST GOT REAL...stupid 10er why you always gotta fuckin' 10?

I guess seeing what happened to PRIDE did not discourage too many people?

 The Yakuza being involved with something in Japan? Nooooooo......that is not possible. Unheard of.

 How long till the UFC buys FEG? Be a good way to get Mousasi's contract.

FEG will never die..... until the Yakuza fucking takes them out. LOL

KenFlo Choked on Sushi - But I thought the Japanese fans were leaps and bounds better than us stupid American UFC fans. If they're so great, how come they can't seem to keep their own fighting organization afloat. Or are the Japanese businessmen that run this the biggest retards in all of Japan?

Have a hard time seeing K-1 going anywhere, but DREAM, lol again.



Narrow minded thinking, Japan has brought us some of the greatest matches in MMA. There were 50,000 people applauding escapes and reversals while the USA had the "just bleed" guy.

Yeah well that was a long time ago, if you look at Dream, they've been lucky to draw 20k to their events. Last year's Dynamite drew 45k, but every single event they've put on this year has drawn worse and worse numbers. 13k, 12k, 13k, 9k



Not exactly the hotbed of MMA now is it if they can only draw that many people to their shows in the Super Arena.  (Last one wasn't, but the 13, 12, 13 were Super Arena, same place where Dynamite drew 45k)

 perhaps if dream goes under we'll get a few of their best fighters to ufc

 Of course it sucks, I doubt anyone really wants to see DREAM go under.  But you can't say you don't see the humor in the most nuthugged fans/culture in the sport can't even manage to make their own promotion work.



Pride is dead, and it looks like the Japanese realize that too.  If that sport was so great there, there is no reason I can think of that they can't get investors/sponsors.  Unless FEG really is just that inept.

 

Maybe they will merge with M-1 who is the global leader in combat sports for the past ten years to hear them say it.