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    Sudoraba
    Post subject: G-Shooto in trouble article link PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:55 am

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    G-SHOOTO – 03/11/2006: ‘Where Is This Promotion Going?’
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    G-Shooto indeed is struggling.
    It’s because they just can’t find an appropriate opponent for Megumi Fujii.
    Obviously, the promotion is trying to make Fujii a star of G-Shooto. It makes sense considering Fujii’s popularity and her recognition level among regular Japanese households but also, it’s the only choice they have because after all, Fujii is the only Japanese woman ever to fight in a regular Shooto show.
    However the situation is very difficult, things are not working well for both Shooto and Fujii because of one simple reason. No opponent.

    Yes, Megumi Fujii didn’t get to fight in this show but other than the fact that Marloes Coenen was far better than Yoko Takahashi, this particular G-Shooto didn’t have much to offer.

    Fujii’s name was mentioned ever since Shooto announced this show back in February, but finally on March 10th, just a day before the show, Shooto announced that the negotiation with Fujii’s potential opponent has failed.
    No one even knows if there was any potential opponent for Fujii. She has already beaten Erica Montoya and Michelli Tavarez so basically at 120 lbs & under, she just doesn’t have anybody.
    But G-Shooto did, and that was Megumi Yabushita, a very popular pro-wrestler/ MMA fighter who practically heads Smack Girl, the world’s largest womens MMA promotion.
    Yabushita participated in an exhibition match and her teammate Yoko Takahashi will fight in the one and only international fight of the show, of course, in The Main Event.
    Therefore, G-Shooto invited Bas Rutten’s prodigy Marloes Coenen from Holland, at least, trying to come up with one world class bout but the result was less than perfect. The Main Event only proved Takahashi was not just up to the world level.

    Right off the bat, Takahshi closes in, clinches Coenen, with a bear hug pushing towards the ground.
    However Coenen calmly moves her legs up, from triangle choke position, snapping on an armbar.
    Takahashi couldn’t do anything and took her third defeat in a row from this Dutch grappling specialist who recently began a kickboxing career in her homeland.

    Backstage, Takahashi confessed, “When I clinched, I should’ve striked. Instead, I rushed and took her down to the ground” but it was just way too late.
    Now, anyone over 130 or 135 lbs., this leaves only a handful of world-class MMA fighters in Japan’s women MMA world. Yabushita and perhaps Hitomi Akano, a former national judo star who just defeated Debi Purcel in February. Everyone else belongs to a much lighter division. So what does it mean? Does this mean G-Shooto has to come up with a foreign star? Or should they stick with Fujii at 120 lbs & under and maybe match some other big Japanese name such as current Smack Girl champion Yuka Tsuji?
    Maybe they can discover someone new from the country with many judo gals in this weight class such as in Korea, Mongolia, or India?
    One thing is for sure, that at this point it’s very hard to figure out which direction G-Shooto are going to take but they need to do something.

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    Sudoraba
    Post subject: PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 3:05 am

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    Small tidbit, Fuji isn’t the only Japanese woman to fight in regular Shooto. Satako Shinashi has also fought a match in an event.

    Coming up as a reoccurring problem in female MMA is that there are at the moment only a handful of truly world class ready athletes who can not only fight at the level but also work as marketable stars. G-Shooto is trying to position Megumi Fuji as their ace but problems come up in setting up fights for her. Similarily DEEP had to put out essentially a “want ad” in order to find Shinashi an opponent.

    Of course it seems this is a case of competing orgs as well. As it stands the general body of female MMA fighters needs to deepen before separate organizations can really hold independant bodies to talent. Sure I see possible opponents for Fuji in Smackgirl and a few US fighters, but consistent matchups will be hard. And for G-Shooto they want someone who can help build her as a credible star.

    I see this being important because G-Shooto is where ideally I feel the sport should be headed. Smackgirl stands at the top of female MMA promotions. Smackgirl, G-Shooto, and Cross Section are the only promotions that can consistently put out female cards. Cross Section under GCM though doesn’t have the resources to make it big IMO and don’t put out events as often. Smackgirl of course is the queen of them all but with the drawbacks of their own set of rules. Coincidentally though Smackgirl rules were instrumental in making them a success with the ground time limit being the reason for attracting a lot of its talent. G-Shooto however is the best direction being a serious full MMA rules promotion. At the moment only C and B class fights have been done but with an increase of talent pool eventually we will have A class events under normal MMA rules. This is important because Shooto when it gains momentum is practically a champion factory and so its success is female MMA’s success as a whole.

    Lets hope that it grows.

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    Jeff
    Post subject: PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 5:10 am

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    Coming up with one viable name won’t be enough. To make Fuji’s division self-sustaining, they’ll have to find several fighters at once, plus a couple more every passing year. That’s not a trivial task and I don’t know how best to approach it.

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    derUbermensc
    Post subject: PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 11:14 am

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    This is an interesting problem G-Shooto is having and one which quite simply out of their hands being a demographic problem: not enough women are fighting. They can keep throwing bodies like Dae Le Chon at her but that won’t show off her highest abilitiy nor improve her standing or they can try and field more top Japanese talent but the well doesn’t run deep in that direction since the nearest opponents for her I can think of are either too small (Naoko Ohmuro, Masako Yoshida, Mari Kaneko) or won’t happen (Yuka Tsuji), though I’m sure they’re some possibilities I’ve left out. The American scene is acutely retarded (in the developmental sense of the word) at that weight, so that leaves that out of the quesiton kinda.

    What they need to do is to expand their selling points. I think this strawweight tournament is a step in the right direction: 4 of the hottest talents around 48kg have to possess the possibility of becoming stars. If they could establish a 60-62kg division, they could very well entertain the possibility of bringing in foreign talent. Roxanne Modafferi speaks Japanese, how about that?

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    Rox21
    Post subject: PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:49 am
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    actually……

    I’m probably going to be fighting Megumi this May 6th….it’s not official official YET, so I don’t want to post it everywhere. My manager is discussing weights and money with G shooto, but I’m training for it!

    Actually, remember when someone posted Amanda’s and Megumi’s most recent fight? I couldn’t download that…can someone help me out so I can see that fight? I need it to prepare. I don’t have much time…

    About everyone else, yeah, the pool is shallow. They need foreign talent, for sure…but the Japanese girls are the smallest I know of! We need some diamonds in the rough, if you wanna go Disney style, or “sleepers” if you want to quote Tara Larosa. 🙂 (she called me a sleeper once)

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    derUbermensc
    Post subject: PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 4:17 pm

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    Rox21 wrote:
    actually……

    I’m probably going to be fighting Megumi this May 6th….it’s not official official YET, so I don’t want to post it everywhere. My manager is discussing weights and money with G shooto, but I’m training for it!

    Actually, remember when someone posted Amanda’s and Megumi’s most recent fight? I couldn’t download that…can someone help me out so I can see that fight? I need it to prepare. I don’t have much time…

    About everyone else, yeah, the pool is shallow. They need foreign talent, for sure…but the Japanese girls are the smallest I know of! We need some diamonds in the rough, if you wanna go Disney style, or “sleepers” if you want to quote Tara Larosa. 🙂 (she called me a sleeper once)

    wait, Fujii? Are you cutting weight?

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    Lisa_Ward
    Post subject: PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:33 pm
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    How do I get a hold of someone to try to go to G-Shooto? I e-mailed a couple of people ( I don’t know who) saying I was intrested in fighting over there. But I never got a responce. Unfortunatly there isn’t many girls in the states 120lbs. and below and it is really hard to find fights here. I can’t find any! Does anyone know how I can get a hold of someone to fill out an application or whatever it takes to get over there? I’m really intrested. Thanks!

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    derUbermensc
    Post subject: PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:48 pm

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    How do I get a hold of someone to try to go to G-Shooto? I e-mailed a couple of people ( I don’t know who) saying I was intrested in fighting over there. But I never got a responce. Unfortunatly there isn’t many girls in the states 120lbs. and below and it is really hard to find fights here. I can’t find any! Does anyone know how I can get a hold of someone to fill out an application or whatever it takes to get over there? I’m really intrested. Thanks!

    Yay! Solid American representation under 120lbs at the world level! Y’know even Brazil has solid representation under 53kilos? We’re losing to a 3rd world country for crying out loud.

    Seriously though, I might be able to get you into contact with someone who could the contract ish going. I’ll pm you here if I can get him to do it.

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    derUbermensc
    Post subject: PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 10:07 pm

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    Hmm, according to me source in Japan:

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    I`m telling you for experience that Shooto/Sustain are lazy bastards and take long time to reply back.

    He did provide the follow contact info aside from the contact info you found on the G-Shooto site

    G-Shooto/Sustain: 03-5725-7338

    Prepare for a long distance call with much cross-cultural hassle

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    Rox21
    Post subject: PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 7:17 am
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    Megumi Yabushita, sorry

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    Lisa_Ward
    Post subject: PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:33 am
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    Is that a phone number? I’ll give it a shot. Thanks

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    derUbermensc
    Post subject: PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 3:51 pm

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    Rox21 wrote:
    Megumi Yabushita, sorry

    Phew! I thought you were going to come in looking anorexic for a moment there.

    This is a better idea, though. Now you can revenge that bs decision in ’04 while she’s on the down slide.

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