ONE Championship has faced one problem since their inception more than a decade ago: how do you build a promotion that caters to the U.S. and Asia markets at the same time? This question hasn't been an easy one for them to crack. Each area cares about different talents. They consume the product through different … Continue reading ONE Championship Faces Balancing Act Head-On
What is and isn't worth your time? You might not notice it, but this is a question that you confront yourself with on numerous instances every day. It dictates whether you take that trip to the movie theatre versus staying at home or watching a two-and-a-half-hour movie instead of a TV show. And if you … Continue reading JMMA Monday: Can We See New Year’s Eve In September?
Accessing Japanese MMA has never been easy for international viewers. At any point in time, at least one promotion would have some issue that holds back international viewers from watching or even getting information about them. Accessibility will always be a relevant issue. Two years ago, we spoke to viewers around the globe to understand … Continue reading JMMA Monday: Grading International Accessibility
In this week's "JMMA Monday Audio," we were joined by Babalu Jack of the "High Kicks & Armbars" podcast. We had a lengthy discussion about a variety of topics surrounding the Japanese combat sports scene. This podcast includes some final thoughts on RIZIN 37, a preview of this month's top Japanese kickboxing events, and much … Continue reading JMMA Monday Audio 8/8/22: Final RIZIN 37 Thoughts, Kickboxing Check-Up, Exhibition Matches, And More
RIZIN made their return to the Saitama Super Arena this weekend with RIZIN 37. The card featured many interesting matchups and the beginning of their second Super Atomweight Grand Prix. There's a lot to unpack about the show, including some stuff we won't get to this week. But just a few hours removed from the … Continue reading JMMA Monday: Top Takeaways From RIZIN 37
JMMA Monday Audio is back with quick reactions following RIZIN 37. Riding solo this week, we're talking about the fallout from the RIZIN Super Atomweight Grand Prix Quarter-Finals, plus other big headlines coming out of the promotion's recent return to the Saitama Super Arena. Here's how you can listen to the episode: Youtube Spotify Anchor … Continue reading JMMA Monday Audio 8/1/22: RIZIN 37 Quick Reactions!
RIZIN 37 is right around the corner, and it's one of the better cards that Japan's top promotion has put on as of late. The event marks their return to the Saitama Super Arena, the venue where most marquee shows take place every year. This time they brought with them the beginning of a tournament … Continue reading JMMA Monday: Things To Look Out For At RIZIN 37
JMMA Monday Audio is back for its second episode! This week, we welcome Christopher Aguiar of AguiarMMA.com to preview this weekend's RIZIN 37 card. We also briefly talk about Tofiq Musayev's strong debut in Bellator, plus another positive showing from Teruto Ishihara. A huge thanks to Christopher for coming on the show! You can follow … Continue reading JMMA Monday Audio 7/25/22: Previewing RIZIN 37, Talking Tofiq Musayev’s Future w/ Christopher of AguiarMMA.com
Mei Yamaguchi is no newcomer to the Japanese combat sports scene. Having fought for more than a decade, Yamaguchi has been in numerous promotions and lived through many eras in the scene. Yamaguchi entered MMA at an interesting time, joining in just as the women's side of the sport was expanding. While Strikeforce was first … Continue reading JMMA Monday: Reflecting And Looking Forward With Mei Yamaguchi
JMMA Monday Audio makes its debut this week with a special guest. This week we welcomed Charlie Jewett of sogo-kaku.com to discuss a variety of recent topics around the Japanese MMA scene, including: The upcoming RIZIN Super Atomweight Grand Prix, DEEP 108 Impact, Mikuru Asakura's "Breaking Down" show, and the upcoming Bellator debut of … Continue reading JMMA Monday Audio: RIZIN 37, DEEP 108 Impact & More! w/ Charlie Jewett of sogo-kaku.com