If you are wanting to watch Japan’s biggest combat sports event of the year on NYE, it looks like you’re going to have to pay for it. According to this press release, it appears FEG is taking Dynamite!! 2008 to online pay-per-view. This appears to just be an announcement that the deal is in the works and isn’t yet official, however, the event is set to go off next week, so if it’s going to happen, it should happen soon.
(PRESS RELEASE) — The world’s biggest combat sports event, DYNAMITE!!, is tipped to become a live online global phenomenon.
Talks are underway for an historic online pay-per-view to over 100 countries, including the United States of America, United Kingdom, entire European Union, China, South East Asia, Russia, India, Australasia, and South America.
Held December 31st (New Years Eve) at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan, the Dynamite!! event is described as the Superbowl of Mixed Martial Arts.
The internet deal is expected to be made official in the next few weeks.
The www.eventmagic.tv broadcast would be an unprecedented and uncut PPV transmission allowing fans to enjoy the entire scope of fighting and entertainment that is Dynamite!! including the superstar staging, incredible sound, and the awesome pyrotechnics of every ring entrance as well as multi camera perspectives of every round of every fight. With more than 15 fights on the night, Dynamite!! is building into a brutal end of year finale.
Dynamite!! 2008 will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The magnificent venue, which is home to DREAM MMA events and was the former home of PRIDE Fighting Championships, has also played host to the FIBA Basketball World Championships, NHL Hockey, NBA Basketball, WWE professional wrestling and concerts by Mariah Carey and Queen.
For the first time ever Dynamite!! will pool together the greatest fighters from various arms of FEG’s promotional juggernaut including DREAM, K-1 GP, K-1 MAX and K-1 Koshien (under 18’s).
Former PRIDE darling “The Gracie Hunter” Kazushi Sakuraba will finally take on his arch-nemesis Kyoshi Tamura in a battle many years in the making. PRIDE and K-1 star, Mirko “Cro Cop” is said to be making a highly anticipated return to the ring, while awesome Brazilian lightweight JZ Calvan takes on DREAM Light Weight Grand Prix Champion Joachim Hansen, who has big wins over the likes of Takanori Gomi, Caol Uno, Masakazu Imanari, Yves Edwards, and Shinya Aoki to name a few.
More superbouts of epic proportions will be announced in the lead-up to the event. [Ed note: Sapp vs Cartoon?]
Mr Jeremy Ta’kody, Managing Director of Event Magic TV, believes an online pay-per-view broadcast of this years Dynamite!! will reach many fight fans who otherwise would be unable to see the fights live.
“Using new video streaming technology we are able to deliver a high resolution, full-screen, live event experience over the internet to millions of viewers, even over very low bandwidths,” says Mr Ta’kody. “Dynamite!! is an event like no other and we would be thrilled to deliver this supershow to every single person on the planet.”
Those unable to watch Dynamite!! due to time zones or other New Years Eve commitments will still be able to watch the event in all its glory via pre paid video-on-demand at a time that is convenient to you.
“We would be thrilled to host the biggest fight spectacular on the planet and give fans a real treat on New Year’s Eve,” says Mr Ta’kody. “Dynamite!! is an event like no other. It has the biggest crowds, many of the best fighters, and the highest production values in lighting, staging, sound and pyrotechnics that are out of this world. In short, it’s amazing.”
With over 15 bouts on the card there will be plenty of opportunity for spectacular knockouts and mixed martial arts styled submissions from some of the worlds best fighters.
Dynamite!! is renowned for producing match-ups fans have only dreamed of, with past offerings of Dynamite!! NYE and Dynamite!! USA featuring: Brock Lesnar’s MMA debut; Sakuraba vs Funaki; Sakuraba vs Royce Gracie; Akebono vs Royce Gracie; Genki Sudo vs Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto; Jerome LeBanner vs Bob Sapp; Yoshihiro Akiyama vs Francois Botha; Genki Sudo vs Butterbean; and Melvin Maenhoff vs Dong Sik Yoon.
“Should the deal go ahead we are working on a surprise for everyone,” says Mr Ta’kody. “An end of year gift. You will have to wait and see what it is.”
For further information and event bookings register your interest at: www.eventmagic.tv Sponsors can contact Event Magic TV via email [email protected]
Still no official word on whether it will air live on HDNet, but if they put it on pay-per-view, the answer’s probably no.
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