Sure there are only four "MMA rules bouts" in this show but I must say, compared to DREAM, this year's Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye did come up with type of fighters that are more familiar to the Japanese fans.
Known names like Kazuyuki Fujita, Mirko Cro Cop, Naoya Ogawa, and Minowa-man are all fighting. There is a fight between Satoshi Ishii, an Olympic gold medal winner, against Tim Sylvia, a former UFC champion. A former K-1 star Ray Sefo in this "special tag team match". The fans can even get see a fighter with very familiar last name in action – Rolles Gracie. And of course, there is Antonio Inoki who is massive in Japan, and that means, few pretty good pro-wrestling bouts as well.
On top of this, this show is going to be televised by BS Fuji on December 31st, and tape-delayed broadcast, just for the Kanto area but on January 3rd, this time, by Fuji Television. This is quite an achievement considering how Fuji abruptly ended any relationship with PRIDE and the rest of the Japanese MMA world back in 2006.
In addition, on Friday, Shinjuku Station Square was occupied by Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye. It has been a customary for DREAM to hold press conference or sometime of an event at front of this busiest train station in the world but this year there was no DREAM. Instead, Inoki made a provocative comments in front of the fans, "What's the name of that show at Saitama Super Arena? They should also come here and exchange greetings."
Again, this is very familiar to the Japanese fight fans.
Inoki Genome Federation
INOKI BOM-BA-YE 2012
Monday December 31st, 2012
At Rygoku Sumo Arena, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 14:00 / Fight Starts – 16:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
The Main Event – Unlimited Time Bout
Kazyuki Fujita vs. Naoya Ogawa
9th Match – IGF Special Tag Team 45-minute Bout
Ray Sefo & Hiromi Amada vs. Atsushi Sawada & Hideki Suzuki
8th Match – IGF MMA Rules Bout 5 min / 3R
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Shinichi Suzukawa
7th Match – IGF MMA Rules Bout 5 min / 3R
Satoshi Ishii vs. Tim Sylvia
6th Match – IGF MMA Rules Bout 5 min / 3R
Minowa-man vs. Bor Bratovz
5th Match – IGF MMA Rules Bout 5 min / 3R
Rolles Gracie vs. Yusuke Kawaguchi
4th Match – Tag Team 30-minute Bout
Kendo Kashin & Shogun Okamoto vs. Bob Sapp & Eric Hammer
3rd Match – IGF Kic Boxing Rules Bout 3 min / 3R
Masayoshi Kakutani vs. Prince Ali
2nd Match – 20-minute Bout
Masked Genome Jr. vs.Kohaku Mask
1st Match – 10-minute Bout
Akira Jo vs.Kotaro Nasu
VIP – 50,000 yen / Royal Masu – 30,000 yen / S Masu – 10,000 yen / A Masu – 7,000 yen / Second Floor Special Seat – 7,000 yen / Second Floor Reserved Seat – 5,000 yen
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of eFight (efight.jp)