The following is a translation of an entry from a Japanese-language website. For the original entry, please refer to the link at the bottom of the page.
Sengoku’s apparent strategy: “Sengoku is strong. We need only to wait for Dream to destroy itself, we will become the top Japanese MMA organization by not doing anything.”
In a recent broadcast, Sengoku representatives discussed the promotion’s current strategy. The following is my reaction to what they discussed.
Link to video (in Japanese):
As regards the strategy which Sengoku has recently unveiled; can it not be said that the essential nature of their tactics may be summed up as “we can begin now to fortify our guard. Likewise, it is appropriate to expect that Dream will destroy itself”?
Decidedly, it is Sengoku’s ideal that the top fighters shall earn 300,000, 500,000, perhaps 1,000,000 yen (approximately $3,420, $5,700 and $11,400, respectively). Under such conditions, even champions would have to hold a day job, and to pursue fighting as a secondary venture, which incidentally is not unlike the state of boxing in Japan. As regards Sengoku’s chief rival Dream, it would seem that Sengoku’s strategy is to wait for Dream to destroy itself. Consideration of circumstances yields the following summation of Sengoku’s apparent strategy: “even without us trying, Dream will turn to nothing. This will be an effortless victory.” Were Dream to go under, Sengoku would become the number one promotion by default; such is the current landscape. According to two employees of the company, were it to occur that the Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall) withdrew its support, Sengoku’s assets (according to prior financial statements) would total just 6,000,000 yen (approximately $68,400). This begs the question if Sengoku’s actions and rhetoric are not merely a result of this reality.
These are my impressions on the current state of Sengoku.