Well, it’s not like we expected something miraculous to happen after Sengoku started urgent report” on its website yesterday, saying that primary sponsor Don Quijote has pulled all of their financial support from the company, and if they can’t find another sponsor to replace DQ, Sengoku’s collapse will be unavoidable. More details via FightOpinion:
The note says that Don Quijote was backing the company fully, including office headquarters. The note says that a lot of money was lost and that rather than stay in the ball game, Don Quijote left and that the ‘heartless mass media’ comments made about them didn’t help matters. Sengoku’s note claims that Don Quijote will continue sponsoring other MMA organizations but that everything is under further review.
With the struggles that Japanese MMA has endured since the collapse of PRIDE — and the public revelation that Don Quijote lost their shirts investing in Sengoku — it’s hard to imagine that another powerful sponsor will throw their support behind the sinking promotion. It’s also hard to imagine any of their remaining stars staying loyal in the meantime; featherweight champ Hatsu Hioki could be headed to the UFC, lightweight knockout-artist Maximo Blanco is being courted by Bellator, and former featherweight champ Masanori Kanehara is killing time by fighting at one of those chaotic, low-rent ‘Outsider’ shows.
In a possibly-related story, Japanese magazine publisher Enterbrain has ceased the production of MMA journal Kamipro. Plus, there’s that massive earthquake you might have heard about, which has already led to the cancellation of upcoming Pancrase and Jewels events. Bad times, man.