(Teen punchface from the K-1 Koshien tournament at Fields Dynamite!! 2009.)
With DREAM and World Victory Road struggling to draw crowds and hold on to television contracts, it’s clear that the halcyon days of Japanese MMA are over. FIGHT! contributor and Cagepotato.com co-conspirator Ben Fowlkes traveled to the Land of the Rising Sun to take in Fields Dynamite!! 2009, assess the state of Japanese MMA, and buy beer from vending machines. Ton find out what Fowlkes learned, you’ll have to read the Feb. issue of FIGHT! Magazine, on newsstands Jan. 25. FIGHT! contributing photographer Susumu Nagao was on hand to shoot the action – check out his photo gallery here.