HIROSHI TANAHASHI MMA NEWS
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Hiroshi Tanahashi
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Hiroshi Tanahashi
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November 13, 1976
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1999
Bobby Lashley
For MMA fighters, you only have a certain amount of time in the business, so you want to get as many fights as humanly possible before you retire. Bobby Lashley is fully aware of this theory, and he embraces it. The TNA star won a fight earlier this month for Bellator, and he's already scheduled for another one next month at a show in Kansas.
September 22, 2014
Bobby Lashley
Bellator 123 is over, and Bobby Lashley has another win in his MMA career now. The TNA World Heavyweight Champion successfully defeated Josh Burns via submission. The win took place about a minute into the second round when Lashley was able to lock on a rear naked choke hold. The victory is expected to be heavily hyped up by TNA to bring a little more credibility to their championship.
September 6, 2014
Jim Ross
There is a pay per view coming up in October called BattleGrounds MMA. Any wrestling fan watching the event will recognize a familiar voice calling the action. The promotion has signed up legendary WWE commentator Jim Ross for the show. He will be joined by recently retired UFC star Chael Sonnen for the event, which is taking place in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
September 4, 2014
Batista
A couple of years ago, there were quite a bit of rumors floating around that Batista and Bobby Lashley were set to fight one another at an MMA show. During a recent interview, Lashley revealed some details about that. The TNA champion stated that he had approached a promoter about making the fight happen. There was interest because of the potential draw of wrestling fans, but things never got to the point where there were serious discussions.
September 2, 2014
Bobby Lashley
TNA has a couple of live events coming up in a few days, and their world heavyweight champion will not be around. Bobby Lashley is going to be missing the one night only pay per view taping and an international television taping because he has to do a fight for Bellator MMA on September 5. His opponent is Josh Burns, who currently has an 8-7 record.
August 28, 2014
Bobby Lashley
Some interesting news coming out of TNA, as Bellator has now announced that Bobby Lashley will be making his MMA debut for their company in September. The current world heavyweight champion is scheduled to fight against veteran Josh Burns at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The belief is that Spike heavily pushed to make this happen as Bellator and TNA are two of their top performing brands.
July 16, 2014
Ken Shamrock
While the former UFC champion continues to campaign publicly for a return to the company, WWE has continued to ignore Ken Shamrock. The MMA legend revealed during a recent interview that he has again attempted to make contact with people backstage and again they have refused to speak with him. Shamrock appears to be growing frustrated with the situation, as he is now telling people that WWE is falling.
May 18, 2014
Brock Lesnar
Even though he is now a WWE star again, Brock Lesnar still keeps up with the world of MMA. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion recently contacted Dana White to ask the company president for a favor. Lesnar needed help convincing close friend Pat Berry to retire because his health was being jeopardized. White did not feel that he had enough sway to make Berry quit the sport.
May 12, 2014
Ken Shamrock
During a recent interview, Ken Shamrock was asked to compare Vince McMahon and Dana White. The MMA legend stated that it was easier to work for the WWE CEO than it was to work with the UFC president. McMahon and White are both known for being quite eccentric. The belief is that Shamrock chose McMahon because he wants back in with the company.
March 13, 2014
Dixie Carter
After his big MMA fight in May against King Mo, Rampage Jackson will start training for professional wrestling. Bjorn Rebney, the CEO of Bellator, stated that he has hired coaches and trainers to come in and teach Jackson the finer points of being a wrestler. He also noted that he keeps in contact with Dixie Carter, so Jackson will be working with TNA again soon.
March 13, 2014
Brock Lesnar
CM Punk was not the only former WWE star that attended the UFC event in Las Vegas over the weekend. Steve Austin was there as well. He has been frequently spotted at MMA shows, especially back when Brock Lesnar was still fighting. No word yet on whether or not Punk and Austin got together for a discussion that night.
February 24, 2014
CM Punk
While he has largely avoided the public since leaving WWE, it appears that UFC is too much of a draw for CM Punk. The former world heavyweight champion attended the MMA show in Las Vegas this weekend, where he watched it at ringside with UFC president Dana White. Punk was also spotted with Eve Torres and her husband afterwards.
February 23, 2014
Bobby Roode
An opponent for Bobby Roode at the Wrestle-1 Outbreak pay per view has been chosen. He will be stepping into the ring against veteran wrestler Masakatsu Funaki, who is viewed as one of the greatest MMA fighters in the history of Japan. Funaki has had a couple of legitimate fights with Ken Shamrock over the years.
February 21, 2014
Chavo Guerrero
It appears that Chavo Guerrero and Rampage Jackson have formed a close friendship as of late. The two of them live near one another, and their sons play football together. They're actually trying to do business together. Some sources are stating that a reality television show is in the works. A possible MMA related business has been rumored as well.
February 17, 2014
CM Punk
MMA fighters Jason Miller and Phil Baroni are calling out CM Punk over Twitter. The two former UFC stars each posted a message recently about the former WWE star. Miller appears to be joking, as he mentioned that the fight should be in a Dairy Queen parking lot. However, Baroni is more straight forward and stated that the fight can happen in Bellator.
February 16, 2014
CM Punk
Earlier this month, Jason David Frank gained the interest of professional wrestling fans when he challenged CM Punk, who recently walked out of WWE, to an MMA fight, and there's a very slight chance that he might be able to challenge him in person. The two of them are scheduled to be at Comic Con in Louisville in March.
February 9, 2014
CM Punk
While other MMA promotions have already expressed interest in bringing the disgruntled WWE star on board, UFC president Dana White has stated that CM Punk, whom he considers a friend, has never mentioned anything to him about wanting to try his hands at fighting. White was also shocked that Punk walked out on his job recently.
February 8, 2014
CM Punk

Jason David Frank, who is most known for portraying the Green Ranger in the Power Rangers television series, has challenged CM Punk to an MMA fight through his Instagram account. Frank has stated that he respects Punk and his fighting abilities, so he simply wants to test his skills out.

February 4, 2014
Brock Lesnar

In a move that might have been encouraged by Dana White to promote the potential return, Alistair Overeem called out Brock Lesnar after defeating Frank Mir at a UFC event this past weekend. Lesnar is attempting to work with WWE on making his MMA return possible.

February 3, 2014
Bobby Lashley

In a rather interesting move, Bobby Lashley has decided to make his Instagram account private, which means that fans are not able to see his pictures and updates without following his account. The former WWE and current MMA star made the change recently.

January 26, 2014
Hiroshi Tanahashi
An interesting story line took place in New Japan this week. After AJ Styles lost to Hiroshi Tanahashi, the Bullet Club proceeded to attack Tanahashi. Jeff Jarrett, who was actually in town to sign a promotional contract with NJPW, made the save. However, when Scott D'Amore opened up the guitar case, it was painted with the Bullet Club sign. Jarrett then attacked Tanahashi before posing with the rest of the Bullet Club.
August 10, 2014
Hiroshi Tanahashi
At NJPW Dominion 2012 in Osaka, Japan, Hiroshi Tanahashi captured the IWGP title for the sixth time in his career by defeating Kazuchi Okada. He is expected to receive a very lengthy push by New Japan management.
June 16, 2012
Sean OHaire
With news spreading that Sean OHaire has passed away, there have been a ton of speculations as to the details of his death. One of the rumors circulating right now is that the former WWE star was battling a severe case of depression. The belief is that he was having a hard time since he had failed careers in professional wrestling, MMA and boxing. Still no official word yet on the cause of his death.
September 10, 2014
Paul Heyman
While most MMA fighters will swear that they prefer to let their fists do the talking, being able to speak is an essential part of promoting. That is why Jon Jones, who many view as the best overall fighter in UFC, is seeking ways to improve that particular part of his game. Rumors have been floating around that people in his camp are actually interested in hiring Paul Heyman, who essentially gets paid by WWE to speak, to help.
August 5, 2014
Triple H
With his career in MMA coming to a close soon, Rashad Evans wants to make the jump from UFC to WWE. Rumors are floating around right now that he has already contacted WWE to gauge their interest in signing him. Vince McMahon is not a huge fan of MMA, but he does know that UFC fighters have name value. Triple H is reportedly said to be interested in bringing Evans on board.
July 10, 2014
Bryan Clark
Since the video game was sweeping the nation, WCW decided to capitalize on the popularity of the Mortal Kombat series by creating wrestling characters that were similar to the ones in the game. Bryan Clark, Ernest Miller, Glacier and Chris Kanyon were given characters that were part MMA fighters and part superheroes.
March 20, 2014
Vladimir Kozlov
A picture of Vladimir Kozlov doing MMA, in case you're wondering what the former WWE star has been doing with his time since leaving the company a couple of years back.
March 13, 2014
Bobby Lashley
When Bobby Lashley made his return on TNA Lockdown 2014, fans immediately began to speculate as to whether it was a one time thing or if the former WWE star was back full time. In this video, the MMA fighter informs fans that he is back on a permanent basis and is hoping to win some championships in the company.
March 10, 2014
Bobby Lashley
There were some speculations about his return to the company because he visited backstage at Monday Night Raw a couple of weeks ago, but Bobby Lashley currently does not have any plans on returning to WWE. He has not ruled out that possibility down the line, but for now, he is still focused on being an MMA fighter.
March 7, 2014
MVP
While a lot of fans are aware that he has been participating in MMA for the last couple of years, very few actually know how good MVP has become at the sport. This picture of him winning the gold medal at the IBJJF Houston Open should help people understand that this is not just a hobby to the former United States champion.
February 23, 2014
Vladimir Kozlov
Since he left WWE a couple of years back, Vladimir Kozlov has been doing a little MMA training and a little acting. Based on his Twitter account, however, it seems like his full time job is living, as he is constantly posting pictures of himself at various social functions. He posted this picture recently of himself and his attractive girlfriend.
February 19, 2014
Vince McMahon
While Vince McMahon does not publicly admit that the two companies are competing for revenue, WWE is currently concerned about UFC, as the two promotions are holding events at the American Airlines Center in Dallas in March. The feeling backstage is that fans might not be willing to attend a wrestling show the night after an MMA show.
February 15, 2014
Rampage Jackson
Rampage Jackson has an MMA fight scheduled for the end of February. While some would believe that Bellator would send him to Impact Wrestling to do some promotional work, there appears to be very little talk within TNA of that happening. The two companies still have a working agreement, but it appears that it is not being utilized as much now.
February 14, 2014
CM Punk
While a lot of wrestling fans are brushing off the possibility of it happening, CM Punk might actually be giving MMA a chance, as the former WWE champion has generated some interest from various companies, such as World Series of Fighting and Bellator.
February 6, 2014
CM Punk

"CM Punk might want to be careful with trying MMA. Those boys aren't getting paid to let him win like they do in WWE. I wish him luck, though."

- Kenny Dykstra explaining to CM Punk that wrestling is not real

February 6, 2014
Brock Lesnar

The widely held belief is that Brock Lesnar would be immediately booked into a rematch against Alistair Overeem if he decides to return to UFC. Overeem was the person that defeated him for the heavyweight championship before he decided to retire from MMA and return to WWE.

February 5, 2014
CM Punk

According to reports, Bellator is interested in signing CM Punk, if he wanted to try changing careers. It has been a well known fact that Punk is a big fan of MMA, where he is frequently seen at UFC events. As many already know, he recently walked out on WWE after some disagreements.

January 30, 2014
CM Punk

Since UFC is holding an event in Chicago this weekend, CM Punk has asked for the weekend off to attend. WWE has granted him the request. It is also being said that officials backstage are no longer as vocal about him attending MMA events as they were in the past.

January 24, 2014
Eve Torres

Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and two of their children attended an MMA class taught by former WWE diva Eve Torres and her husband. Some pictures were posted on Instagram and Twitter, where the girls took a subtle jab at Matt Hardy while showcasing a choke hold.

January 20, 2014
Ric Flair

UFC gave Ric Flair the star treatment when the former WWE and WCW champion attended one of their live events this past week. Security made sure to keep fans away from Flair, who sat with former NFL running back Herschel Walker and some other friends.

January 17, 2014
Ric Flair

Dana White posted a picture on Twitter of himself with Ric Flair at a UFC event in Atlanta, Georgia.

January 15, 2014
Ric Flair

Ric Flair was not in attendance at the Carolina Panthers game last weekend. However, that doesn't mean that the former WWE champion is avoiding all sports event. Flair was spotted in the audience at the UFC event in Atlanta tonight.

January 15, 2014
Hiroshi Tanahashi
Prior to becoming a professional wrestler for New Japan and future IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Hiroshi Tanahashi had dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. That was his primary sport in high school.
August 11, 2014
Hiroshi Tanahashi
In a rather interesting bit of trivia, Hiroshi Tanahashi was able to gain popularity in Japan when he was literally stabbed in the back in 2002 by Hitomi Hara, a news reported that he once dated. Word spread through the country about the incident, which caused interest in his return to grow. New Japan capitalized on the publicity and helped him become a big star.
April 19, 2013
Bobby Eaton
Professional wrestling came close to losing another beloved performer this week. While working at an independent wrestling show outside of Omaha, Nebraska, Bobby Eaton started having seizure like effects. It got bad enough to where he was rushed to the hospital. Doctors believe that he suffered a heart attack, and his defibulator and pacemaker prevented him from dying.
September 22, 2014
Paul Bearer
Michael Moody has passed away. While he's not necessarily a well known name in the world of professional wrestling, many will remember him as being the son of the legendary Paul Bearer. When the company wanted to induct the iconic manager into their hall of fame, WWE enlisted the help of his two sons to do the honors. Moody was 34 years of age and passed away in his sleep.
September 22, 2014
Matt Hardy
Knowing the right people is still an asset in the professional wrestling industry. During a recent interview, Matt Hardy revealed that there have been ongoing negotiations between TNA and his wife, Reby Sky. She worked a one night only pay per view for the company, and there was mutual interest back then. With Hardy back in TNA, her chances of being signed have improved tremendously.
September 21, 2014
Kurt Angle
TNA could be losing another big name performer, as their contract with Kurt Angle is expiring at the end of the day. He already told fans that an official announcement on his future will be made soon. The former world heavyweight champion has long stated that he has a desire to do one more run with WWE before retirement. With the company desperately lacking top level performers, a reunion is quite possible.
September 21, 2014
Ric Flair
Some good news if you're a fan of Ric Flair. He has now been released from a hospital in Georgia after spending ten days there for emergency surgeries. The former world heavyweight champion had an appendicitis attack and a hernia. He is expected to take some time off the road to recover from his wounds, but he should be back on WWE television before the end of the year.
September 20, 2014
Roman Reigns
Some really awful news for WWE this weekend, as Roman Reigns had to be rushed to the hospital. The rising star is undergoing surgery for an incarcerated hernia. Reigns will be forced to miss his Night of Champions 2014 match against Seth Rollins. Since the match was a featured one, the pay per view has suffered a bit of a blow. No word yet on what WWE intends to do with that slot.
September 20, 2014
Dixie Carter
When the decision was made between TNA and Spike to move Impact Wrestling to Wednesday nights instead of Thursday, both sides were aware that it might take some fans time to get used to that. As expected, the ratings dropped initially. However, Dixie Carter and company have been slowly turning things around, and a lot of the viewers are now aware that they are on a different day.
September 19, 2014
Jim Ross
Not a lot of details were provided when Ric Flair was forced to miss a WWE NXT show to have surgery. Jim Ross has revealed some details on that procedure. The longtime commentator stated that Flair had an appendicitis attack, and when doctors went in there to repair the damage, they discovered a hernia, so they repaired that as well. No word yet on when Flair will be returning to WWE television.
September 18, 2014
Charlie Haas
Since he abruptly retired from professional wrestling, Charlie Haas has been relatively quiet. He abandoned his Twitter account, and he only appeared sporadically at obscure independent wrestling shows in Texas. The former WWE star is making a little comeback in November, though. He will be teaming up with Shelton Benjamin for a Jersey All Pro show in Rahway, New Jersey.
September 18, 2014
Ashley Flair
Earlier this month, it was revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25,000 a year. It has now been discovered that the amount is only for the male performers. The divas in WWE NXT, such as Ashley Flair, Bayley and Sasha Banks, are paid $50,000 a year, which is twice as much. The reasoning behind that is because management feels that the girls have more expenses in maintaining their looks.
September 18, 2014
Ric Flair
Big Time Wrestling has come up with a big time promotional idea. The company has signed on Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat to make appearances together at two shows in November. The first event will be in Springfield, Massachusetts, while the other will be in Fishkill, New York. This will be the first time in a very long time that the two of them have made an appearance together.
September 18, 2014
Rob Van Dam
As many already know, Rob Van Dam is taking some time off from WWE. However, that does not mean that he is taking time off from professional wrestling. The former world heavyweight champion is working an independent wrestling show in Florida later on this month. Due to his name value and recent stint with WWE, RVD is able to command a higher pay than the typical performer at these shows.
September 17, 2014
Evan Bourne
During a recent interview, Evan Bourne was asked about his time in WWE. The high flying performer revealed that he had a good amount of fun during his stint with the company. However, he stated that management fired him via fax instead of a more personal phone call. No word yet on whether or not that is the new policy for WWE, but in the past, phone calls were made to the performers being given a release.
September 17, 2014
Great Khali
The downplaying of the Great Khali continues. WWE is doing some promotional work in India this week, and once again, the former world heavyweight champion was not chosen for the task of generating interest in his own country. Instead, WWE has sent Wade Barrett, a European star who is currently injured. The belief is that management will be severing ties with Khali once his contract expires because he is one of higher paid performers on the roster.
September 17, 2014
Brock Lesnar
During a recent interview, Jim Ross revealed just how close Brock Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin were in college. Ross was the one that recruited Lesnar into WWE, and when a contract was offered, Lesnar stated that he had a special stipulation he would like fulfilled. Lesnar told the company that he would sign the contract if they also gave a deal to Benjamin, who happened to be his roommate at the time.
September 16, 2014
Vince McMahon
In a bit of news that is sure to cause mass speculations about Vince McMahon and company, it has now been announced that there will be a delay in the launch of WWE 2K15. The video game was initially scheduled to be released in North America on October 28. It has ow been pushed back to November 18. The official word given for the move is because both companies wanted to produce the best possible game before releasing it to the fans, but as many already know, that is simply public relations talk.
September 16, 2014
AJ Styles
During a recent interview, Dixie Carter was asked about the situation involving the departure of AJ Styles from TNA. She stated that she felt the company gave him a respectful offer. While she did praise him as a model employee, Carter also goes on to state that she feels that Styles made a mistake by not accepting the contract. The former world heavyweight champion has publicly stated that he felt that the offer was insulting.
September 16, 2014
Chris Jericho
If you're a big fan of Chris Jericho, then definitely check out Night of Champions 2014, as that will be the last time that we see him in WWE for quite some time. The former undisputed heavyweight champion will be working a match against Randy Orton. He finishes up with the company shortly afterwards. Jericho has a tour with Fozzy coming soon, and he will be traveling around to promote his new book.
September 15, 2014
Ric Flair
Since he has a history of partying and the company does not want rumors to run wild with internet fans, WWE has released an official statement in regards to why Ric Flair was recently forced to miss some live events. They stated that he was hospitalized and will be back with the company soon. WWE had issues with the former world heavyweight champion at a public event involving their upcoming WWE 2K15 video game a while back.
September 15, 2014
Dixie Carter
While reports are saying that their contract with Spike TV is expiring at the end of the year, executives in TNA are still making moves as if they are definitely going to remain on television. The company has now booked the Manhattan Center in New York City for three more episodes of Impact Wrestling. It appears that Dixie Carter is extremely confident that they will be signing a deal somewhere.
September 15, 2014