On June 2nd, 2007, Dynamite!! USA was held on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The occasion would function the MMA debut of Brock Lesnar and a rematch between Royce Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba.
In Half 2 of this text, I have a look again on the fights, the drama, and DJ Hapa.
Dynamite!! USA – The Occasion
On June 2nd, 2007, Dynamite!! USA was held on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It might be the primary time an MMA occasion was held contained in the stadium. Regardless of excessive expectations from FEG president Sadaharu Tanikawa concerning attendance, it was apparent the occasion failed to return near Tanikawa’s expectations of drawing 100,000 individuals. A number of digital camera angles in the course of the occasion’s broadcast confirmed a number of empty sections all through the 93,000 seat stadium. The attendance of the occasion turned a narrative of its personal in a while.
Rosie Perez, Nicholas Cage, Tracey Ullman, Keyshawn Johnson, and Dennis Rodman have been a couple of of the extra notable faces in attendance from the world of sports activities and leisure. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was additionally in attendance with the UFC Mild Heavyweight title belt he had gained after defeating Chuck Liddell one week earlier at UFC 71 in Las Vegas.
For the entrances, fighters appeared on the high of the steps close to the east entrance of the Coliseum, walked right down to the sphere, acquired on a cart, and have been pushed to the ringside space. The vast majority of these entrances lasted longer than the precise fights.
The occasion featured ten fights general. The one unaired battle on the cardboard noticed 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling Katsuhiko Nagata vs. Isaiah Hill. Hill attacked early and landed some strikes that busted open Nagata within the opening moments of the battle earlier than being taken down by Nagata. Nagata continued to make use of his wrestling expertise to get the higher of Hill all through the bout by scoring takedowns and sustaining high place on the bottom for almost all of the battle.
Apart from questionable calls and the same old normal stupidity from referee Cecil Peoples (like standing the fighters up when Nagata had half guard on Hill), the bout wasn’t very noteworthy. The bout led to a cut up resolution in favor of Nagata. Nagata clearly gained all three rounds, however decide Nelson “Doc” Hamilton scored the battle for Hill for some motive. Regardless of his scoring, it nonetheless wouldn’t have been the worst rating he gave in the course of the card. Extra on this later.
An hour earlier than Dynamite!! USA on pay-per-view, EliteXC’s presentation of their portion of Dynamite!! USA aired on Showtime. Calling the motion on the Showtime broadcast and pay-per-view was Mauro Ranallo, Invoice Goldberg, and Jay Glazer.
The EliteXC portion of the occasion on Showtime began off with Tim “Large Perm” Persey vs. Jonathan Wiezorek. The opening portion of the battle noticed Wiezorek holding Persey in a physique clinch. At one level, Wiezorek unintentionally kneed Persey within the testicles. After a break within the motion because of the low blow, Persey dropped Wiezorek with some punches and acquired the battle to the bottom for a number of moments. Wiezorek was in a position to get again into the battle when he went for a Kimura try in the direction of the top of the primary spherical.
The second spherical started with Wiezorek taking Persey down early. Wiezorek ended up getting the win after he completed Persey with strikes from again mount at 0:50 of Spherical 2. This battle didn’t have a lot when it comes to high quality or pleasure. It was merely not an excellent begin to the published.
A clip of Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante vs. Nam Phan was the second bout proven on the Showtime broadcast. This battle was truly the primary bout to happen on the cardboard. Phan went into the battle with a report of 12-3. Cavalcante went into the battle with an 11-1-1 report. He had additionally gained the 2006 Okay-1 HERO’s 2006 Middleweight Grand Prix. The battle itself didn’t final lengthy. Cavalcante took down Phan, resulting in some floor and pound. At 0:26 into the battle, referee Mario Yamasaki known as a cease to the motion regardless of Phan not having suffered a lot injury. The early stoppage acquired some boos from the gang.
Closing out the EliteXC portion of the cardboard was Jake Shields vs. Ido Pariente. The battle went to the bottom within the first minute when Shields scored a takedown on Pariente. Shields wasted no time attending to mount place and managed the battle from there for a number of moments. Pariente ultimately gave up his again to Shields, which allowed Shields to complete Pariente with a rear bare choke at 2:06 of Spherical 1. From the beginning of the battle till the end, it was apparent that Shields was on the next stage than Pariente.
That just about did it for the prelims of Dynamite!! USA. In hindsight, it wasn’t a great way to persuade potential costumers to purchase the pay-per-view. Not one of the fights supplied a lot pleasure. I may think about if an off-the-cuff fan was watching this and was pondering of shopping for the pay-per-view, they most likely would’ve been turned off by seeing underwhelming fights happening in a stadium stuffed with empty seats. That, and listening to Invoice Goldberg’s attempting to name MMA fights isn’t very interesting.
The Opening Ceremony
The pay-per-view portion of the occasion started along with your typical opening video bundle with Mauro Ranallo doing a voiceover. Aerial pictures of Los Angeles and the outside of the LA Memorial Coliseum have been proven after the opening video. Then for some motive, the present went to DJ Hapa.
DJ Hapa welcomed everybody to the occasion. He didn’t appear to know what to say. The man simply rambled awkwardly for a number of minutes. He then requested the gang in the event that they have been there to see some fights, then to “MAKE SOME NOISE!!” on two events. DJ Hapa knowledgeable the viewers he was internet hosting the occasion. He additionally talked about he was the DJ from the KTLA 5 Morning Information present. It doesn’t get higher from right here.
Throughout DJ Hapa’s inane rambling, the image went to an angle displaying a bunch of individuals dashing in the direction of somebody at ringside. It turned out to be Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. As Rampage was making his technique to his seat, DJ Hapa requested the gang to make some noise for a 3rd or fourth time. After that, Dennis Rodman was launched to the gang. He entered the stadium from the west tunnel and carried a flaming torch. It appeared extra like a flaming baton. Invoice Goldberg thought it was a stick.
Rodman took the torch into the ring and handed it to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Silva then carried the torch out of the ring whereas Mauro Ranallo may very well be heard within the background yelling about one thing. All I may hear from him was him saying “Jesus fucking Christ!” again and again. Silva handed the torch off to Mu-bae Choi, who handed the torch off to Hong-man Choi. He took the torch up the steps of the Coliseum to make use of for the symbolic lighting of the Olympic Cauldron. Choi ended up being frightened by the pyro that went off throughout this.
10 minutes into the published, DJ Hapa launched the 90s R&B group All-4-One, who have been singing the nationwide anthem. Following the anthem and for the fourth or fifth time in 11 minutes, DJ Hapa welcomed everybody to Dynamite!! USA. Extra awkwardness ensued as a shot of a trumpeter named Joey Pero was proven. He was about to play his trumpet whereas individuals stood round within the background. A manufacturing assistant needed to get him to cease taking part in so DJ Hapa may give him a nasty introduction. His intro for Pero was “My man Joey P! I need you to indicate them what you do! Present them what you do with that horn, man! Present them what you bought!” As DJ Hapa was introducing the trumpeter, Pero stood awkwardly ready for his cue.
After the strip membership DJ-level introduction, Pero began to play his trumpet for a couple of moments earlier than trying to angrily sign for his drummers to return out. After that, a small military of drummers, girls in colourful outfits, individuals waving flags, and dudes on leaping stilts got here out. This was truly enjoyable to look at. After the efficiency, the dancers and musicians stood with their backs going through the viewers and their arms up. DJ Hapa then introduced Brad Pickett vs. Hideo Tokoro can be “time-restricted” and that there was a “time limitation.” What he meant to say was it was a swing bout. We then acquired probably the most awkward fighter parade I had ever seen in my life. The fighters got here out, waved to the gang, and walked off. DJ Hapa additionally butchered a few of their names.
The opening ceremony continued its descent into awkward when DJ Hapa re-introduced Dennis Rodman to the gang. They ended up booing him when he appeared on the high of the Coliseum steps. He stood round for a couple of moments wanting confused, questioning the place the microphone was. After he was handed a microphone, Rodman mentioned a couple of issues and ended his fast speech by saying “UFC? Hell naw! We speaking about Okay-1!”
This wasn’t the primary time that week Rodman tried to take pictures on the UFC. When he was introduced because the occasion’s particular visitor on the pre-fight press convention, Rodman acquired on the mic and mentioned “UFC? Fuck that!” and proclaimed the UFC couldn’t compete with Okay-1.
Whereas Rodman’s pictures on the UFC weren’t precisely one of the best look, his most embarrassing second got here on the finish of his fast speech in the course of the PPV telecast. The occasion was sponsored by SoftBank, a Japanese conglomerate holding firm. The total title of Dynamite!! USA was “SoftBank presents Dynamite!! USA.” Rodman, who was presupposed to say that, as an alternative mentioned “SouthBase presents Dynamite!” Shortly after that, Joey Pero and the drummers began to play extra music whereas Ranallo and Goldberg tried to say good issues in regards to the UFC.
After 23 minutes of shenanigans, Ranallo, Goldberg, and Jay Glazer welcomed the viewers to the present and talked in regards to the card. As they have been speaking, DJ Hapa once more welcomed the gang to Dynamite!! USA on the home mic and re-introduced himself. DJ Hapa additionally yelled stuff in regards to the UFC as Glazer was attempting to hype the cardboard. Earlier than the fights started, Rampage was proven at ringside carrying his UFC Mild Heavyweight title speaking to Gary Shaw, what seemed to be Gary’s son Jared, and future flat-Earth believer and 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu founder Eddie Bravo. Look into it.
The Pay-Per-View Undercard
The primary bout on the pay-per-view was Bernard Ackah vs. Johnnie Morton. Earlier than the battle, a video promo was performed hyping Morton’s soccer profession and transition into MMA. Earlier than retiring from professional soccer, Morton had spent 12 seasons within the NFL. He additionally performed soccer for the USC Trojans, who play their residence video games on the LA Memorial Coliseum.
Footage of Morton coaching was performed whereas he talked about getting used to the ache. He additionally mentioned MMA was safer than taking part in soccer as a result of there was just one man coming for him whereas in soccer you need to fear about getting blindsided by a number of individuals. Yeah.
The battle itself didn’t final lengthy. Morton began off by dashing Ackah with some sloppy strikes, backing him into the ring ropes. Ackah answered again with a number of wild strikes of his personal. Morton tried to take Ackah down with a double leg, however Ackah was in a position to stuff it. Ackah then put Morton away in 0:38 of the primary spherical with a counter overhand punch as Morton tried to throw some punches. After the battle, Morton may very well be heard loud night breathing whereas one particular person was yelling “JOHNNIE! SAY SOMETHING!” as he had a neck brace positioned on him.
For some motive, Invoice Goldberg thought it was essential to attempt to stick up for soccer, baseball, and hockey gamers by saying they’re simply as robust as MMA fighters. He rambled about preparation as Morton was being positioned on a stretcher. Someday in the course of the post-fight formalities, Jay Glazer’s microphone was turned off as he tried to speak.
The second bout of the PPV noticed “Mighty Mo” Siliga vs. Ruben “Warpath” Villareal in a Tremendous Heavyweight battle. Mighty Mo was initially slated to face Mu-bae Choi, however Choi was pulled from the cardboard in the course of the week of the battle. Warpath ended up taking his place. Nicholas Cage was proven making his technique to his seat together with his then-wife whereas Warpath stood on the again of the cart for a number of awkward moments. Some banter between the cameraman and a manufacturing workers employee was picked up by a digital camera mic throughout this.
DJ Hapa saved rambling on the home mic in the course of the entrances. Even Mauro Ranallo appeared irritated by him. After Ranallo mentioned it was time for Jimmy Lennon, Jr. to introduce the battle, DJ Hapa acquired on the home mic and requested the gang “Los Angeles, what number of of you on the market are Conflict…Warcraft followers? Warpath followers?” A shot of Tracey Ullman was proven after this. She appeared like she may’ve been sitting subsequent to her son, John. Possibly or will not be John was carrying a purple hoodie, glasses, and had moppy hair. Goldberg, being the cool man that he’s, went “Oh my God! What’s that subsequent to her?” when he noticed the child. John was born in 1991, which might’ve made him about 16 on the time. So technically, Invoice Goldberg may’ve made enjoyable of a wanting teenager on PPV.
It ought to be famous that it’s been an hour into the PPV broadcast earlier than the second battle started. The entire battle time thus far on the PPV was 0:38.
Mighty Mo vs. Warpath began off with each guys clinched up for a lot of the first minute of the battle. Mighty Mo ultimately dropped Warpath and completed him with floor strikes at 1:17 within the first spherical. After the battle, DJ Hapa acquired on the mic and mentioned requested “IS THAT IT!?” whereas Warpath was on the mat being checked on by ringside docs for a doable damaged orbital bone. DJ Hapa then requested the gang “YOU WANT MORE!?” and acknowledged, “they are saying that’s it!” A number of extra annoying feedback by DJ Hapa have been made after this. I can’t even emphasize how horrible this man was at his job on this evening.
The third battle on the PPV card was Melvin Manhoef vs. Dong-Sik Yoon. Regardless of having a robust judo background, Yoon entered this battle with a report of 0-Four within the sport of MMA. Yoon acquired an excellent response from the gang throughout his entrance and ring introduction. Manhoef had a report of 17–3–1 and expertise competing in kickboxing and Muay Thai. On paper, Manhoef ought to’ve walked away from this with a win.
Manhoef began off sturdy by dropping Yoon simply 17 seconds into the battle. After swarming Yoon with some floor strikes, Manhoef ended up in Yoon’s guard the place Yoon appeared for an armbar. Yoon scored a takedown on Manhoef halfway into the spherical and managed issues on the bottom. Yoon additionally went for one more armbar on Manhoef within the last minute of the spherical, resulting in a scramble that noticed Manhoef nearly fall out of the ring.
The second spherical noticed Yoon taking the battle again to the bottom the place he mounted Manhoef. Yoon then took the again of Manhoef and acquired him in an armbar to get the submission win at 1:17 of Spherical 2. Whereas Yoon acquired an amazing submission victory, his proper eye was swollen shut. This was one of the best battle of the cardboard thus far. Although he tried his finest to take action, DJ Hapa couldn’t smash it together with his rambling in the course of the first spherical. After the battle, the published crew talked in regards to the earlier fights. As they tried to research it, DJ Hapa began babbling on the home mic.
Up subsequent was the swing battle (or as DJ Hapa known as it, the “time-restricted” battle) between Brad Pickett and Hideo Tokoro. Throughout Pickett’s entrance, DJ Hapa advised the followers they may boo. Then he rambled some extra earlier than the ring introductions. I need to point out that there weren’t any boos in the course of the ring introductions. DJ Hapa was so ineffective on this present.
The battle itself was a enjoyable scrap. Tokoro did a pleasant low-single leg into an inside journey on Pickett to take the battle to the bottom within the opening minute. Each fighters appeared for a couple of submissions in a matter of seconds earlier than they stood again up. The battle went again to the bottom when Pickett missed a lunging overhand as Tokoro threw a leg kick. This prompted Pickett to overextend his physique whereas Tokoro rolled backward. From there, Tokoro went for a kneebar that he transitioned right into a heel hook try. Each guys ended up in a scramble that noticed Pickett in facet management. Tokoro then acquired to protect whereas trapping Pickett’s left arm. He would use that whereas shifting his hips to get Pickett in an armbar, resulting in a submission victory at 2:41 of the primary spherical.
After the battle, Tokoro was introduced with a trophy from Yoshiki. DJ Hapa mentioned he’s the most important rockstar in Japan. I’ll take his phrase for it.
A efficiency with a bunch of individuals taking part in taiko drums passed off at this level within the broadcast. It was what it was. When the efficiency ended, DJ Hapa acquired on the home mic and mentioned “girls and gents, give it up for taiko!” I suppose he wished the gang to provide it up for the devices. DJ Hapa performed some extra songs and launched himself twice in a matter of minutes. There was nothing however pictures of the Coliseum for a number of minutes earlier than the published crew talked once more.
Again at ringside, the published crew started to speak in regards to the headline fights. Invoice Goldberg tried to research Brock Lesnar vs. Min-soo Kim by speaking about Lesnar choosing up guys like him and the Large Present throughout his WWE profession. I do know you’d need to be sturdy to choose these guys up, which was Goldberg’s level, however this was the dumbest battle break down I’ve ever heard subsequent to Stephen A. Smith’s tackle Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone. Jay Glazer spoke briefly in regards to the subsequent battle.
The Farce That Was Royce Gracie vs. Kazushi Sakuraba II
The Gracie Household is commonly credited with growing modern-Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and for being the pioneers of what would develop into often known as the game of MMA. In 1993, Rorion Gracie teamed up with enterprise govt and entrepreneur Artwork Davie to assist set up the Final Preventing Championship. The primary occasion was held on November 12th, 1993 in Denver, Colorado.
The unique format of the UFC noticed eight males combating in a one-night event. A part of the motivation behind beginning the UFC for Rorion was to develop the recognition of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (and by extension, his household’s companies) in America by displaying how dominant the type may very well be in opposition to different kinds of combating. He later enlisted his youthful brother Royce Gracie to participate within the first UFC event.
Royce Gracie went on to win UFC 1, 2, and Four whereas sustaining an undefeated report throughout his time within the UFC. After spending 5 years away from MMA, Royce joined Delight Preventing Championships in Japan and defeated Nobuhiko Takada on January 30th, 2000 to go to 12-0-1.
Kazushi Sakuraba, an expert wrestler with a background in freestyle wrestling, began his combating profession in 1996. On December 21, 1997, Sakuraba took half in UFC Japan as a late alternative for an injured fighter. He ended up successful the event. Sakuraba went on to battle for PrideFC. On November 21, 1999, Sakuraba confronted Royler Gracie at Delight 8. Sakuraba defeated Royler after the referee stopped the battle as a consequence of Royler refusing to faucet whereas he was in a completely locked in Kimura. It was the primary lack of Royler’s profession.
On Might 1, 2000, Sakuraba went up in opposition to Royce within the quarterfinals of the 2000 Delight Grand Prix. The 2 battled for 90 minutes till Rorion threw within the towel after Royce knowledgeable his nook in regards to the injury that had been executed to his leg in the course of the battle. This resulted in Sakuraba ending Royce’s undefeated streak. Royce ended up struggling a fractured femur.
Shortly after the battle, Sakuraba went on to develop into often known as “The Gracie Hunter.” Sakuraba later defeated Renzo Gracie at Delight 10 on August 27, 2000, by way of referee stoppage as a consequence of Renzo’s arm being dislocated by a Kimura. He later went on to defeat Ryan Gracie on December 23, 2000, at Delight 12.
On June 2nd, 2007, Sakuraba would as soon as once more face Royce Gracie. Not like their PrideFC battle in 2000, the rounds have been solely 5 minutes as an alternative of 15. There would additionally solely be three rounds as an alternative of limitless rounds. Within the pre-fight video bundle, Sakuraba jokingly requested if this wouldn’t go 90-minutes once more due to how tough the primary bout was. The pre-fight video bundle additionally featured actually goofy sound results throughout highlights of the fighters’ earlier fights. After the video bundle, DJ Hapa launched Royce Gracie. Extra on this later.
Heading into this battle, Sakuraba was 38 years outdated. Gracie was 40.
The battle began off with Sakuraba dropping Gracie with a counter punch, resulting in Sakuraba getting a dominant place for a couple of moments. Shortly after that, Gracie landed a pleasant up kick and continued throwing kicks whereas on his again. This went on till halfway into the primary spherical. The group wasn’t thrilled by this. It additionally didn’t assist that DJ Hapa was yelling on the home mic in the course of the battle. Sakuraba would get a dominant place once more on the bottom earlier than Gracie spent the latter moments of the primary spherical clinching Sakuraba entrance he again.
After the primary spherical, one of the best a part of the occasion occurred. DJ Hapa saved yelling on the home microphone in regards to the crowd needing to be vigorous and loud. They replied by chanting “Shut up, DJ!” earlier than the second spherical started. After this, DJ Hapa went silent.
The second spherical noticed Gracie touchdown single-strikes earlier than clinching up Sakuraba in opposition to the ropes for a number of moments. This additionally didn’t please the gang, as there wasn’t a lot motion throughout this. As soon as they broke off, Gracie saved throwing single-strikes and went for a takedown. Sakuraba stuffed the takedown try and landed some strikes in a clinch earlier than urgent Royce in opposition to the ropes till the top of the spherical. Gracie went for one more takedown within the first minute of the third spherical, however once more, Sakuraba stuffed the try. Sakuraba saved getting higher positions on the bottom, and each fighters have been on the lookout for Kimuras. Gracie then clinched up Sakuraba once more and pressed him on the ropes for a couple of minutes. As soon as once more, this didn’t please the stressed crowd. The ultimate moments of the battle noticed Sakuraba attempt to take the again of Gracie earlier than the battle ended.
After I first watched this battle, I believed Sakuraba did sufficient to win all three rounds. Watching it once more, I nonetheless really feel the identical means. Possibly the second spherical may very well be given to Gracie should you consider him hugging Sakuraba in opposition to the ropes for 2 minutes gained him the spherical, however general, I believed Sakuraba did extra to attempt to win the battle whereas Gracie principally stalled. Jay Glazer tried to behave like Gracie did extra, however that simply wasn’t the case.
All three judges, which included Nelson Hamilton and Cecil Peoples, scored the battle for Gracie. Whereas I believed the choice was absurd, the scoring on Cecil Peoples’ card was probably the most ridiculous one as he had given Gracie all three rounds of the battle.
MMA judging has at all times been terrible (particularly with judges like Peoples and Hamilton) and this battle was a first-rate instance of why that’s. The truth that this was the best way the Gracie household acquired their first win over Sakuraba was simply unhappy.
However the worst half about this battle would come in a while.
Brock Lesnar’s MMA Debut
After Gracie/Sakuraba, it was time for the primary occasion of Brock Lesnar vs. Min-soo Kim. Kim was an completed judoka and an Olympic Silver Medalist, however his MMA report was 2-5. Lesnar had no skilled fight sports activities expertise however was an completed novice wrestler throughout his time on the College of Minnesota. Hong-man Choi, who was presupposed to face Lesnar, walked out with Kim’s cornermen.
Kim began off the battle by throwing a physique kick. Lesnar simply countered it with an early takedown. When the battle acquired to the bottom, Lesnar handed to mount place and began punching Kim as Kim tried to carry onto Lesnar’s physique. The battle got here to an finish at 1:09 of the primary spherical after Kim tapped to punches.
As soon as the battle was over, Invoice Goldberg screamed in pleasure like he was Joe Swanson from Household Man. When the replays of the battle have been proven, Goldberg famous that Lesnar did this on a regular basis on the “College of Minnesota Wrestling College.” Goldberg additionally gloated about the truth that Lesnar was a professional wrestler. Listening to this made me really feel like Goldberg was attempting to dwell vicariously by Lesnar.
Jay Glazer entered the ring to interview Brock Lesnar. As Lesnar was doing his post-fight interview, fireworks started going off. The fireworks show was fairly super although.
And that was the present.
If you happen to go to a regional MMA occasion, chances are high there will probably be a DJ taking part in music in-between fights. Generally they get on the mic and attempt to hype up the gang, however this can be very uncommon that you simply get any doing commentary throughout fights from them.
Dynamite!! USA wasn’t presupposed to be like a regional MMA occasion. It was supposed a serious occasion. DJ Hapa’s inclusion on the occasion actually harm FEG and ProElite’s try at being seen as “large league” promotions. Properly, a whole lot of issues did, however DJ Hapa was a serious blemish on this present.
One of many largest points with DJ Hapa was his lack of ability to correctly pronounce Royce Gracie’s title. For many who don’t know, to correctly pronounce Royce Gracie’s title, you say Hoyce Gracie. It’s one thing a whole lot of non-MMA followers in America don’t know, which is comprehensible. DJ Hapa, who was the “grasp of ceremonies” for the occasion, didn’t know this in the course of the fighter introductions initially oft the PPV telecast. He ended up introducing Royce by saying his title “Roy-ce.”
Whereas one may forgive DJ Hapa for making this error as soon as, you’ll be able to’t assist however marvel if no one on the manufacturing workers bothered to inform him learn how to pronounce Royce Gracie’s title correctly in the course of the card, as he ended up making the identical mistake once more throughout Royce Gracie’s entrance for the co-main occasion of the PPV card. Mauro Ranallo, who had expressed frustrations in the direction of DJ Hapa in the course of the broadcast whereas off-mic, lambasted him as soon as extra whereas off-mic by calling him an fool quite a few instances.
Royce Gracie wasn’t the one title DJ Hapa butchered in the course of the fighter introductions. DJ Hapa additionally mispronounced Brock Lesnar’s title, calling him “Brack” as an alternative of Brock. I can perceive not getting Royce proper, however Brock?
However the largest situation general was the best way he acted in the course of the fights.
Let me make it clear that I’m undecided if DJ Hapa was advised to behave a sure means or if he did it on his personal. No matter motive why DJ Hapa acted the best way he did doesn’t change the truth that he made this occasion a tough one to look at. The corny and obnoxious yelling in the course of the fights was unhealthy sufficient, however encouraging followers to boo, attempting to rile them up, and making an attempt to get them to be disrespectful to the fighters was the worst half about DJ Hapa at this occasion.
If DJ Hapa isn’t pleased with this evening, I can absolutely perceive and would forgive him. Nonetheless, the best way he acted was extraordinarily disrespectful to the fighters on the cardboard and made the occasion’s organizers seem like amateurs.
Dynamite!! USA’s attendance numbers
In terms of the attendance for Dynamite!! USA, the numbers reported have been far and wide. From estimates of 6,000 to claims of 54,000, it was by no means clear how many individuals have been truly at Dynamite!! USA.
75,332 tickets for the occasion have been reportedly printed. Of these tickets printed, the CSAC mentioned 42,757 tickets have been bought for the occasion. The general gate for the occasion was reported at $2,545,590.
Of the tickets bought, 39,083 tickets have been bought by FEG for $2,342,500. FEG claimed to have distributed all of these tickets, however the declare was by no means verified. 3,674 tickets weren’t bought by FEG and have been bought by Ticketmaster or the Coliseum field workplace. That quantity ended up being verified by the CSAC because the official variety of tickets bought. Gross sales of these tickets totaled $203,090. Of the three,674 tickets not bought by FEG, 94 have been bought for $250. Seven have been bought for $1,000 every.
13,600 complimentary tickets have been supposedly given away by the promotion. Solely six of these comp tickets have been utilized by individuals who entered by the turnstiles on the Coliseum. 18,975 tickets weren’t used.
FEG would declare 54,000 individuals have been in attendance to the Japanese media. Some media retailers started reporting this quantity as properly. Based on the CSAC, the verified variety of individuals in attendance was 18,340. This determine was primarily based on attendees who acquired their tickets clicked whereas getting into at a turnstile. That quantity turned extensively accepted because the precise attendance for the occasion and is listed on Wikipedia as such.
However on June 2nd, 2017, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum’s official Twitter account claimed 23,267 have been in attendance that evening. With the CSAC reportedly having solely counted the quantity of people that entered by the turnstiles and probably lacking individuals who entered by different entrances that didn’t have turnstiles, 23,267 may’ve been the precise variety of individuals in attendance at Dynamite!! USA.
If the LA Coliseum’s Twitter account is appropriate, that will imply Dynamite!! USA holds the American MMA attendance report over UFC 205 at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis, which had 20,427 in attendance.
Drug Check Failures (a.ok.a. the most important motive why Sakuraba/Gracie II was a farce)
After getting brutally knocked out in his MMA debut, Johnnie Morton’s woes continued.
Morton had failed to offer a pattern for a post-fight drug take a look at. It was later introduced a pre-fight pattern that was collected the day earlier than Dynamite!! USA got here again optimistic for the endogenous steroid epitestosterone. Morton’s testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio was 83.9-to-1. The authorized restrict in California was 6-to-1. Morton had additionally failed to elucidate his actions on the request of the CSAC. He was fined $7,500 and had his CSAC license revoked. His battle at Dynamite!! USA ended up being the primary and solely battle of his MMA profession.
Morton’s chief second, Joseph Sakoda, was fined $5,000 for telling Morton to not present a post-fight pattern and for not explaining his actions when the CSAC had requested he achieve this.
On June eighth, 2007, the CSAC introduced Tim “Large Perm” Persey had additionally failed a drug take a look at. Persey ended up testing optimistic for methamphetamine. He was fined $1,000 and given a six-month suspension.
On June 14th, the CSAC introduced Royce Gracie had examined optimistic for the anabolic steroid Nandrolone.
The typical ranges of Nandrolone a traditional particular person can produce naturally is 2 ng/ml. An athlete can naturally produce 6 ng/ml of Nandrolone after rigorous train. Each of Gracie’s urine samples confirmed his ranges have been over 50 ng/mi. His ranges have been so excessive that they couldn’t register on the calibrator on the testing lab. He was given the utmost punishment of a $2,500 fantastic and was suspended for 12 months. Gracie denied any wrongdoings.
Whereas he was fined and suspended, the results of his battle in opposition to Sakuraba wasn’t overturned. On the time, the CSAC guidelines didn’t assist overturning outcomes primarily based on drug take a look at outcomes. Nonetheless, the win stays a tainted victory to this very day.
The PPV numbers for Dynamite!! USA weren’t superb. The occasion solely generated 35,000 buys. Between the PPV numbers and confirmed ticket gross sales, the occasion most definitely made round 1.6 million in income.
FEG had spent over $2.Three million on tickets. The entire disclosed fighter payout for the occasion was over $1 million. Based on a Might 28th, 2007 article by the Korea Instances, $Three million was spent on advertising simply within the Los Angeles space alone. This occasion value over $6.Four million primarily based simply on these elements. With out factoring within the prices of renting the LA Memorial Coliseum, workers, manufacturing crew, the entertainers, DJ Hapa, and all the things else, the entire prices may’ve been huge. Based mostly on recognized figures, Dynamite!! USA was clearly a serious monetary catastrophe.
On February 13th, 2008, FEG introduced the discontinuation of Hero’s and the creation of a brand new group known as Dream with former PrideFC executives hooked up to the challenge. FEG additionally continued to advertise Okay-1 occasions for a number of years. On June 28th, 2011, Okay-1 and lots of of its logos have been bought by FEG to Barbizon Co. Ltd. Then on February 1st, 2012, EMCOM Leisure, Inc. bought Okay-1 from Barbizon.
FEG went on to declare chapter on Might 16, 2012.
ProElite continued on with EliteXC. Very like Zuffa, ProElite purchased the rights to varied promotions equivalent to King of the Cage, Icon Sport, and Cage Rage.
A number of months after Dynamite!! USA, EliteXC introduced the signing of viral video star Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. Practically a yr after Dynamite!! USA, EliteXC made its debut on CBS, making it the primary MMA promotion to air an occasion throughout primetime on a serious American broadcast community. The CBS debut averaged 4.85 million viewers, peaking at 6.51 million viewers. On October 4, 2008, the promotion suffered it’s largest setback when Kimbo, who had develop into the promotion’s largest star, was knocked out by Seth Petruzelli in a matter of seconds. Shortly after that, stories surfaced that ProElite started telling workers and fighters that EliteXC can be folding.
On February fifth, 2009, Strikeforce bought varied EliteXC belongings equivalent to its video library and fighter contracts.
In 2011, ProElite made its return to selling MMA occasions, this time as ProElite. This didn’t final lengthy, as the corporate stopped operating after three occasions.
Dynamite!! USA was a extremely tough occasion on many ranges. The fights have been underwhelming for probably the most half. They have been additionally principally one-sided and never very aggressive. On high of that, you needed to cope with DJ Hapa being actually annoying throughout among the fights.
Until you’re actually curious about seeing what this present was like, I wouldn’t advocate checking it out. There are tons of fights you’ll be able to watch at no cost on YouTube which are higher than those on this card. There’s some novelty to testing this occasion, however for probably the most half, that is value skipping.