TWO FIGHTERS FOUND GUILTY IN JAPANESE GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE FIGHTING INVESTIGATION
In a follow-up to a very thorough investigation conducted by the prestigious committee behind the Japanese Grand Prix Freestyle Fighting Tournament, two fighters have been found guilty of participating in arranged fights and have been banned from competing in this year’s tournament and any subsequent tournaments hosted by the Japanese Grand Prix.
Brazil’s Cristiano Rua and Hungary’s Attila Wellisch have been found to have competed in an array of arranged fights leading up to the tournament, and committee President Sadahura Tanikawa is pushing to have both fighters stripped of their rights to compete in any sanctioned tournaments around the world.
“These fighters have brought great shame and dishonor to our tournament we hold in the highest regard,” said Tanikawa. “We individually handpicked each competitor based on their skill, professionalism and level of class they display inside and out of the fighting circuit, and to discover this devastating information is detrimental to our whole organization.”
Tanikawa continued that he is going to pursue criminal charges against the fighters to send a message to any fighters around the world participating in arranged fights.
With the announcement of this news, the Japanese Grand Prix committee has officially ended their investigation into the allegations, and although there has been no determined commencement date, the committee is optimistic that the tournament will be underway soon.
“The tournament will remain on hold until we are able to select fighters for the two slots of the fighters who were banned,” said Tanikawa. “There is more money involved in this purse than any other tournament in fight sports history, and going forward, we will not tolerate any immoral or ethical actions, and we hope this ban sends a message to any fighters who participate in any wrongful doings.”
The annual Japanese Grand Prix freestyle fighting tournament contains the top fighters in their discipline across the world. Competing this year are Japan’s acclaimed sumo champion Harumafuji, America’s Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion Gunn, France’s Savate Militec and Argentina’s Muay Thai Bosch, as well as several other decorated fighters.
With the tournament set to begin in just a few weeks, fight fans worldwide can get excited to know that the ultimate freestyle fighting champion will soon be crowned, and will have the opportunity to enter any fighting competition around the world.
The exact date of the commencement of the tournament will be released within a few weeks.