Smackgirl On Life Support?

Smackgirl

In the cutthroat world of MMA, financial stability is the paramount key to a MMA organization’s success; according to Tony Loiseleur and Jordan Breen of Sherdog.com, a top female Japan-based MMA company is facing an uncertain future.  Smackgirl, which had originally scheduled its 2008 Re-Mix tournament finales at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan on July 24, has postponed the event until September 21, according to Smackgirl public relations officer Masao Katsui.  When asked about the reasoning behind the postponement, Katsui said, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we cannot comment any further than [the postponement].”

With few answers coming from Smackgirl brass, it is natural to assume that there’s financial difficulties in the Smackgirl organization; a source from within the Japanese MMA industry told Sherdog.com that Smackgirl’s financial issues stem from a sponsor pulling its support of the organization; the sponsor, according to the source, is an Australian-Japanese IT company – which had been responsible for the funding that allowed Smackgirl to be aligned with BS Fuji, a digital television channel that’s affiliated with Fuji Television, a leading Japanese broadcaster.

Although Smackgirl is expected to issue a press release some time this week, Smackgirl President Motoki Shino on Tuesday stated on his blog: “The Smackgirl World ReMix Tournament 2008 card that was scheduled on July 24, 2008 at Korakuen Hall, has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control.  It is our deepest apology to the people who were looking forward to this event, as well as to related parties, but we would like to postpone the card to Sunday, September 21.  To tell you honestly, our situation is not easy, but I would like to continue this event.  I have not changed my intent to continue to support Women’s MMA, and I have already started to correct the course of my plans and to strengthen our organization.  I am moving around overseas.  I would like to lay out the framework and make it more exciting.”

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