New Japanese hybrid MMA promotion Ganryujima announces tournament brackets, rules

Ganryujima Tournament
Ganryujima Tournament

Ganryujima will be held on February 28, 2015 at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan and live broadcast on Fuji 1 Sports.  The new and unusual promotion has announced the brackets for the 8-man tournament under somewhat grappling-unfriendly rules.


#1 – Marcus “Lelo” Aurelio (Capoeira, Brazil) vs Abdoulaye Niang (Senegalese wrestling, Senegal)

Aurelio is a capoeira kick boxer with an MMA record of 6-2 who last fought in Bellator 79 in 2012. Niang is a practitioner of his native country’s Senegalese wrestling.


#2 – Amaramend Boldo (MMA/Sumo, Mongolia) vs Kazuhisa (American football, Japan)

Boldo has a career sumo record of 225-182 under the name Yoshihiro Hoshikaze. He has fought in IGF under MMA rules once, beating Atsushi Sawada. Kazuhisa plays American football and is expected to be on the Japanese bobsled team. He is training under K-1 and DREAM fighter Taiei Kin.


#3 – Minowaman (MMA/wrestling, Japan) vs Han Wula (MMA/Shuai Jiao, China)

Minowaman needs no introduction, but for stat’s sake, his MMA record now stands at 60-37-8. Han is a 2-meter tall shuai jiao and sanda champion with a 4-3 MMA record who has competed in CKF.


#4 – Brian Douwes (kickboxing, Netherlands) vs Kamen Georgiev (combat Sambo, Bulgaria)

Brian “Bad Ass” Douwes of the Netherlands was the WFCA European K-1 Super-Heavyweight Champion, and as a kick boxer has a record of 33-22-2. Kamen Georgiev of Bulgaria is multiple world champion in both sanshou and sambo with an MMA record of 30-9-1. This is looked to be the obvious frontrunner match.

Reserve – Morikawa Osamu (judo, Japan) vs Miura Akira (karate,Japan)


A few “super fights” will be held outside the tournament. In the first, Japanese Featherweight Champion boxer Kazuhisa Watanabe will participate in a match under the Ganryujima ruleset against Shaolin kung fu master Guo Cheng. Japanese master of tai chi Yamagishi Masashi will face karate master Abiko Yutaro.

It also appears that a women’s match has been made between karate champion Kisami Rika and Chinese martial arts practitioner Chihiro Yamamoto.



The competition area will be 8-meter diameter and 60 cm high circle stage with no ropes or cage, with a possible moat of water surrounding it. There will be 3 rounds of 3 minutes each, with 1 round extension, 1 minute between each round. However, the time and number of rounds may be changed if both sides agree.

Competition clothing will be provided as a sleeveless top and two trousers to choose from. Supporting gear will be determined or approved by officials. MMA gloves will be used.

A fighter can win by KO, TKO, opponent’s submission, or three judge decision. Additionally, a win can come by TKO fall, if one opponent falls off the stage 3 times in one round. In scoring, a fighter loses points for receiving damage or falling/being thrown and subsequently off the stage.

Techniques not allowed include the usual, plus no head kicks or stomps to a grounded opponent, and no chokes to a grounded opponent. Allowed strikes include the usual, plus elbows and head butts. Standing grappling is allowed but will be a break when it takes place on the ground.


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