By Mark Ginther
INOKI BOM-BA-YE 2002
To be held:
December 31, 2002
Saitama Super Arena
- 1st Match: 5min 3R/MMA rules
Tadao Yasuda vs. Jan "The Giant" Nortje
- 2nd Match: 5min 3R/MMA rules
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Daniel Gracie
- 3rd Match: 5min 3R/MMA rules
Yasuhito Namekawa vs. Wallid Ismail
- 4th Match: 3min 3R/K-1 rules
Gary Goodridge vs. Mike Benardo
- 5th Match: 3min 3R/K-1 rules
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Cyril Abidi
- 6th Match: 5min 3R/MMA rules
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Mirco Cro Cop
- 7th Match: 5min 3R/MMA rules
Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Masaaki Satake
- 8th Match: 5min 3R/MMA rules
Bob Sapp vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
| Sapp and Takayama put on quite a show for the press. Sapp tells Takayama he’s got a Christmas present for him and then empties a bottle of mineral water over his head.
Goodridge vs. Bernardo
Ismael vs. Namekawa
| Bernardo has "five words" for Goodridge: "I’m going to knock you out."
Goodridge says he’s going to "kick ass." And when Bernardo wakes up on New Year’s Day, he’s going to wonder what happened.
| Ismail wants to go after Namekawa on the stage and it doesn’t look like an act. When Namekawa predicts a quick victory, Ismail say he (Namekawa) isn’t going beat anyone. "There’s going to be a war and you’re going to the hospital, you’re going to feel pain," he says. Namekawa ignores him and Ismail demands, "Look at me when I’m talking to you!"
Cro Cop vs. Fujita
Yoshida vs. Satake