“The UFC is currently considered the best MMA event. However, I believe we can make our event better than the UFC. We’ll save money and will buy the UFC someday.”
-FEG (K-1) president Sadaharu Tanikawa to members of the media after the Field Dynamite 2008 event.
The chances of this are extremely remote. The UFC brand is now almost synonymous with MMA. And after a very financially successful 2008 and big plans for global expansion in the coming years, the company shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Chalk this one up to posturing for the Japanese fans.