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Egan Inoue making a return

March 19th, 2008

Egan Inoue

Big mahalo to Norman Kaui at for the photo from Tuesday’s press conference.

42-year-old Egan Inoue, who became a huge fan favorite in Hawaii during a seven-fight winning streak in Super Brawl (now Icon Sport), announced on Tuesday he has signed a deal to compete for X-1 World Events. Inoue will will return to the ring after four-plus years away from the sport as the headliner for the May 16th Legends show at the Blaisdell Arena.

Inoue’s opponent has yet to be determined. He will be joined on the card by Ray Cooper, Marcelo Tigre, Niko Vitale and Tyson Nam.

Egan hasn’t fought since Dec. 2003 when he lost to Jason “Mayhem” Miller after injuring his ribs in the second round. Inoue was sprawled out in the middle of the ring at the end of the round and couldn’t continue. While the win served as a springboard for “Mayhem” to become a big name in the MMA world, it was the last we saw of Egan in a ring.

After battling injuries and personal problems, Egan says he’s refreshed and ready to see how he can match up with the fighters of today.

“What I’m trying to get at for the first fight is I just want to see where I am,” Inoue said. “I didn’t make any decisions on how many fights. I want to do this fight and it will tell me what I do after it.”

Egan training

Following the Miller fight, Egan has spent most of his time running two gyms-The Studio and Grappling Unlimited-n Manoa Marketplace. He has spent countless hours training men and women of all ages and has watched the sport blow up worldwide at an amazing rate. It’s something he always hoped for, but he never expected it to get quite this big.

“I always hoped it would get like this,” Inoue said. “I am kind of surprised at how big it’s getting. This sport really is probably the best sport I have ever been in. A lot of people view it as brutality. If you don’t understand wrestling and boxing and jiu-jitsu and how they mix together and how hard they are to pit together, then you don’t understand. If you try to learn about it, then you’ll realize it isn’t just guys trying to kill each other. Everyone is highly trained.”

Inoue went on to say that he thought fighters were becoming much more well-rounded in their skills when he left the sport, but recently he’s starting to see more fighters become one-dimensional. Egan says ending his career with two loses is something that has always bothered him, and he’s back to go out the right way.

With a win.


March 2nd, 2008

Welcome to the home of Fighting Words.

Mixed martial arts has transformed from a predominantly underground combat sport to the world’s premiere proving ground for fighting. The mainstream success the Ultimate Fighting Championship has brought to MMA since its foray into network television with the Ultimate Fighter reality show in January 2005 has made mixed martial arts the “new boxing” for the younger generation.

While its popularity has only recently come to fruition in the mainstream world, it has long been huge in the islands. Icon Sport (formerly Super Brawl), has been holding successful events here since the mid-90’s. With the MMA boom in full effect, organizations such as K-1, X-1 and EliteXC have all held shows here, with more on the way.

In April 2005, Niko Vitale knocked out Masanori Suda in front of 6,000 fans at the Blaisdell Arena to bring the then-Super Brawl world middleweight championship back home to Hawaii. A month later, just before my 22nd birthday, I sat down to cover my first MMA show not knowing the difference between a rear naked choke and an armbar. When Tank Abbott knocked out Wesley “Cabbage” Correira with one punch in the main event of Rumble on the Rock 7 that night, I was hooked.

Fighting Words will be all about, to me, the most enjoyable sport in the world. It will provide a forum to discuss everything related to MMA. From previewing upcoming fights to the latest on local and national shows, we will track Hawaii’s best fighters around the world and give you a chance to share your thoughts and opinions.