Fightland Japan: Episode 1
Finally, Fightland goes to Japan. I always wanted an in depth look at fight camps and lifestyles out there.
The new VICE Japan series FIGHTLAND, tells the story of MMA as it is today: an ever-expanding, ever-evolving culture where athletes sacrifice their blood and bodies in a shared search for something like art. Since the downfall of Japan’s major MMA organizations Pride and K-1 Heroes, the landscape for up and coming fighters has changed quite a bit. The traditional promotion companies Shooto and Vale Tudo Japan (VTJ) have survived however, keeping the MMA scene in Japan alive by being a springboard for young fighters.
In this episode they follow 2-0 Strawweight Ryuto Sawada. He’s fought on the last two Vale Tudo Japan cards and won both fights. He trains out of the famed AACC gym, where fighters like Megumi Fujii, Hitomi Akano, Hiroyuki Abe, Ayaka Hamasaki, Antonio Carvalho, and Josh Barnett have coached and trained. Looking forward to future episodes.