Alistair Overeem respects the game. What happens to fighters when they are done fighting? The first generation of Pride and UFC fighters are now reaching the senior living age and nobody wants to talk about the old, battered elephants in the room.
You think a life of football is rough on the human body, try a life of gym wars and no holds barred prize fights.
Two Pride FC legends bodies are giving out on them at the same time and Overeem while over in Japan for an UFC Japan Fight Night paid his respects at two hospital bound MMA trailblazers. You know the story of Yoshihiro Takayama and his spinal surgery that left him paralyzed after a pro wrestling accident but now hear the story of four-tie Pride vet Hiromitsu Kanehara.
While I was visiting Japan I wanted to visit Takayama but his condition is so critical that he can’t receive any guests. The same contact told me that his best friend is Hiromitsu Kanehara, a former opponent of mine who I fought 13 years ago in my Pride days. I asked if he wanted to be my special guest at the UFC show this weekend but he told me he couldn’t make it because he’s also in the hospital with major back problems. So I decided to visit him at the hospital to show my respect to a former opponent and warrior!! Get well soon Kanehara #prideneverdies #bushido #kanehara #truewarrior #samurai @hiromitsu.kanehara
Here is the official donation page from Yoshihiro Takayama’s family and team titled TAKAYAMANIA