Inoki Genome Federation

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Inoki Genome Federation
Acronym IGF
Founded 2007
Style Mixed martial arts
Professional wrestling
Shoot wrestling
Headquarters Japan
Founder(s) Antonio Inoki
Owner(s) Antonio Inoki
Website Official Site of Inoki Genome Federation

Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) is a mixed martial arts and professional wrestling promotion in Japan founded by Antonio Inoki in 2007.

History[edit]

Antonio Inoki left New Japan Pro Wrestling, a promotion he founded in 1972, to start the IGF. Inoki carried over to IGF his National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) accreditation, making IGF the official Japanese territory of the NWA.[citation needed]

The first IGF show was held on June 29, 2007 at the Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The card was completely changed at the last minute, resulting in the 8,426 fans in attendance not knowing who or what they were going to see outside of the main event of Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar.[citation needed]

Shinichi Suzukawa was scheduled to face Bob Sapp in an IGF special rules Heavyweight bout on December 31, 2010, at K-1 Dynamite!! 2010.[1] The fight was to be held under MMA rules, but the fighters wouldn't be wearing gloves. Closed-fist strikes would have been allowed, but palm strikes wouldn't have been permitted.[2] The event was to air on HDNet in North America.[3] However, the fight was canceled due to a last-minute contract dispute but the Japanese audience in attendance were told by the promoter involved in the contract dispute that Sapp “had lost his will to fight.” [4] In 2011 the company gave a gift to Kim Jong Il, leader of North Korea.[5] In August 2014, IGF held two shows in Pyongyang, North Korea.[6]

On December 29, 2014, IGF announced a deal with PPTV to bring its programming to Chinese audiences.[7]

Roster[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Guests
Supervisor

IGF Championship[edit]

IGF Championship
Details
Current champion(s) Oli Thompson
Date won December 31, 2015
Promotion Inoki Genome Federation

In February 2011, IGF started a tournament to determine the first ever IGF Champion, which eventually led to a final match between Jérôme Le Banner and Josh Barnett. However, just days prior to the final match taking place, IGF announced on August 19 that Barnett would not be able to attend the event.[8] On August 22, IGF declared Le Banner the first champion.[9] The title was founded as a professional wrestling championship, but has since December 31, 2013, been contested in legitimate mixed martial arts fights.[10][11]

Title history[edit]

# Fighter Reign Date Days
held
Location Successful
defenses
Notes
1 Le Banner, JérômeJérôme Le Banner 1 August 22, 2011 327 Tokyo, Japan 5 Declared first champion, after Josh Barnett pulls out of a tournament final match.[9]
2 Fujita, KazuyukiKazuyuki Fujita 1 July 14, 2012 535 Osaka, Japan 4 [12]
3 Ishii, SatoshiSatoshi Ishii
def. Kazuyuki Fujita
1 December 31, 2013 235 Tokyo, Japan 0 @ Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013
4 Cro Cop, MirkoMirko Cro Cop 1 August 23, 2014 153 Tokyo, Japan 1 @ IGF Fight 2
1. def. Satoshi Ishii at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 on Dec 31, 2014
Cro Cop was stripped of the title when he signed with the UFC.
5 Thompson, OliOli Thompson 1 December 31, 2015 37 Tokyo, Japan 0 Defeated Fernando Rodrigues Jr. to win the IGF World GP 2015 and the vacant title.[13]

IGF World GP 2015[edit]

Quarterfinals took place on April 11, 2015 at IGF 3
Semi-finals took place on August 29, 2015 at IGF 4
The Final took place on December 31, 2015 at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2015.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                 
Yosef Ali Mohammad TKO
Dion Starling Rd 1
Yosef Ali Mohammad TKO
Fernando Rodrigues Jr. Rd 1
Fernando Rodrigues Jr. TKO
Antony Rea Rd 1
Fernando Rodrigues Jr. TKO
Oli Thompson Rd 1
Chris Barnett TKO
Emil Zahariev Rd 2
Chris Barnett Dec
Oli Thompson Rd 2
Oli Thompson Dec
Ikuhisa Minowa Rd 2

[14]

IWGP Heavyweight Championship (IGF version)[edit]

IGF events[edit]

# Event title Date Location
1 Toukon Bom-Ba-Ye June 29, 2007 Tokyo, Japan
2 Genome September 8, 2007 Nagoya, Japan
3 Genome2 December 20, 2007 Tokyo, Japan
4 Genome3 February 16, 2008 Tokyo, Japan
5 Genome4 April 12, 2008 Osaka, Japan
6 Genome5 June 23, 2008 Sapporo, Japan
7 Inoki Genki Matsuri June 25, 2008 Hakodate, Japan
8 Genome6 August 15, 2008 Tokyo, Japan
9 Genome7 November 24, 2008 Aichi, Japan
10 Genome8 March 15, 2009 Hiroshima, Japan
11 Genome9 August 9, 2009 Tokyo, Japan
12 Genome10 November 3, 2009 Tokyo, Japan
13 Genome11 February 22, 2010 Tokyo, Japan
14 Genome12 May 9, 2010 Osaka, Japan
15 Genome13 September 25, 2010 Tokyo, Japan
16 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2010 December 3, 2010 Tokyo, Japan
17 Genome14 February 5, 2011 Fukuoka, Japan
18 Genome15 April 28, 2011 Tokyo, Japan
19 Genome16 July 10, 2011 Tokyo, Japan
20 Inoki Genome August 27, 2011 Tokyo, Japan
21 Genome17 September 3, 2011 Aichi, Japan
22 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2011 December 2, 2011 Tokyo, Japan
23 Toukon Matsuri in Iwaki December 4, 2011 Iwaki, Japan
24 Genki desu ka!! Ōmisoka!! 2011 December 31, 2011 Saitama, Japan
25 Genome18 February 17, 2012 Tokyo, Japan
26 Genome19 March 20, 2012 Fukuoka, Japan
27 Genome20 May 26, 2012 Tokyo, Japan
28 KF-1 July 10, 2012 Shanghai, China
29 Genome21 July 14, 2012 Osaka, Japan
30 Genome22 September 29, 2012 Aichi, Japan
31 Genome23 October 16, 2012 Tokyo, Japan
32 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye World Series in Pakistan December 2, 2012 Lahore, Pakistan
33 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye World Series in Pakistan December 5, 2012 Peshawar, Pakistan
34 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2012 December 31, 2012 Tokyo, Japan
35 Genome24 February 23, 2013 Tokyo, Japan
36 Genome25 March 20, 2013 Fukuoka, Japan
37 Genome26 May 26, 2013 Tokyo, Japan
38 Genome27 July 20, 2013 Osaka, Japan
39 IGF Shanghai Event July 24, 2013 Shanghai, China
40 Fields Event September 11, 2013 Tokyo, Japan
41 Genome28 September 28, 2013 Aichi, Japan
42 Genome29 October 26, 2013 Tokyo, Japan
43 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013 December 31, 2013 Tokyo, Japan
44 Inoki Genome Fight1 April 5, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
45 Pakistan-Japan Friendship Festival April 27, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
46 Genome30 July 13, 2014 Fukuoka, Japan
47 Pakistan Japan Friendship Festival April 27, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
48 Genki Matsuri 2014 July 20, 2014 Iwate, Japan
49 Inoki Genome Fight2 August 23, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
50 International Pro Wrestling Festival in Pyongyang August 30, 2014 Pyongyang, North Korea
51 International Pro Wrestling Festival in Pyongyang August 31, 2014 Pyongyang, North Korea
52 Genome31 October 13, 2014 Aichi, Japan
53 Road to Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 December 1, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
54 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 December 31, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
55 Genome32 February 20, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
56 IGF3 April 11, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
57 Genome33 May 5, 2015 Osaka, Japan
58 Genome34 June 27, 2015 Aichi, Japan
59 IGF4 August 29, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
60 Ja Matsuri 2015 October 31, 2015 Minamisōma, Japan
61 Ja Matsuri 2015 November 1, 2015 Minamisōma, Japan
62 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2015 December 31, 2015 Tokyo, Japan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DREAM Dynamite!! 2010". dreamofficial.com. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  2. ^ "DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010," special rules detailed". mmajunkie.com. December 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Dream Dynamite 2010". mmajunkie.com. December 31, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Overeem win highlights traditional NYE show". Yahoo Sports. 
  5. ^ Gift to Kim Jong Il from Japanese
  6. ^ "インターナショナル・プロレスリング・フェスティバルin平壌 - アントニオ猪木 IGFプロレスリング". igf.jp. 
  7. ^ デイリースポーツ社. "IGFが中国最大ネットTV局と提携". daily.co.jp. 
  8. ^ "ジョシュ・バーネット欠場のお知らせ (2011/08/19)". Inoki Genome Federation (in Japanese). 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  9. ^ a b "INOKI GENOME追加対戦カード発表のお知らせ (2011/08/22)". Inoki Genome Federation (in Japanese). 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  10. ^ "藤田「役目終わった」/IGF". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  11. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2014-08-13). "Wed. update: Jones undergoes surgery, Another UFC drug test failure, Sonnen tells Jericho what WWE told him about coming in, Mania activities in San Jose, WWE Network in Canada, Cro Cop goes after pro wrestling world title, Rollins talks (updated)". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Archived from the original on 2014-08-16. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  12. ^ "藤田、王者レバンナ破った/IGF". Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-07-15. 
  13. ^ "オリィ・トンプソン". Inoki Genome Federation (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  14. ^ Asia MMA. "IGF 3: 8-man World open weight GP". mma-in-asia.com. 

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