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  • Big Name Fan: Prestigious Dark Fantasy writer Baku Yumemakura was a huge fan of UWF and had Yoshiaki Fujiwara as his favourite wrestler.
  • Role-Ending Misdemeanor: Enson Inoue was suspended from Shooto for life and forced to vacate his heavyweight championship for punching a reporter in a RINGS event.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Original UWF
      • The very existence of the promotion was to prepare a place for Antonio Inoki in case he got ousted from New Japan Pro-Wrestling due to getting the company into massive debt from one of his failed business dealings.
      • Hisashi Shinma initially wanted to bring in foreign talent from the WWE as he had good relations with them and was their on-screen President from 1978 to 1984. They could not since they had contract with New Japan Pro-Wrestling at the time, so Shinma instead asked Terry Funk and by association, Giant Baba for help. There were plans to eventually get WWE talent in after their contract with New Japan expired, but by then Shinma had quit the UWF so the deal was off.
      • The first UWF show was advertised with Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, Bob Backlund and of course Antonio Inoki on the card and their posters, but due to Giant Baba’s influence the foreigners were taken out and New Japan kept Inoki.
      • Super Strong Machine, Hiro Saito and Shunji Takano were rumored to have considering joining UWF and were seen in the front row near ringside at one of the last shows. With UWF’s closing they instead went to All Japan Pro Wrestling and formed the Calgary Hurricanes stable.
      • Future FMW star Ricky Fuji wanted to join the promotion, but failed to get in.
      • Satoru Sayama apparently tried to invite the Dynamite Kid to the UWF, he responded by saying not even the craziest person would pay just to watch them shoot on the floor.
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    • Shooto
      • Bas Rutten apprentice Omar Bouiche was once invited to fight for Shooto via Erik Paulson, but he chose Pancrase instead as it was better known and paid better.
      • Enson Inoue applied for UWFI, RINGS and Pancrase before Shooto. He was rejected by RINGS and UWFI as they had this thing about how new trainees had to be under 22 years old and had to be a certain height and Pancrase didn’t respond to his application.
      • There were rumors that Meng was originally scouted for Vale Tudo Japan 1995, but he declined as he felt too old and not in condition for competitive fighting so Craig Pittman was chosen as his replacement.
    • UWF Newborn
      • Masakatsu Funaki was originally going to face Maurice Smith at the U-COSMOS show, but he got injured and Minoru Suzuki took his place. Funaki would eventually face Smith, first at a PWFG show to a draw and then beat Smith in an All Japan Kickboxing Federation event.
      • Mach Hayato and Osamu Kido were asked to be part of Newborn as they were in the Original U. Both turned the offer down, with Mach stating he couldn’t keep up due to age and injuries and Kido was not interested, stating that Karl Gotch was not with them (Gotch was at the time helping Satoru Sayama‘s Shooto get off the ground, though he did eventually join up with Newborn).
      • Yuki Nakai and Rumina Sato were interested in becoming UWF wrestlers at first, as they believed the promotion did real fighting, but when they realized it was not, they chose to become fighters for Shooto.
      • Mark Fleming said that he was invited to go wrestle for Newborn. Lou Thesz prevented him from going without explanation, though Mark has theorized that either Lou didn’t think he was ready for the style or that the money wasn’t right. He was also invited to wrestle for PWFG, but it didn’t happen either.
      • Joe Malenko was asked to wrestle for Newborn, but he never did as he received a better offer from Giant Baba and spent the Newborn years in All Japan Pro Wrestling.
      • Atsushi Onita went to one of the Newborn shows to issue a challenge to the wrestlers, but his challenge was rejected and he was eventually kicked out for not even having a ticket, but the press saw it as UWF refusing Onita’s challenge and some speculated the refusal was out of fear. Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling was originally concocted as a shoot-style promotion as a response and even did different style fights with rounds and knockdown counts in its beginnings before it gave it up to do death matches and the other weird stuff it’s known for.
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    • Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi
      • Kazushi Sakuraba was originally going to join Pro Wrestling Fujiwara-Gumi instead of UWFI by mediation of Kazuo Takahashi. We will also never know if he would have joined up with Pancrase or see what he could have done in Battlarts.
    • RINGS
      • Chris Dolman was originally contacted by New Japan Pro-Wrestling since his friend Willem Ruska was there, but decided to help Maeda start RINGS instead after his master Jon Bluming told him about the The 47 Ronin.
      • Freek Hamaker was supposed to appear in RINGS Astral Step II: Aqua Heat for a match with Maeda, but they had to rebook it to a rematch with Dick Vrij instead, due to Hamaker getting reconstructive surgery on his knee.
      • Norman Smiley was apparently contacted by RINGS to wrestle for them as their first US representative, despite having pro wrestling connections RINGS was trying to avoid at the time. He apparently was supposed to debut against another debuting opponent Strom Koba, but he backed out and was replaced by Herman Renting.
      • Andrei Kopylov could have appeared in RINGS earlier in 1991 instead of 1992, but he turned them down the first time as he had plans to compete in Canada for the World Sambo Championships that year. When that failed he quickly took up the next offer.
      • Kopylov was originally supposed to be Volk Han’s partner in the Command Sambo exhibition at the Korakuen Experimental League '93 ROUND 1 show on February 28, 1993, but he was replaced by Vladimir Pagodin as he got injured before the show.
      • Jon Bluming was interested in competing in RINGS after watching his apprentices do so, but being around 60 at the time, he conceded that he was too old.
      • Nobuhiko Takada, Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki were challenged by Akira Maeda to face him in a super match in RINGS in January 1994, but they refused and counter-offered that they were willing to compete in RINGS against other opponents if its board of directors fired Maeda. Naturally, negotiations fell short after this.
      • Bas Rutten could have ended going to RINGS instead of Pancrase, as he originally trained at the RINGS Holland dojo with Chris Dolman and was contacted to fight there before being scouted by Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki. Rutten at the time did not know RINGS was mostly worked.
      • After PWFG closed, Yoshiaki Fujiwara and Bart Vale were offered contracts by Akira Maeda to compete in RINGS. They declined to sign up, though accepted to work a few matches for them. It is rumored that Fujiwara didn't stick around because other RINGS members were against him out of factionalism.
      • Kazuo Yamazaki was offered a contract by RINGS after he left UWF-i. RINGS also attempted to snatch Guy Mezger from Pancrase, and negotiated extensively with Ken Shamrock and his Lion's Den after they broke away from Funaki, though to no avail, though they did manage to get Maurice Smith, Pete Williams, and Frank Shamrock to fight at some of their events.
      • Don Nakaya Nielsen was originally contacted to fight in a different styles fight against Mitsuya Nagai at the RISING SERIES MINAZUKI show on June 17, 1995, but for unknown reasons cancelled the night before the show. Carl Greco filled in as Nagai’s opponent.
      • Back in his amateur wrestling days, Akira Maeda personally offered Shinsuke Nakamura a contract to compete in RINGS, but Shinsuke refused in order to pursue a career in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
      • Katsuhiko Nakajima also caught Maeda's eye during his Kyokushin Karate days and actually promised to join RINGS after graduation, but RINGS dissolved before that could happen.
      • SUWA initially applied to the entrance test of RINGS before Toryumon, but he did not pass.
      • Naoya Ogawa would have faced Yoshihisa Yamamoto in RINGS in a judo vs. judo match, but despite it was officially set, it never happened.
      • Tsuyoshi Kohsaka could have been booked to win the RINGS Heavyweight Championship in 1998, but it was not so because Kohsaka declined to sign up an exclusive contract with RINGS in order to continue his UFC career.
      • Randy Couture was originally contacted by RINGS in 1997, but he declined because he didn't want to do worked matches or fights under the old point rules. His teammate Tom Erikson was approached to fight Ricardo Morais, but Erikson's reputation was such that Morais refused and even left RINGS altogether fearing they would trap him contractually to face Erikson at some point. (He eventually did a short return for the promotion's final event.) Erikson ceased negotiations with RINGS because no available fighter wanted to face him, so he had talks with Pancrase at December, but they were unsuccessful as well.
      • Dan Severn once said that he had hoped to fight in RINGS for at least 3 years. He only got one fight against Andrei Kopylov and was never asked back, though he did fight against Joop Kasteel at a RINGS Holland event in 2005.
      • In 1999, Kazuyuki Fujita requested to leave New Japan Pro-Wrestling with the intention of joining RINGS. New Japan higher ups agreed to the move, as did Akira Maeda, but at the last minute, New Japan owner and Fujita's trainer Antonio Inoki intervened and stopped it and decided to train Fujita for MMA to fight in Pride.
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    • UWF International
      • The UWF-i staff tried to put together an all star tournament and sent letters to all the top wrestlers of the era: Mitsuharu Misawa from AJPW, Shinya Hashimoto from NJPW, Akira Maeda or Chris Dolman from RINGS, Genichiro Tenryu from WAR and Masakatsu Funaki from Pancrase, but none of them accepted; Funaki was not interested, Tenryu gave in but put an excuse, Maeda countered with an offer of a tournament of his own and demanded to bring an entire bunch of RINGS wrestlers to compete in the league and to book the first rounds in one of his own events, and Hashimoto and Misawa talked harshly against the idea. They all probably deducted that the tournament might be a plan to attract them to UWF-i to allow its wrestlers to legit shoot on them and destroy their aura.
      • Masahito Kakihara or Kiyoshi Tamura could have been sent to challenge Rickson Gracie in his dojo in Los Angeles instead of Yoji Anjo. Even before that, the original plan devised by Yuko Miyato was to send either of them to learn the style of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rickson and then challenging him.
      • After Hiromitsu Kanehara took world champion Changpuek Kiatsongrit to the judges, K-1 chairman Kazuyoshi Ishii was reportedly so impressed that he offered Kanehara a contract, but he rejected it and sticked with UWF-i.
      • Davey Boy Smith was contacted by UWFI to work for them in the hopes of hyping a match between him and Nobuhiko Takada. They actually drew up a contract, which his son says he kept, and Smith even prepared to move to Tennessee to train with Billy Robinson and the other American UWFI guys. However, he backed out after getting a better offer from All Japan Pro Wrestling, which led to UWFI to hire their next choice, Big Van Vader. Road Warrior Animal was also contacted in a similar way.
      • According to Yoshihiro Takayama, the UWFI also tried to get Hulk Hogan of all people to work with them. He declined as he didn’t want to work under shoot style.
      • Robert Duran was first contacted by UWFI for a mixed styles match against UWFI kickboxer Makoto Ohe, which would have been held in the same event as Billy Scott vs James Warring and Nobuhiko Takada vs Trevor Berbick. When they found out he was out of shape and overweight UWFI quickly scrapped the idea, leading to PWFG to sign Duran to face Masakatsu Funaki instead.
      • Boxer and Kickboxer Ernest Simmons was considered for the mixed styles match with Billy Scott, in case they couldn’t get James Warring. He was even featured on the original poster for the event before Warring signed on.
      • Masakatsu Funaki was in attendance for UWFI second show and he told reporters that he wanted a match with Nobuhiko Takada. When the reporters asked Takada about this, he ignored the question.
      • Yuji Nagata initially thought about joining UWFI at the beginning of his career, but Hiroshi Hase eventually convinced him to join NJPW instead.
    • Pancrase
      • After his tenure in UWF-i, Kiyoshi Tamura was in talks with both Pancrase and RINGS and almost signed up with the former, as Pancrase was precisely what had ignited his interest for MMA in first place. He ended up choosing the latter, though, as they offered him a better contract and a more relaxed schedule.
      • Pancrase management wanted to scout the Machado brothers as potential fighters, so they sent Funaki and Shamrock to their school to negotiate the matter. However, the Machados weren't interested at all and declined the offer. They even refused to roll with Funaki and Shamrock without gi in order to give them no opportunities, fearing the two shooters would attempt to injury them in revenge for their declination.
      • Ken Shamrock was asked to lose his King of Pancrase title to Bas Rutten a few weeks before his rematch with Royce Gracie. Shamrock refused and actually beat Rutten in about a minute.
      • Early Lion’s Den trainees like Jerry Bohlander, Mikey Burnett, Joe Hurley, Ashe Bowman, Matt Rocca (though he did fight in Shooto) and even Ken’s real blood brother Robbie Kilpatrick never fought in Pancrase for some reason.
      • Kiuma Kunioku and Sean Daugherty was originally going to debut in Pancrase in 1994 against each other, until Sean suffered a neck injury. Sean was also going to fight in 1998, he then suffered a shoulder injury and wouldn’t fight for Pancrase until 2000.
      • Noboru Asahi thought about moving to Pancrase with Manabu Yamada, but realized that he was too small and couldn’t gain the necessary weight.
      • Caol Uno tried the entrance exam for Pancrase along with his friend Osami Shibuya. He failed while Shibuya got in.
      • Toon Stelling could have started at Pancrase’s debut show alongside Bas Rutten, but he was injured at the time and couldn’t make it. Ramon Dekkers also expressed interest, but he was also injured at a time and also had a Kickboxing bout planned that would conflict with the debut show.
      • A rematch between Bas Rutten and Guy Mezger was supposed to happen at the 1997 Neo-Blood Tournament Round 1 event. It was scrapped as Guy was in a bad car accident before the event and Bas did a Muay Thai exhibition match with Ryushi Yanagisawa instead.
    • Kingdom
      • Kingdom had plans for Naoya Ogawa to wrestle for them with Antonio Inoki's blessing. Both even appeared at the Kingdom Birth Step 2 show, shaking hands with Nobuhiko Takada. For whatever reason negotiations fell off as Ogawa never wrestled for them and Inoki started up UFO a year later with a similar style to Kingdom's with Ogawa as The Ace.
      • Kingdom contacted Wallid Ismail to wrestle for them on their Ambition show on December 14th, 1997, however Ismail no-showed since he had a vale tudo match in Sao Paolo four days earlier.
      • Naomichi Marufuji passed the entrance exam for Kingdom and was told that he could join after he graduated from high school, but it closed before he could debut and later debuted in pro wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling. He also took an entrance exam for Pancrase, but he didn’t pass because he was injured at the time. He was also a Super Tiger Gym alumni and could have had a MMA career if he seriously considered it with Tsuyoshi Kohsaka praising his fighting skills and was a sparring partner for Yoshihiro Takayama when he was doing MMA.
    • Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation
      • Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch was supposed to fight at USWF 16 in a middleweight title fight against Ali Elias and was advertised as such, for some reason he dropped out of the fight and was replaced by some guy named Bruce Hunter.
    • Universal Fighting-Arts Organisation
    • Seikendo
      • Kurt Angle, Danny Kroffat, and Jose Estrada Jr. was apparently supposed to be at one of the Ultimate Boxing events as part of proposed partnership Seikendo wanted with WWE. It didn’t happen.
    • Crossovers
      • Nobuhiko Takada once remarked that he would have liked to fight Maurice Smith, which caused the All Japan Kickboxing Federation to book a match between them at one of their events... without negotiating with Takada at all. On the event it was booked, Takada didn’t show up, so they rang a ten-count and declared Mo Smith the victor.
      • We would have seen a fight between Jerry Bohlander and Kazuo Takahashi at UFC 12 if Takahashi didn’t break his hand when beating Wallid Ismail.
      • Hiromitsu Kanehara was originally the guy Kingdom was going to send as their main champion to the UFC Japan event in 1997. Only when he got injured in training was replaced by the eventual winner and future legend Kazushi Sakuraba.
      • Nobuhiko Takada could have appeared in the first UFC event in Japan facing Ken Shamrock, possibly in a worked match to put him over after his defeat to Rickson, but he was removed from the event when negotiations fell apart.
      • Ken Shamrock was suppose to face Mark Coleman at Pride 12, Igor Vovchanchyn at Pride 13, and Ian Freeman at UFC 43. Coleman backed out of their fight, and Ken got injured before his fights with Igor and Ian and was replaced by his students Tra Telligman and Vernon White respectively.
      • Kiyoshi Tamura was approached to fight in the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Japan, but he turned down the offer, disliking the rule that allowed ground and pound and considering the paycheck too small.
      • Ultimate Fighting Championship was interested in getting Kazushi Sakuraba in 2003 as part of a working agreement with PRIDE, but the contract conditions weren't good enough, so PRIDE instead offered Hirotaka Yokoi, whom UFC naturally turned down
      • Masakatsu Funaki was offered a spot in Ultimate Fighting Championship after UFC 3, but he declined, claiming to be against the rule that allowed closed-fisted punching to the face.
      • Dick Vrij was supposedly going to enter UFC in 1994, but unknown reasons ensured it never happened. He also was slated to take part in World Combat Championships in 1995, but he pulled out, apparently due to an injury.
      • Hayato Sakurai and Rumina Sato were offered by UFC to face Carlos Newton and BJ Penn respectively in 2001, but nothing came from it. Sakurai would debut in UFC in his own way in 2002, but only for one match. Another Shooto fighter, Erik Paulson, wanted to compete in the first UFC event back in 1993, but as he was still training under the Gracies at the time, they forbade him in order not to overshadow Royce and he respected their wishes.
      • Scott Bessac was originally the one who Art Davie contacted for UFC 1, but he declined and recommended his teacher Ken Shamrock instead as he felt he was a better fit.
      • Aleksander Karelin was considered for UFC 1, but Art Davie realized that he would have to go through the bureaucracy of Russia to do so and quickly scrapped the idea.
      • Ernesto Hoost was Art Davies’ original choice for a Dutch martial artist at UFC 1, but Hoost was unavailable due to having a Kickboxing match in Japan, to which Jan Plas offered Gerard Gordeau as his replacement. Peter Aerts was also considered, but he was uninterested and the UFC at the time couldn’t pay him enough.
      • Gordeau was also invited to compete at UFC 2, but he refused due to a number factors, namely money, but he did bring in and corner his friends Remco Pardoel and Freek Hamaker.
      • Bart Vale was invited to compete in the first UFC, but turned down the offer without explanation. He also could have ended up fighting Renzo Gracie at the World Combat Championships if he hadn't injured his head against Mike Bitonio. There were plans to hold a second WCC event with Bart and Renzo as a "superfight" bout, but it didn't happen.
      • Scott Sullivan was invited to fight in the first UFC in 1993, but didn't think his skills would work well against Royce Gracie.
      • Bas Rutten could have competed in the first UFC events, as he heard it from Ken Shamrock and his own friend Gerard Gordeau, but he was not interested at the moment, as he had a better pay and a more safe career grooming in Pancrase. He also could have fought later in PRIDE, but they offered him a better contract as a commentator and he stuck with it.
      • Bas Rutten’s UFC debut was originally going to be the main event to UFC: Ultimate Brazil (aka UFC 17.5) against Randy Couture for the UFC heavyweight title, however the fight was cancelled when Couture instead signed with Vale Tudo Japan, and was stripped of the title.
      • Dan Severn was originally supposed to fight Maurice Smith at UFC 15 for the heavyweight championship, but he fought in Pride 1 against Kimo Leopoldo a week before the event and was too banged up from that to compete. He got replaced by Tank Abbott and blacklisted from the UFC as a result.
      • Yoji Anjo was originally scheduled to fight Frank Shamrock at UFC 23 (aka UFC Japan 2). The fight was canceled due Frank backing out.
      • Yoji Anjo was once offered a fight with Mirko Cro Cop in K-1 when Mirko was still billed as "Mirko Tiger". Anjo apparently watched a few of his fights and declined the offer.
      • Yoshihisa Yamamoto made appearances in both Pro Wrestling ZERO1 in 2001 after he left RINGS and New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 2005 after he left Takada Dojo, where he would confront Naoya Ogawa in the former and Yuji Nagata in the latter with the presumption being that he was eventually going to wrestle them. For some reason neither match happened and Yoshihisa went back to MMA after both incidents.
      • Most of the Kingdom roster was offered to fight in PRIDE 1 to give it a more "UWF-i vs. Gracie family" feel, including Kanehara, Anjo and Sakuraba, but the idea was scrapped when Kingdom executives turned down the offer. Sakuraba ended up debuting in PRIDE 2 anyways, but Kanehara and Anjo wouldn't follow him until PRIDE 23 and Shockwave 2004 respectively.
      • Matt Hume competed in the first ADCC Championships in the 77kg category, but had to drop out before the semifinals due to injury. The person he beat, Luis Brito, went on to be the silver medalist, beating John Lewis in the semifinals and losing to eventual winner Renzo Gracie.
      • Genichiro Tenryu was approached by Japanese promoters to take part in the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Japan in 1997, as he was reputed to be a tough guy who might do well in Mixed Martial Arts. He would had fought as a WAR representative and his opponent would have been possibly Don Frye. However, negotiations fell apart as both Tenryu and the UFC officers agreed that he was too old to compete in MMA and that Frye was too nasty of an opponent for him. Other WAR wrestlers with MMA experience like Koji Kitao and Koki Kitahara were offered to replace him, but UFC declined, as they did not want to get involved with pro wrestlers without the name value of Tenryu.
      • Kazushi Sakuraba could have fought Frank Shamrock in two occasions. After Frank requested to fight Sakuraba, PRIDE offered him a place in the Grand Prix 2000 in order to secure a potential match against Saku, but he was not interested, as he thought PRIDE was using Saku as a carrot to have him fighting through his cards. They then offered Frank a fight against Sakuraba at PRIDE 10, but the American refused again, wanting at least three more months to train properly. After that, the negotiations went sour and the matchup was forgotten.
      • PRIDE tried signing Naoya Ogawa to fight Nobuhiko Takada. After negotiations fell off, PRIDE management thought of making Takada publicly challenge Ogawa while doing commentary for the second fight between Kazushi Sakuraba and Wanderlei Silva, hoping it would lead Naoya to accept. However, knowing it would be useless again against the stubborn Ogawa, Takada took over the decision, and instead challenging the judoka, he proclaimed Ogawa was nothing and that he wanted to fight a real opponent in form of Mirko Filipovic. This secured another big bout for PRIDE and damaged Ogawa's reputation.
      • Pride 20 had a lot of card changes, fights originally on the card include Renzo Gracie vs. Sanae Kikuta, Ricardo Arona vs. Sanae Kikuta, Quinton Jackson vs. Yuki Kondo, Sam Greco vs. Gilbert Yvel, Mario Sperry vs. Dan Henderson, etc.
      • Kazushi Sakuraba could have debuted originally in PRIDE 1 against Renzo Gracie instead of Naoki Sano, but it didn't happen due to bad negotiations between Kakutogi Revolution Spirits and Kingdom.
      • Marco Ruas’ original opponent for Pride 4 was Mario Sperry, who pulled out and was replaced with Alexander Otsuka.
      • There were plans for Antonio Inoki’s UFO promotion to work with RINGS, but they fell through after Satoru Sayama disagreed with that decision and left UFO altogether.
      • Naoya Ogawa could have ended fighting Rickson Gracie in two separate occasions. The first one even had the match signed up for a follow up of the Colosseum 2000 event, but Rickson backed down due to the death of his son Rockson. The second time was years later, when Rickson returned to Japan by UFO's invitation and they talked of a match with Ogawa, but the thing fell off again.
      • MMA promotion DEEP was interested in hosting a "Pancrase vs. RINGS" match between Minoru Suzuki and either Kiyoshi Tamura or Wataru Sakata at one of its first events, but negotiations failed, as Tamura turned down the offer apparently due to the paycheck and Suzuki though Sakata was too bad of a replacement. Masakatsu Funaki offered Yoshiki Takahashi instead of Suzuki, but Pancrase chairman Masami Ozaki vetoed it.
      • In 2009, DEEP also considered hosting shoot-style rules matches at their shows, but nothing came off it.
      • A match between Kazushi Sakuraba and Kiyoshi Tamura was in the works in at least three separate occasions through the history of PRIDE, as Saku used to challenge Tamura after every big match and Tamura always had an excuse to decline. PRIDE even offered them a tag team MMA match similar to those which ZST would host years later, and Tamura actually accepted, but then it was Saku who objected to the idea because he wanted an individual bout. The matter was so heated that Tamura actually promoted his autobiographical book by announcing he would reveal in it the reasons why he never fought Sakuraba in PRIDE.
      • Before his match against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Kazushi Sakuraba was originally offered to fight Mexican wrestler-turned-fighter El Solar in a special fight in which Saku would wear his famous "Saku Machine" mask, but he declined the offer and chose Nogueira instead.
      • Kazushi Sakuraba could have fought Kevin Randleman earlier in the Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round, it didn’t happen as the UFC managed to get Randleman to back out by promising a fight with Pedro Rizzo. Alex Andrade was also considered for Saku’s opponent instead of Guy Mezger who wanted to refuse as he wasn’t in shape, but PRIDE decided Andrade wasn’t a big enough name and got Mezger to be in the fight.
      • Guy Mezger was promised a rematch with Sakuraba, which ended up never happening since once Sakuraba had beaten Royce Gracie to become a big star, it made no sense as far as the promotion felt for him to risk that stardom against a quality fighter who was a tough style match-up for him, but that the fans didn’t see as a potential superstar.
      • During Tamura's return to pro wrestling at his U-STYLE project in 2003, there were talks about wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling, as his trainee Ryuki Ueyama had done a special match for them. Although Tamura was open to the possibility, it didn't happen, so he focused in U-STYLE and PRIDE instead.
    • Others
      • A third UWF had been planned after the folding of Newborn, but differences of thinking between its members made them split apart (namely, Shigeo Miyato and Yoji Anjo did not like Maeda, while Fujiwara and his apprentices were more interested in other projects).
      • After the first UWF dissolved, Giant Baba offered a hefty pay to Akira Maeda to join All Japan Pro Wrestling. However, when Akira found out that only him and Takada would be contracted while the rest of their companions would be left to their luck, he declined the offer and returned with them to New Japan, despite knowing it would bring him heat with Antonio Inoki.
      • Royce Gracie received offers by RINGS, Pancrase and New Japan Pro-Wrestling after winning the first Ultimate Fighting Championship, but his price was too high and they dumped him because he wasn't famous enough at the time to pay him so much.
      • There were plans to get Rickson Gracie to work for UWF-I, but knowing that they only did works, he declined every offer they threw at him. RINGS later tried as well, with similar results.
      • Sanae Kikuta tried to enter New Japan Pro-Wrestling twice but failed the entrance exams. Kenichi Yamamoto was a fellow examinee during Kikuta's second try.
      • Yuki Nakai in his Hokkaido University days initially planned to join the Kyokushin Karate club under the prestigious Kaoru Takagi, but he ended up setting on the Kosen Judo club under famous Kodokan master Kanae Hirata.
      • Dave Meltzer once wrote that Kurt Angle was once offered a contract by either RINGS or UWF-I.
      • A plan was made for Billy Robinson and Antonio Inoki to announce the formation of a new promotion, the CACCA (Catch-As-Catch-Can Association). They would be the public faces of the promotion, an alliance dating back to their one-and-only singles match, a 60 minute draw in 1975 that was generally viewed as one of the greatest matches of that era. This would have put Robinson back in the spotlight, since Inoki has his own promotion as well as being in the Senate. The wrestlers would come from Miyato’s gym, several wrestlers trained by Kazushi Sakuraba and wrestlers trained by Kiyoshi Tamura at his U-File Camp. The idea was to be like a modernized version of the 80s and 90s UWF style pro wrestling. The matches were to be worked, and with relying on all new talent, it would have been at best just another of the dozens of pro wrestling groups in the country that are indie level that almost nobody is even aware of. With Robinson having passed away, since he was to be a key part, there is no word on the future of this plan.
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