Santiago Defends Sengoku Title On 3/7 vs. Khalidov, Not Misaki
The rumor mill was unexpectedly wrong on this one-despite widespread rumors that Kazuo Misaki would face Jorge Santiago for the Sengoku Middleweight Championship on March 7 at Ryogoku Kokugikan, World Victory Road announced today that Mamed Khalidov will get the title shot instead. It was long believed that Khalidov needed to beat Joe Doerksen on 3/7 to get his shot. But instead Khalidov gets another shot at Santiago, but this time it's for the title. The first fight, which Khalidov won, was non-title.
Nam Phan In Title Fight,Eyeing Return To Japan
After years of struggling to make his breakthrough, California fighter Nam Phan finally had his opportunity in 2009.Upon signing with Sengoku, Phan pulled off the victory of his career, defeating former Shooto champion Hideki Kadowaki, and elevated himself to Top 10 status in the featherweight division.While he lost to upset specialist Michihiro Omigawa in his next fight, Phan tasted success and is eager for more come 2010.
Sengoku Press Conference Part 1: Aoki Statement
World Victory Road held a press conference in Japan today to talk the future of SRC and post-Dynamite!! fallout, which not surprisingly focused on "Stone Cold" Shinya Aoki and his post-fight actions against Mizuto Hirota. The official statement from WVR notes that WVR acknowledges Aoki as the top Japanese lightweight and has no contention regarding how the fight unfolded from beginning to end. Nonetheless, it claims that Aoki's post-fight behavior ruined the plum opportunity to elevate the status of mixed martial arts with broadcast on network TV during the prime TV slot of the year.
Invoking SRC's membership in the newly founded Japanese Martial Arts Foundation, the statement claimed that, if a fighter signed to a promotion under the umbrella organization engaged in a similar behavior, he would have his fighter license revoked or receive equally harsh punishment. It also reiterated that, while Aoki has issued a standard apology during the post-fight interviews, his words hardly convey any remorse. In fact, some of his comments, such as the one about "following through with (DREAM event producer) Sasahara's order to kill him" contradict his claim about feeling sorry. WVR also demanded that DREAM and any other culpable party to go beyond "stern warning" and other perfunctory measures to atone for Aoki's conduct.
The statement concluded with a remark about the expectation for MMA fighters to be polite, genteel human beings, rather than a bunch of ruffians - an absolutely vital step in Japanese Martial Arts Foundation's ongoing effort to establish MMA as a true sport and someday elevate it to the status of Olympic sport.
Ribeiro wants experience before the UFC
“I have a contract with Sengoku and I want to stay there to have more experience. As much experience, better. If they do a GP, I’ll have an opportunity to fight for a belt”, explains the fighter. “If it’s the natural order of things [go to the UFC], but I want to obey my contract on Sengoku, maybe fight a GP, and then to fight in America, where’s my base, where I have my students”.
*p.s. am i the only person that thinks Alexandre kinda looks like Bas...
DREAM and World Victory Road confirm fights for Dec. 31 "Dynamite!! 2009" event
The fight card for DREAM and World Victory Road's Dec. 31 "Dynamite!! 2009" event got some serious depth today with the official announcement of numerous matchups, many of which pit one of the Japanese organization's fighters against the other promotion's.The HDNet-televised event features both MMA and K-1 bouts and takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.Today's additions include Masanori Kanehara (15-7-5) vs. Norofumi "Kid" Yamamoto (17-2) and Akihiro Gono (30-15-7) vs. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (35-9-2).
Rumour: Don Quijote to Buy FEG’s MMA Division
Now it’s being reported that the president of Don Quijote, Yasuda, set up a meeting between FEG to enable this Sengoku vs. Dream co-promotion as an attempt to strengthen Japanese MMA. Initially, Sadaharu Tanikawa planned on letting Sengoku fail and then scooping up as many fighter contracts as possible (including Ishida). However now it looks like FEG’s MMA division may be in trouble.FieLDS, Dynamite!!’s primary sponsor, will not renew their contract next year. Today on NHBNews Pro, it was announced that Don Quijote not only wants to replace FieLDS as Dynamite!!’s primary sponsor…but they want to purchase the entire FEG MMA division (which would include Dynamite!! and Dream). This would mean a chain of discount super-stores will own all of Japanese MMA
DREAM & WVR/Sengoku Announce Joint NYE Event
It's now official-World Victory Road will be working with DREAM on 12/31 for the annual NYE Blowout show in Japan. Sengoku & DREAM will now cooperate on Fields Dynamite!! and as a result, the card now includes Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida. This doesn't do much to clear up the future of Sengoku, which is said to still be in jeopardy.
Marlon Sandro eyes Sengoku title in NYE
Marlon Sandro doesn’t wanna relax. One week after the ight at Japan, knocking Yuji Hoshino out in the first round, the Nova União fighter was back to the gym, focusing to the return in the end of the year. In the exclusive interview with the fighter, Sandro talked about the victory and the possible fight or the title.
Minowa vs. Sokoudjou "Super Hulk" finale set; WVR's NYE show scrapped?
The show features a hybrid MMA/K-1 card with some of the biggest names in combat sports.
The open-weight, eight-man "Super Hulk" commenced earlier this year with a variety of competitors, ranging from the undersized (Gegard Mousasi) to the oversized (Hong Man Choi) to the absurd (Jose Canseco). Ultimately, after Mousasi was forced out of the tournament with an injury in the second round, Sokoudjou defeated replacement Bob Sapp and Minowa subbed Choi to set up the finale.
The latest official card now includes:
Masato vs. Andy Souwer (K-1)
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (MMA/"Super Hulk" finale)
Hiroya vs. Japan Masaaki Noiri (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal)
Katsuki Ishida vs. Shota Shimada (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal)
Report: Sengoku Raiden Championships Event On 12/31 Off
Reports surfaced late yesterday indicating that World Victory Road’s “Sengoku Raiden Championship” New Year’s Eve supershow at Tokyo’s Ariake Coliseum has been canceled for Dec. 31. The news comes on the heel of WVR’s decision to call off a press conference regarding the NYE event. The announcements regarding the highly anticipated television contract that WVR has been working to secure to broadcast the event would have been the highlight of the conference.
No details have been released, thus stoking the suspicion that WVR may have been unable to land the broadcast deal. The Tokyo Sports newspaper reports WVR will now work with FEG and participate on the Fields Dynamite!! event on 12/31.
Kazuo Misaki Leaves Grabaka Gym
Kazuo Misaki is the "Grabaka Hitman" no more.
In a brief letter faxed to multiple media outlets on Sunday, the Japanese middleweight announced his departure from the Tokyo-based gym where he's spent the duration of nine-year MMA career. Misaki added that he intends to "start from scratch," though he didn't elaborate on future plans for training, nor a timeframe for his return to the ring.
Jorge Santiago ready for Sengoku return
“I didn’t know him before, I was studying his fights with my trainers and I think we’ll make a good fight. He has a forward game, he likes exchanging, and I’ll try to put my game from this”, Santiago said, talking about the possibility to return to American events, Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort and much more. Stay tuned to read the chat with Jorge Santiago.
WVR Announces 10 For 12/31 Event
World Victory Road today announced 10 participants for it's 12/31 NYE event that will go up against Fields Dynamite!! in Japan. Dubbed/nicknamed "Sengoku Raiden Championships", the announced fighters include former Sengoku Lightweight Champion Satoru Kitaoka, Sengoku FW posterboy Hatsu Hioki, current Sengoku Lightweight Champion Mizuto Hirota defending the title against an opponent TBA (after the next event), and the MMA debut of Satoshi Ishii-he will face Hidehiko Yoshida.
Sanitago To Face Mamed Khalidov At Sengoku 11
World Victory Road today added another fight to Sengoku 11 in addition to the 2 previously announced: Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago returns to face Mamed Khalidov. But in a rather strange twist to the matchup, it appears to be a NON-TITLE match at the insistence of Santiago's camp.
Sengoku Announces 2 Fights Today For Sengoku 11, Other News
At a press conference today in Japan, World Victory Road announced 2 new fights for Sengoku 11 on November 7 at Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall) in Tokyo. Satoru Kitaoka vs. Jorge Masvidal and Ronnie Mann vs. Shigeki Osawa were added to the card and Kitaoka admitted he almost retired after losing his Sengoku LW Title to Mizuto Hirota. WVR also announced MW Champion Jorge Santiago will fight in a NON-TITLE match at the event and that 3 title fights will be on the 12/31 event...but don't expect Muhammad Lawal back. He may be off to Strikeforce.
2 Fights Added To Sengoku 11
World Victory Road has announced 2 fights today for it's upcoming Sengoku 11 event on November 7. A Heavyweight fight between Jim York and Dave Herman and a big Lightweight fight between Eiji Mitsuoka and Kazunori Yokota with potential title implications have been added. The Mitsuoka-Yokota winner could face Sengoku LW Champion Mizuto Hirota on 12/31. One other bout hinted at but not confirmed is former Sengoku LW Champion Satoru Kitaoka vs. Jorge Masvidal.