Sengoku 10 Quoteworthy: A Black Belt in Intensity, Devoured Macadamia Nuts & Silva Wants Barnett
“You could consider me an employee of Sengoku. So Sengoku hires me to fight in their ring, and it’s up to them who they choose whoever I will fight. I'm going to rest a bit and then get back to training hard to fight other tough heavyweights. But if I have to name someone, I'd say Josh Barnett since I know he's a very strong opponent and is known to be a very good fighter.” -- Antonio Silva both not picking and picking his next fight
Sengoku 10th Battle results: Hiroshi Izumi's debut spoiled
Any hopes World Victory Road had that Olympian Hiroshi Izumi would make an immediate impact in the MMA world were dashed today when the Judo standout suffered a first-round TKO loss to fellow MMA newcomer Antz Nansen.
Antonio Silva, meanwhile, picked up his sixth consecutive victory with an efficient first-round submission victory over Jim York.
The two fights co-headlined Sengoku 10th Battle at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
WVR officials had grand expectations for Izumi, Japan's 2004 Olympic silver medalist. However, as Nansen, an accomplished kickboxer from New Zealand, began unloading a series of punches in the night's headliner, Izumi made the ill-advised decision to stand and trade.
Nansen (1-0) successfully mixed in punches and kicks and tagged his opponent high and low. One punch, though, connected flush and knocked Izumi's legs out from under him. After hitting the mat, Izumi (0-1) attempted to defend and fight back, but Nansen's continued assault and heavy right-left combination ultimately forced the TKO stoppage.
The referee halted the bout at 2:56 of the first round.
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hatsu Hioki announced for Sengoku 11th Battle in November
After a grand prix finale bout fell apart due to injury, featherweights Michihiro Omigawa (7-8-1) and Hatsu Hioki (20-3-2) will now meet in November at World Victory Road's next show.
WVR officials announced the fight during today's Sengoku 10th Battle event.
The Omigawa vs. Hioki bout will be part of Sengoku 11th Battle, which takes place Nov. 7 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. Omigawa (and Jorge Santiago and Kevin Randleman) were previously announced for the show, though their opponents weren't initially revealed.
WVR Adds 3 More Fights To Sengoku 10
World Victory Road has added 3 more fights to it's Sengoku 10 card on 9/23. The headlining fight here is Hiroshi Izumi making his MMA debut against New Zealand's Antz Nanses, who also makes his MMA debut, while other fights added inclucde Makoto Takimoto facing Jae Sun Lee and a Heavyweight matchup of Antonio Silva vs. Jim York.
3 More Fights Announced For Sengoku 10
World Victory Road has announced 3 new fights for it's Sengoku 10 event on 9/23. The fights feature Nick Thompson vs. Dan Hornbuckle, UFC veteran Joe Doerksen in action and another appearance by Light Heavyweight King Of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura, returning to Sengoku for the first time since his loss to Muhammad Lawal. This makes 8 fights for Sengoku 10 with at least 3 more fights expected.
Hello, Japan: Sengoku X Participants Revealed...? Plus, DEEP Adopts New Rules
An early promo clip has been released for September's Sengoku X, and aside from World Victory Road continuing to push their Olympic judokas, it's got a few interesting faces who I hadn't yet seen mentioned as participating. They include new Lightweight King of Pancrase Maximo Blanco (3-2-1, 1 NC), former "Super High School Student" and FWGP participant Tetsuya Yamada (3-1) and Wanderlei clone Fabio Silva (11-5). Of course, Satoshi Ishii is also featured in the video, but I don't think we'll see him fighting before New Year's, if then.
Thanks to Nightmare of Battle for the tip; head over there to check out the Sengoku Gold Cup South Korean qualifiers, as well as the "dark match" finals of the true Gold Cup from last week's Sengoku IX.
Akihiro Gono Expected to Make Full Recovery After Dan Hornbuckle KO Kick
Japanese MMA fighter Akihiro Gono is expected to make a complete recovery after suffering head and neck injuries when he was knocked out by a brutal head kick from Dan Hornbuckle Sunday.
Hornbuckle's kick was one of the MMA knockouts of the year, a kick that Hornbuckle set up perfectly by grabbing Gono's right foot, planting his own left foot and then driving his right shin into Gono's chin. Gono fell like a chopped down tree, with his neck landing on the rope and his head hitting the canvas.
Featherweight GP winner crowned, lightweight title claimed at "Sengoku Ninth Battle"
Despite entering the contest with just a 1-1 record in the organization, and a 1-1-1 overall record in his past three contests, nine-time Shooto veteran Mizuto Hirota (12-3-1) capitalized on a brutal fourth-round barrage of knees to claim Sengoku's lightweight crown with a TKO of former champion Satoru Kitaoka (25-9-9).
The bout closed out a full night of action featuring featuring 13 bouts at World Victory Road's "Sengoku Ninth Battle" at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The card, which also featured the conclusion of Sengoku's 2009 featherweight grand prix, airs in the U.S. via tape delay Friday on HDNet.
Phil Baroni Moving on to Sengoku
While no opponent is confirmed, Baroni believes he will be facing Pride veteran Makoto Takimoto (5-5). Takimoto, though posting a .500 record, has faced unbelievably stiff competition in his relatively short career, facing the likes of Frank Trigg, Zelg Galesic, Gegard Mousasi, Evangelista Santos, among others.
Bigfoot back at Sengoku 10; eyes the title
Owner of three heavyweight belts (EliteXC, Cage Rage and Cage Warriors), Antônio "Bigfoot" Silva is training to return to the Sengoku on September 23, and will have another motivation for the victory. "I have two more fights in Sengoku and, winning this one, that still have no opponent, I should fight for the belt in December. They will create the belt and I will fight for the title", says the American Top Team heavyweight
----I remember mention of this a few months ago...again I say that I would not be happy if they just created a HW belt....they need...correction...MUST do a HW grand prix...and its got to have 16 guys in it...I will sorely dissapointed otherwise
Antonio Silva Could Fight for Sengoku Heavyweight Title in December, Wants Josh Barnett
Antonio Silva gave Tatame some interesting news regarding the Sengoku heavyweight title picture on Sunday. Here's an excerpt (roughly translated by yours truly) from the post they've got up:
Pezão eyes title fight in Sengoku
Owner of three heavyweight championships (EliteXC, Cage Rage and Cage Warriors), Antonio "Pezão" [Silva] is training to return to Sengoku on September 23rd, and now has even more motivation to win. "I have two more fights in Sengoku, and, winning this fight... I'll fight for the title in December. They're going to create a championship and I'll fight for the title," said the American Top Team heavyweight, who is still without an opponent.
Feud between Quinton Jackson and Muhammed Lawal escalates with "Rampage" blog post
A budding rivalry that took center stage earlier this month during the festivities surrounding UFC 100 continues to gain steam two weeks later.
In a blog post on FightHype.com by Quinton Jackson, which the former UFC champion also advertised on his Twitter account, "Rampage" blasts prospect Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal.
"This punk ass dude 'King Mo' is all butt-hurt because I don't know who the hell he is," Jackson stated. "Straight up, if you're not one of my friends or fighting one of my friends or a potential later opponent, I might not get a chance to watch your fight. So I didn't know who the hell 'King Mo' was and now [he's] crying like a little girl."
First Sengoku 10 Participants Revealed
World Victory Road recently revealed the first participants for what will be it's Sengoku 10 event on September 23. The names include Antonio Silva, Joe Doerksen and Ryan Schultz, but no opponents are set for any of them yet.
Antonio Silva, Joe Doerksen and Ryan Schultz announced for Sengoku 10th Battle event
A trio of former stars from U.S.-based promotions has been announced for World Victory Road's Sengoku 10th Battle event.
Final EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva (12-1), final IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz (20-11-1) and former UFC fighter Joe Doerksen (42-12) have been confirmed for the event, though no opponents were announced.
Sengoku 10th Battle takes place Sept. 23 at the Saitama Community Arena in Tokyo, Japan.
The event is expected to air in North American in HDNet.
Lawal Eyeing Free Agency, Don Frye Fight
Now a free agent having completed his contract with World Victory Road Sengoku, rising prospect Muhammad Lawal is looking to return to action in August for M-1 against Don Frye, but despite plans to sign a non-exclusive contract with M-1 he's open to fighting anywhere-even UFC-provided the money is right. And yes, anybody includes one Brock Lesnar.