James Thompson Says He's SF Property, Fighting At Sengoku 9
James Thompson spoke to The Fight Network today, and made a few things clear. He first announced that he would be fighting at Sengoku: Ninth Battle, which has not been announced as of yet, and wants a rematch with Kazuyuki Fujita. He also says Strikeforce picked up his ProElite contract, and when he debuts there is up to SF.
Sengoku Announces 3rd Sengoku 8 Fight, Welterweight GP
It's been a busy few days for World Victory Road. Their latest big announcements came today, those being that Makoto Takimoto vs. Michael Costa has been added to Sengoku 8, and the promotion announced a Welterweight GP to begin later this year. The Takimoto-Costa winner will join Josh Thompson, Mike Pyle and Fabricio Monteiro as announced participants.
Ribeiro vs. Yamamiya Added To Sengoku 8
A light-heavyweight showdown between Brazilian jiu-jitsu whiz Alexandre "Xande" Ribeiro and veteran Kei Yamamiya has been added to World Victory Road Sengoku 8 on May 2. The fight is the second confirmed fight for the event, which will feature Round 2 of the promotion's Featherweight GP tournament.
Sengoku 8: Possible Title Eliminator Fight Signed
A Lightweight fight between Leo Santos & Kazunori Yokota has been signed for World Victory Road Sengoku 8 on May 2. The winner of this fight is likely to be the first challenger to Sengoku Lightweight Champion Satoru Kitaoka, which probably will happen in August.
Ninja of Love’ Talks Zombie Apocalypse
“Tell me something interesting,” I urge him following our exchange of pleasantries. “Not necessarily about yourself -- could be about anything in the world.”
“Something interesting,” he repeats. After a “hmmm,” he suddenly declares, “Zombies.”
“Yeah, I really believe they could be true,” Denis tells me. “You know, the zombie populace, I can see that being real. I think about what would happen if zombies attacked all the time.”
Sengoku 8 Scheduled For May 2
With everything now in place for Sengoku 7, World Victory Road is moving forward with plans for the following event, Sengoku 8. The promotion announced that Sengoku 8 is scheduled for May 2 with Leonardo Santos the first confirmed participant. The event will air in the US on HDNet.
SENGOKU FEATHERWEIGHT PAIRINGS ANNOUNCED
World Victory Road on Wednesday announced the initial pairings for its March 20 Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.
The opening round bouts feature No. 4 ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki facing off with Chris Manuel, and No. 7 ranked Hideki Kadowaki against popular California-based Nam Phan.
Two non-tournament bouts pit Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal against Ryo Kawamura, as well as James Thompson versus Jim York.
The main card is scheduled to air on television in the United States on HDNet.
10 March Tussles Worth Watching
Despite a lack of star power, February was a solid month for mixed martial arts. The Nate Marquardt-Wilson Gouveia and Nick Thompson-Paul Daley fights -- Sherdog.com’s top-ranked bouts for the month -- delivered the goods as far as all-out action between evenly matched opponents was concerned.
The signs for March are similar. Most of the sport’s top pound-for-pound talent will not return until summer, so guys like Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Aleksander Emelianenko will get their chance to shine. With tough opponents like Keith Jardine and Ibragim Magomedov in their way, fans are guaranteed competitive matchups.
The field is set for Sengoku's March 20 featherweight grand prix
With the addition of Kim Jong Man (3-5-2), World Victory Road has set the field for its 16-man featherweight grand prix, which commences March 20 at the organization's Sengoku Seventh Battle event.
Man, a K-1 and DEEP veteran who's 0-3-2 in his past five fights, took the last spot in the tournament, which features the likes of L.C. Davis, Nam Phan, Michihiro Omigawa and others.
Sengoku Seventh Battle takes place at the National Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, and airs live in North America on HDNet.
LC Davis Vs Michihiro Omigawa At Sengoku
With only one loss on his professional resume, Midwest American fighter L.C. Davis has finally found out who he will be fighting in the opening round of the Sengoku Featherweight Tournament scheduled for March 20 on HDNet.
Davis on Sunday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that he will square off with Michihiro Omigawa. Though he's no slouch, Omigawa needs a win badly, having lost three of his last four bouts with a draw in the most recent. The odds aren't really in his favor with Davis, however.
KING MO - King of Pancrase versus King Mo
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal - Sengoku VII
PunchDrunkGamer's Justin Bolduc sat down with rising prospect Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal to talk about his upcoming fight against King of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura at Sengoku Seventh Battle, as well as his background, his training partners, and his career.
Sengoku Announces More FWGP Participants
Perhaps not to be outdone by today's announcement of the DREAM Featherweight GP matchups, Sengoku has announced more participants today for it's own FWGP. The new additions include former Shooto Champion Hideki kadowaki and top US rising star LC Davis.
Thompson Set For Sengoku
Confirming rumors that had been recently swirling around regarding his next appearance, the representative for James Thompson has announced that "The Colossus" will return to legit MMA action at World Victory Road Sengoku 7 on March 20. Thompson will face Jim York, who last fought at Sengoku 2.
Following Strike Box debacle, James Thompson returns at March's Sengoku
Fresh off a disastrous Strike Box fight with Steve Bosse that nearly caused an arena-wide riot earlier this month, PRIDE and EliteXC veteran James Thompson (14-9) will return to action next month at World Victory Road's Sengoku Seventh Battle.
A source close to the fighter told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that WVR officials are close to finalizing an opponent for Thompson. However, Thompson's agent, Ken Pavia from MMAAgents.com, declined to comment.
'King Mo' Returns At Sengoku VIII
Ryo Kawamura will take on rising Sengoku star, King Mo. Kawamura is the current light-heavyweight King of Pancrase, and this should be a very good fight.
Sengoku also confirmed that they have about 80% of the participants ready for the featherweight GP. There will be an announcement shortly, but Marlon Sandro have said that he is in.
Going, Going, Gomi
After suffering his second consecutive loss, former top ranked lightweight Takanori Gomi will be taking some time out of the spotlight to work on getting his fight game back to where it once was. Gomi, one of Japan’s most popular fighters, states that he needs to get back in the gym to learn and not teach.
After his most recent lackluster performance against Satoru Kitaoka, which found him on the wrong end of an achilles lock at “Sengoku no Ran 2008,” Gomi is calling for change.
Ishii Satoshi Makes Appearance At Sengogu In UFC Shirt
Here is the exact words he announced the Japanese audience.
“Happy New Year everyone. I am the MMA Fighter, Ishii Satoshi,” says a nervous sounding Ishii to thunderous applause.
“I am very honored to be here, addressing you all today. There was a rumor the other day that a certain fighter lost at an MMA event, and people were saying it was me. That’s not true,” says Ishii, perhaps referencing Akihito Tanaka’s performance as Kinniku Mantaro at Dynamite.
“Do you folks like MMA? It’s really quite wonderful, isn’t it? I like it a lot,” stammers Ishii nervously, eliciting laughs from the crowd.
“In the future, I will fight in US, but I will return to this ring with a big souvenir for you all,” says Ishii.
“I see that the Yokozuna, Asashoryu is here today, so I’d like to fight him maybe,” he jokes with a good natured stutter.
“Please support me this year,” he closes.
Kitaoka, Santiago Crowned By Sengoku
SAITAMA, Japan -- Satoru Kitaoka and Jorge Santiago were crowned champions after they finished their opponents by submission at Sengoku “No Ran 2009” on Sunday before some 18,000 fans at the Saitama Super Arena.
In the main event, Kitaoka kept true to his word, as he put away Takanori Gomi before the former Pride Fighting Championships lightweight king could do anything of note. Sizing up each other for a tense moment, Kitaoka was the first to act, as he dove for a takedown. Gomi spun out of the way to avoid the shot, but the persistent Kitaoka made another attempt and ate a grazing hook in the process.