Three New Fights Added to Sengoku's January Card
Per Nightmare of Battle, three new fights were added today to the Sengoku No Ran 2009(or Sengoku: Rebellion 2009 in English if you like) event which is going to be held on January 4th, 2009 in the famous Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Of the three announced fights from today only one will be on the main card of the event and that is a fight between up start Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal versus Yukiya Naito.
The other two fights announced today were a lightweight fight between Maximo Blanco and Seigo Inoue and a light heavyweight fight between Hidetada Irie and Minoru Kato. Both fights are going to be held on the under card portion of the event. Blanco will be making his Sengoku debut against Inoue, who fought almost a week ago, along with Naito, at DEEP 39. Both fighters were victorious in their last fights.
Card so far:
SENGOKU Lightweight Championship
* Takanori Gomi vs. Satoru Kitaoka
SENGOKU Middleweight Championship
* Kazuo Misaki vs. Jorge Santiago
* Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Sanae Kikuta
* King Mo vs. Yukiya Naito
* Hidetada Irie vs. Minoru Kato
* Antonio Silva vs. Yoshihiro "KISS" Nakao
* Dave Herman vs. Choi Mu Bae
* Eiji Mitsuoka vs. Sergey Golyaev
* Maximo Blanco vs. Seigo Inoue
Dave Herman Vs Choi Mu Bae @ Sengoku 7
World Victory Road on Thursday announced that Dave Herman will face Choi Mu Bae at the Jan. 4 Sengoku 7 event in Saitama, Japan.
Herman is a former EliteXC fighter. He holds a 13-0 professional record and has never gone to a decision, knocking out or TKOing 10 of his opponents. He TKO'd all three of his EliteXC foes, which include UFC veterans Kerry Schall and Ron Waterman, and American Top Team heavyweight Mario Rinaldi.
Golyaev vs. Mitsuoka Added To Sengoku 7
World Victory Road over the weekend announced Sergey Golyaev vs. Eiji Mitsuoka for its Sengoku 7 event on January 5. Golyaev is coming off a stunning decision win over Takanori Gomi while Mitsuoka lost to Satoru Kitaoka in the LWGP Semifinals.
Dave Herman Following The World Victory Road
Former EliteXC Heavyweight prospect Dave Herman, a perfect 13-0 in his career to date, is indeed on the World Victory Road. The promotion has signed Herman for Sengoku 7 on January 4, despite his still being under contract to EliteXC. No opponent named yet.
Thompson Likely To Return To Action At Sengoku 7
According to his manager, James Thompson likely will return to action at Sengoku 7 on January 4. He last fought in May for EliteXC against Kimbo Slice. An opponent for Thompson has yet to be determined, but his agent also confirmed that he was previously offered Muhammad Lawal but turned it down because of short notice.
Antonio Silva Fights Yoshihiro "KISS" Nakao @ Sengoku 7
World Victory Road on Friday confirmed that Antonio Silva would compete on its Jan. 4 event, Sengoku 7. The EliteXC heavyweight champion is slated to face Yoshihiro Nakao.
The bout will be Silva's first since capturing the EliteXC title with a win over Justin Eilers on July 26. He is currently under suspension in California due to a positive test result for the steroid Boldenone, following the bout with Eilers.
Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Sanae Kikuta announced for Jan. 4 Sengoku
Previously announced Sengoku 7 competitor and longtime PRIDE fighter Hidehiko Yoshida (8-6-1) now has an opponent for the Jan. 4 World Victory Road event: Sanae Kikuta (27-6-3).
The event takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Sengoku officials recently announced the light-heavyweight bout.
Antonio Silva to Sign With Sengoku, Flout Suspension and Fight January 4
Tatame.com is reporting (in Portuguese, translation via Google):
Suspended by the athletic committee of the United States on charges of doping, Antonio (Silva) can not fight in America before July 28, 2009, when it was terminating the suspension. After losing in the courts of the athletic commission, also saw the EliteXC, an event in which Silva was heavyweight champion, close the doors. With that the athlete had to get out of ATT demand for a new home, which has everything to be in Japan "I'm negotiating my way to Japan The Sengoku made me an offer to fight on January 4 and we are seeing that, "said Peza, who is entering the common justice against the athletic commission.
Pretty garbled, but the gist is clear. Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva is considering violating his California suspension and fighting in Japan as early as January.
Randleman Vs Barnett Possible For Sengoku 7
UFC and Pride veteran Kevin Randleman may face Josh Barnett at Sengoku 7 on January 4th, his team have told Fighters Only.
Having been forced onto the sidelines by various injuries in recent years, Randleman has recently stated that he intends to have as many fights as possible in 2009.
And rumour has it that one of those fights may be with Barnett in January, as Sengoku are struggling to match the Baby-Faced Assassin.
Speaking to Fighters Only earlier, a spokesman for Randleman said: “Kevin is going to focus on light-heavyweight for now.
“But I can see that Sengoku is having trouble getting opponents for Josh, so it is always a possibility.”
Randleman himself said: “After the last few years of setbacks due to injury I just want to fight. I am not picky and not one to turn down an opponent, so I am just looking forward to giving the fans some more great MMA memories to talk about.”
He added that he hopes to return to fighting in America in 2009, as he “cannot wait” to get back in a cage.
Gomi-Kitaoka and Santiago-Misaki title fights headline Sengoku 7
Despite his loss to Sergey Golyaev earlier this month, prized World Victory Road lightweight Takanori Gomi (29-4) will meet the organization's grand prix winner, Satoru Kitaoka (23-8-9), at Sengoku 7 for the WVR lightweight title.
Additionally, middleweight grand prix winner Jorge Santiago (20-7), who's quietly amassed as eight-fight win streak, will meet stand-out Kazuo Misaki (21-8-2) for the organization's first-ever middleweight championship.
Misaki-Santiago, Gomi-Kitaoka Announced for Sengoku VII
Despite Takanori Gomi’s upset loss to Russian product Sergey Golyaev at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku VI” event this past weekend, the organization has still decided to match up against lightweight grand prix winner Satoru Kitaoka for it’s vacant lightweight title at their next scheduled show on January 4 in Japan.
Golyaev squeaked out a razor-close split decision over the former PRIDE champion on Saturday, handing him a rare loss and his first defeat in over two years, while Kitakoa defeated both Eiji Mitsuoka and Kazunori Yokota to win WVR’s inaugural lightweight tourney and called out Gomi after his victory even though “The Fireball Kid” had already lost his bout earlier in the night.
Streaking middleweight Jorge Santiago will hope to continue his rise up the rankings when he faces slick Japanese striker Kazuo Misaki for the promotion’s vacant middleweight title at the event as well.
Gomi-Kitaoka Still Planned
TOKYO -- Sergey Golyaev tried to throw a wrinkle into World Victory Road’s plans to have the winner of its lightweight grand prix face Takanori Gomi for the vacant lightweight championship.
Despite Golyaev’s split decision victory over Gomi at Sengoku “Sixth Battle” on Saturday, the promotion plans to move forward with a Satoru Kitaoka-Gomi title fight on Jan. 4.
Jorge Santiago Breaks the Glass Ceiling
Jorge Santiago is a fighter that doesn't get a ton of press but has slowly crept his way into the top 10 rankings. This guy has not only won 8 fights in a row but he's finished all of them - all against top level competition. His opponents in that span haven't been "elite" level fighters but they have all been tough and most are UFC or PRIDE veterans.
After a disapponting 1-2 run in the UFC Santiago has picked up his game considerably and the results are paying off. He entered the Strikeforce four man tournament and came out on top - finishing both opponents. Then he entered the Sengoku MWGP and acheived the same result. No one in the middleweight division is on the roll that this guy has been on - except for a man by the name of Anderson Silva.
Sengoku 6 results and quick recap
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (15-3) defeated Moise Rimbon via unanimous decision (13-8-3)
Muhammad Lawal (2-0) defeated Fabio Silva (11-5) via TKO (strikes - 0:41:R3)
Sergey Golyaev (11-6) defeated Takanori Gomi (29-4) via split decision
Lightweight Grand Prix semifinals:
Kazunori Yokota (8-1-3) defeated Mizuto Hirota (10-3) via unanimous decision
Satoru Kitaoka (22-8-9) defeated Eiji Mitsuoka (14-6-2) via submission (heel hook - 1:16:R1)
Lightweight Grand Prix reserve bout:
Jorge Masvidal (15-3) defeated Seung Hwan Bang (5-3) via unanimous decision
Lightweight Grand Prix finals:
Satoru Kitaoka (23-8-9) defeated Kazunori Yokota (8-2-3) via unanimous decision
Middleweight Grand Prix semifinals:
Kazuhiro Nakamura (13-8) defeated Yuki Sasaki (22-15-1) via unanimous decision
Jorge Santiago (19-7) defeated Siyar Bahadurzada (14-4-1) via submission (heel hook - 1:10:R1)
Middleweight Grand Prix reserve bout:
Joe Doerksen (41-12) defeated Izuru Takeuchi (25-10-6) via TKO (strikes - 0:41:R3)
Middleweight Grand Prix finals:
Jorge Santiago (20-7) defeated Kazuhiro Nakamura (13-9) via TKO (strikes - 0:49:R3)
Nogueira vs. Rimbon added to Sengoku 6
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the twin brother of the interim UFC heavyweight champion, will square off against Moise Rimbon at Sengoku 6 on November 1 in Saitama, Japan.
Nogueira (14-3) last fought at Affliction: Banned, knocking out Edwin Dewees in the first round.
Rimbon (13-7-3) from Paris, France will be making his second Sengoku appearance. He submitted K-1 kickboxer Peter Graham with a rear-naked choke at Sengoku 4 in August.
World Victory Road: Sengoku 6
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan
Middleweight Grand Prix
Yuki Sasaki vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
Jorge Santiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Joe Doerksen vs. Izuru Takeuchi (Reserve)
Lightweight Grand Prix
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Kazunori Yokota vs. Mizuto Hirota
Bang Seung Hwan vs. Jorge Masvidal (Reserve)
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal vs. Fabio Silva
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Moise Rimbon
KJ Noons, Krazy Horse And Nick Diaz To SENGOKU?!
I wouldn’t post this if it wasn’t for:
After being stripped of his title, Noons is no longer under contract with EliteXC and is now going to do freelance boxing while waiting for another opportunity to come. He’s hoping that opportunity comes with the top lightweights in the world, “I am really interested in a Takanori Gomi fight or any top lightweights at the 155lb or 160lb for that matter.” - FightLine
Dream pays Nick Diaz in full from his last bout in May. Diaz agrees to return to fight in Japan, however at this point it is unclear for which organization. - GracieFighter
A quite big Japanese MMA blog made a post today that KJ Noons, Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett, and Nick Diaz are going to SENGOKU and that KJ Noons will most likely debut on the New Years Event.
Remember that this could be false though. However, the timing of the two articles and the blog post is quite interesting.
Takanori Gomi Among 3 Added To Sengoku 6
In addition to the previously announced Joe Doerksen vs. Izuru Takeuchi fight added yesterday, Sengoku today announced 2 more fights added to Sengoku 6: Former PRIDE Champion and World #1 Lightweight Takanori Gomi vs. Sergey Golyaev and Muhammad Lawal vs. Fabio Silva.