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Nansen Spoils Izumi’s Debut at Sengoku 10


Antz Nansen. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.

New Zealand kickboxer Antz Nansen used superior striking skills to spoil the anticipated professional debut of 2004 Olympic judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi, knocking Izumi down three times en route to a first-round TKO win at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku Tenth Battle” event on Wednesday.

Izumi (0-1) did surprisingly well in the loss. Willing to stand with a dangerous Nansen (1-0) on the feet, Izumi caught his opponent on multiple occasions with a few straight left hands. The tide turned when Nansen hurt Izumi with a right hand midway through the round. Izumi stumbling backwards prompting Nansen to stalk his foe, dropping him twice before finishing him off with a final combination that left Izumi bloodied and seated in a corner.

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Sengoku “Tenth Battle” Live Results


Antonio Silva and Jim York. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.

We will be going live at 3:00 PM ET with live results of this morning’s “Sengoku Tenth Battle” event, which will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The show will air live on HDNet for those in North America.

2004 Olympic judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi will meet New Zealand kickboxer Antz Nansen in the professional debut for both fighters in the fight card’s main event. Additional bouts slated to take place include a heavyweight matchup pitting former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva against Jim York and a welterweight bout involving Nick Thompson and Dan Hornbuckle.

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Three Bouts Added to “Sengoku Tenth Battle”


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

World Victory Road yesterday announced three new bouts for the organization’s upcoming “Sengoku Tenth Battle” event, which is scheduled to take place on September 23 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the most notable matchup, former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva will meet “Big” Jim York. Silva, a member of Florida-based American Top Team, is riding a five-fight winning streak. His most recent victory came at Sengoku’s “No Ran 2009” event in January, where he earned a first-round TKO of Yoshihiro Nakao.

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Quick Hits: Noons, Martin Claim Boxing Wins, “Ninja” Rua to Face Steibling & More


K.J. Noons. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

— Former EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons and UFC veteran Terry Martin each picked up respective wins in the world of boxing this weekend. Noons earned a unanimous decision over Randy Pogue on Saturday night in Pala, California while Martin knocked out opponent Rayvon Wilson in the second round of their Friday night bout in Hammond, Indiana. [MMA Junkie]

— Chute Boxe product Murilo “Ninja” Rua has reportedly been tapped to replace Antonio Rogerio Nogueira against Alex Steibling on the Bitetti Combat 4 card, which takes place on September 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nogueira withdrew from the card last week and current speculation has him joining his older brother, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, in the light heavyweight ranks of the UFC. [Fighters.com]

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Fighters Confirmed for Sengoku 10

World Victory Road has announced six fighters set to participate on their upcoming card, Sengoku 10, which is scheduled for September 23 at the Saitama Community Arena in Japan.

Confirmed participants are Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Joe “El Dirte” Doerksen, Ryan Schultz, Hiroshi Izumi, Kazunori Yokota, and Makoto Takimoto.

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Afternoon Notes: Silva Fires Back at CSAC, EliteXC Show Being Planned & More


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

- Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva has filed a civil action suit against the California State Athletic Commission in an attempt to try to fight his suspension stemming from a positive steroids test last year. According to Sherdog.com, Silva is looking for a ruling that will temporarily release him from his suspension and potentially grant him another hearing with CSAC officials.

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Report: Silva vs. Emelianenko Possible for Next Sengoku Show


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin.

Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva may be set to defy the California State Athletic Commission again as he is reportedly likely to face Aleksander Emelianenko in his next fight for World Victory Road’s “Sengoku” promotion.

According to Fighters Only Magazine, the fight would take place as the second fight in Silva’s three-fight, non-exclusive deal with the Japanese promotion, but a date was not mentioned.

Silva was suspended by the CSAC following his second-round TKO victory over the late Justin Eilers at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show on July 26 after testing positive for the banned steroid, Boldenone. Silva was suspended and fined by the commission but opted to fight anyway, accepting a fight against K-1 and PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Yoshihiro Nakao and defeating him at Sengoku’s January 4 show.

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Santiago, Kitaoka Win Belts at Sengoku; Gomi Falls Again


Jorge Santiago. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

Jorge Santiago and Satoru Kitaoka each claimed vacant belts in their respective divisions while former lightweight king Takanori Gomi continued his fall from grace, losing his second straight fight at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku No Ran 2009” event in Japan on Sunday.

Santiago choked former PRIDE Grand Prix winner Kazuo Misaki unconscious in the third round of their fight and picked up his ninth straight win. Kitaoka meanwhile, was victorious in arguably the biggest fight of his career, quickly submitting Gomi with a heel hook just over a minute into the show’s main event.

Complete results from the event:

Jorge Santiago def. Kazuo Misaki - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Satoru Kitaoka def. Takanori Gomi - Submission (Heel Hook)
Sanae Kikuta def. Hidehiko Yoshida - Split Decision
Antonio Silva def. Yoshihiro Nakao - TKO (Injury)
Eiji Mitsuoka def. Sergey Golyaev - Submission (Armbar)
Muhammed Lawal def. Yukiya Naito - TKO (Strikes)
Mu Bae Choi def. Dave Herman - TKO (Strikes)
Maximo Blanco def. Seigo Inoue - KO (Foot Stomps)
Hidetada Irie def. Minoru Kato - TKO (Strikes)

Silva Signs to Fight Nakao at “Sengoku VI”


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva has formally accepted an offer to face K-1 and PRIDE Fighting Championships veteran Yoshihiro Nakao at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku VI” show on January 4 according to a report by Sherdog.com.

Silva, who last scored a second-round TKO victory over Justin Eilers at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show on July 26, will take on Nakao despite being suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following a positive test for the banned steroid, Boldenone, earlier this year.

“Antonio has decided to fight, he really has no option,” Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, wrote in an email to Sherdog.com. “He’s innocent, he’s tried to prove it and it fell on unwilling ears, and he has financial commitments that to not meet would have serious consequences for him. In light of these, he has decided to continue his career in Japan until when and if his situation with the CSAC is resolved.”

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CKA for November 29, 2008

Antonio Silva. Photo courtesy of ProElite

Antonio Silva to fight in Sengoku No Ran

World Victory Road announced Friday that heavyweight Antonio Silva is set to compete on the Sengoku No Ran show on January 4, 2009.  His opponent is scheduled to be Yoshihiro Nakao.  Silva, the current EliteXC heavyweight title holder, is currently under suspension in the US due to a failed steroid test in California.  Silva has disputed the results of the testing and since Japanese promotions are not compelled to honor suspensions in the US, he will compete here.  It may have long term effects on his obtaining licensure in the future in the US, but Vitor Belfort may have set a precendent by being allowed to compete after fighting in England while under steroid suspension.

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