Officials running the Yarennoka! show scheduled to take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan held a press conference earlier today to announce two additional bouts for the event.
Reigning K-1 lightweight tournament champion Gesias Calvancanti will face Shinya Aoki for the first time in their respective careers.
Calvancanti had a monster year in 2007, stopping Nam Phan, Vitor Ribeiro, and Andre Amade in consecutive fights to win the K-1 Hero’s lightweight tourney for the second straight year. Calvancanti’s lone career loss came at the hands of Joachim Hansen at a Shooto event in 2004.
Aoki is 2-1 so far in 2007, submitting Brian Lo-A-Njoe at PRIDE 34 in April and earning a close split decision win over highly touted welterweight Akira Kikuchi at Shooto’s first “Back to our Roots” show in February.
The second bout announced at the press conference was Hayato “Mach” Sakurai returning to action against Hidehiko Hasegawa.
Sakurai last fought at PRIDE 33 where he knocked out current Ultimate Fighter contestant Mac Danzig.
Sakurai’s confirmed participation as this event should dispel the rumor that he had signed with the UFC to compete at welterweight. The UFC even showed him as a UFC welterweight during a PPV broadcast earlier this year but I’m assuming that contract talks thought to be a done deal may have fell apart. Either that or Sakurai is being lent to the show by Zuffa.
Hasegawa has been fairly active in 2007, earning a majority decision win over Jutaro Nakao in his first bout of the year. Hasegawa then faced Dong Hyun Kim in consecutive fights; Kim defeated Hasegawa in August by TKO before the two fought to a draw last month.
An official opponent for Fedor Emelianenko was not announced at the press conference. Officials present included M-1 Global CEO Monte Cox, FEG president Sadaharu Tanigawa, former PRIDE official Nobuhiko Takada and DEEP president Shigeru Saeki.
News and Notes
- Our rumors page has been updated…
- Jordan Breen’s latest Koubousen Companion on Sherdog reveals that DEEP boss Shigeru Saeki is stating that Ryo Chonan’s contract with the UFC is non-exclusive and Chonan will be expected to defend his title next year:
On the topic of championship reform, Saeki also revealed that as 181-pound champion Ryo Chonan’s new UFC contract is non-exclusive, the 181-pound title will likely be on the market early next year. Saeki stated last month that he planned on having a 181-pound challenger tournament next year. But in light of recent events, that same tournament, which will likely begin in February or April, will probably be for DEEP’s divisional championship.
Update 6:09 PM: Sherdog corrected the article, stating that Chonan’s contract is exclusive, not non-exclusive.
- EliteXC President Gary Shaw confirmed that he has had preliminary talks with members of the company about a potential showdown between the two according to The Fight Network:
EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw confirmed this week he has held preliminary discussions about promoting a potential megafight between brothers Frank and Ken Shamrock within EliteXC. The two adopted brothers have expressed a willingness to fight one another in the past.
“I talked to my team about it,” Shaw said. “I would love to do brother versus brother. It would be a great promotion.”
- The IFL has announced Bart Palaszewski has agreed to terms with the on a contract that will keep him in the promotion through 2008.
- MMA Junkie is reporting that Renato “Babalu” Sobral has signed a non-exclusive deal with Xcess Fighting. He will make his debut for the promotion on December 12th:
“I am undeniably the biggest ‘Babalu’ fan that lives,” Xcess Fighting spokesperson Bruce Bellocchi stated. “Xcess Fighting believes he has tremendous talent, and (we) are extremely proud to be able to get him back into he cage and in front of his fans so quickly.“
An opponent for Sobral and location for the event will be named in the near future.
- Asgard MMA reports that Per Eklund has signed with the UFC. Rumors have been floating around for months about Eklund’s possible signing and this can only help to certify that as being true. The deal is a four-fight, 18 month deal. Eklund is slated to fight at UFC 80 in Newcastle, England against an opponent yet to be named.
- So apparently Brad Imes has trained with Brock Lesnar in the past. Imes says that Lesnar’s game was lacking:
I think he’s got a lot of potential. His stand up is really kinda nonexistent, but he’s obviously a big powerful guy. And his ground game…I know, he’s a D-1 national champ but I think he’s pretty rusty as far as his ground game. I was able to pass guard on him, mount him, do whatever I wanted with him on the ground really. And he really didn’t feel that strong to me, granted I don’t grapple with anyone that feels strong to me.
But, I think that one of his strengths when he was in college was that he was much stronger than everyone he went up against; and heavyweights, no matter what the sport . . . it is hard to find good ones. So, I think if he sticks with it he’ll be great. I just think it was a mistake going to the UFC so quick. And I say that from someone who knows.
Junzo Tokunaga def. Teruhiko Kubo - Unanimous Decision
Kazumasa Otani def. Taro Kusano - KO (Punch)
Makoto Akazawa def. Nobuhiro Yoshitake - Submission (Armbar)
Nobuyoshi Takahara def. Taiki Yonashiro - TKO (Punches)
Toru Eto def. Yabu Yabu - Submission (Triangle Choke)
Tomoyuki Fukami def. Marlon Medeiros - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Ken Hamamura def. Yasushi Kitazaki - Unanimous Decision
Shunsuke Inoue def. Waka Arashi - TKO
Muscle Hiranuma def. Masanari Hosaka - TKO
3Yusuke Kawaguchi def. Seigo Mizuguchi - TKO
Takeshi Yamazaki def. Koji Yoshida - Majority Decision
Pang Sung Hwan def. Yoshihiro Tomioka - Majority Decision
Yasuhito Namekawa def. Katsuhisa Fujii - Majority Decision
Satoko Shinashi def. Sachi Sachi - Submission (Armbar)
Seichi Ikemoto vs. Kiuma Kunioku - Draw
Ryuta Sakurai def. Eiji Ishikawa - TKO (Cut)
Masakazu Imanari def. Hiroyuki Abe - Submission (Ankle Lock)
Hidehiko Hasegawa vs. Dong Hyun Kim - Draw
Nobuyuki Shimakawa vs Masahiro Toryu - Draw
Yasushi Kitazaki defeated Tanaka Goodman - Submission (Armbar)
Isao Terada defeated Kousuke Eda - KO
Motoyuki Takanishi defeated Kenta Nakamura - Unanimous Decision
Yasuaki Miura defeated Kazuhiko Wakita - Submission (Choke)
Yusuke Sakashita defeated Seigo Mizuguchi - Unanimous Decision
Ken Hamamura defeated Yabu Yabu - TKO
Yukinari Tamura defeated Animal Animal - Submission (Strikes)
Seichi Ikemoto defeated Pang Sung Hwan - Unanimous Decision
Tomoyuki Fukami defeated Henrik Kakiuchi - Submission
Jutaro Nakao vs Kiuma Kunioku - Draw
Here are the results from DEEP: 28th Impact.
- Yoshisuke Kitada def. Tatsuhito Satsuma - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
- Dong Hyun Kim def. Hidenobu Koike - KO (Punch to the Body)
- Michihiro Omigawa def. Eoh Won Jin - TKO (Punch)
- Miki Shida def. Takeshi Yamazaki - Decision (Majority)
- Yasuhito Namekawa def. Fabiano Capoani - Draw
- Hector Lombard def. Eiji Ishikawa - TKO (Punches)
- Su Hi Ham def. Hisae Watanabe - Decision (Unanimous)
- Hidehiko Hasegawa def. Jutaro Nakao - Decision (Majority)
- Kazunori Yokota def. Nobuhiro Obiya - Decision (Unanimous)
- Ryo Chonan def. Ryuta Sakurai - Decision (Majority)