We will be going live with results of Sengoku 9, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The card will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between Satoru Kitaoka and Mizuto Hirota. Also on the card is the featherweight tournament semifinals featuring Michihiro Omigawa vs. Marlon Sandro and Hatsu Hioki vs. Takeshi Numajiri.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Live results are after the jump.
Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.
All of the combatants for World Victory Road’s Sengoku 9 card successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts on Sunday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The card will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between Satoru Kitaoka and Mizuto Hirota. The card will also feature the featherweight tournament semifinals and the return of Japanese star Akihiro Gono.
Satoru Kitaoka (153.8 lbs) vs. Mizuto Hirota (154 lbs)
Kazuo Misaki (182.6 lbs) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura (182.6 lbs)
Kazuyuki Fujita (247.5 lbs) vs. Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov (242 lbs)
Dan Hornbuckle (165.7 lbs) vs. Akihiro Gono (167.2 lbs)
Clay French (154.1 lbs) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (154.3 lbs)
Choi Mu Bae (240.7 lbs) vs. Yoshihiro Nakao (220.7 lbs)
Featherweight Grand Prix:
Michihiro Omigawa (142.8 lbs) vs. Marlon Sandro (142.3 lbs)
Hatsu Hioki (143 lbs) vs. Masanoru Kanehara (143 lbs)
Matt Jaggers (142.1 lbs) vs. Chan Sung Jung (142.6 lbs) – Reserve Bout
Gold Rush Finals:
Koji Ando (153.7 lbs) vs. Ikuo Usuda (154.3 lbs)
Toru Harai (143.3 lbs) vs. Shigeki Osawa (143.3 lbs)
Ryosuke Komori (132.2 lbs) vs. akeshi Numajiri (132.1 lbs)
Marlon Sandro. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
World Victory Road today announced four fights scheduled for their Sengoku “Ninth Battle” event on August 2 in Japan, including the pairings for the one-night semifinal tournament that will crown the promotion’s first-ever featherweight champion.
Undefeated Brazilian prospect Marlon Sandro will be facing upstart Japanese veteran Michihiro Omigawa in one semifinal bout, while tournament favorite Hatsu Hioki will go up against Masanori Kanehara in the other. The winners will end up fighting in the show’s main event.
In addition, Sengoku lightweight champion Satoru Kitaoka will defend his title against slick striker Mizuto Hirota and Kazuo Misaki and Kazuhiro Nakamura will collide in a battle of former PRIDE Fighting Championships standouts that will have the winner face middleweight title holder Jorge Santiago later in the year.
Takanori Gomi. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
Despite being one of the world’s top-ranked lightweights for a number of years, Takanori Gomi fell victim to World Victory Road’s mediocre roster of 155 lb. fighters as he lost a split decision to M-1 veteran Sergey Golyaev at Sengoku IV on Saturday morning in Japan.
“The Fireball Kid” was unable to get past Golyaev’s swift striking, which earned the Russian points early and often during their battle. Golyaev used his reach advantage to keep Gomi at a distance throughout their battle and even dropped him with a left hook in the second round. Despite the loss, Gomi will likely challenge WVR lightweight tournament winner Satoru Kitaoka at the organization’s January 4 event. Kitaoka bested Kazunori Yokota and Eiji Mitsuoka to win the inaugural tourney.
UFC and Strikeforce veteran Jorge Santiago continued his run through the middleweight division by stopping Siyar Bahadurzada and former PRIDE light heavyweight standout Kazuhiro Nakamura en route to winning the middleweight grand prix.
Kazuhiro Nakamura. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
World Victory Road today announced two additional bouts that finalize the first round of the organization’s inaugural middleweight grand prix at Sengoku V, which takes place on September 28 at the Yoyogi National First Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
Former PRIDE light heavyweight standout Kazuhiro Nakamura will take on Paul Cahoon while Strikeforce tournament winner Jorge Santiago will face World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Logan Clark.
The two bouts join Yuki Kondo vs. Yuki Sasaki and Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos as the matchups taking place in the tournament’s first round. Former UFC welterweight title challenger Frank Trigg, who defeated Makoto Takimoto at Sengoku IV on August 24 is being discussed a possible late entrant to the bracket by WVR officials.
It was also announced Thursday that heavyweight grappling wizard Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro will go up against professional wrestler Takashi Sugiura at the show.
Ben Rothwell. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com
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Former IFL heavyweight champion Ben Rothwell will attempt to bounce back from his first loss in three years when he reportedly takes on three-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Pedro Rizzo at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on October 11th in Las Vegas according to MMANews.com, which cites Affliction VP Tom Atencio as confirming the fight.
At Affliction’s debut show last month, Rothwell suffered a third-round knockout loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski while Rizzo was defeated in a rematch against Josh Barnett, another former UFC title holder. Barnett knocked Rizzo out with a left in the second round of their fight.
WVR Announces Middleweight GP Participants
World Victory Road has announced four of the fighters that will compete in their inaugural middleweight grand prix, which will begin at “Sengoku V” on September 28th at the Yoyogi National First Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Jorge Santiago, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Siyar Bahadurzada will all compete in first-round bouts.
Thiago Silva weighs-in for UFC 78: Validation. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced three additional bouts for the the organization’s return to Las Vegas on May 24th for UFC 84: Ill Will.
The promotion confirmed the already-rumored fights on their official website.
UFC 84 will be headlined by a bad blood-filled UFC lightweight title bout that pits current champion B.J. Penn up against former champion Sean Sherk. Former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will also go up against an undefeated Lyoto Machida in a fight that will likely be Ortiz’s last with the UFC.
Former PRIDE standouts Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Kazuhiro Nakamura will return to action against each other at the event.
After busting onto the scene with two huge upsets over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona in consecutive fights, Sokoudjou was defeated in his UFC debut, submitting to Ryoto Machida at UFC 79: Nemesis in December. Similar to his opponent, Nakamura also lost his debut to Machida as well. Nakamura is coming off of a suspension courtesy of the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana.
After being originally scheduled to face Rashad Evans, who was tapped to fill in as an injury replacement against Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 in June, Thiago Silva will now take on Europe Top Team product Antonio Mendes.
Silva has won his first three fights inside the Octagon and remains undefeated in his professional career. Mendes, who will be making his debut inside the UFC, is currently riding an eleven-fight winning streak that stretches all the way back to October 2004.
Light heavyweight contender Wilson Gouveia will attempt to continue his winning ways when he takes on international prospect Goran Reljic.
Gouveia is currently riding a four-fight UFC winning streak. The American Top Team product recently pulled off a huge knockout win over veteran Jason Lambert. Reljic has not lost yet in his professional career. He last earned a unanimous decision over Waldemar Golinski at a Boxing Explosion event this past August.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou weighs-in for UFC 79: Nemesis. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former PRIDE light heavyweight standouts Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Kazuhiro Nakamura return to action against each other when the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas for UFC 84: Ill Will on May 24th.
The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who confirmed the fight with Sokoudjou himself this past weekend.
The event will be headlined by a bad blood-filled UFC lightweight title bout that pits current champion B.J. Penn up against former champion Sean Sherk.
After busting onto the scene with two huge upsets over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona in consecutive fights, Sokoudjou was defeated in his UFC debut, submitting to Ryoto Machida at UFC 79: Nemesis in December.
Similar to his opponent, Nakamura also lost his debut to Machida as well. Nakamura is coming off of a suspension courtesy of the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana following post-fight testing for UFC 76: Knockout.
The California State Athletic Commission announced earlier today that they have reduced UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk’s suspension from one year to six months.
Sherk will now be permitted to return to action on January 19th. He will not be fined the original amount of $2500.
According to a Sherk quote posted by MMA Weekly, this whole ordeal might not be ending anytime soon:
Following the hearing, he stated, “I’m not happy at all with (a six-month suspension and fine). This is not over,” indicating that he would be discussing possible legal action with his attorneys.
I guess we’ll be finding out over the next couple of days whether or not Sherk will be stripped of his title. He is available to fight again next month but it depends whether or not the UFC is going to take the fact that he is still considered to have tested positive for steroids under consideration.
Also announced today was the upheld suspension of light heavyweight Kazuhiro Nakamura. Nakamura’s mandatory 90 day suspension will continue and he will be forced to pay a $500 fine. The CSAC originally announced that Nakamura tested positive for marjiuana on September 26th.
Adam Smith’s appeal was dropped after he failed to appear at his scheduled hearing.
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Update 12:00 PM: Sherdog spoke to Sherk after the ruling went down and learned that Sherk plans to never fight in the state of California again:
“Absolutely not. No way. It’s not even an option,” Sherk said. “It won’t even be offered to me. I will not fight in the state of California again. No way.”
The California State Athletic Commission granted continuances to both Kazuhiro Nakamura and Adam Smith in their appeals of positive tests for drugs of abuse and anabolic agents.
No word on when the two fighters will have to appear in front of the commission again.
Nakamura tested positive following post-fight tests for UFC 76 in September. Nakamura currently faces a $500 fine and a three-month suspension.
Smith tested positive for two different kinds of steroids, Nandrolone and Stanozolol, as well as marijuana and cocaine during post-fight drug tests following Strikeforce’s event at the Playboy Mansion on September 29th. Smith is currently being fined $4000 and may be suspended for close to two years.