Kazuo Misaki

The Daily Recap: Semtex-Misaki Meet at March Strikeforce, Ueda Narrowly Wins Shooto Farewell & More

Paul “Semtex” Daley. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Well-traveled veterans Paul "Semtex" Daley and Kazuo Misaski have signed on to face each other on the main card of Strikeforce's scheduled March 3 event at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Daley returns to Strikeforce after winning  two straight fights outside of the organization. His opponent, Misaki last defeated Akira Shoji via second-round TKO at DEEP's 53rd Impact event last April. [Strikeforce.com]

— In his last bout before taking a spot in Bellator's upcoming eight-man bantamweight tourney this spring, former Shooto 132 lb. champion Masakatsu Ueda edged out heralded prospect Kyoji Horiguchi and took home a majority decision at Shooto's "Survivor Tournament Final" event on Sunday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. [Sherdog]

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Sengoku 9 Weigh-In Results


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.

Main Card:

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)

Four Bouts Announced for “Ninth Battle”


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.

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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)

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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Misaki-Santiago, Gomi-Kitaoka Announced for Sengoku VII


Jorge Santiago (middle) poses with training partners Benji Radach and Antonio Silva. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

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.

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Misaki-Riggs Set for Strikeforce at the Mansion


Joe Riggs. Photo courtesy of Strikeforce.

Former PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix runner-up Kazuo Misaki will make his Strikeforce debut against UFC veteran Joe Riggs when the organization returns to the famous Playboy Mansion in California for their second “Strikeforce at the Mansion” show on September 20th.

Strikeforce Vice President Mike Afromowitz officially announced the bout in a press release sent out to the media last night. After spending his entire career fighting for Japanese-based promotions, Misaki signed a two-fight deal with Strikeforce in March.

“I am looking forward to making my debut for Strikeforce at the Playboy Mansion, an incredible venue that is well-known throughout the world,” Misaki said. “Joe Riggs is a tremendous competitor. His style is aggressive like mine so I have no doubt that our fight will be an exciting and memorable one.”

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Yoshida, Wiuff Victorious at Sengoku III


Hidehiko Yoshida grapples with Yosuke Nishijima. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Japanese legend and former Olympic judoka Hidehiko Yoshida was victorious this weekend at World Victory Road’s third “Sengoku” show, submitting former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith with a neck crank in the first round of their main event bout.

Yoshida went right in for a takedown to start the bout but his attempt was stuffed by Smith, who punished Yoshida with punches for even trying to take the fight to the ground. Yoshida was able to maintain his composure and after a brief exchange on the feet, was finally able to take Smith down. A scramble allowed Yoshida to quickly grab ahold of Smith’s neck and Yoshida locked in a modified neck crank that forced the longtime veteran to tap out just minutes into the fight.

The win snapped a three-fight losing streak for Yoshida, who needed to be victorious in order to maintain his headliner status inside the promotion. The loss was Smith’s first since he came out of retirement following a seven-year hiatus.

YAMMA Pit Fighting tournament champion Travis Wiuff knocked out fan-favorite Kazuyuki Fujita in the first round. Also victorious on the card were Marcio Cruz, former PRIDE grand prix winner Kazuo Misaki, and current BodogFight welterweight champion Nick Thompson.

Complete results from the event:

Fabio Silva def. Yoshiki Takahashi - KO (Knee)
Rodrigo Damm def. Jorge Masvidal - TKO (Strikes)
Marcio Cruz def. Mu Bae Choi - Submission (Modified Triangle)
Sanae Kikuta def. Chris Rice - Submission (Armbar)
Nick Thompson def. Michael Costa - Submission (Kimura)
Kazuo Misaki def. Logan Clark - Unanimous Decision
Travis Wiuff def. Kazuyuki Fujita - KO (Punches)
Hidehiko Yoshida def. Maurice Smith - Submission (Neck Crank)

Three Bouts Announced for Sengoku III


Hidehiko Yoshida grapples with Yosuke Nishijima. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

World Victory Road has announced three more bouts for their upcoming third “Sengoku” show on June 8th.

Japanese legend and former Olympic judoka Hidehiko Yoshida will headline the show, taking on former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith in the main event. Yoshida was submitted by Josh Barnett at the inaugural “Sengoku” show in March. Smith scored a win over fellow former kickboxer Rick Roufus at a Strikeforce event in February.

Kazuo Misaki will return to action against World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Logan Clark, who has either been released from the WEC or is being lent to WVR officials for the show. Misaki was also victorious at the inaugural “Sengoku” show in March, submitting Siyar Bahadurzada. Clark last stopped Scott Harper with strikes in the first round in March as well.

Renowned grappler Marcio Cruz will fight for the first time in close to a year when he takes on PRIDE veteran Mu Bae Choi. Cruz last defeated Rafael Feijao at an IFL event last June while Choi most recently scored a huge upset over Gary Goodridge on March 30th, knocking out the longtime veteran in the second round.

Previously announced fights for the show include YAMMA Pit Fighting tournament champion Travis Wiuff vs. Japanese professional wrestler and PRIDE veteran Kazuyuki Fujita and BodogFight welterweight champion Nick Thompson vs. Chute Boxe product Michael Costa.

Also announced as participating at the event were Duane Ludwig, Fabio Silva, and Rodrigo Damm. Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi is also rumored to be fighting at the show as well.

The current fight card for the event looks like this:

Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Maurice Smith
Kazuo Misaki vs. Logan Clark
Marcio Cruz vs. Mu Bae Choi
Travis Wiuff vs. Kazuyuki Fujita
Nick Thompson vs. Michael Costa
Duane Ludwig vs. TBA
Fabio Silva vs. TBA
Rodrigo Damm vs. TBA

 

Report: Strikeforce Inks Kazuo Misaki


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It seems that a former PRIDE middleweight grand prix winner is headed to the ranks of Strikeforce.

Ron Kruck of HDNet’s Inside MMA revealed on last night’s episode that he has confirmed with Strikeforce vice president Mike Afromowitz that the organization has signed Kazuo Misaki to a two-fight deal. No word as to when Misaki will be making his debut with the promotion.

Misaki got back on track earlier this month at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku” event, submitting middleweight prospect Siyar Bahadurzada and earning his first win since he won a razor close split decision over Denis Kang to become the second middleweight grand prix champion in PRIDE history.

His knockout of Yoshihiro Akiyama at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve was changed to a no contest in January after it was determined that the soccer kick Misaki used to end the fight was illegal since Akiyama’s arm and legs were touching the mat. Under Japanese rules, a fighter can kick a downed opponent, but not when they are down on all fours.

Potential opponents for Misaki mentioned on the telecast included Joe Riggs, Frank Shamrock, and Cung Le, who served on the special guest panel for the episode.

The episode can currently be viewed at Sherdog.com. Touch of gloves to Five Ounces of Pain for the find.

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