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Sengoku 9 Live Results

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.

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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)

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)

Report: Wiuff-Fujita Added to Sengoku III


Travis Wiuff. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Travis Wiuff, who recently won three fights in one night to capture YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural heavyweight tournament last month, will reportedly take on Japanese professional wrestler and PRIDE veteran Kazuyuki Fujita at World Victory Road’s upcoming third “Sengoku” show on June 8th.

The news comes from a report by Loretta Hunt of Sherdog.com, who has confirmed the fight with Wiuff himself.

En route to the YAMMA tournament title, Wiuff decisioned the likes of Marcelo Pereira, Chris Tuchscherer, and former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez. The Minnesota native is currently riding an eight-fight winning streak.

Fujita is coming off of a submission win over K-1 kickboxer Peter Graham at the inaugural “Sengoku” show in March. The 37-year-old needed just over a minute to secure a north-south choke and force Graham to tap out.

Before then, Fujita had not fought since being submitted by fellow heavyweight Jeff Monson at PRIDE’s final event in April of last year. The fight was the first and only “UFC vs PRIDE” fight to take place under the plan between Zuffa and Dream Stage Entertainment officials that never ended up coming to fruition.

Fujita Confirmed for Sengoku III


Kazuyuki Fujita throws a left hand at James Thompson. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

World Victory Road has announced that Japanese professional wrestler and PRIDE veteran Kazuyuki Fujita will compete at the organization’s upcoming third “Sengoku” show on June 8th. He becomes the first fighter the promotion has confirmed for their June show.

Fujita is coming off of a submission win over K-1 kickboxer Peter Graham at the inaugural “Sengoku” show last month. The 37-year-old needed just over a minute to secure a north-south choke and force Graham to tap out.

Before then, Fujita had not fought since being submitted by fellow heavyweight Jeff Monson at PRIDE’s final event in April of last year. The fight was the first and only “UFC vs PRIDE” fight to take place under the plan between Zuffa and Dream Stage Entertainment officials that never ended up coming to fruition.

A potential opponent for Fujita has not yet been announced.

WVR: Sengoku Quick Results


Josh Barnett throws a right hand at Pawel Nastula at PRIDE 32: The Real Deal. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

A full recap of the event will come later today…

Nick Thompson def. Fabricio Monteiro - Unanimous Decision
Ryo Kawamura def. Antonio Neto - Unanimous Decision
Evangelista Santos def. Makoto Takimoto - Submission (Heel Hook)
Kazuyuki Fujita def. Peter Graham - Submission (North-South Choke)
Kazuo Misaki def. Siyar Bahadurzada - Submission (Guillotine)
Takanori Gomi def. Duane Ludwig - TKO (Cut)
Josh Barnett def. Hidehiko Yoshida - Submission (Heel Hook)

“Sengoku” Begins a New Era for MMA in Japan


Josh Barnett weighs-in for PRIDE 32: The Real Deal. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

For those of you in North America, a new era of mixed martial arts will take place over in Japan while you are sleeping Tuesday night. World Victory Road will hold it’s inaugural show titled “Sengoku” Wednesday at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

The show will feature a main event between former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and former Olympian Hidehiko Yoshida. Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and one-time K-1 kickboxing standout Duane “Bang” Ludwig will clash. Kazuo Misaki will also compete on the card.

A definite mix of former PRIDE veterans and other notable fighters that have competed in various organizations around the world make this event intriguing.

Main Card

As far as the main event goes, both Barnett and Yoshida will be attempting to shake of a good amount of ring rust as neither fighter has competed since PRIDE: Shockwave 2006 on New Year’s Eve two years ago.

Barnett lost a unanimous decision to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a rematch of their Open-Weight Grand Prix bout at the event. Yoshida was stopped with strikes by heavyweight slugger James Thompson.

While Barnett has been staying in shape thanks to a regular schedule involving professional wrestling appearances and grappling matches, Yoshida is a complete question mark conditioning wise. In reality though, it won’t matter very much in this fight.

Even though the two are former training partners, it shouldn’t be much of a chess match. Look for Barnett to dominate Yoshida and pick up an easy win.

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Fujita-Graham Announced for “Sengoku”


Jeff Monson submits Kazuyuki Fujita with a rear naked choke at PRIDE 34: Kamikaze. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

World Victory Road has announced that Japanese professional wrestler and PRIDE veteran Kazuyuki Fujita will take on K-1 kickboxer Peter Graham at the promotion’s inaugural show titled “Sengoku” on March 5th at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

The event will feature a main event between former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and former Olympian Hidehiko Yoshida. Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and one-time K-1 kickboxing standout Duane “Bang” Ludwig will clash. Kazuo Misaki will also compete on the card.

Fujita has not fought since being submitted by fellow heavyweight Jeff Monson at PRIDE’s final event in April of last year. The fight was the first-ever “UFC vs PRIDE” fight to take place under the plan between Zuffa and Dream Stage Entertainment officials that never ended up coming to fruition.

Graham will be making his professional mixed martial arts debut in the fight. He is a former WKBF World Amateur Heavyweight Champion and holds a record of 54-11-1 in kickboxing. His professional boxing record stands at 6-3-1.

The Sydney, Australia native is mostly known for his patented somersault kick, which he calls “The Rolling Thunder”. Graham has landed the kick twice under the K-1 banner, most recently against rival Badr Hari during the K-1 World Grand Prix in 2006. Hari suffered a broken jaw and was sidelined for a year.

Touch of gloves to Nightmare of Battle for the assist.

WVR Announces Gomi-Ludwig, Two More Bouts


Takanori Gomi celebrates after his win over Mitsuhiro Ishida at PRIDE Shockwave 2006. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

World Victory Road has announced the addition of three more bouts for it’s inaugural event entitled “Sengoku” on March 5th at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

The biggest one has to be a lightweight battle between former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and one-time K-1 kickboxing standout Duane “Bang” Ludwig.

Gomi has not fought since he took on Nick Diaz at PRIDE 33 in February of last year. Diaz submitted Gomi with a gogoplata in an exciting fight but the decision was later overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after it was found that Diaz had tested positive for marijuana at the conclusion of the event.

“The Fireball Kid” had been courted by multiple organizations since PRIDE was purchased by Zuffa last March, including the UFC. Speculation had him headed over to K-1 Hero’s at one point but a deal between the two sides never came to fruition.

Ludwig was originally slated to take on Steve Berger at the upcoming “Strikeforce at the Dome” event later this month but MMA Weekly reports that Ludwig will pull out of that fight.

Additional bouts that were announced include current BodogFight welterweight title holder Nick Thompson going up against Fabricio Monteiro and Pancrase veteran Ryo Kawamura taking on Antonio Neto. Also mentioned at today’s press conference was the signing of legendary PRIDE heavyweight Kazuyuki Fujita, who will take on a yet to be announced opponent at the show.

CKA: Apr 07, 2007

News and Notes

- There’s not much in the form of MMA news this morning but there certainly is concerning this site…

- We will be live blogging UFC 69: Shootout starting at 10 PM EST. We also will be live blogging PRIDE 34: Kamikaze as well at 3:00 AM EST. Grab some energy drinks and be sure to stay with us for a huge night of MMA action.

- PRIDE will be broadcasting PRIDE 34: Kamikaze tonight for the first time ever live from Japan. The event will start at 3:00 AM EST and is available on PPV.

- Be sure to check back later today for our predictions on both events…

- Our already popular MMA on Tap Top 10 will be updated at some point next week with the results from this weekend…

- For those IFL fans out there, the promotion is holding an event in Moline, Illinois tonight. The Quad City Silverbacks and Nevada Lions will square off. The other team matchup will be the Seattle Tiger Sharks vs Chicago Red Bears. The event’s superfight will be Jeff Curran vs Kevin English.

- I don’t want to be a hater but part of me is kind of glad this is DSE’s last show. At least Zuffa will have things organized better…

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