Travis Wiuff

Hioki, Omigawa Advance in Sengoku Tourney

Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

Hatsu Hioki continued his winning ways with a quick submission win over Ronnie Mann and UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa scored a surprising victory over Nam Phan in the second round of World Victory Road’s inaugural featherweight grand prix tournament at Sengoku: Eighth Battle on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Also moving on to the next round of the featherweight tourney will be undefeated Nova Uniao product Marlon Sandro who knocked out a previously undefeated Nick Denis in just 19 seconds as well as Masanori Kanehara, who won an exciting unanimous decision over Chan-Sung Jung in a “Fight of the Year” candidate.

Grappling wizard Alexandre Ribeiro earned his second straight professional victory Keiichiro Yamamiy via an ironic third-round KO and Bulgarian prospect Stanislav Nedkov kept his perfect resume intact with a late stoppage of seasoned veteran Travis Wiuff in other action.

Complete results from the event are below.

Featherweight Grand Prix:

Hatsu Hioki def. Ronnie Mann - Submission (Triangle Choke), R1
Michihiro Omigawa def. Nam Phan - TKO (Strikes), R1
Marlon Sandro def. Nick Denis - KO (Punches), R1
Masanori Kanehara def. Chan-Sung Jung - Unanimous Decision

Non-Tournament Bouts:

Alexandre Ribeiro def.  Keiichiro Yamamiya - KO (Punch), R3
Stanislav Nedkov def. Travis Wiuff - TKO (Strikes), R3
Kazunori Yokota def. Leonardo Santos - Split Decision
Makoto Takimoto def. Michael Costa - Submission (Heel Hook), R1
Akihiko Mori def. Maximo Blanco - DQ (Illegal Kick), R1
Shigeki Osawa def. Kota Ishibashi - Unanimous Decision
Hirotoshi Saito def. Yoshitaka Abe - Submission (Armbar), R1

Wiuff to Face Nedkov at “Eighth Battle”

Travis Wiuff. Photo courtesy of YAMMA Pit Fighting.

Seasoned veteran Travis Wiuff will return to action against undefeated Bulgarian light heavyweight Stanislav Nedkov at Sengoku’s “Eighth Battle” show on May 2 at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

World Victory Road announced the fight during their weekly television show earlier today.

Wiuff has not competed since being upset by rising heavyweight prospect Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at Sengoku’s “Fifth Battle” event in September. The loss snapped a nine-fight winning streak for Wiuff, who had defeated the likes of Ricco Rodriguez and Kazuyuki Fujita during that span.

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Report: Gracie Withdraws from Sengoku V

Roger Gracie. Photo courtesy of

Roger Gracie has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against journeyman Travis Wiuff at World Victory Road’s upcoming “Sengoku V” on September 28 after sustaining a rib injury during a recent training session according to

According to the report, Gracie took a hard kick to the ribs during sparring last week and was then examined by a doctor who found that Gracie had suffered a tear to one of the muscles between his ribs. He is expected to be out of action for at least four weeks, pending a follow-up examination.

Gracie was victorious in his professional mixed martial arts debut in December 2006, submitting Ron Waterman with an armbar at a BodogFight: USA vs. Russia. He most recently submitted Yuki Kondo with a first-round rear naked choke at Sengoku II on May 18.

World Victory Road is expected to announce Gracie’s withdrawal, along with a replacement opponent at some point this week.

Wiuff Tapped to Face Gracie at Sengoku V

Travis Wiuff. Photo courtesy of YAMMA Pit Fighting.

World Victory Road announced today that inaugural YAMMA Pit Fighting tournament winner Travis Wiuff has been selected to take on heavyweight grappling wizard Roger Gracie in a fight that completes the fight card for the promotion’s upcoming “Sengoku V” show, which takes place on September 28 at the Yoyogi National First Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

Wiuff knocked off former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez and two other fights to win YAMMA Pit Fighting’s first-ever heavyweight tournament in the promotion’s only event-to-date in April. Following that, he scored a first-round knockout of Kazuyuki Fujita at Sengoku III in June.

Gracie was victorious in his professional mixed martial arts debut in December 2006, submitting Ron Waterman with an armbar at a BodogFight: USA vs. Russia. He most recently submitted Yuki Kondo with a first-round rear naked choke at Sengoku II on May 18.

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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)

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, 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.

Wiuff Wins YAMMA Tourney; Oleg Subs Kerr

Travis Wiuff weighs-in for UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell II. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Revolutionary? The jury’s still out. However YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural show went off without much of a hitch at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where veteran Travis Wiuff (52-11) won three consecutive fights to win the promotion’s first-ever heavyweight tournament last night.

Wiuff’s road to victory contradicted what Bob Meyrowitz and company predicted that YAMMA’s cage, which sported an incline close to the fence all the way around, would prevent. Wiuff used the leverage of the incline to continuously take his opponent down to the mat. YAMMA’s attempt to keep fights on the feet backfired in a big way.

The quarterfinals of the tournament saw former UFC heavyweight champion and tournament-favorite Ricco Rodriguez (28-9) use well-timed takedowns to score a unanimous decision over George Bush (5-1). Chris Tuscherer (13-1) and Wiuff both used the same strategy to earn first-round wins over Tony Sylvester (10-2) and Marcelo Pereira (0-1) respectively.

The first fight of the night saw Alexey Oleinik (7-4) have a point deducted after he continued to punch Sherman Pendergarst (10-9) while referee Kevin Mulhall was bringing the fight back up to the feet. However Olenik quickly scored a takedown and secured a fight-ending front choke with less than a minute left in the first round.

In the semifinals, Minnesota natives Wiuff and Tuscherer dodged submission attempts and scored takedowns against Rodriguez and Olenik to move to the three-round final that saw Wiuff use superior wrestling to earn a unanimous decision and the tournament crown.

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UFC Veterans Fill CFC’s Latest Card

Jeff Monson weighs-in for UFC 65: Bad Intentions. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Florida-based Combat Fighting Championships will be making it’s overseas debut on May 17th as the organization will hold a show at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England filled with veterans that have competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and PRIDE.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez will tangle with American Top Team’s Jeff Monson in the main event.

Rodriguez is coming off of a tough split decision loss to Antonio Silva at EliteXC Street Certified last month. Monson last won a decision over Hakim Goram in December and is tenatively scheduled to take on Kevin Randleman at a Global Fighting Championships show in June.

The co-main event will feature a clash between former UFC middleweights David Loiseau and Terry Martin. While Loiseau has struggled ever since he was released by the promotion, Martin’s apparent departure from the company comes after he suffered his second straight loss at the hands of Marvin Eastman last month.

Melvin Guillard, who is currently on a hiatus from the UFC, being permitted to fight in smaller shows before returning to the promotion, is advertised as going up against Cage Rage veteran Jean Silva.

Travis Wiuff is also slated to take on Cyrille Diabate in a bout that was originally scheduled to take place in at IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV on December 28th. Diabate was forced to pull out of his bout against Wiuff after suffering a broken ankle during training.

Brad Imes, Dan Hardy, Xavier Foupa-Pokam, Melvin Manhoef, and Mark Weir are all also expected to be in action.

You can also view the current fight card at the organization’s official website.

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YAMMA Finalizes Card for First Event

Don Frye connects with a right hand against Min Soo Kim in October 2006. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.

YAMMA Pit Fighting, a new mixed martial arts organization created by Ultimate Fighting Championship founder Bob Meyrowitz, has announced the complete card for it’s upcoming inaugural event in April.

The event is scheduled to take place on April 11th at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. It will be highlighted by two “masters division” fights and an eight-man heavyweight tournament.

Longtime veterans Don Frye and Oleg Taktarov will fight for the first time in the night’s main event. A bout between kickboxing veteran Gary Goodridge and infamous professional boxer Eric “Butterbean” Esch will also take place. An eight-man heavyweight tournament featuring Travis Wiuff and Sherman Pendergarst will proceed the fights.

The complete lineup for the event is below:

Masters Division Fights

Don Frye vs. Oleg Taktarov
Gary Goodridge vs. Eric Esch

Eight-Man Heavyweight Tournament

Travis Wiuff
Sherman Pendergarst
Marcelo Pereira
Rex Richards
Tony Sylvester
Alexey Oleynik
George Bush
Chris Tuscherer

IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV Results

The scheduled bout between Chris Reedy and Waachim Spiritwolf was cancelled after Reedy was unable to receive a license from the NSAC. Reedy is currently medically suspended in the state of New Jersey.

Buddy Roberts def. Dennis Bacon - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Ryan Bader def. Brad Peterson - Unanimous Decision
Jeff Cox def. Joe Cronin - TKO (Strikes)
Dennis Davis def. Reynaldo Duarte - Unanimous Decision
Elena Reid def. Tammie Schneider - TKO (Strikes)
Del Hawkins def. Brandon Foxworth - Submission (Strikes)
Travis Wiuff def. Jesse Veium - TKO (Strikes)

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