Alexandre Ribeiro

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

Middleweight GP for Sengoku V Finalized


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.

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