Hatsu Hioki

Guida squeaks by Hioki. Bader quickly subs Matyushenko in UFC on FOX 6 prelims

Clay Guida. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.

Despite displaying a crafty ground game and an effective arsenal of punches and kicks, Hatsu Hioki came out on the losing end of a split decision to Clay Guida in the featured bout during the UFC on FOX 6 prelims on Saturday night.

The crowd inside of Chicago's United Center was clearly behind their native son in Guida, but "The Carpenter" drew scattered boos over the course of three rounds due to a stagnant offense, which saw Guida controlling Hioki on the ground, but not offering much in terms of punishment.

Hioki took the the first round on two of the judge's scorecards by making Guida miss on the feet, while scoring with a barrage of punches, kicks and knees. The second stanza saw Guida turn the tide with some hard leg kicks and a huge slam that put Hioki on his back for the majority of the round. The Japanese veteran still managed to keep things close however courtesy of a couple of submission attempts and a head kick that landed flush as the round closed.

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UFC on FOX 6 live results

MMA on Tap will be going live at 4:35 PM ET with real-time results of this evening's UFC on FOX 6 event, which takes place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The show is headlined by a UFC flyweight title bout, pitting champion Demetrious Johnson against challenger John Dodson. The main card airs on FOX at 8 PM ET. Preliminary bouts  can be seen starting at 5 PM ET live on FX and prior to that, at 4:35 PM ET on the UFC's Facebook page.

Live results can be seen after the jump.

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UFC on FOX 6 Predictions

Demetrious Johnson. Photo by Amy Walton Photography.

In what is now becoming a yearly tradition, the UFC returns to Chicago in January for UFC on FOX 6, which takes place Saturday night at the United Center.

The UFC's latest network television special is headlined by another title fight. This time the flyweights take the stage as Demetrious Johnson defends his belt for the first time against fellow speedster and top contender John Dodson. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will also fight for what could be the last time in the UFC, taking on rising light heavyweight Glover Teixeira.

My predictions are after the jump.

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Sengoku 10 Notes: Hioki-Omigawa, Sandro-Hoshino Likely for November


Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.

A featherweight bout between Sengoku grand prix participant Hatsu Hioki and UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa has been booked for the promotion’s next scheduled show, “Sengoku 11th Battle” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, Japan on November 7.

Sengoku officials announced the matchup during the intermission of Wednesday’s “Sengoku Tenth Battle” event at the Saitama Super Arena. Hioki and Omigawa were originally slated to face each other in the tournament’s finals in August, but Hioki was forced to withdraw from bout after suffering a concussion in his unanimous decision win over Masanori Kanehara earlier in the night.

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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)

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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Report: Sandro vs. Omigawa, Hioki vs. Kanehara Set for Sengoku GP


Marlon Sandro. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.

The pairings for the one-night semifinal tournament that will crown Sengoku’s first-ever featherweight champion have reportedly been set for the organization’s “Ninth Battle” event on August 2 in Japan.

According to Tatame.com, undefeated Brazilian prospect Marlon Sandro has revealed that he 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.

Sandro has won all fourteen of his professional bouts to start his career. After scoring a second-round submission of Matt Jaggers in the opening round of the tourney, Sandro needed only 19 seconds to knock out previously undefeated Nick Denis earlier this month.

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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

Fight of the Day: Hatsu Hioki vs Rumina Sato

From Shooto’s “Tradition 4” event in November 2008, here’s former TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki going up against longtime Japanese veteran Rumina Sato.

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