Hatsu Hioki

Hioki, Four Participants Announced for Sengoku GP

Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

World Victory Road has officially announced five participants for the organization’s upcoming inaugural featherweight grand prix, which is slated to take place at Sengoku VII on March 20 in Japan.

Former TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki was the most high-profile fighter named by the promotion today. Hioki, who briefly struggled in 2007 after a bright start to his career, has since gotten back on track, going undefeated in his last six fights. The longtime Shooto veteran last fought on November 29, scoring a first-round stoppage of Rumina Sato.

In addition, current featherweight King of Pancrase Marlon Sandro, Chris Manuel, Nick Denis, and Ronnie Ushiwaka were also confirmed as competing in the tournament today. World Extreme Cagefighting veterans Chase Beebe, Alexandre Franca Nogueira, and Hiroyuki Takaya have all announced their participation in the tourney as well.

Hioki Signs to Fight Sato in November Shooto

Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

Reigning TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki has signed to take on longtime Japanese veteran Rumina Sato in what will likely be the main event of Shooto’s scheduled “Tradition 4” card on November 29 at Korakuen Hall in Japan. The organization officially announced the bout earlier today.

After losing consecutive fights in the middle of last year, Hioki has bounced back to go on a five-fight undefeated streak. He most recently submitted Thierry Quenneville in the first round to retain his TKO featherweight title at TKO 35 on October 3. Hioki’s last Shooto bout saw him fight to a draw against Hiroshi Nakamura in August.

Sato will be competing in his 35th Shooto fight at the event. “Moon Wolf” has struggled as of late, losing four out of his last five bouts. He was last submitted by Akitoshi Tamura at Shooto’s 20th anniversary show in May. His last victory inside the promotion came against Augusto Frota at Shooto’s “Back to our Roots 2” event in March of last year, where Sato stopped Frota early in the first round due to a cut.

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Weekend Recap: Hioki, Taylor Victorious

Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

In recapping other events besides EliteXC and Strikeforce that took place this past weekend, Hatsu Hioki retained his TKO featherweight championship with a first-round submission of Thierry Quenneville at TKO 35 Saturday night in Montreal.

The win was Hioki’s first inside the confines of TKO since he earned a majority decision over Mark Hominick at TKO 28 back in February of last year. Also victorious on the main card were “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Noah Thomas who submitted Adrian Wooley to claim the vacant TKO bantamweight belt and former hockey enforcer Steve Bosse, who scored a first-round TKO of Sebastien Gauthier.

Just like Don King, boxing mainstay Sycuan Ringside Promotions co-promoted it’s first-ever mixed martial arts event Saturday night in San Diego along with local organization Total Combat. Jesse Taylor stopped fellow UFC veteran Drew Fickett in the first round with strikes in the show’s main attraction.

Complete results from both cards are after the jump.

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Quenneville vs. Hioki Headlines TKO 35

Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

TKO Championship Fighting today announced details regarding it’s latest event, “TKO 35: Quenneville vs. Hioki”, which will take place on October 3rd at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The show’s will be headlined by reigning TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki returning to the promotion to defend his title for the first time against Thierry Quenneville.

Hioki defeated longtime featherweight title holder Mark Hominick at TKO 28 in February of last year via majority decision to win the belt. He has since fought exclusively over in Japan, racking up a record of 3-2-1 while fighting for the Shooto and HEAT organizations. Hioki most recently earned a draw against Hiroshi Nakamura earlier this month.

Quenneville enters the bout riding a two-fight winning streak. After winning a unanimous decision over Yoon Heo at TKO 31, Quenneville dispatched of skilled prospect Ben Greer to secure his shot at Hioki’s title. Quenneville stopped Greer with strikes in the third round at TKO 34.

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Thompson Turns Down Bosse Fight

James Thompson. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

British heavyweight James “The Colossus” Thompson has reportedly turned down a proposed bout against popular hockey enforcer turned mixed martial artist Steve Bosse, leaving TKO Championship Fighting figurehead Stephane Patry searching for a new foe.

The news comes from Mike Russell of The Fight Network, who confirmed Thompson’s decision to not fight Bosse as something that “didn’t make sense” in this stage of his career, citing Bosse’s relative lack of experience and notoriety as one of the main factors in his choice. The former PRIDE veteran has not fought since losing to EliteXC heavyweight sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson at EliteXC’s “Primetime” event back in May.

According to Patry, he plans to bring in an opponent with a recognizable name and legitimate credentials, similar to Bosse’s last opponent, Wes Sims, in order to test the Canadian before handing him a shot at the currently vacant TKO heavyweight title.

“We wanted a good opponent with a recognizable name for Bosse like we had in Wes Sims for his last fight,” Patry said in the article. “We’ll bring in someone who can test him. He doesn’t want any easy fights. If he wins that fight his next fight will likely be for the TKO heavyweight title.”

One confirmed fight for the show features reigning TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki returning to the promotion to defend his title against Stephane Vigneault. In addition to another featherweight bout between former champion Mark Hominick and Thierry Quenneville not yet finalized, welterweight king Jesse Bongfeldt and bantamweight champion Adrian Wooley are also expected to compete on the card.

Hioki-Toida Headlines Shooto’s First Event in ‘08

Hatsu Hioki takes a high kick from Antonio Carvalho at a Shooto event in May 2007. Photo courtesy of Shooto.

Hatsu Hioki will try to shake off a disappointing 2007 when he takes on fellow featherweight Katsuya Toida at Shooto’s first event of the year on January 26th.

Shooto announced the fight along with six others earlier this month.

After knocking off Jeff Curran at PRIDE Bushido 12 in August 2006, Hioki solidifed his status as one of the top featherweights in the world. His ten-fight undefeated streak continued with wins over Byon Sho Kim and Mark Hominick but was put to a sudden stop when Hioki lost a close split decision to Antonio Carvalho at Shooto: Back To Our Roots 3 this past May.

Hioki was then upset by journeyman Jong Man Kim at a Shooto show in October. The TKO veteran bounced back with a win over former Ultimate Fighter 5 cast member Brian Geraghty at a Heat event in November.

Toida is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Takeshi Inoue at Shooto: Back To Our Roots 6 in November. Toida defeated Gustavo Franca and drew with Adrian Pang in 2007.

The fight card for the event is currently looking like this:

Hatsu Hioki vs. Katsuya Toida
Shinichi Kojima vs. So Tazawa
Junji Ikoma vs. Jin Akimoto
Daisuke Ishizawa vs. Hayate Usui
Takuya Mori vs. Ayumu Shioda
Kota Funamoto vs. Yosuke Saruta
Junji Ito vs. Kazuyuki Yoshida

HEAT 5 Quick Results

Max Fernandez def, Yoshitomo Watanabe - Submission (Armbar)
Kazuhisa Tazawa def. Cristiano Kaminishi - Decision (Majority)
Gil Freitas def. Osami Shibuya - Decision (Unanimous)
Hatsu Hioki def. Brian Geraghty - Decision (Unanimous)

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