Antz Nansen. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
New Zealand kickboxer Antz Nansen used superior striking skills to spoil the anticipated professional debut of 2004 Olympic judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi, knocking Izumi down three times en route to a first-round TKO win at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku Tenth Battle” event on Wednesday.
Izumi (0-1) did surprisingly well in the loss. Willing to stand with a dangerous Nansen (1-0) on the feet, Izumi caught his opponent on multiple occasions with a few straight left hands. The tide turned when Nansen hurt Izumi with a right hand midway through the round. Izumi stumbling backwards prompting Nansen to stalk his foe, dropping him twice before finishing him off with a final combination that left Izumi bloodied and seated in a corner.
Antonio Silva and Jim York. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
We will be going live at 3:00 PM ET with live results of this morning’s “Sengoku Tenth Battle” event, which will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The show will air live on HDNet for those in North America.
2004 Olympic judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi will meet New Zealand kickboxer Antz Nansen in the professional debut for both fighters in the fight card’s main event. Additional bouts slated to take place include a heavyweight matchup pitting former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva against Jim York and a welterweight bout involving Nick Thompson and Dan Hornbuckle.
Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
World Victory Road yesterday announced three new bouts for the organization’s upcoming “Sengoku Tenth Battle” event, which is scheduled to take place on September 23 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
In the most notable matchup, former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva will meet “Big” Jim York. Silva, a member of Florida-based American Top Team, is riding a five-fight winning streak. His most recent victory came at Sengoku’s “No Ran 2009” event in January, where he earned a first-round TKO of Yoshihiro Nakao.
Kevin Randleman. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
World Victory Road has announced two additional competitors for it’s upcoming second “Sengoku” show on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan: Kevin Randleman and Jim York. It’s unknown whether or not the two heavyweights will be facing each other at the event.
Randleman, who had previously announced his participation at the event, will also be fighting Jeff Monson at a Global Fighting Championships in June.
The former UFC heavyweight champion has not fought since being submitted by Mauricio Rua in October of 2006. His time off last year was filled with bad events, including Randleman suffering from multiple severe staph infections, kidney failure, and an arrest for driving under the influence as well as six other additional charges.
After losing his first professional bout, York has gone on two win nine straight fights. He most recently stopped Iro Seki with strikes at a MARS event in April of last year.
A pair of lightweight fights were already announced for the show: Satoru Kitaoka vs Ian James Schaffa and Eiji Mitsuoka vs Kwang Hee Lee. Roger Gracie, Yuki Sasaki, and Yoshihiro Nakao, who was originally reported as facing Mirko Cro Cop at last month’s DREAM event, are all expected to be in action.
Fuji TV is expected to air tape-delayed segments from the event on a program entitled “Special Ring Side”, which will feature highlights from kickboxing and mixed martial arts events around the country. It will be one of the first instances where the network has broadcast any type of mixed martial arts since it broke off ties with the now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships.