Jorge Santiago. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.
Jorge Santiago and Satoru Kitaoka each claimed vacant belts in their respective divisions while former lightweight king Takanori Gomi continued his fall from grace, losing his second straight fight at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku No Ran 2009” event in Japan on Sunday.
Santiago choked former PRIDE Grand Prix winner Kazuo Misaki unconscious in the third round of their fight and picked up his ninth straight win. Kitaoka meanwhile, was victorious in arguably the biggest fight of his career, quickly submitting Gomi with a heel hook just over a minute into the show’s main event.
Complete results from the event:
Jorge Santiago def. Kazuo Misaki - Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Satoru Kitaoka def. Takanori Gomi - Submission (Heel Hook)
Sanae Kikuta def. Hidehiko Yoshida - Split Decision
Antonio Silva def. Yoshihiro Nakao - TKO (Injury)
Eiji Mitsuoka def. Sergey Golyaev - Submission (Armbar)
Muhammed Lawal def. Yukiya Naito - TKO (Strikes)
Mu Bae Choi def. Dave Herman - TKO (Strikes)
Maximo Blanco def. Seigo Inoue - KO (Foot Stomps)
Hidetada Irie def. Minoru Kato - TKO (Strikes)
Antonio Silva to fight in Sengoku No Ran
World Victory Road announced Friday that heavyweight Antonio Silva is set to compete on the Sengoku No Ran show on January 4, 2009. His opponent is scheduled to be Yoshihiro Nakao. Silva, the current EliteXC heavyweight title holder, is currently under suspension in the US due to a failed steroid test in California. Silva has disputed the results of the testing and since Japanese promotions are not compelled to honor suspensions in the US, he will compete here. It may have long term effects on his obtaining licensure in the future in the US, but Vitor Belfort may have set a precendent by being allowed to compete after fighting in England while under steroid suspension.
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)
Phil Baroni walks to the cage at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs Baroni in June 2007. Photo by Jon Swenson.
World Victory Road announced last week that Phil Baroni would be taking on Sanae Kikuta at the promotion’s inaugural event, “Sengoku”, on March 5th.
Then came the news from Ken Pavia, Baroni’s agent, that the fight against Kikuta wasn’t signed and that Baroni still didn’t decide if he will even accept the fight.
Well now it appears that the fight might be a go after all, at least according to MMA Weekly.
They’ve confirmed through the American Kickboxing Academy that the fight is indeed signed and Baroni will be making the trip to Japan.
According to Ricardo Mendoza, Ken Pavia isn’t involved in the contract discussions when it comes to the Kikuta fight and it’s AKA’s management team that’s doing the talking. Zach Arnold discusses whether or not Pavia has exclusive rights when it comes to Baroni’s offers.
World Victory Road has announced that Phil Baroni will return to action when he takes on Sanae Kikuta at the promotion’s inaugural event on March 5th.
“Sengoku” is scheduled to take place at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. Sports Navi has a piece on the announcement.
Fresh off of a fight to save face due to the California State Athletic Commission’s announcement that Baroni had tested positive for steroids, Baroni will compete for the first time since being submitted by Frank Shamrock in their super-fight in June of last year.
Kikuta is a true veteran of the sport; his first fight took place all the way back in 1996. Since 2004, Kikuta has only fought four times but was victorious in all of those bouts. He owns wins over Ikuhisa Minowa, Eugene Jackson, and Elvis Sinosic throughout his career.
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Update 1/12 2:00 PM: Sherdog is reporting through Baroni’s agent, Ken Pavia, that the fight against Kikuta has not yet been signed and that Baroni still hasn’t decided if he will even accept the fight.