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FOTW: Jorge Santiago vs Logan Clark

From Sengoku's "Fifth Battle" event in September 2008, here's Jorge Santiago, who returns to the UFC this weekend against Brian Stann, taking on WEC veteran Logan Clark.

The Daily Recap: Strikeforce Medical Suspensions, Grispi-Roop Tapped for June & More


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Following his shocking loss to Antonio Silva, Fedor Emelianenko has been medically suspended indefinitely by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. He will not be permitted to compete until he's cleared by a doctor after an upcoming CT scan of his head and face. However, he did not suffer a broken orbital bone as widely speculated. Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will also be sidelined for a mandatory 30 days following his KO loss to Sergei Kharitonov. [MMAJunkie.com]

— A featherweight bout between one-time planned title contender Josh Grispi and "TUF" alumnus George Roop has been booked for the TUF 13 Finale in Las Vegas on June 4. Grispi had a ten-fight winning streak snapped by Dustin Porier at UFC 125 on Jan 1, while Roop suffered a one-sided loss to Mark Hominick just days later at UFC Fight for the Troops II. [MMA Mania]

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The Daily Recap: Sengoku Releases Santiago, UFC 126 Prelims Number & More


Jorge Santiago. Photo by Jon Swenson.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— UFC and Strikeforce veteran has relinquished his Sengoku middleweight championship and been granted his release from the promotion, likely stemming from the postponement of their April show and suspected financial troubles. Santiago is looking to sign with a major North American organization. [MMAFighting.com]

— The UFC 126 Prelims broadcast, which aired this past Saturday on Spike, reportedly scored a series-high 2 million viewers. The hour-long broadcast featured Chad Mendes vs. Michihiro Omigawa and Donald Cerrone vs. Paul Kelly. Spike unveiled plans to carry 12 "UFC Prelims" events in 2011 last month. [MMAJunkie.com]

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The Daily Recap: Sengoku Postpones April Event, Carano Returns to Training & More


Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— World Victory Road, parent company of Sengoku Raiden Championships, announced that they have postponed a planned April show due to a negative article printed in the March issue of Gong Kakutougi discussing how fighters sign bout agreements the day before or of a show, long a Japanese way of doing things in MMA. SRC officials worry that they will lose key sponsor Don Quijote and have requested an apology from the author. [MMAFighting.com]

— Gina Carano, once the sport's most popular female fighter, has returned to training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Carano has not competed since falling to Strikeforce 145 lb women's champion Cris "Cyborg" Santos in August 2009 due to acting commitments. [Xtreme Couture]

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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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Nansen Spoils Izumi’s Debut at Sengoku 10


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.

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Sengoku “Tenth Battle” Live Results


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.

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Fighters on Weight for Sengoku “Tenth Battle”


Nick Thompson and Dan Hornbuckle. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.

All fighters scheduled for tonight’s Sengoku “Tenth Battle” event, including main event participants Antz Nansen and Hiroshi Izumi, successfully made weight before yesterday’s pre-fight press conference in Japan.

Sengoku “Tenth Battle” will air live on HDNet at 3:00 AM ET for those in North America. Additional fights taking place on tonight’s show include a heavyweight matchup pitting former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva against Jim York and a welterweight bout in which Nick Thompson will meet Dan Hornbuckle.

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Ishii to Debut Against Yoshida at Sengoku’s Annual Year-End Event


Satoshi Ishii. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.

2008 Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii will make his long-awaited MMA debut at Sengoku’s second-annual year-end show, against fellow champion judoka Hidehiko Yoshida, World Victory Road officials announced today.

A date and venue for the event have not yet been announced, however the details are expected to be revealed within the next month or so. Other fighters possible for the proposed fight card include Sengoku lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota and Sengoku featherweight champion Masanori Kanehara.

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Sengoku Updates Event Lineups, Outlines Plans for New Year’s Eve Show


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

At a press conference early this morning in Japan, World Victory Road announced updated lineups and participants for their scheduled “Sengoku 10th and 11th Battle” events, which will take place on September 23 and November 6 respectively.

The finalized fight card and bout order for “10th Battle”, which will take place at the Saitama Super Arena, was revealed and headlining the show will be Judo champion Hiroshi Izumi making his MMA debut against fellow rookie and part-time kickboxer Antz Nansen.

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