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.
Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.
Former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva is reportedly weighing an offer from Japanese promoter World Victory Road to fight in the organization’s “Sengoku VI” show on January 4, despite currently serving a suspension for a positive steroids test in the state of California according to Tatame.com:
(translated via Google) Suspended by the athletic committee of the United States on charges of doping, Antonio (Silva) can not fight in America before July 28, 2009, when it was terminating the suspension. After losing in the courts of the athletic commission, also saw the EliteXC, an event in which Silva was heavyweight champion, close the doors. With that the athlete had to get out of ATT demand for a new home, which has everything to be in Japan “I’m negotiating my way to Japan The Sengoku made me an offer to fight on January 4 and we are seeing that, “said Peza, who is entering the common justice against the athletic commission.
Silva was suspended for one year by the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for the banned steroid Boldenone after his second-round TKO victory over Justin Eilers at EliteXC’s “Unfinished Business” show on July 26. An appeal of Silva’s suspension last month was unsuccessful.
If Silva does indeed decide to fight in Japan, bypassing his suspension and the potential sale of his contract, he could be in jeopardy of being unable to fight in the United States again. However as Bloody Elbow points out, Vitor Belfort did something similar and is now in the good graces of the US athletic commissions.
Jorge Santiago (middle) poses with training partners Benji Radach and Antonio Silva. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.
Despite Takanori Gomi’s upset loss to Russian product Sergey Golyaev at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku VI” event this past weekend, the organization has still decided to match up against lightweight grand prix winner Satoru Kitaoka for it’s vacant lightweight title at their next scheduled show on January 4 in Japan.
Golyaev squeaked out a razor-close split decision over the former PRIDE champion on Saturday, handing him a rare loss and his first defeat in over two years, while Kitakoa defeated both Eiji Mitsuoka and Kazunori Yokota to win WVR’s inaugural lightweight tourney and called out Gomi after his victory even though “The Fireball Kid” had already lost his bout earlier in the night.
Streaking middleweight Jorge Santiago will hope to continue his rise up the rankings when he faces slick Japanese striker Kazuo Misaki for the promotion’s vacant middleweight title at the event as well.
Takanori Gomi. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
Despite being one of the world’s top-ranked lightweights for a number of years, Takanori Gomi fell victim to World Victory Road’s mediocre roster of 155 lb. fighters as he lost a split decision to M-1 veteran Sergey Golyaev at Sengoku IV on Saturday morning in Japan.
“The Fireball Kid” was unable to get past Golyaev’s swift striking, which earned the Russian points early and often during their battle. Golyaev used his reach advantage to keep Gomi at a distance throughout their battle and even dropped him with a left hook in the second round. Despite the loss, Gomi will likely challenge WVR lightweight tournament winner Satoru Kitaoka at the organization’s January 4 event. Kitaoka bested Kazunori Yokota and Eiji Mitsuoka to win the inaugural tourney.
UFC and Strikeforce veteran Jorge Santiago continued his run through the middleweight division by stopping Siyar Bahadurzada and former PRIDE light heavyweight standout Kazuhiro Nakamura en route to winning the middleweight grand prix.
Phil Baroni. Photo by Greg Honda/ICON Sport.
There were a few future bouts revealed over the weekend involving some pretty interesting participants. Let’s get right to them…
— Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has revealed that he is attempting to match Phil Baroni and Duane Ludwig together for a welterweight showdown that would take place at a yet-to-be-announced event early next year in either Denver or Seattle. Baroni remains undefeated since moving to 170 lbs., winning a decision over Olaf Alfonso in his last bout. Ludwig has struggled as of late, splitting his last four bouts, albeit against much better competition. (Paul Daley, Takanori Gomi)
— Manny Gamburyan has told MMA Weekly that he has agreed to take on fellow lightweight Thiago Tavares at UFC 94 on January 31 in Las Vegas. Bout agreements have not yet been sent out, but paperwork is expected to be taken care of over the next few days. “He’s a phenomenal fighter,” Gamburyan said when asked about Tavares. “I’m really happy I’m fighting him. With a good victory, that’s going to put me on top for sure.”
— World Victory Road has officially announced that former PRIDE standout Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has signed with the organization and will go up against Moise Rimbon at Sengoku VI on November 1 in Japan. Nogueira last fought in Affliction’s debut show on July 19, stopping Edwin Dewees in the first round. Rimbon, a Europe Top Team product, submitted K-1 kickboxer Peter Graham with a rear naked choke at Sengoku IV in August.
Josh Koscheck. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Koscheck Still Interested in Fighting Yoshida
Despite taking a fight against fellow welterweight contender Thiago Alves at UFC 90 next weekend on short notice, American Kickboxing Academy product Josh Koscheck has stated that he still wants to fight Yoshiyuki Yoshida at the UFC’s scheduled “Fight for the Troops” event on December 10.
From Five Ounces of Pain:
During a conference call to promote UFC 90, Josh Koscheck confirmed that he plans to fight twice in the next sixty days. First, Koscheck takes on Thiago Alves in the co-main event on October 25th. Then, If Koscheck comes out unscathed, he will have a six week turnaround to prepare for Yoshiyuki Yoshida on December 10.
John has been on me in the past to write some opinion pieces and he’s right. So once a week, I’ll try to comment on some of the happenings in the world of Mixed Martial Arts as I see them in my warped eyes.
News last week that Affliction was loaning Andrei Arlovski and Roy Nelson to EliteXC to compete on the CBS October 4 Primetime show was really the best news to come out of either promotion in quite a while. Many feel the only way for either group to survive is to join forces. To me, it’s not even about competing with the UFC, it’s more a case of survival. By combining the MMA promotional experience of EliteXC with the roster and deep pockets of Affliction, they could carve out a very nice segment for themselves. Affliction, specifically Tom Atencio and Michael Cohen, have made it clear that this is a one time co-promotion at this point, which is the wise thing to do until they see how it works out. Conversely, EliteXC’s Jared Shaw of course is making veiled threats at the UFC, but that’s nothing new for $kala. Ultimately though, this could be a huge positive for both promotions.
Where is Fedor fighting next?
So will we next see Fedor fighting in Affliction, or in a thus unannounced New year’s Eve show in Japan? Upon hearing Fedor promise to fight in Japan on NYE during the Dream 6 show, Jerry Millen of Fedor’s M-1 Global team issued a statement saying that Fedor is under contract to fight for Affliction on their January show that is being co-promoted with boxing’s Golden Boy Promotions. Affliction has made similar statements. Just last year Monte Cox, fresh off the creation of M-1 Global featuring Fedor, stated Emelianenko would not be fighting on NYE and instead would compete on a January card. A few weeks later, Fedor announces his intention to compete on the inaugural Yarennoka show. This is becoming eerily similar. From all indications, Fedor’s Affliction contract is exclusive to bouts taking place in the US. But since the fight would occur in Japan, they might be powerless to prevent it.
Jorge Masvidal. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.
Middleweight Grand Prix:
Jorge Santiago def. Logan Clark - Submission (Arm-Triangle)
Kazuhiro Nakamura def. Paul Cahoon - Unanimous Decision
Siyar Bahadurzada def. Evangelista Santos - TKO (Elbow Injury)
Yuki Sasaki def. Yuki Kondo - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Jorge Masvidal def. Ryan Schultz - TKO (Strikes)
Muhammed Lawal def. Travis Wiuff - TKO (Strikes)
Alexandre Ribeiro def. Takashi Sugiura - TKO (Strikes)
Kiuma Kunioku def. A Sol Kwon - Unanimous Decision
Ryan Schultz. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Freestyle wrestler Muhammed “Mo” Lawal has been tapped to replace an injured Roger Gracie against experienced veteran Travis Wiuff at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku V” event tomorrow morning in Japan, finalizing the eight-bout fight card.
Lawal, who is currently training with Team Quest, was a winner at the 2002 NCAA Division II National Championship and finished second at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, just narrowly missing out on a trip to the Olympics this year in Beijing.
He will oppose Wiuff, who knocked off former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez and two other fights to win YAMMA Pit Fighting’s first-ever heavyweight tournament in the promotion’s only event-to-date in April. Following that, he scored a first-round knockout of Kazuyuki Fujita at Sengoku III in June.
Roger Gracie. Photo courtesy of GracieMag.com.
Roger Gracie has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against journeyman Travis Wiuff at World Victory Road’s upcoming “Sengoku V” on September 28 after sustaining a rib injury during a recent training session according to Sherdog.com.
According to the report, Gracie took a hard kick to the ribs during sparring last week and was then examined by a doctor who found that Gracie had suffered a tear to one of the muscles between his ribs. He is expected to be out of action for at least four weeks, pending a follow-up examination.
Gracie was victorious in his professional mixed martial arts debut in December 2006, submitting Ron Waterman with an armbar at a BodogFight: USA vs. Russia. He most recently submitted Yuki Kondo with a first-round rear naked choke at Sengoku II on May 18.
World Victory Road is expected to announce Gracie’s withdrawal, along with a replacement opponent at some point this week.