World Victory Road

Wiuff Tapped to Face Gracie at Sengoku V


Travis Wiuff. Photo courtesy of YAMMA Pit Fighting.

World Victory Road announced today that inaugural YAMMA Pit Fighting tournament winner Travis Wiuff has been selected to take on heavyweight grappling wizard Roger Gracie in a fight that completes the fight card for the promotion’s upcoming “Sengoku V” show, which takes place on September 28 at the Yoyogi National First Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

Wiuff 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.

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.

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Middleweight GP for Sengoku V Finalized


Kazuhiro Nakamura. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

World Victory Road today announced two additional bouts that finalize the first round of the organization’s inaugural middleweight grand prix at Sengoku V, which takes place on September 28 at the Yoyogi National First Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

Former PRIDE light heavyweight standout Kazuhiro Nakamura will take on Paul Cahoon while Strikeforce tournament winner Jorge Santiago will face World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Logan Clark.

The two bouts join Yuki Kondo vs. Yuki Sasaki and Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos as the matchups taking place in the tournament’s first round. Former UFC welterweight title challenger Frank Trigg, who defeated Makoto Takimoto at Sengoku IV on August 24 is being discussed a possible late entrant to the bracket by WVR officials.

It was also announced Thursday that heavyweight grappling wizard Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro will go up against professional wrestler Takashi Sugiura at the show.

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Schultz-Masvidal Added to Sengoku V


Ryan Schultz. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

World Victory Road has announced three scheduled bouts for their upcoming Sengoku V show, which will take place on September 28 at the Yoyogi National First Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

Former IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz, who was knocked out by Mizuto Hirota at Sengoku IV last weekend, will take on American Top Team product Jorge Masvidal in a main card lightweight affair. Masvidal has not fought since losing to Rodrigo Damm at Sengoku III via second-round TKO.

Two first-round matchups for the promotion’s inaugural middleweight grand prix were also made official. Longtime veteran Yuki Kondo will take on Yuki Sasaki while Siyar Bahadurzada will go up against Chute Boxe’s Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos.

Additional participants already announced for the show include Jorge Santiago and Kazuhiro Nakamura, who will both compete in the middleweight tournament, as well as grappling wizards Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro and Roger Gracie.

Back to the Future: Recap Edition


Takanori Gomi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Here’s a little recap of what we might have missed over the past few days or so…

Gomi, Trigg Win at Sengoku IV

Former PRIDE standouts Takanori Gomi and Frank Trigg were victorious in their respective bout Sunday morning at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku IV” event in Japan. Gomi earned a decision over Seung Pang Hwan while Trigg went all three rounds with Makoto Takimoto.

Former IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz was upset in the first round of World Victory Road’s inaugural lightweight grand prix, losing via knockout to Mizuto Hirota. Kazunori Yokota, Eiji Mitsuoka, Satoru Kitaoka all also moved on to the tournament’s next round.

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Sengoku IV Weigh-In Results


Frank Trigg. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for World Victory Road’s “Sengoku IV” event, which will take place tomorrow morning (North American time) at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The show will be headlined by former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi taking on Sung Hwan Pang. Frank Trigg will go up against Makoto Takimoto in another feaured bout and the first round of the organization’s inaugural lightweight grand prix will also take place.

Non-Tournament Bouts:

Takanori Gomi (154 lbs) vs. Sung Pang Hwan (154 lbs)
Frank Trigg (182 lbs) vs. Makoto Takimoto (180 lbs)
Pawel Nastula (224 lbs) vs. Yang-Dong Yi (220 lbs)
Valentijn Overeem (238 lbs) vs Kazuo Takahashi (208 lbs)
Peter Graham (244 lbs) vs. Moise Rimbon (211 lbs)

Lightweight Grand Prix:

Ryan Schultz (153 lbs) vs. Mizuto Hirota (154 lbs)
Clay French (154 lbs) vs. Satoru Kitaoka (154 lbs)
Eiji Mitsuoka (154 lbs) vs. Rodrigo Damm (154 lbs)
Kazunori Yokota (154 lbs) vs. Bojan Kosednar (153 lbs)

More “Sengoku V” Participants Announced


Jorge Masvidal. Photo courtesy of BodogFight.

World Victory Road has announced the names of an additional four participants for their scheduled “Sengoku V” show, which will take place on September 28th at the Yoyogi National First Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

Strikeforce veteran Yuki Sasaki will join Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Jorge Santiago, Kazuhiro Nakamura, and Siyar Bahadurzada as those competing in the first round of the organization’s inaugural middleweight grand prix. The winner of next Saturday’s middleweight bout between Frank Trigg and Makoto Takimoto is expected to join the tournament at a later date as well.

In addition to Sasaki, Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro, Roger Gracie and Jorge Masvidal have been announced as fighting at the event as well. Opponents were not given for any of the aforementioned fighters but will likely be announced following the completion of “Sengoku IV” next weekend.

Evening News and Notes - August 9, 2009


Ben Rothwell. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com

Report: Rothwell-Rizzo to Happen at Affliction II

Former IFL heavyweight champion Ben Rothwell will attempt to bounce back from his first loss in three years when he reportedly takes on three-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Pedro Rizzo at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” event on October 11th in Las Vegas according to MMANews.com, which cites Affliction VP Tom Atencio as confirming the fight.

At Affliction’s debut show last month, Rothwell suffered a third-round knockout loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski while Rizzo was defeated in a rematch against Josh Barnett, another former UFC title holder. Barnett knocked Rizzo out with a left in the second round of their fight.

WVR Announces Middleweight GP Participants

World Victory Road has announced four of the fighters that will compete in their inaugural middleweight grand prix, which will begin at “Sengoku V” on September 28th at the Yoyogi National First Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Jorge Santiago, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Siyar Bahadurzada will all compete in first-round bouts.

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Horodecki Now Testing Free Agent Waters


Chris Horodecki vs. Nate Lamotte. Photo courtesy of the IFL.

Rising lightweight prospect standout Chris Horodecki has now become a free agent upon asking for his release from the almost-defunct International Fight League.

Horodecki’s manager, Jeff Clark, confirmed his client’s release from the IFL with Sherdog.com today. Several organizations have reportedly already lined up to bid for Horodecki’s services, including World Extreme Cagefighting and the upstart American Fight League, which has apparently came forward with the most generous offer thus far.

“The AFL has come in with a very generous offer,” Clark said in the report., “but Affliction has said they will match it or beat it. We’re [also] continuing our discussions with World Victory Road.”

Horodecki was previously rumored to have been taking on Takanori Gomi at Sengoku IV later this month but talks eventually broke down. Affliction Entertainment is said to want Horodecki to compete on their recently announced “Day of Reckoning” card on October 11th against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. However at this time, it seems that he is content to weigh his options before making any quick decisions.

WVR Announces Nastula-Yi for “Sengoku IV”


Pawel Nastula vs. Edson Draggo. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

World Victory Road announced today that former Olympic judo gold medalist Pawel Nastula will return to action against Korean wrestler Yang Dong Yi at the organization’s scheduled “Sengoku IV” show on August 24th in Japan.

Nastula has not competed in mixed martial arts since losing to Josh Barnett via second-round submission at PRIDE 32 in October 2006. Following the bout, Nastula tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone and three other banned stimulants. He was suspended for nine months and fined $6,500.

The 38-year-old was essentially thrown to the wolves when he was signed by PRIDE in in the spring of 2005. Against top competition, Nastula dropped his first two fights to Aleksander Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, at PRIDE Shockwave 2005 and PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005 respectively. His lone professional win came against Edson Draggo in July 2006. Nastula submitted Draggo with an armbar in the first round of their bout.

Yi ventured into the world of professional MMA last year, posting first-round TKO wins over Jyunpei Hamada and Keigo Takamori in consecutive DEEP events in Japan. “Sengoku IV” will also feature the first-round of the promotion’s inaugural lightweight grand prix and a main event pitting former PRIDE lightweight title holder Takanori Gomi against DEEP lightweight champion Sung Hwan Pang.

Nastula to Return at “Sengoku IV”


Pawel Nastula. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

World Victory Road has announced that former Olympic judo gold medalist Pawel Nastula will return to action at the organization’s scheduled “Sengoku IV” show on August 24th in Japan. An opponent for Nastula has yet to be determined.

Nastula has not competed in mixed martial arts since losing to Josh Barnett via second-round submission at PRIDE 32 in October 2006. Following the bout, Nastula tested positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone and three other banned stimulants. He was suspended for nine months and fined $6,500.

The 38-year-old was essentially thrown to the wolves when he was signed by PRIDE in in the spring of 2005. Against top competition, Nastula dropped his first two fights to Aleksander Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, two of the world’s top heavyweights, at PRIDE Shockwave 2005 and PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005 respectively. His lone professional win came against Edson Draggo in July 2006. Nastula submitted Draggo with an armbar in the first round of their bout.

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