Takanori Gomi. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
DEEP lightweight champion Sung Hwan Pang has been tapped to take on former PRIDE title holder Takanori Gomi at World Victory Road’s scheduled “Sengoku IV” show on August 24th in Japan. The promotion officially announced the bout earlier today.
Gomi returned to action after a year of inactivity in March, defeating Duane Ludwig due to a cut at the first-ever “Sengoku” event. His opponent, Pang, is a winner of his last five bouts. He most recently scored a first-round knockout of Kazunori Yokota at DEEP’s “35th Impact” show in May.
The organization also announced a quartet of fights that will take place as part of their inaugural lightweight grand prix tournament. The previously aforementioned Yokota will take on Bojan Kosednar, who was recently knocked out by Paul Daley two weeks ago. The three other bouts include IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz vs. Mizuto Hirota, PRIDE veteran Clay French vs. Satoru Kitaoka, and Eiji Mitsuoka vs. Rodrigo Damm. Ludwig was advertised for the tourney but will not compete due to prior commitments.
The current card for the event is as follows:
Takanori Gomi vs. Sung Hwan Pang
Frank Trigg vs. Makoto Takimoto
Peter Graham vs. Moise Rimbon
Ryan Schultz vs. Mizuto Hirota
Clay French vs. Satoru Kitaoka
Eiji Mitsuoka vs. Rodrigo Damm
Kazunori Yokota vs. Bojan Kosednar
Chris Horodecki. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
A proposed lightweight battle between former PRIDE title holder Takanori Gomi and International Fight League standout Chris Horodecki has not yet been signed, leaving Gomi without an opponent heading into next month’s scheduled “Sengoku IV” event in Japan.
The news comes from MMA Weekly, which confirmed with Horodecki himself that the possibility of him fighting Gomi in August hasn’t gone past anything else than the discussions stage at this point. World Victory Road also isn’t the only promotion in which the Canadian may be appearing the near future either.
“My management is talking to DREAM along with some other organizations,” Horodecki said in the article. “To my knowledge nothing is finalized yet, so it’s just talk for now. I don’t think the IFL is officially done yet, so that and TKO’s card in October are two other options we’re looking at.”
“Of course, it would be an amazing honor to fight Takanori Gomi,” Horodecki continued. “He’s one of the best in the world. He’s got really heavy hands so I’d have to watch out for that. I’d definitely have to sit down and study his tapes and come up with a good game plan. It’s hard to comment anymore than that because I haven’t studied Gomi enough to say. I’m sort of in limbo right now, just enjoying my summer and training hard in London and at Xtreme Couture Toronto.”
TKO Championship Fighting figurehead Stephane Patry stated earlier this month that Horodecki could possibly be returning to the promotion to fulfill the last fight on his contract before the end of the year. We also can’t forget that the UFC is reportedly in discussions to purchase the almost-defunct IFL for a price estimated around $1 million.
Frank Trigg. Photo by Mary Ann Owen.
Former UFC welterweight title challenger Frank Trigg will return to action and take on six-time PRIDE veteran and former Olympic judo gold medalist Makoto Takimoto at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku IV” show on August 24th in Japan.
The news comes from our friends at MMA Junkie, who have confirmed the bout with Trigg himself.
Trigg, who has recently been working with TNA Wrestling during his contract negotiations with the Japanese, most recently fought in December of last year, submitting fellow veteran Edwin Dewees with a kimura in the first round of their fight at HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon.
Meanwhile Takimoto has won two out of his last three bouts, the lone loss coming at the hands of Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos at World Victory Road’s inaugural show back in March. Before then, Takimoto won a split decision over former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve.
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)
Hidehiko Yoshida grapples with Yosuke Nishijima. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
World Victory Road has announced three more bouts for their upcoming third “Sengoku” show on June 8th.
Japanese legend and former Olympic judoka Hidehiko Yoshida will headline the show, taking on former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith in the main event. Yoshida was submitted by Josh Barnett at the inaugural “Sengoku” show in March. Smith scored a win over fellow former kickboxer Rick Roufus at a Strikeforce event in February.
Kazuo Misaki will return to action against World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Logan Clark, who has either been released from the WEC or is being lent to WVR officials for the show. Misaki was also victorious at the inaugural “Sengoku” show in March, submitting Siyar Bahadurzada. Clark last stopped Scott Harper with strikes in the first round in March as well.
Renowned grappler Marcio Cruz will fight for the first time in close to a year when he takes on PRIDE veteran Mu Bae Choi. Cruz last defeated Rafael Feijao at an IFL event last June while Choi most recently scored a huge upset over Gary Goodridge on March 30th, knocking out the longtime veteran in the second round.
Previously announced fights for the show include YAMMA Pit Fighting tournament champion Travis Wiuff vs. Japanese professional wrestler and PRIDE veteran Kazuyuki Fujita and BodogFight welterweight champion Nick Thompson vs. Chute Boxe product Michael Costa.
Also announced as participating at the event were Duane Ludwig, Fabio Silva, and Rodrigo Damm. Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi is also rumored to be fighting at the show as well.
The current fight card for the event looks like this:
Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Maurice Smith
Kazuo Misaki vs. Logan Clark
Marcio Cruz vs. Mu Bae Choi
Travis Wiuff vs. Kazuyuki Fujita
Nick Thompson vs. Michael Costa
Duane Ludwig vs. TBA
Fabio Silva vs. TBA
Rodrigo Damm vs. TBA
Travis Wiuff. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Travis Wiuff, who recently won three fights in one night to capture YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural heavyweight tournament last month, will reportedly take on Japanese professional wrestler and PRIDE veteran Kazuyuki Fujita at World Victory Road’s upcoming third “Sengoku” show on June 8th.
The news comes from a report by Loretta Hunt of Sherdog.com, who has confirmed the fight with Wiuff himself.
En route to the YAMMA tournament title, Wiuff decisioned the likes of Marcelo Pereira, Chris Tuchscherer, and former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez. The Minnesota native is currently riding an eight-fight winning streak.
Fujita is coming off of a submission win over K-1 kickboxer Peter Graham at the inaugural “Sengoku” show in March. The 37-year-old needed just over a minute to secure a north-south choke and force Graham to tap out.
Before then, Fujita had not fought since being submitted by fellow heavyweight Jeff Monson at PRIDE’s final event in April of last year. The fight was the first and only “UFC vs PRIDE” fight to take place under the plan between Zuffa and Dream Stage Entertainment officials that never ended up coming to fruition.
Jonathan Goulet. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Jonathan Goulet, who recently knocked out Kuniyoshi Hironaka in Canada last month, has reportedly pulled out of his upcoming scheduled bout against Paul Kelly next month at UFC 85: Bedlam in London, England.
The circumstances concerning Goulet’s withdrawal differ however. In a recent interview with MMA Weekly, Goulet apparently stated that he was pulling out of the Kelly bout due to health reasons that he wished not to discuss. However our friends at TKO Xtreme have learned that Goulet may have backed out of the fight at the request of his training partners at the Tristar Gym, of which the Victoriaville native recently aligned himself with.
WVR Announces Thompson-Costa for ‘Sengoku III’
With the fight card for it’s upcoming May 18th event completed, World Victory Road officials today announced the first fight for the promotion’s third event on June 8th via their official website: Nick Thompson vs Michael Costa. Thompson, the current BodogFight welterweight champion, won a unanimous decision over Fabricio Monteiro at Sengoku I in March. Costa, a Chute Boxe product, is currently riding a two-fight winning streak.
Additional fighters being advertised as competing at the event include Hidehiko Yoshida, Rodrigo Damm, Kazuyuki Fujita, Fabio Silva, and Marcio Cruz. Former PRIDE lightweight title holder Takanori Gomi has also stated that he intends to return to action at the show.
Talks Between WEC, Alessio Stall
Contract negotiations between veteran welterweight John Alessio and World Extreme Cagefighting have reportedly come to a halt according to a report by The Fight Network.
“I’m actually wondering myself what’s going on,” Alessio said in the report. “I figured I would have heard something by now. They offered me the rematch with Larson, but it’s now up to my manager to negotiate. It’s going to come down to money and if they want to sign me long-term or not.”
Alessio also went on to say that he had been offered a bout against the above-mentioned Nick Thompson by Hardcore Championship Fighting officials. However it’s key to note that Thompson has stated in the past that he is not locked into any sort of contract with HCF to date.
MTV’s “True Life” to Feature Kit Cope
UFC and WEC veteran Kit Cope will reportedly be featured on MTV’s “True Life” series for the second time according to a report by our friends at MMA Junkie.
Cope, who was originally featured in “True Life: I’m a Muay Thai Fighter” back in 2004, will now serve as one of the featured fighters in “True Life: I’m an MMA Fighter”. Filming for the show is currently being done and cameras will also accompany Cope to his next scheduled fight for World Fighting Championships against Dave Cochran later this month.
Josh Barnett weighs-in for PRIDE 32: The Real Deal. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
UFC and PRIDE veteran Josh Barnett will fight a familiar face in the form of good friend and part-time training partner Jeff Monson at World Victory Road’s upcoming second “Sengoku” show on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
The organization announced the bout this morning on their official website.
Barnett was part of the inaugural “Sengoku” show in March, submitting former judo standout Hidehiko Yoshida with a heel hook in the third round. Before then, the former UFC heavyweight champion had not fought since losing a unanimous decision to current UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at PRIDE Shockwave 2006.
The fight was a rematch of their Open-Weight Grand Prix bout in September 2006 where Barnett came away with a razor-close, split decision over the Brazilian.
Monson last fought in December, winning a unanimous decision over Hakim Goram at Platinum Fighting Productions “Ring of Fire” event. Barnett served as Monson’s coach for the team vs. team portion of the show.
The Amercian Top Team member is currently scheduled to fight seven days apart in June - Monson is advertised as fighting Mike Russow on June 14th at Adrenaline MMA’s debut show and then again on June 21st at Global Fighting’s upcoming event in Charlotte.
Kevin Randleman. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman will take on Pancrase veteran Ryo Kawamura at World Victory Road’s upcoming second “Sengoku” show on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
The promotion officially announced the matchup earlier today.
Randleman, who had previously announced his participation at the event, will also be fighting Jeff Monson at a Global Fighting Championships in June.
He has not fought since being submitted by Mauricio Rua in October of 2006. Randleman’s time off last year was filled with bad events, including him suffering from multiple severe staph infections, kidney failure, and an arrest for driving under the influence as well as six other additional charges.
Kawamura was victorious at World Victory Road’s inaugural show in March, winning a unanimous decision over Antonio Braga Neto. A fight between he and Randleman is expected to take place at 205 lbs.
The signing of the matchup means that former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort, who was reportedly offered to fight Randleman at the event, will now most likely be signing with Elite Xtreme Combat parent company Pro Elite.
Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort has reportedly been offered a fight against former heavyweight title holder Kevin Randleman at World Victory Road’s upcoming second “Sengoku” show on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
The news comes from Brazilian magazine website Tatame, citing a quote from Josuel Distak, Belfort’s boxing coach.
“We are training hard and Belfort is close to a deal to face Kevin Randleman in Japan or in Pro Elite in June,” Distake said in the report. “He is waiting for the best offer to sign”.
Belfort has not fought since winning a unanimous decision over international veteran James Zikic at a Cage Rage event in September of last year. It was the Brazilian’s second victory in as many fights. A fight with Randleman is expected to take place at 205 lbs.
EliteXC’s potential acquisition of Belfort would immediately make him the biggest star in an almost non-existent light heavyweight division, that is if he isn’t primarily used in Cage Rage. However at this stage in Belfort’s career, especially after struggling the past four years, a string of fights against lower competition may help him to regain his confidence again.