World Victory Road

WVR: Sengoku Quick Results


Josh Barnett throws a right hand at Pawel Nastula at PRIDE 32: The Real Deal. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

A full recap of the event will come later today…

Nick Thompson def. Fabricio Monteiro - Unanimous Decision
Ryo Kawamura def. Antonio Neto - Unanimous Decision
Evangelista Santos def. Makoto Takimoto - Submission (Heel Hook)
Kazuyuki Fujita def. Peter Graham - Submission (North-South Choke)
Kazuo Misaki def. Siyar Bahadurzada - Submission (Guillotine)
Takanori Gomi def. Duane Ludwig - TKO (Cut)
Josh Barnett def. Hidehiko Yoshida - Submission (Heel Hook)

WVR: Sengoku Weigh-In Results


Takanori Gomi celebrates after his win over Mitsuhiro Ishida at PRIDE Shockwave 2006. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow’s World Victory Road: Sengoku event are below. All fighters successfully made weight.

The show will feature a main event between former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and former Olympian Hidehiko Yoshida. Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and one-time K-1 kickboxing standout Duane “Bang” Ludwig will clash. Kazuo Misaki will also compete on the card.

Josh Barnett (249 lbs) vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (238 lbs)
Takanori Gomi (152 lbs) vs. Duane Ludwig (152 lbs)
Kazuo Misaki (180 lbs) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (180 lbs)
Kazuyuki Fujita (253 lbs) vs. Peter Graham (246 lbs)
Nick Thompson (165 lbs) vs. Fabricio Monteiro (165 lbs)
Makoto Takimoto (178 lbs) vs. Evangelista Santos (180 lbs)
Ryo Kawamura (202 lbs) vs. Antonio Neto (202 lbs)

“Sengoku” Begins a New Era for MMA in Japan


Josh Barnett weighs-in for PRIDE 32: The Real Deal. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

For those of you in North America, a new era of mixed martial arts will take place over in Japan while you are sleeping Tuesday night. World Victory Road will hold it’s inaugural show titled “Sengoku” Wednesday at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

The show will feature a main event between former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and former Olympian Hidehiko Yoshida. Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and one-time K-1 kickboxing standout Duane “Bang” Ludwig will clash. Kazuo Misaki will also compete on the card.

A definite mix of former PRIDE veterans and other notable fighters that have competed in various organizations around the world make this event intriguing.

Main Card

As far as the main event goes, both Barnett and Yoshida will be attempting to shake of a good amount of ring rust as neither fighter has competed since PRIDE: Shockwave 2006 on New Year’s Eve two years ago.

Barnett lost a unanimous decision to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a rematch of their Open-Weight Grand Prix bout at the event. Yoshida was stopped with strikes by heavyweight slugger James Thompson.

While Barnett has been staying in shape thanks to a regular schedule involving professional wrestling appearances and grappling matches, Yoshida is a complete question mark conditioning wise. In reality though, it won’t matter very much in this fight.

Even though the two are former training partners, it shouldn’t be much of a chess match. Look for Barnett to dominate Yoshida and pick up an easy win.

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Fujita-Graham Announced for “Sengoku”


Jeff Monson submits Kazuyuki Fujita with a rear naked choke at PRIDE 34: Kamikaze. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

World Victory Road has announced that Japanese professional wrestler and PRIDE veteran Kazuyuki Fujita will take on K-1 kickboxer Peter Graham at the promotion’s inaugural show titled “Sengoku” on March 5th at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

The event will feature a main event between former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and former Olympian Hidehiko Yoshida. Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and one-time K-1 kickboxing standout Duane “Bang” Ludwig will clash. Kazuo Misaki will also compete on the card.

Fujita has 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-ever “UFC vs PRIDE” fight to take place under the plan between Zuffa and Dream Stage Entertainment officials that never ended up coming to fruition.

Graham will be making his professional mixed martial arts debut in the fight. He is a former WKBF World Amateur Heavyweight Champion and holds a record of 54-11-1 in kickboxing. His professional boxing record stands at 6-3-1.

The Sydney, Australia native is mostly known for his patented somersault kick, which he calls “The Rolling Thunder”. Graham has landed the kick twice under the K-1 banner, most recently against rival Badr Hari during the K-1 World Grand Prix in 2006. Hari suffered a broken jaw and was sidelined for a year.

Touch of gloves to Nightmare of Battle for the assist.

WVR Announces Gomi-Ludwig, Two More Bouts


Takanori Gomi celebrates after his win over Mitsuhiro Ishida at PRIDE Shockwave 2006. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

World Victory Road has announced the addition of three more bouts for it’s inaugural event entitled “Sengoku” on March 5th at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

The biggest one has to be a lightweight battle between former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi and one-time K-1 kickboxing standout Duane “Bang” Ludwig.

Gomi has not fought since he took on Nick Diaz at PRIDE 33 in February of last year. Diaz submitted Gomi with a gogoplata in an exciting fight but the decision was later overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after it was found that Diaz had tested positive for marijuana at the conclusion of the event.

“The Fireball Kid” had been courted by multiple organizations since PRIDE was purchased by Zuffa last March, including the UFC. Speculation had him headed over to K-1 Hero’s at one point but a deal between the two sides never came to fruition.

Ludwig was originally slated to take on Steve Berger at the upcoming “Strikeforce at the Dome” event later this month but MMA Weekly reports that Ludwig will pull out of that fight.

Additional bouts that were announced include current BodogFight welterweight title holder Nick Thompson going up against Fabricio Monteiro and Pancrase veteran Ryo Kawamura taking on Antonio Neto. Also mentioned at today’s press conference was the signing of legendary PRIDE heavyweight Kazuyuki Fujita, who will take on a yet to be announced opponent at the show.

WVR Books Barnett-Yoshida for “Sengoku”


Josh Barnett weighs-in for PRIDE 32: The Real Deal. Photo courtesy of JoshBarnett.tv

World Victory Road has announced that former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and Japanese legend Hidehiko Yoshida will meet in the main event of the promotion’s inaugural show titled “Sengoku” on March 5th at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

Reports that Yoshida would be facing Roger Gracie and that Barnett was expected to take on Aleksander Emelianenko seemed to be premature. Sherdog is reporting that Gracie will be in attendance at the event but will not be competing. Instead sources have said that the promotion will announce his participation at it’s next event in May, possibly against the winner of Barnett-Yoshida.

Neither fighter has competed since PRIDE: Shockwave 2006 on New Year’s Eve two years ago. Barnett lost a unanimous decision to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a rematch of their Open-Weight Grand Prix bout in September 2006.

Yoshida was stopped with strikes by heavyweight slugger James Thompson at the event.

WVR Inks Takanori Gomi


Takanori Gomi celebrates after his win over Mitsuhiro Ishida at PRIDE Shockwave 2006. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

World Victory Road announced today at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan earlier today that they have signed former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi to a deal that will have him debut at the organization’s inaugural show titled “Sengoku” on March 5th.

The event is slated to take place at the Yoyogi National Stadium Gym in Tokyo, Japan.

Gomi has not fought since he took on Nick Diaz at PRIDE 33: The Second Coming in February of last year. Diaz submitted Gomi with a gogoplata in an exciting fight but the decision was later overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after it was found that Diaz had tested positive for marijuana at the conclusion of the event.

“The Fireball Kid” had been courted by multiple organizations since PRIDE was purchased by Zuffa last March. Speculation had him headed over to K-1 Hero’s at one point but a deal between the two sides never came to fruition.

Both World Victory Road and the Ultimate Fighting Championship had made offers to Gomi over the past couple of months.

The UFC even offered current lightweight Frankie Edgar a fight against Gomi only to have contract talks break down between the two parties. WVR President Naoya Kinoshita publicly stated earlier this month that he was in contact with Gomi’s management team.

Gomi will earn approximately $190,00 per fight according to Sherdog’s Jordan Breen.

Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for the find.

CKA: Jan 24, 2008

Good morning bitches! More coverage of last night’s UFC Fight Night to come later on this morning.

Calvancante and Aoki Set to Try Again; Masvidal Added to “Strikeforce At The Dome”

It seems like Gesias Calvancante and Shinya Aoki will finally meet at a K-1 show in Japan in March. American Top Team’s manager Richie Guerrero (who manages Calvancante as well) announced the matchup yesterday during an interview on TAGG Radio.

The two were originally set to face off at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve but Calvancante was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering a knee injury during training. The injury occurred on the same knee that he had knee surgery on this past fall.

Guerrero also revealed that lightweight contender Jorge Masvidal will be competing at the “Strikeforce At The Dome” show next month as well. Masvidal does have an opponent but the name was unable to be announced at the time.

Aleksander Expects April Fight With Barnett

Aleksander Emelianenko, who will be fighting in M-1 Global’s first U.S. show in April along with his brother Fedor, expects to take on former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett.

Emelianenko made the announcement via his official website.

Fedor is expected to take on part-time K-1 kickboxer Semmy Schilt but Jeff Monson has also been rumored as a potential opponent. The show will most likely take place right outside of Chicago at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

Touch of gloves to MMA Junkie for the find.

Frank Edgar Returns at UFC Fight Night 13

I missed it and I’m sure a lot of other people did but apparently UFC play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg stated that Frankie Edgar would be part of the UFC’s next “Fight Night” in Denver, Colorado in April.

Edgar, who has not lost yet inside of the UFC, still remains undefeated in his professional mixed martial arts career as well. Edgar is coming off of a dominating performance over Spencer Fisher en route to a unanimous decision win at UFC 78.

Props to Combat Hooligans for catching that.

Miscellaneous Notes

BodogFight has released the full card for it’s February 1st event in Las Vegas. The Sun is reporting that Brock Lesnar, win or lose, may be tapped to headline the UFC’s June show in London England due to his overseas popularity because of professional wrestling. Roger Gracie may be fighting Hidehiko Yoshida at Sengoku in March.

Radio Schedule

Radio Schedule

Fightlinker went live with The Low Blow last night, recapping UFC Fight Night 12. Hilarious.

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
2-3 PM EST - The Lights Out Show
3-5 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

Baroni Fighting Kikuta After All?


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.

WVR Signs Misaki; Offers Gomi Contract

World Victory Road remains busy leading up to their inaugural event March 5th as the promotion has signed former PRIDE veteran Kazuo Misaki.

The announcement was made at yesterday’s WVR press conference. Sports Navi has the scoop. Misaki’s signing is coupled with the official announcement of Sengoku’s first bout: Phil Baroni vs Sanae Kikuta.

Misaki is scheduled to compete at the show against an unknown opponent. With the promotion’s plan to match up Japanese fighters against foreign competition at the event, we can safely rule out a bunch of potential opponents for Misaki, who is coming off of an impressive knockout win over Yoshihiro Akiyama at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve.

WVR officials have also offered former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi a contract and are hoping that he will agree to fight at Sengoku as well. According to WVR President Naoya Kinoshita, he and his team are currently in discussions with Gomi’s camp.

Touch of gloves to Nightmare of Battle for the finds.

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