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Quick Hits: Lawal-Randleman Targeted for Sengoku, Alvarez Possible for DREAM & More


Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.

— Popular heavyweight prospect Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman are reportedly in talks to face each other at Sengoku’s “Eleventh Battle” event, which would take place on November 7 in Japan. Lawal’s manager, Ryan Parsons, has confirmed that he has received a bout agreement from World Victory Road and is “currently looking it over”. [Sherdog.com]

— Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who has fought for DREAM on three separate occasions, could reportedly be headed back to the organization for a bout against Katsunori Kikuno at DREAM.12 on October 25 in Japan. Alvarez’s participation overseas seemingly depends on the level of fighter DREAM would be willing to send over to Bellator in a talent exchange for Bellator’s upcoming second season this winter. [MMA Weekly]

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Three Bouts Added to “Sengoku Tenth Battle”


Antonio Silva. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

World Victory Road yesterday announced three new bouts for the organization’s upcoming “Sengoku Tenth Battle” event, which is scheduled to take place on September 23 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the most notable matchup, former EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva will meet “Big” Jim York. Silva, a member of Florida-based American Top Team, is riding a five-fight winning streak. His most recent victory came at Sengoku’s “No Ran 2009” event in January, where he earned a first-round TKO of Yoshihiro Nakao.

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Quick Hits: Noons, Martin Claim Boxing Wins, “Ninja” Rua to Face Steibling & More


K.J. Noons. Photo by Esther Lin/EliteXC.

— Former EliteXC lightweight champion K.J. Noons and UFC veteran Terry Martin each picked up respective wins in the world of boxing this weekend. Noons earned a unanimous decision over Randy Pogue on Saturday night in Pala, California while Martin knocked out opponent Rayvon Wilson in the second round of their Friday night bout in Hammond, Indiana. [MMA Junkie]

— Chute Boxe product Murilo “Ninja” Rua has reportedly been tapped to replace Antonio Rogerio Nogueira against Alex Steibling on the Bitetti Combat 4 card, which takes place on September 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nogueira withdrew from the card last week and current speculation has him joining his older brother, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, in the light heavyweight ranks of the UFC. [Fighters.com]

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Fighters Confirmed for Sengoku 10

World Victory Road has announced six fighters set to participate on their upcoming card, Sengoku 10, which is scheduled for September 23 at the Saitama Community Arena in Japan.

Confirmed participants are Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Joe “El Dirte” Doerksen, Ryan Schultz, Hiroshi Izumi, Kazunori Yokota, and Makoto Takimoto.

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Sengoku 9 Live Results

We will be going live with results of Sengoku 9, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

The card will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between Satoru Kitaoka and Mizuto Hirota. Also on the card is the featherweight tournament semifinals featuring Michihiro Omigawa vs. Marlon Sandro and Hatsu Hioki vs. Takeshi Numajiri.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Live results are after the jump.

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Sengoku 9 Weigh-In Results


Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

All of the combatants for World Victory Road’s Sengoku 9 card successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts on Sunday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

The card will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between Satoru Kitaoka and Mizuto Hirota. The card will also feature the featherweight tournament semifinals and the return of Japanese star Akihiro Gono.

Main Card:

Satoru Kitaoka (153.8 lbs) vs. Mizuto Hirota (154 lbs)
Kazuo Misaki (182.6 lbs) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura (182.6 lbs)
Kazuyuki Fujita (247.5 lbs) vs. Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov (242 lbs)
Dan Hornbuckle (165.7 lbs) vs. Akihiro Gono (167.2 lbs)
Clay French (154.1 lbs) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (154.3 lbs)
Choi Mu Bae (240.7 lbs) vs. Yoshihiro Nakao (220.7 lbs)

Featherweight Grand Prix:

Michihiro Omigawa (142.8 lbs) vs. Marlon Sandro (142.3 lbs)
Hatsu Hioki (143 lbs) vs. Masanoru Kanehara (143 lbs)
Matt Jaggers (142.1 lbs) vs. Chan Sung Jung (142.6 lbs) – Reserve Bout

Gold Rush Finals:

Koji Ando (153.7 lbs) vs. Ikuo Usuda (154.3 lbs)
Toru Harai (143.3 lbs) vs. Shigeki Osawa (143.3 lbs)
Ryosuke Komori (132.2 lbs) vs. akeshi Numajiri (132.1 lbs)

Four Bouts Announced for “Ninth Battle”


Marlon Sandro. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.

World Victory Road today announced four fights scheduled for their Sengoku “Ninth Battle” event on August 2 in Japan, including the pairings for the one-night semifinal tournament that will crown the promotion’s first-ever featherweight champion.

Undefeated Brazilian prospect Marlon Sandro will be facing upstart Japanese veteran Michihiro Omigawa in one semifinal bout, while tournament favorite Hatsu Hioki will go up against Masanori Kanehara in the other. The winners will end up fighting in the show’s main event.

In addition, Sengoku lightweight champion Satoru Kitaoka will defend his title against slick striker Mizuto Hirota and Kazuo Misaki and Kazuhiro Nakamura will collide in a battle of former PRIDE Fighting Championships standouts that will have the winner face middleweight title holder Jorge Santiago later in the year.

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Report: Sandro vs. Omigawa, Hioki vs. Kanehara Set for Sengoku GP


Marlon Sandro. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.

The pairings for the one-night semifinal tournament that will crown Sengoku’s first-ever featherweight champion have reportedly been set for the organization’s “Ninth Battle” event on August 2 in Japan.

According to Tatame.com, undefeated Brazilian prospect Marlon Sandro has revealed that he will be facing upstart Japanese veteran Michihiro Omigawa in one semifinal bout, while tournament favorite Hatsu Hioki will go up against Masanori Kanehara in the other. The winners will end up fighting in the show’s main event.

Sandro has won all fourteen of his professional bouts to start his career. After scoring a second-round submission of Matt Jaggers in the opening round of the tourney, Sandro needed only 19 seconds to knock out previously undefeated Nick Denis earlier this month.

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Sengoku to Enter the Reality TV Market


Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

In hopes of creating new talent in the mold of “The Ultimate Fighter”, World Victory Road’s Sengoku brand will be venturing into the Japanese reality television market for the first time.

With lackluster television ratings and the potential of getting knocked off network television, wouldn’t this be another idea that DREAM could consider to draw ratings besides attempting to bring Jose Canseco overseas for a suicide attempt?

From Sherdog.com:

Dubbed “Project Gold Rush,” Sengoku initially aims to cultivate up-and-coming fighters within three weight classes: 60, 65 and 70 kg (132, 143, 154 pounds). In the vein of Sengoku’s open tryouts and a natural extension of its fighter development program (of which Shigeki Osawa and Maximo Blanco are current products), the show is intended to foster the development of young fighters.

Featuring four to five handpicked fighters per weight class from various Japanese gyms, the young talents will fight each other over the course of four to five episodes. The finals in each weight class will be slotted as preliminary bouts on the Aug. 2 Sengoku Ninth Battle.

“We are trying to develop younger fighters, training them especially for Sengoku. Our primary plan … toward fostering these newcomers is called ‘Project: Gold Rush,’ and these bouts will be broadcast on our weekly ‘Sengoku Gold’ programs, every Sunday at 11:35 p.m.,” Kokuho said.

Because of their relationship with K-1, DREAM remains Japan’s top promotion in a relatively uninspiring MMA scene these days. However if there’s one thing Sengoku has the upper hand in, it has to be the ability for the organization to create its own stars, either through breeding young talent via Shooto and DEEP or bringing unknown talent from smaller U.S. promotions and making them stars.

Marlon Sandro, “King Mo”, and Satoru Kitaoka. Need I say more?

Hioki, Omigawa Advance in Sengoku Tourney


Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

Hatsu Hioki continued his winning ways with a quick submission win over Ronnie Mann and UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa scored a surprising victory over Nam Phan in the second round of World Victory Road’s inaugural featherweight grand prix tournament at Sengoku: Eighth Battle on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Also moving on to the next round of the featherweight tourney will be undefeated Nova Uniao product Marlon Sandro who knocked out a previously undefeated Nick Denis in just 19 seconds as well as Masanori Kanehara, who won an exciting unanimous decision over Chan-Sung Jung in a “Fight of the Year” candidate.

Grappling wizard Alexandre Ribeiro earned his second straight professional victory Keiichiro Yamamiy via an ironic third-round KO and Bulgarian prospect Stanislav Nedkov kept his perfect resume intact with a late stoppage of seasoned veteran Travis Wiuff in other action.

Complete results from the event are below.

Featherweight Grand Prix:

Hatsu Hioki def. Ronnie Mann - Submission (Triangle Choke), R1
Michihiro Omigawa def. Nam Phan - TKO (Strikes), R1
Marlon Sandro def. Nick Denis - KO (Punches), R1
Masanori Kanehara def. Chan-Sung Jung - Unanimous Decision

Non-Tournament Bouts:

Alexandre Ribeiro def.  Keiichiro Yamamiya - KO (Punch), R3
Stanislav Nedkov def. Travis Wiuff - TKO (Strikes), R3
Kazunori Yokota def. Leonardo Santos - Split Decision
Makoto Takimoto def. Michael Costa - Submission (Heel Hook), R1
Akihiko Mori def. Maximo Blanco - DQ (Illegal Kick), R1
Shigeki Osawa def. Kota Ishibashi - Unanimous Decision
Hirotoshi Saito def. Yoshitaka Abe - Submission (Armbar), R1

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