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.
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.
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)
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.