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Gomi Upset; Santiago and Kitaoka Win Tourneys at Sengoku VI


Takanori Gomi. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.

Despite being one of the world’s top-ranked lightweights for a number of years, Takanori Gomi fell victim to World Victory Road’s mediocre roster of 155 lb. fighters as he lost a split decision to M-1 veteran Sergey Golyaev at Sengoku IV on Saturday morning in Japan.

“The Fireball Kid” was unable to get past Golyaev’s swift striking, which earned the Russian points early and often during their battle. Golyaev used his reach advantage to keep Gomi at a distance throughout their battle and even dropped him with a left hook in the second round. Despite the loss, Gomi will likely challenge WVR lightweight tournament winner Satoru Kitaoka at the organization’s January 4 event. Kitaoka bested Kazunori Yokota and Eiji Mitsuoka to win the inaugural tourney.

UFC and Strikeforce veteran Jorge Santiago continued his run through the middleweight division by stopping Siyar Bahadurzada and former PRIDE light heavyweight standout Kazuhiro Nakamura en route to winning the middleweight grand prix.

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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.

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.

Sasaki-Santiago Set for Sengoku II


Yuki Sasaki and Jorge Santiago weigh-in for Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives. Photo by Jon Swenson.

World Victory Road has announced that Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans Yuki Sasaki and Jorge Santiago will clash in a middleweight bout at the organization’s upcoming second “Sengoku” show on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.

The two were originally booked to face each other in the first round of Strikeforce’s middleweight tournament in November but Sasaki was pulled from the event after failing an an MRI exam. Santiago would go on to defeat both Sean Salmon and Trevor Prangley and win the tourney.

Sasaki has not fought since submitting Bo Guk So with an armbar at a DEEP event in July of last year. Before that the longtime Pancrase and Shooto veteran was unsuccessful in his lone bout inside the UFC, dropping a lackluster unanimous decision to Dean Lister.

After suffering consecutive knockout losses in 2007, Santiago bounced back in a big way last year. His Strikeforce middleweight tournament victory was preceded by a surprising submission win over Jeremy Horn. It was the first time that Horn had been forced to tap out in seven years.

The promotion announced yesterday that former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman and prospect Jim York would both be in action at the event.

A pair of lightweight fights were also already announced for the show: Satoru Kitaoka vs Ian James Schaffa and Eiji Mitsuoka vs Kwang Hee Lee. Roger Gracie, Yuki Sasaki, and Yoshihiro Nakao, who was originally reported as facing Mirko Cro Cop at last month’s DREAM event, are all expected to be in action.

CKA: Mar 19, 2008

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UFC 82 Fighters Test Clean

All of the fighters that were tested following UFC 82: Pride of a Champion on March 1st came back negative for performance enhancing drugs and drugs of abuse.

The ten fighters that were tested are as follows: Andrei Arlovski, Anderson Silva, Heath Herring, Chris Leben, Josh Koscheck, Diego Sanchez, Yushin Okami, Jon Fitch, Luigi Fioravanti, and Jorge Gurgel.

Clark-Harper Finalizes Next Week’s WEC Show

After opponent Bryan Baker was tapped to replace WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho against Team Quest product Chael Sonnen, Logan Clark will now take on American Top Team’s Scott Harper in a middleweight preliminary bout.

Clark revealed the news on his official website yesterday.

“Scott may have a few losses but hasn’t dropped a fight since joining American Top Team this last year,” Clark said in the post. “He is on a three fight win streak with three submission stoppages. He looks to have a good ground game but not exceptional stand-up. This means that I will be able to stick with my previous gameplan and look for the knockout standing.”

Two More EliteXC Bouts in March

Light heavyweights Aaron Rosa and Jaime Fletcher will now clash on the televised main card portion of this Friday’s ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series event.

The news comes from ProElite.com, which also reports that a women’s bout between Jen Case and Cristiane Cyborg was scrapped after it was learned that Cyborg would be unable to enter the United States in time for the event due to visa issues.

Luke Stewart will also meet veteran Tiki Ghosn at the upcoming Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le”, which take place on March 29th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, according to MMA Junkie.

Report: Lytle Tapped for July UFC Return

The Fight Network is reporting that popular welterweight Chris Lytle will likely return to action at UFC 86 in July against an opponent yet to be named.

Lytle has now won two out of his last three bouts inside the UFC. A loss to Thiago Alves because of a cut is currently sandwiched in between wins over Jason Gilliam and Kyle Bradley.

World Victory Road Announces Fighter for Next Event

WVR officials have announced four confirmed participants for their next event on May 18th at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.

Roger Gracie, Satoru Kitaoka, Yuki Sasaki, and Yoshihiro Nakao, who was originally reported as facing Mirko Cro Cop at this past weekend’s DREAM event, are all expected to be in action. Even though his name was not mentioned, former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman has stated that he will be fighting at the show as well.

Salmon Replaces Sasaki in Strikeforce Tourney

MMA on Tap has learned that Sean Salmon will replace Yuki Sasaki in tonight’s middleweight tournament scheduled to take place as part of Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives event this evening at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.

Sasaki failed an MRI exam yesterday and doctors decided to pull him from the tournament earlier this afternoon. Salmon will fight Jorge Santiago in the first round of the tournament.

Salmon was originally slated to face Dennis Hallman in the tournament’s alternate bout. No word on whether or not Hallman will be given a replacement opponent.

Strikeforce to Stream Live on Yahoo! Sports

Strikeforce has announced that they will be streaming their upcoming show, Strikeforce: Tournament Series, live on Yahoo! Sports Friday, November 16 beginning at 11 PM EST.

Available to all internet users located beyond a 150 mile radius of San Jose, the live stream, free of charge to viewers, will begin at 8 PM PST (11 PM EST) and include the entire Strikeforce four-man, single-elimination tournament, featuring middleweight (185 lb. limit) stars Trevor Prangley (16-4), Falaniko Vitale (24-7), Yuki Sasaki (21-13-1), and Jorge Santiago (14-7). Each tournament bout will consist of two, five-minute rounds.

Also included in the stream will be the Strikeforce heavyweight title fight between Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello and Alistair Overeem, Cung Lee vs. Sam Morgan, Bobby Southworth vs. Anthony Ruiz and Brian “The Mad Stork” Schwartz vs. Lemont Davis.