Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.
World Victory Road has officially announced five participants for the organization’s upcoming inaugural featherweight grand prix, which is slated to take place at Sengoku VII on March 20 in Japan.
Former TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki was the most high-profile fighter named by the promotion today. Hioki, who briefly struggled in 2007 after a bright start to his career, has since gotten back on track, going undefeated in his last six fights. The longtime Shooto veteran last fought on November 29, scoring a first-round stoppage of Rumina Sato.
In addition, current featherweight King of Pancrase Marlon Sandro, Chris Manuel, Nick Denis, and Ronnie Ushiwaka were also confirmed as competing in the tournament today. World Extreme Cagefighting veterans Chase Beebe, Alexandre Franca Nogueira, and Hiroyuki Takaya have all announced their participation in the tourney as well.
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