Jorge Santiago (middle) poses with training partners Benji Radach and Antonio Silva. Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.
Despite Takanori Gomi’s upset loss to Russian product Sergey Golyaev at World Victory Road’s “Sengoku VI” event this past weekend, the organization has still decided to match up against lightweight grand prix winner Satoru Kitaoka for it’s vacant lightweight title at their next scheduled show on January 4 in Japan.
Golyaev squeaked out a razor-close split decision over the former PRIDE champion on Saturday, handing him a rare loss and his first defeat in over two years, while Kitakoa defeated both Eiji Mitsuoka and Kazunori Yokota to win WVR’s inaugural lightweight tourney and called out Gomi after his victory even though “The Fireball Kid” had already lost his bout earlier in the night.
Streaking middleweight Jorge Santiago will hope to continue his rise up the rankings when he faces slick Japanese striker Kazuo Misaki for the promotion’s vacant middleweight title at the event as well.
Santiago coasted through his respective bouts against Kazuhiro Nakamura and Siyar Bahadurzada to claim WVR’s middleweight grand prix honors. Misaki is coming off of his first win on United States soil - a second-round stoppage of Joe Riggs at Strikeforce’s second visit to the Playboy Mansion in September.
Additional rumored participants for Sengoku VII include judo gold medalist and Japanese legend Hidehiko Yoshida as well as upstart wrestler Muhammed Lawal, who has surprised many by winning his first two bouts inside in the promotion in dramatic fashion.
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