Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.
World Victory Road today announced the second-round pairings for their inaugural featherweight grand prix tournament, which will continue at Sengoku “Eighth Battle” on May 2 at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.
Grand Prix favorite Hatsu Hioki, fresh off of his first-round win over Chris Manuel, will take on streaking British veteran Ronnie Mann, who last won a unanimous decision of Tetsuya Yamamda. Additional second-round matchups announced Tuesday include Michihiro Omigawa vs. Nam Phan, Masanori Kanehara vs. Chan-Sung Jung, and Marlon Sandro vs. Nick Denis.
Non-tournament bouts confirmed for the event will feature grappling wizard Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro returning to action against former light heavyweight King of Pancrase Keiichiro Yamamiya, former Deep lightweight champion Kazunori Yokota facing Leonardo Santos, and Chute Boxe product Michael Costa challenging Makoto Takimoto.
“Eighth Battle” will air live in North America on digital cable channel HDNet. The featherweight tournament is expected to conclude with a one-night, four-man bracket at a yet-to-be-announced show in July.
The current card for the event is as follows:
Featherweight Grand Prix Second-Round
Hatsu Hioki vs. Chris Manuel
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Nam Phan
Masanori Kanehara vs. Chan-Sung Jung
Marlon Sandro vs. Nick Denis
Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya
Kazunori Yokota vs. Leonardo Santos
Michael Costa vs. Makoto Takimoto.
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