Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
A featherweight bout between Sengoku grand prix participant Hatsu Hioki and UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa has been booked for the promotion’s next scheduled show, “Sengoku 11th Battle” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, Japan on November 7.
Sengoku officials announced the matchup during the intermission of Wednesday’s “Sengoku Tenth Battle” event at the Saitama Super Arena. Hioki and Omigawa were originally slated to face each other in the tournament’s finals in August, but Hioki was forced to withdraw from bout after suffering a concussion in his unanimous decision win over Masanori Kanehara earlier in the night.
Kanehara ended up replacing Hioki and defeating Omigawa to win the grand prix and Sengoku’s first-ever featherweight title. The winner of Hioki-Omigawa is expected to face Kanehara in a title bout at Sengoku’s planned New Year’s Eve show.
Cage Force featherweight champion Yuji Hoshino is also reportedly expected to make his Sengoku debut in November against previously undefeated Nova Uniao standout Marlon Sandro. World Victory Road is expected to announce the fight in the coming weeks.
Sengoku Announces New Year’s Eve Show
World Victory Road announced today that they will officially hold their New Year’s Eve show on December 31, a move that will put the brand in direct competition with the annual DREAM and K-1 co-promoted “Dynamite!!” event that also takes place in Japan on the same day.
The show will be held at the at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo.
Headlining the event will be 2008 Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii making his professional MMA debut against PRIDE Fighting Championships standout and fellow champion judoka Hidehiko Yoshida. Other fighters possible to compete include Sengoku lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota and Sengoku featherweight champion Masanori Kanehara.
In addition, the Sengoku brand name will be changed to “Sengoku Raiden Championships”. The word, Raiden, is a Japanese term meaning thunder or lightning. The New Year’s Eve show will be the first under the new name for the organization.
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