Wiuff to Face Nedkov at “Eighth Battle”


Travis Wiuff. Photo courtesy of YAMMA Pit Fighting.

Seasoned veteran Travis Wiuff will return to action against undefeated Bulgarian light heavyweight Stanislav Nedkov at Sengoku’s “Eighth Battle” show on May 2 at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

World Victory Road announced the fight during their weekly television show earlier today.

Wiuff has not competed since being upset by rising heavyweight prospect Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at Sengoku’s “Fifth Battle” event in September. The loss snapped a nine-fight winning streak for Wiuff, who had defeated the likes of Ricco Rodriguez and Kazuyuki Fujita during that span.

Nedkov has won all five of his professional bouts to date. He most recently competed at Pancrase’s “Shining 10” event this past December, where he scored a first-round stoppage of Masayuki Kono. Nedkov also owns two wins in Shooto’s Bulgarian division.

“Eighth Battle” will also feature the second round of the promotion’s inaugural featherweight grand prix tournament.

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 in the most high-profile tourney fight. Additional second-round matchups include Michihiro Omigawa vs. Nam Phan, Masanori Kanehara vs. Chan-Sung Jung, and Marlon Sandro vs. Nick Denis.

Other 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.

The fight card 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.

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