Norifumi Yamamoto and Genki Sudo have pulled out of the August 5th, 154-pound HERO’s tournament.
Kid Yamamoto has taken an indefinite leave an absence from MMA to pursue his lifelong dream of competing in the Olympics. Yamamoto will work towards entering the 2007 Emperor’s Cup and then he’ll attempt to enter the 2008 Beijing Games.
Genki Sudo was forced to withdraw due to a recuring neck injury. The replacements for Sudo and Yamamoto will be Hiroyuki Takaya and Kazuya Yasuhiro. Also the final fighter that will be on the card is Hideo Tokoro.
The card now looks like this…
187-Pound Tournament Quarter-Final Match-Ups:
-Carlos Newton vs. Melvin Manhoef
-Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kestutis Smirnovas
-Rodrigo Gracie vs. Shungo Oyama
-Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Kin Taiei
154-Pound Tournament Quarter-Final Match-Ups:
-Caol Uno vs. Kultar Gill
-Hideo Tokoro vs. Ivan Menjivar
-Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
-Rani Yahira vs. Kazuya Yasuhiuro