J.Z. Calvan To Return In April?
J.Z. Calvan talks in a new article at Tatame. The most interesting part of it via Google translate:
The expectation now is to Gesias to fight for the Dream in April. “I must return to fight in March or April. The most certain is that in April, more so I do not have a date and not the opponent. With Hansen I know that is not because he will be away for at least six months and this year also will not have a GP in my category, because the Dream will make a GP’s featherweight category (63kg) and the welterweight (77kg) ” , Gesias finalized.
Jeff Monson Vs. Roger Gracie In March?
According to a guy from ESPN The Magazine at MMA Live #36, Jeff Monson might be fighting Roger Gracie at SENGOKU VII in March. However, Monson probably has some other things on his mind at this moment. You can read about that here and here.
You can watch the whole MMA Live episode here.
Date: March 20th, 2009
Place: National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan
Roger Gracie vs. Jeff Monson
Alexandre Franca Nogueira
Roger Gracie Likely Not Fighting On Jan 4th
In a new article at ADCCNews it says that
At this point, Roger’s participation will likely wait until Sengoku’s next offering after New Year’s, currently scheduled for the end of February or the beginning of March.
Gracie’s manager commented ‘Roger wants to fight now, in fact he personally wanted to fight in September. The main thing is he has to take care of himself long term, because he is only at the beginning of his career. The doctor’s who examined him diagnosed that his career was at risk. He wanted to compete anyway! So we wanted to take a cerebral approach and not rush to fight because of the competitive juices.’
Gracie is expected to be a guest at Sengoku’s New Year’s event, where he will be doing promotion. ‘Roger is ready to support Sengoku as a promotion, and he is ready to give his all in the ring and out’ closes his manager.
Read the whole article here.
DREAM & K-1 On HDNet
You can read everything on these two links at MMAOnline.com. Here and here. You should really get HDNet if you can, K-1 MAX alone is worth it. Not even the Japanese get live and full K-1 MAX events. Click here for the webpage of HDNet.
Mousasi And Fedor To Participate In ADCC 2009
DREAM Middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and Fedor Emelianenko have both been announced as participants of ADCC 2009 according to ADCCNews. Click here for details. We will probably see a decent amount of DREAM & SENGOKU fighters in the competition.
It seems that Roger Gracie has started training again after suffering a rib injury that kept him out of his fight with Travis Wiuff at SENGOKU V. According to a new article at ADCC News, Roger Gracie returning at SENGOKU’s January 4th event is “a good possibility”. Read the whole article, which includes some comments on the whole SENGOKU/Roger situation in September, here.
SENGOKU New Year Event
Date: January 4th, 2009
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan
Possible Fights & Participants
SENGOKU Lightweight Title Fight: Takanori Gomi vs. SENGOKU LWGP Winner
SENGOKU Middleweight Title Fight: Kazuo Misaki vs. SENGOKU MWGP Winner
Beijing 2008 Medalist
WVR announced on the SENGOKU website today that Roger Gracie will not participate at SENGOKU V, and they aren’t happy. Apparently WVR requested some diagnosis and other medical papers to be sent from Roger and his management but nothing was sent. They also wanted Roger to fly to Japan and be checked by the WVR official doctor but he didn’t come. WVR views this as Roger abandoning, so there might be some kind of punishment. There is some additional information at Japan-MMA.com.
It’s impossible to know who is talking the truth in situations like these. I don’t think WVR would post a official release like this if there wasn’t any truth in it, because Roger is important to them. I don’t think Roger faked an injury either. There could have also been a misunderstanding.
In other news, Trevor Prangley told MMAJunkie.com that he could possibly be fighting in DREAM soon. Prangley just won a fight over Anthony Ruiz at the Strikeforce event this past Saturday.
At the same card that Ryo Kawamura fights for the Light Heavyweight Pancrase title on October 1st, SENGOKU training player Maximo Blanco will face Hiroki “AB” Aoki in two 5 minute rounds match. Maximo’s MMA debut in August ended unfortunate as he pounded out Yuki Yashima, but because of an accidental headbutt when Maximo slammed him, the fight was ruled a no contest.
ADCombat.com reports that Roger Gracie got injured in training and might not return until the new years event of SENGOKU.
J.Z. Calvan hopes to come back and fight again by the end of the year. He would like to fight DREAM Lightweight champion Joachim Hansen in a rematch. Check the article and video interview here.
Roger Gracie talks Travis Wiuff and SENGOKU in this new GracieMag article.
Part 1 of 3 videos on Mirko CroCop’s training for Alistair Overeem.
Frank Trigg will participate in his first Pro-Wrestling match on a TNA PPV tonight. He also has a fight on Strikeforce against Falaniko Vitale coming up on October 3rd. Click this link for more info and a video on the event which lead to his match tonight.
The last two fights for SENGOKU V were announced today. In the Heavyweight division, Roger Gracie takes on Travis Wiuff in what might be his toughest MMA fight to date. In the Lightweight division, former Welterweight and Middleweight Kiuma Kunioku takes on Korean A Sol Kwon who has had a couple of entertaining fights with Kwang Hee Lee in Korea. Kunioku has fought mostly at higher weight classes than Lightweight during his long career, so it will be interesting to see his drop.
Date: September 28th, 2008
Place: National Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo, Japan
Roger Gracie vs. Travis Wiuff
Light Heavyweight Fight:
Xande Ribeiro vs. Takashi Sugiura
Ryan Schultz vs. Jorge Masvidal
Kiuma Kunioku vs. A Sol Kwon
Middleweight GP Series 2008 1st Round:
Evangelista Cyborg vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Yuki Kondo vs. Yuki Sasaki
Jorge Santiago vs. Logan Clark
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Paul Cahoon