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Akiyama Talks Misaki!

March 30, 2008 5 comments

Yohsihiro Akiyama talks about his NYE fight against Kazuo Misaki in this interview from a Korean TV show.

Krazy! More Lightweights To SENGOKU

March 28, 2008 1 comment

Two fights have been announced for SENGOKU II on May 18th. Undefeated and very entertaining Korean Kwang Hee Lee will take on Pride veteran Eiji Mitsuoka, who defeated Joachim Hansen in his last fight. In the other announced fight Satoru Kitaoka will make his SENGOKU debut against Hero’s veteran Ian Schaffa.

Eiji Mitsuoka vs. Joachim Hansen Part 1, 2

SENGOKU II
Date: May 18th, 2008
Place: Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan

Fights:
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Ian Schaffa
Eiji Mitsuoka vs. Kwang Hee Lee

Participants:
Roger Gracie
Yoshihiro Nakao
Yuki Sasaki

Possible Participants:
Kevin Randleman
Jorge Santiago
Jeff Monson

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Three GP Fights Announced! Sakuraba Will Compete!

March 27, 2008 1 comment

Three fights for the upcoming first round of the DREAM Middleweight GP have been announced. In one fight Kazushi Sakuraba will face Brazilian born Kyokushin Karate fighter Andrews Nakahara. In the second two legends will collide as Kiyoshi Tamura takes on Masakatsu Funaki. In the last announced fight Pride veterans Denis Kang and Gegard Mousasi will meet.

Andrews Nakahara is a very good Kyokushin Karate fighter and is only 24 years old, but I don’t think he has ever fought in an MMA fight before. He is 183 cm tall and weighs 80 kg. Here is his Kyokushin Karate tournament history from Kyokushin4Life:

  • All American Open Karate Championships 2007 (IKO-1) – 2nd Place
  • All American Open Karate Championships 2006 (IKO-1) – 1st Place
  • All American Open Karate Championships 2005 (IKO-1) – 2nd Place
  • All American Open Karate Championships 2004 (IKO-1) – 7th Place
  • 3rd World Weight Category Championships 2005 (IKO-1) – 1st Place
  • 6th South American Karate Tournament 2004 (IKO-1) – 1st Place (MW)
  • Brazilian Open 2004 (IKO-1) – 2nd Place
  • South American Open 2005 (IKO-1) – 1st Place

OLYMPIA DREAM.2 Middleweight GP 2008 1st Round
Date: April 29th, 2008
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan

Middleweight GP 1st Round:
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Andrews Nakahara
Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Masakatsu Funaki
Denis Kang vs. Gegard Mousasi

Middleweight GP Participants:
Yoon Dong Sik
Yoshihiro Akiyama
Shungo Oyama
Kin Taiei
Minowaman

Possible GP Participants:
Dae Won Kim
Mamed Khalidov
Daniel Acacio
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

Possible Participants:
Marcelo Garcia

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American Top Team! Japan Schedule

March 25, 2008 2 comments

From AmericanTopTeam.com:

April 28th DREAMS Japan

Denis Kang vs TBA
Marcelo Garcia Vs TBA

May 18th WVR Japan

Jeff Monson pending
Jorge Santiago pending

Jorge Santiago is a good signing by WVR. 2007 was a great year for him as he went 4-0 and won the Strikeforce 4-Man Tournament. Maybe a fight between Santiago and Sasaki will happen at SENGOKU II as Sasaki was supposed to face him in the first round of the Strikeforce Tournament. The other three aren’t surprising, Monson has fights all over the world lined up this year.

SENGOKU II
Date: May 18th, 2008
Place: Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan

Participants:
Roger Gracie
Satoru Kitaoka
Yoshihiro Nakao
Yuki Sasaki

Possible Participants:
Kevin Randleman
Jorge Santiago
Jeff Monson

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Combat Wrestling! Teacher Vs. Student

March 25, 2008 1 comment

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At the 14th All-Japan Combat Wrestling Championships two days ago Takanori Gomi competed in an exhibition tag team match against the man who developed Combat Wrestling, Noriaki Kiguchi (the man who is facing Gomi first in the video below). Kiguchi Gym is where Gomi’s career really started as he joined the gym after he dropped out of school and his parents disowned him.

Another thing to note is that Satoru Kitaoka won the tournament in the 80 kg class. He is one of the new signings of WVR and will probably get a shot at Gomi if he wins a couple of fights. He has defeated fighters such as Carlos Condit, Hidehiko Hasegawa, Paul Daley, Fabricio Monteiro and Kurt Pellegrino. Now he is going down to the Lightweight division for his SENGOKU debut.

(Photo by: Kamipro)

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Rumors! We Are Heading For The Three Events In 20 Days Period

March 25, 2008 Leave a comment

No point in having a blog inside a blog. More posts from now on, even though they might be short.

March 23rd – Nick Thompson Has Three Fights Left With WVR

MMAFighting.com: What is your status with World Victory Road?

Thompson: I have got a four-fight deal with them. So I have three fights left and it’s non-exclusive and I’m expected to sign something with HCF (Hardcore Championship Fighting) up in Canada in the day or two. So I’ll be fighting for those two organizations, kinda switching in between the two.

MMAFighting.com: For your next fight, are we going to see you at the HCF first or right back to World Victory Road?

Thompson: Sounds like I’ll be fighting HCF next and then possibly returning to Japan in June.

Read the whole interview here.

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March 23rd – Gomi To Fight At SENGOKU III Next

It looks like Gomi’s next fight will be at SENGOKU III in Saitama Super Arena on June 8th.

Source.

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March 23rd – Misaki Still With WVR?

I know that Misaki’s contract with WVR was only for one fight, but in this new Sherdog article it says:

Grabaka frontman Sanae Kikuta , as well as World Victory Road executive and J-ROCK president Takahiro Kokuho are reportedly leading the negotiations with Strikeforce, which would reportedly allow Misaki retain the ability to fight for WVR’s Sengoku promotion in Japan while competing in Strikeforce stateside.

So it seems like he will continue fighting for SENGOKU.

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March 21st – Jacare In DREAM Middleweight GP?

Throwdown: When is your next MMA fight & with what organization?

Jacare: April 29, 2008 for DREAM 2 in Japan 185lbs weight.

Read the whole interview here.

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March 21st – Daniel Acacio In DREAM Middleweight GP?

Rudimar Fedrigo says that there is a strong possibility that Acacio will participate in the GP after his recent victory in Finland.

Source.

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SENGOKU II! WVR Announces The First Names

March 18, 2008 3 comments

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Four names have been announced for SENGOKU II on May 18th. They are Roger Gracie, Satoru Kitaoka, Yoshihiro Nakao and UFC veteran Yuki Sasaki.

Kitaoka has fought mostly in Pancrase throughout his career and was on a great five fight winning streak where he defeated fighters such as Paul Daley and Fabricio Monteiro, but, in January his streak ended as he lost to Katsuya Inoue by split decision for the vacant King Of Pancrase Welterweight title.

Yoshihiro Nakao was one of the rumored opponents for Mirko Cro Cop on March 15th, but that didn’t happen and he will now fight in SENGOKU. He last fought at Pride’s final event in April of 2007 where he submitted Edson Drago.

Yuki Sasaki has fought in most big promotions around the world. You might remember him best for his good effort against Dean Lister at UFC Fight Night 6 in 2006. He was supposed to fight in a 4-man Strikeforce tournament last year but was pulled out of it because he didn’t get medically cleared by the CSAC.

SENGOKU II
Date: May 18th, 2008
Place: Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan

Participants:
Roger Gracie
Satoru Kitaoka
Yoshihiro Nakao
Yuki Sasaki
Kevin Randleman

(Photo by: GBRing)

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