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Georgian Olympic Medalists Invade SENGOKU!

SENGOKU III is over and the fourth event in August will be the beginning of the SENGOKU Lightweight Tournament to find an opponent for Takanori Gomi in the first ever SENGOKU Lightweight title fight. The only surprise at SENGOKU III was that former DEEP Lightweight champion Kazunori Yokota will participate in the tournament. The other four names were expected.

Also announced were five new SENGOKU fighters. Frank Trigg was rumored to fight at SENGOKU III but it didn’t happen. Instead he was announced as a new signing at the event and it seems that he will make his debut at SENGOKU IV according to MMAJunkie.

The other four new signings are all top players in their respective martial art. What I find very exciting about this is that three of these four fighters are below 30 years old. They are all big guys who will probably fight in the Light Heavyweight or Heavyweight divisions and they are all from Georgia. Here is a quick look at these four fighters achievements, more detailed posts will come soon.

Eldari Kurtanidze

The only one older than 30 is Eldari Kurtanidze who already made his MMA debut when he lost to Kazuyuki Fujita at Pride Shockwave 2006. He is a 1996 & 2000 Olympic Freestyle Wrestling bronze medalist and a 2002 & 2003 Freestyle Wrestling World Championship gold medalist.

Georgi Gogchelidze

28 year old Georgi Gogchelidze is a 2001 Freestyle Wrestling World Championship gold medalist and a 2006 Freestyle Wrestling World Championship silver medalist.

Ramaz Nozadze

24 year old Ramaz Nozadze is a 2004 Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling silver medalist and a 2007 Greco-Roman Wrestling World Championship gold medalist.

Zurab Zviadauri

27 year old Zurab Zviadauri is a 2001 & 2003 Judo World Championship silver medalist and a 2004 Olympic Judo gold medalist.

Date: August 24th, 2008
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan

Takanori Gomi vs. TBA
Frank Trigg vs. TBA

Lightweight Tournament Participants:
Satoru Kitaoka
Eiji Mitsuoka
Kazunori Yokota
Rodrigo Damm
Duane Ludwig

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  1. Sprewell
    June 11, 2008 at 1:33 am

    Those wrestlers are all going to suck, have no stand up training, and embarrass anyone who pays to see them. They’ve tried this before, bringing in wrestlers even better than these guys (Ibrahim), and they always end up being horrible.

    Such a mistake. This company is utterly doomed.

  2. June 11, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Maybe because they weren’t given time to develop. Nagata is also an Olympic wrestler, does he suck? He is now in the quarterfinals of the DREAM GP. Ibrahim was signed around 1 month before his fight against Fujita, what did you expect?

    These guys have been signed around three months before SENGOKU’s next event, and they aren’t even scheduled to fight at that event yet.

  3. Sprewell
    June 11, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    This is Japan, man. They never give ANYONE a chance to develop. They’ll put them against, like, Fujita and Nakao and they’ll be beaten to a pulp.

  4. Anonymous
    October 14, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    man what kind of shit are u talking? fuck ibrahim hes a dick. Remember hedehiko yoshida?? a judoka. Zviadauri is not weaker!! im sure in a year those boys will fuck everyone

  5. grappling
    February 18, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Wrestling is the best background for MMA. See UFC 1-12 (no rules : Severn, Coleman, Frye, Shultz…) Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Dan Henderson, Sean Sherk, Urijah Faber, Tyson Griffin, Clay Guida, Kevin Randleman, Mark Kerr, Don Frye, Dan Severn, Mark Coleman, Tito Ortiz, Quinton Jackson, Rashad Evans, Jeff Monson, Matt Horwich, Norifumi Yamamoto, Brock Lesnar, Gray Maynard, Matt Hamill, Benji Radach, Gerald Harris, Antonio McKee, Carmelo Marrero, Lew Polley, Vladimir Matyushenko, Ryan Schultz, Aaron Stark, Devin Cole, Frank Shamrock , Josh Barnett, Brent Beauparlant, Mike Whitehead, Antoine Jaoude, Dennis Hallman, Josh Koscheck, Brandon Vera, Renato Sobral, Jamie Varner, Gilbert Melendez, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Takanori Gomi, Jon Fitch, Shane Carwin, Tim Boetsch, Chael Sonnen, Anthony Johnson, Frank Edgar, Matt Grice, Corey Hill, Roger Huerta, Cain Velasquez, Ryan Bader, Efrain Escudero, Jon Jones…

    George St Pierre (GSP) considers Wrestling the most important part of mma (pure fight interview).

    Karam Gaber lost to Kazuyuki Fujita but Ibrahim was signed around 1 month before his fight and Fujita was 12-4 in MMA, national champion in Japan in Greco-Roman wrestling and fifth at the Asian Championships at the senior level in Greco-Roman Wrestling!

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