Trigg Vs. Takimoto Official! Middleweight Tournament In September?
The rumored Frank Trigg vs. Makoto Takimoto fight was officially announced today for SENGOKU IV. The fight is in the Middleweight division. Takimoto said that he started to seriously train leg kick defense after his fight with Cyborg.
The WVR representative at the press conference said that they would like to start an eight-man Middleweight Tournament at SENGOKU V in September. He said that Kazuo Misaki will not participate if the tournament happens because he should have a fight with Strikeforce around that time, but their plan is for him to face the winner of the tournament.
In addition, two amateur wrestlers were announced as SENGOKU “training players” today. They are promising wrestlers Shigeki Osawa (60 kg) from Japan (from the same wrestling academy as KID) and Maximo Blanco (74 kg) from Venezuela (who trains in Japan). SENGOKU will support them with money, fights in smaller events, training environment, and practice overseas so that they can participate in SENGOKU in the future.
“Genius” Osawa recently arrived home to Japan from Greece where he won gold in the 8th World University Wrestling Championship. Blanco has already started some MMA training at Yoshida Dojo. SENGOKU wants more “training players” in the future, so this isn’t only for these two.
Update: Just found out that Blanco was supposed to make his PRIDE debut sometime in 2006. They are talking about this on some Japanese places, don’t know why though.
Date: August 24th, 2008
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan
HW: Peter Graham vs. Moise Rimbon
MW: Frank Trigg vs. Makoto Takimoto
Takanori Gomi vs. Pang Sung Hwan
Lightweight Tournament Participants:
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