Unfortunately the fight between Kwang Hee Lee and Ui Cheol Nam didn’t take place because Lee injured his hand before the fight. However, Nam still fought and after watching his fight I really want to see him against Lee. He is very aggressive. They brought Lee into the ring after the fight and probably announced that they will fight in the future. The SpiritMC event, which used PRIDE rules minus the 10 minute first round, was very entertaining.
Here is a video from August 21st of Evangelista Cyborg training for his quarterfinal match against Siyar Bahadurzada in the SENGOKU Middleweight GP.
Read about what Kazuyoshi Ishii has been up to since being released from prison and about WVR sponsor Don Quijote now being a controlling partner of Pancrase in this article at Sherdog.
When is J.Z. Calvan coming back? What is he up to right now? What did he think about the DREAM Lightweight GP Finals? Read the latest J.Z. interview translated from Japanese to English here.
Xande Riberio talks preparations for SENGOKU V, Roger Gracie, and Josh Barnett in this article at GracieMag.
I really like the music that is played when he walks out. I wouldn’t mind if that was the music played in the opening ceremonies of the SENGOKU events.
WVR announced three fights for their SENGOKU V card on September 28th today. In two Middleweight GP fights Yuki Kondo will face Yuki Sasaki and Shooto champion Siyar Bahadurzada will take on Evangelista Cyborg. In a Lightweight fight Ryan Schultz returns quickly after his KO loss at the hands of Mizuto Hirota to take on Jorge Masvidal, who also has one loss in SENGOKU. I think the Kondo vs. Sasaki fight is the first time two Japanese have met in SENGOKU.
Update: The winner of the Schultz vs. Masvidal fight will get a spot in the reserve fight of the Lightweight GP Finals at SENGOKU VI (probably in early November).
Update #2: Ribeiro’s opponent is already decided, but as the contract hasn’t been signed yet, they couldn’t make an announcement today.
Update #3: The last two GP participants, who are American and South Korean, will be announced early next week along with the match-ups they are in. Don’t be surprised if the Korean is Min Suk Heo. I really hope it’s Eun Soo Lee instead though.
Date: September 28th, 2008
Place: National Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo, Japan
Ryan Schultz vs. Jorge Masvidal
Middleweight GP Series 2008 1st Round:
Evangelista Cyborg vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Yuki Kondo vs. Yuki Sasaki
According to a new article at MMARated, James Thompson is in serious talks with FEG and WVR to fight in either DREAM.6 or SENGOKU V in September. If he signs with WVR, don’t be surprised to see a second fight with Yoshida as Yoshida has stated in the past that he wants a rematch.
There are a few DREAM & SENGOKU veterans competing on M-1 Challenge tomorrow and Spirit MC on Sunday in Korea. On M-1 Challenge tomorrow Daisuke Nakamura, who is on a 5 fight winning streak, will face Wim DePutter in a Team Japan vs. World Team fight and DREAM.1 veteran Tatsuya Mizuno, who has fought once and won after his fight against Mirko CroCop, will take on Bruno Carvalho.
At Spirit MC 18 on Sunday Kwang Hee Lee returns for the first time since his loss to Eiji Mitsuoka at SENGOKU II to take on Ui Cheol Nam and Denis Kang, who is on a two fight losing streak, will defend his Spirit MC Heavyweight title against Jae Young Kim, who is on a six fight winning streak.
Update: A SENGOKU press conference is also supposed to take place tomorrow.