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Big Fight In ZST! Nagata Vs. Kotani

October 31, 2008 Leave a comment

A big fight was announced for ZST’s 6th anniversary show, ZST.18. DREAM Lightweight GP Quarterfinalist Katsuhiko Nagata returns to the ring for the first time since getting submitted by Shinya Aoki to take on UFC and PRIDE veteran Naoyuki Kotani. As this is normal ZST rules, strikes to the head on the ground are not allowed.

On the same card Masakazu Imanari and Hideo Tokoro will tag up to take on Takumi Yano and Daisuke Yokoyama in a 15 minute grappling match for the first ever GT-F Tag Team Titles.

Paul Daley To SENGOKU?! CroCop Vs. Overeem Article Translation

October 31, 2008 Leave a comment

Paul Daley To SENGOKU?

From a new article on Sherdog:

“I am considering fights in December in Canada, the UK or Holland and I am 99% sure I’ll make a return to Japan in January 2009 for Sengoku,” Daley wrote in an e-mail to Sherdog.com. “As far as exclusive contracts go, I have nothing yet, as we are still trying to establish the legal jargon in my Pro Elite contract. But I hope to be fighting regularly in 2009 with a major U.S. promotion.”

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
Hidehiko Yoshida
Roger Gracie
Pawel Nastula
Hiroshi Izumi
Paul Daley
Beijing 2008 Medalist

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The Offers Continue! Chase Beebe To DREAM Or SENGOKU?

October 30, 2008 Leave a comment

Chase Beebe To DREAM Or SENGOKU

From the MMA Insider Blog:

MMAInsider has learned that former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Chase Beebe is weighing offers from Japanese promotions Dream and Sengoku.

“The Dream contract they offered me was pretty sweet,” Beebe said.

Beebe wants to fight around December, but said the K-1 Dynamite! New Year’s Eve card was not on the table. In that respect, Sengoku was a closer fit, with an event featuring a lightweight Grand Prix scheduled for Jan. 4.

Beebe says a decision will be made in the upcoming weeks.

It seems that DREAM are starting to make some moves for their rumored Featherweight GP in 2009.

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SENGOKU Counters?! Athens 2004 Judo Silver Medalist To Debut On January 4th?

October 30, 2008 4 comments

NikkanSports reports today that on the 29th the possibility of the professional turn of an Athens 2004 silver medalist in Judo, Beijing 2008 participant, and who will be 30 years old during the next Olympics became high.

He is now in final negotiations with SENGOKU. If everything goes smoothly he will announce his turn to MMA at the Judo Kodokan Cup on the 16th in November.

It’s obvious that this is Hiroshi Izumi who is the Athens 2004 U90kg Silver Medalist, lost in Beijing 2008, and is currently 26 years old.

Even though he lost in the quarterfinals in Beijing, he has still had good results in Judo recently. He won the Asian Championships in Jeju in April.

He has one Olympic silver medal, one gold world title, one gold and two bronze continental titles, and two gold medals, two silver medals, and one bronze medal in world cups.

Another young Judo player who might be entering MMA, interesting times are ahead…

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
Hidehiko Yoshida
Roger Gracie
Pawel Nastula
Hiroshi Izumi
Beijing 2008 Medalist

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Road To Dynamite!! 2008! CroCop Vs. Overeem II On NYE?

October 29, 2008 1 comment

CroCop Vs. Overeem II On NYE?

According to mmajunkie.com, Mirko CroCop confirmed the rumored rematch with Alistair Overeem with Croatian site dnevnik.hr. The fight will take place at Dynamite!! on NYE.

Slice Vs. Petruzelli II On NYE?

From sun-sentinel.com:

Slice, who spent Thursday at one of his children’s school career day, is weighing his options with his agent Mike Imber. He may fight on the DREAM K-1 New Year’s Eve show in Japan, possibly a rematch with Petruzelli.

FieLDS Dynamite!!
Date: December 31st, 2008
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan

Possible Fights:
Mirko CroCop vs. Alistair Overeem
Kimbo Slice vs. Seth Petruzelli

Candidate Participants:
Most fighters in DREAM and K-1

Final Preparations! SENGOKU VI

October 29, 2008 3 comments

This post will be on top until the event on Saturday, but there might be newer posts below.

#5: More Weigh-In Photos

(Photos By: Kamipro & Sportsnavi)

#4: Weigh-In Results

9. Takanori Gomi (69.9kg) vs. Sergey Golyaev (69.9kg)
8. King Mo (92.8kg) vs. Fabio Silva (92.8kg)
7. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (92.9kg) vs. Moise Rimbon (92.9kg)
6. Bang Seung Hwan (69.9kg) vs. Jorge Masvidal (69.9kg)
5. Joe Doerksen (82.7kg) vs. Izuru Takeuchi (82.9kg)
4. Satoru Kitaoka (70.0kg) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (69.9kg)
3. Mizuto Hirota (70.0kg) vs. Kazunori Yokota (69.9kg)
2. Kazuhiro Nakamura (83.0kg) vs. Yuki Sasaki (82.8kg)
1. Jorge Santiago (81.9kg) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (83.0kg)

(Photos By: GBRing)

#3: SENGOKU VI Preview

Click here for a SENGOKU VI preview on Sherdog.com.

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Ishii To DREAM?! Appearance At Dynamite!!

October 29, 2008 5 comments

In a new article at the Sponichi website it says that it became clear on the 28th that Satoshi Ishii will enter DREAM and that he will greet the fans in the ring at Dynamite!! on NYE. Apparently he has already contacted DREAM in absolute secrecy. There is a celebration party by his support group/fan club on November 3rd in Osaka where people are predicting that Ishii might comment on this.