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SENGOKU 2009 Schedule! Nam Phan In Featherweight GP?

WVR PR Kokuho said at the press conference today that 6 events are being planned for 2009. They will be in March, Early May, July, August, September, and November (plus SENGOKU NO RAN 2010 in early 2010). The Featherweight GP participants will be announced next week and Kokuho said that a fighter from American Top Team (Pequeno?) and Team Trojan (James Thompson, Zelg Galesic) will be in it. Could the fighter from Team Trojan be Ronnie Mann?

Another possible GP participant seems to be Nam Phan who would then be moving down to Featherweight from Lightweight. Thanks to reader sprewell for putting this into light. From his website:

Nam trains w/ Andy Wang and Bao Quach for his upcoming fight in Japan (March 2009)

Update: Hidehiko Yoshida might return in July.

Update #2: Kokuho said that he wants to hold a one night 4-man tournament which would include Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva to determine the first ever SENGOKU Heavyweight champion.

SENGOKU VII
Date: March 20th, 2009
Place: National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan

Light Heavyweight Fight:
King Mo vs. Ryo Kawamura

Possible GP Participants:
Alexandre Franca Nogueira
Marlon Sandro
Hiroyuki Takaya
Nam Phan

Possible Fights:
Roger Gracie vs. Jeff Monson

Possible Participants:
Pawel Nastula

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  1. sprewell
    January 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Just to recap, these are the names I’ve heard/read about being in the Sengoku tournament from various sources:

    Marlon Sandro (confirmed by Sandro)
    Nam Phan (confirmed by Phan)
    Alexandre Franca Nogueira (confirmed by Nogueira)
    Hiroyuki Takaya (confirmed by Takaya/Sandro)
    “Lion” Takeshi Inoue (rumored due to Shooto affiliation)
    Hatsu Hioki (rumored due to Shooto affiliation)
    Hideki Kadowaki (rumored due to Shooto affiliation)
    Yuji Hoshino (rumored on Japanese blogs)
    Ronnie Mann (rumored due to Team Trojan affiliation)
    Kenji Arai (rumored due to Pancrase affiliation, contingent on victory in next fight)
    Shintaro Ishiwatari (rumored due to Shooto affiliation and draw with Omigawa)
    Michihiro Omigawa (rumored due to Yoshida Dojo/JROCK affiliation)

  2. January 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    It looks like Lion won’t participate in any of the GP’s. I’m not sure about Hoshino anymore. The winner of Arai/Kanehara will probably be in it.

    Kuniyasu also said he wants a fighter from UK, Russia, Candada, and Korea in the GP. Menjivar from Canada and Chang Son Jon from Korea would be gold.

  3. sprewell
    January 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    If so, Lion is a loser. Anyone that’s anyone will be in those tournaments; he’ll look bad if he’s not.

    I don’t know if Menjivar is even training again.

  4. werd
    January 24, 2009 at 5:57 am

    If I were promoting mma anywhere in the world, having a hw champion would be a priority.

    It’s the first thing feg and wvr should have done.

  5. Jeff
    January 27, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Sounds wicked, Kid Yamamoto was at the WEC this weekend. Probably just went for the show

  6. Rene Levesque
    February 2, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    HW is a good idea but not impressed by what is out there.
    THe UFC is pathetic and the older crop of heroes is getting older except Alesksandr..
    Im hoping that the Xandre Ribeiro and Roger Gracies will start fighting more. We need more HW. Young ones.

    Id love for Teddy Reiner who won the judo worlds AND euros the same year at 18 to join the japanese promotions, the kid is 6ft9.
    But he aint going anywhere the next 6-7 years.

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