Tatame reports that Fabricio Monteiro still has a four fight deal with SENGOKU and that he is ready and thinks he will return to the SENGOKU ring in September. It seems that SENGOKU have had trouble finding him opponents until now. That will hopefully not be the case in the future with their their current focus on the welterweight division.
Monteiro lost in his sole SENGOKU appearance against Nick Thompson, a fight which some people thought should have been scored differently, back at the first event of the organization in March of 2008. After that he has only had one MMA fight, on July 12th of last year in Brazil where he defeated Japanese Yoshitomo Watanabe.
Monteiro is definitely a welcome addition to the SENGOKU Welterweight title rush which could end at SENGOKU NO RAN 2010 where two fighters who keep winning their welterweight fights in the organization were/are planned to face off.
Satoshi Ishii left Japan yesterday, heading to Las Vegas and Xtreme Couture for one month of training. Ishii confessed that since arriving home from the Machida training in Brazil he has, side by side with his MMA training, trained Shotokan Karate in the metropolitan area three times a week.
Ishii was originally going to head to Holland and train under Fedor Emelianenko, but because of circumstances with schedules and such, it has been postponed. SENGOKU then advised him to once again train in America.
His neck which he had surgery on recently is doing good. He said that he wants to fight a Japanese fighter in his debut, which will probably happen in November. He also said that he is planning to attend UFC 100 where his senior, Yoshihiro Akiyama, will make his UFC debut.
It was announced today that Akihiro Gono’s opponent for his Japan return will be Dan Hornbuckle. Hornbuckle participated in SENGOKU last year where he lost to Mike Pyle. However, since then he has two victories, capturing the Raw Combat Welterweight title in one of them.
Update: An announcement regarding Misaki’s participation on August 2nd will be made this week. Gono says that he hasn’t had much contact with Misaki recently, but he wants them to both fight on August 2nd.
Update #2: Gono has trained with Boxing champion Daisuke Naito’s trainer for two weeks. Gono is very confident in his jab after the special training. The trainer goes as far as to say that no Japanese boxer can hit such jab. He compared it to two former Japanese Boxing champions.
Date: August 2nd, 2009
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan
Misaki Criticized In Korea, Moosin 2 Takes Shape
In South Korea, Kazuo Misaki’s arrest is reported negatively. Of course, the reason is because of lecturing Akiyama at Yarennoka! in 2007 and then doing this. In Korean articles he’s called the “foul play man”. A Korean MMA fan said: “You betrayed a lot of people and children. Apologize in the ring!”.
Speaking of Akiyama, his autobiography, “Two Souls Heel Or Hero”, will also start to be sold in Korea on June 30th.
In other Korean martial arts news, organization Moosin are currently recruiting Taekwondo fighters. The chosen fighters are planned to be on a TV show, showing their process from Taekwondo fighters to professional fighters.
The second Moosin event will be held on July 26th. Planned participants as of now are Butterbean, A Sol Kwon, Min Seok Kwon (defeated A Sol Kwon by decision at Moosin 1), Oh Du Seok (defeated Himmich at Moosin 1), and New Japan Kickboxing Federation Lightweight Champion Hakuryuu (30-7-9 (15 KO’s), originally from Korea).
DEEP 42 Participants Make Weight
The participants of DEEP 42 IMPACT made weight on the 29th. Champion Yuichi Nakanishi and challenger Riki Fukuda both weighed in at 83.8 kg for their rematch and DEEP Middleweight title fight.
Kazuyuki Miyata, who will make his debut at Featherweight, made a successful weight cut coming in at 65.7 kg. According to himself, he has no exhaustion because of the weight cut. He might weight as much as 74 kg when the fight starts tomorrow.
HIROYA Added To July 13th K-1 MAX
HIROYA has been added to the July 13th K-1 MAX event. He will take on MMA fighter Kiko Lopez, in the third K-1 vs. MMA fight of the card. The fight will be fought at a 62 kg limit.
From Gomi’s latest interview in MMA magazine Kamipro it seems that he is currently in negotiations with Strikeforce, Affliction, and UFC. However, since he showed intentions to participate at Vale Tudo Japan 2009 in November, it looks like an exclusive contract with UFC won’t work.
Strikeforce have presented Gomi the right to challenge the winner of Thomson vs. Melendez, but negotiations are quite rough going.
The reason that the negotiations with Strikeforce and Affliction are quite rough going right now is because of the fight money. It seems like there is a gap between the money that Gomi’s side wants and what the organizations are offering.
Dana White and Gomi’s side were having developments the year before last also, but they couldn’t get to an agreement because of money either.
It seems that Strikeforce’s offer with a win bonus, a title challenge, Showtime (tv, sponsors, etc.) is the best. However, because of the base pay they haven’t come to an agreement yet. If Gomi signs with Strikeforce, he will probably have his first fight on their August 15th or September events.
Source: Tsudureya Blog
The Lightweight fights of the SENGOKU Gold Cup aired yesterday. Koji Ando took on Kohei Maruyama in the first fight and Ikuo Usuda took on Kota Okazawa in the second.
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In his first real fight at Lightweight, Kuniyoshi Hironaka dropped Katsuhiko Nagata in the first round with a left hook, and then quickly went down and pounded Nagata before the referee stepped in at 3:41. After the fight Hironaka showed his interest in a title fight with Mizuto Hirota, winning the belt, defending it for around 10 years, and then dying peacefully. He also mentioned America as a stage that he would like to challenge again.
In the semi main event, KTaro Nakamura returned and defeated former Pancrase title challenger Tomoyoshi Iwamiya, by majority decision (2-0). After the fight, KTaro said that he wants to fight with Japanese Welterweights Hiromitsu Miura, Akihiro Gono, and Ryo Chonan. He said that first he’d like to try to become the number 1 in Japan, and from there become the “K of the world”.
Daiju Takase, whose blog has become extremely popular in Japan for a while now, also had a successful return. He defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama’s teammate Shuji Morikawa by split decision.