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The Man Who Defeated Fedor Enters SENGOKU! Gono Signs

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Mitsuoka X Gono X Fujita - Sportsnavi.com

The second card announcement for SENGOKU IX took place in Tokyo today. The rumored fight between Kazuyuki Fujita and the man who defeated Fedor in Combat Sambo, Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov, was announced. Also announced as participants on the card are Akihiro Gono, who returns to Japan after almost three years away, and 2008 SENGOKU Lightweight GP semifinalist Eiji Mitsuoka.

Update #1: Gono started with a joke, saying: “I haven’t received a Don Quijote gift certificate from president Yasuda yet, but I decided on SENGOKU” (see Ishii press conference post). WVR PR Kokuho has high hopes for Gono and Gono will be in the center of the Welterweight division going into the first title fight which is planned for the new year SENGOKU NO RAN event.

Gono said that he will have a new performance for his entrance (not DJ OZMA). He wants to show something good to the fans since he hasn’t fought in Japan for 2 years and 7 months.

Update #2: Mitsuoka has left Wajyutsu Keisyukai. He is currently training at Yoshida Dojo and the group including Satoru Kitaoka and Shinya Aoki that train together. WVR PR Kokuho wants him to aim at becoming the next Lightweight champion similar to Yokota.

Update #3: A Middleweight fight and a Heavyweight fight are planned to be added to the card. So there will be 10-11 fights, the three finals of the SENGOKU Gold Rush Project not included.

Blagoi Ivanov:

He started Sambo when he was 10 years old. He won 7 straight Bulgaria Championships. His MMA record in Bulgaria is 12-0. He is currently a member of SK Absolute Bulgaria and the South Korean Sambo Union.

2005 Sambo World Youth Championships 100kg 2nd Place
2006 Sambo World Youth Championships 100kg 3rd Place
2006 Sambo World Championships 100kg 3rd Place
2007 Sambo Europe Championships 100kg 1st Place
2008 International Combat Sambo Meet (Russian President Cup) +100kg 2nd Place
2008 Combat Sambo World Championships +100kg 1st Place

Date: August 2nd, 2009
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan

SENGOKU Lightweight Title Fight (5×5):
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Mizuto Hirota

SENGOKU Featherweight GP Final (Possibly 5×5):
Hioki/Kanehara vs. Omigawa/Sandro

SENGOKU Featherweight GP Semifinals:
Hatsu Hioki vs. Masanori Kanehara
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Marlon Sandro

SENGOKU Middleweight Title Challenger Fight:
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Kazuo Misaki

Heavyweight Fight:
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov

Akihiro Gono
Eiji Mitsuoka

Possible Participants:
Satoshi Ishii
Alexandre Pequeno
King Mo
Hidehiko Yoshida
James Thompson
Sanae Kikuta

  1. whom
    June 9, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Man, the start of August is going to be awesome.

    Affliction: Trilogy and Sengoku IX both on the same night will be so crazy.

  2. June 9, 2009 at 6:50 am

    It’s gonna be great. This card will have around 11 fights, so more good stuff to come.

  3. Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 at 7:18 am

    The-Man-Who-Defeated-Fedor vs The-Man-Who-Almost-Knocked-Out-Fedor

  4. Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I dont think we should have high expectations for ivanov! sambo is not mma

  5. revaz
    June 9, 2009 at 8:44 am

    I dont think we should have high expectations for ivanov! sambo is not mma

  6. June 9, 2009 at 8:58 am

    there’s a difference between sambo and combat sambo. Combat sambo is closer to MMA than most other combat sports.

    Ivanov is 12-0 in MMA in Bulgaria also.

  7. June 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Damm, 12 – 0 on MMA. Ths guy is the real deal. I hope he began a new epoca on Bulgaria.

  8. revaz
    June 9, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Ups , i didnt knew that, but bulgaria is bulgaria, i still dont like this guy 😀 Maybe he can handle fujita because he’s old but still i think he’ll not reach the top… fcourse thats my opinion

  9. Anonymous
    June 9, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Sambo is pretty much amateur mma. Just watch some videos.

  10. Hoyce Hacie
    June 10, 2009 at 1:21 am

    >Ups , i didnt knew that, but bulgaria is bulgaria,

    Really? Because a world fucking champion is still a world champion. Manny Pacquaio is from the Phillipines, so what?

    This guy is a combat sambo world champ and like the guy mentioned above combat sambo is the closest sport to MMA.
    I like Gracie and Xande and the rest but BJJ guys and wrestlers dont get punched in the face, combat sambo guys do.

    i actually think that if MMA is to be more than a fad, it has to become a legit sport with national and international federations, tournaments, championships (not belts given out by closed private leagues) and pankration and combat sambo are probably the best to make this happen.
    Maybe its the fact that they wear a gurka/gi that throws you off (instead of guys who shave their bodies and pubes) but combat sambo is the complete real deal.

    > i still dont like this guy
    What are you yapping about? You probably couldnt pick him out of a lineup if your life depended on it. You know nothing of him and probably very little in general.

    Ever see some of the guys that Fedor pummels? These are tough SOB’s, hardened commando types, military, police. It looks easy because Fedor is exceptional but the guys competing at the world level are tremendous fighters.

    I dont know if a judo/jujitsu guy can crossover but combat sambo guys are the ones I dont worry about.

    NOB: and please stop writing Ivanov’s name as Alexandre which is the gay french spelling (‘dre’ as opposed to english ‘der’).Since he is slav, his name should be spelled like Fedor’s baby brother: Aleksandr or Aleksandar. (there is no X in the cyrillic and its usually americanized like Ovechkin’s name in hockey because it looks ‘less foreign’).

    I can take 2mins to learn to say Hidehiko Yoshida and not Harry Yoshida because that’s fucking lazy. The whole planet knew how to spell Zinedine Zidane a few years ago, I think that in a sport which is international like MMA, we can do the same and not anglicize names (or francisize names in this case)

    And yes, i know that Xande’s name is spelled the frenchy way but I know nothing of brazil/portuguese.

    And this is probably all moot anyways since Im pretty sure he doesnt have a middle name like Aleksandar but most likely
    Aleksandrovich which is usually the fathers last name with the ich sound at the end. For example, Fedor’s dad’s name is Vladimir so the last emperor’s name is Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko.
    Fedor’s grandfather was obviously named Aleksandr because Fedor\’s dad’s name is Vladimir Aleksandrovich Emelianenko.

    Problem is one asshat got it wrong and then everybody recopies the error. But Alexandre is wrong in both cases.

    I was really hoping Maximo Blanco was going to be part of this show. he really impressed me last time. Any word about when he might be used next?

  11. tinobar
    June 10, 2009 at 2:09 am

    grom was pretty good he from bulgaria i think

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