The Man Who Defeated Fedor Enters SENGOKU! Gono Signs
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.
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
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov