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Another Olympic Medalist To SENGOKU! Featherweight GP Reserve Fight Announced

Izumi Enters SENGOKU! - GBRing.com

Izumi Enters SENGOKU! - GBRing.com

It has been rumored for quite a while now but today it was announced that Athens 2004 Judo Silver Medalist in the 90 kg division, Hiroshi Izumi, has signed with SENGOKU.

Izumi recently turned 27 and besides the second place in the 2004 Olympics, he won the World Championships in 2005 and the Asian Championships in 2008, so he can still compete at a high level.

Some thought he was going to be SENGOKU’s answer to DREAM signing Ishii last year. Since then he has been rumored to have signed with SENGOKU a few times.

Also announced today was that “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung will take on Matt Jaggers, who has one victory since his impressive GP fight against Marlon Sandro, in the Featherweight GP reserve fight.

Update: Izumi is currently training MMA under Yoji Anjoh and will most likely fight in the Light Heavyweight division (he is very short for a LHW).

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 Featherweight GP Reserve Fight:
Chan Sung Jung vs. Matt Jaggers

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

Heavyweight Fights:
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov
Yoshihiro “KISS” Nakao vs. Choi Mu Bae

Lightweight Fight:
Eiji Mitsuoka vs. Clay French

Welterweight Fight:
Akihiro Gono vs. Dan Hornbuckle

SENGOKU Gold Cup Finals:
LW: Ikuo Usuda vs. Koji Ando
FW: Osawa/Kishi vs. Sannai/Harai
BW: Takeshi Numajiri vs. Ryosuke Komori

  1. ShootJunkie
    July 7, 2009 at 6:31 am

    I’m really glad “The Korean Zombie” will be back as I’m a huge fan of Korean fighters. They all seem to posses a gameness and very good natural instincts, very fun to watch. Matt Jaggers also deserves an invite back as he was doing quite well in his fight with Sandro before that slick Arm-Triangle. Great match!

    As far as Izumi, diving into the MMA waters, I just hope he attempts to learn the all aspects of the game. Also, whatever happened to all of the Georgian Olympians that where also supposed to be fighting for Sengoku?

  2. July 7, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Nothing on the Georgians yet.

  3. Anonymous
    July 7, 2009 at 6:53 am

    sengoku is starting to look more and more impressive as they pick up some nice prospects..

  4. midori
    July 7, 2009 at 9:14 am

    this is great my favorite judoka. He is very slick… and strong.

  5. whomever
    July 7, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    The Korean Zombie needs to be there. I also thought Nam Phan might get a spot in the Reserve fight. Oh well.

  6. aarreessppllaann
    July 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    Segoku is the best

  7. July 7, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Izumi’s timing is impecable.

    He is still young and not too far removed from his 2004-2005 success and he still has lots and lots of experience.
    But to be honest, it wasnt a either/or choice.
    He wasnt going with any more world medals at this point with the frenchmen Daffreville and the japanese Takashi Ono being so dominant and a 90kg division taht is phenomenal and getting yonuger. The Paris-Bercy tournament might have had its eyes on the giant Riner and the 100+kg but the 90kg division was stacked all the way through.

    Now is the perfect time/age/promotional value for Izumi.

    And most importantly, he left the judo federation in much, much better terms than Ishii did as was evident in his farewell tournament which happened to be April’s All-Japan tournament 60th anniversary.

    This is very important as a smooth transition from judo to MMA like this would make it easier for judokas to do the same.

    It could end up being a bigger signing than Ishii, IMHO.

  8. midori
    July 8, 2009 at 11:56 am

    any knowledge of his ground game?? I hope he keeps some of the judo, and dont forget were he comes from. I want to see lots of throws, pins and armbars… 🙂

  9. Anonymous
    July 9, 2009 at 9:43 am

    im very happy with izumi, but i also like to see the man who beat him in olimpyc final zviadauri, who also signed with sengoku, georgians are getting better in mma, they just beat russia in M1 ukrain.

  10. revaz
    July 9, 2009 at 9:43 am

    im very happy with izumi, but i also like to see the man who beat him in olimpyc final zviadauri, who also signed with sengoku, georgians are getting better in mma, they just beat russia in M1 ukrain.

  11. July 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Gee, we got either an old timer here or a georgian 🙂
    Zviadauri has been called ilias iliadis since at least the 2004 games. He was the greek flag bearer for the 2008 games.

    He’s had some memorable judo tournaments in the mid-2000’s including Olumpics, Euros and a couple of World’s and just go to a tournament and say ilias iliadis and zviadauri, very few will remember the latter name.


    Then again, no one knows George Alan O’Dowd and people still remember Boy George.

    In terms of who I want to see the most in MMA based on past success in judo, Iliadis is my number 1, Izumi 2 and Ishii 3rd.

  12. S
    July 13, 2009 at 6:00 am

    I would like to see Izumi compete in the middleweight class since he is going to be short at Light heavyweight. I do believe Japan needs more heavweights, Light heavyweights and more welterweight superstars. I really don’t like seeing them fight above ther own weight class.

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