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Final Preparations! The Ninth Unsheathing

I’ll be gone for around a week. So don’t worry if there aren’t any updates.

#14: “The Man Who Defeated Fedor” Has Arrived

Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov arrived to Japan yesterday and talked with the Japanese press today. Since he has trained in South Korea for this fight, there’s no jet lag. He says that his first impressions of Japan are good.

When talking about his victory over Fedor, Ivanov says that his life hasn’t really changed much and is as always. However, he says with a smiling face that he was happy to have been able to beat Fedor in the 70th year anniversary of Sambo.

Ivanov doesn’t really think that he has a strong point. He says that he’s OK if it goes to the ground or if it stays standing. He doesn’t mind whether he wins by KO or by submission.

Ivanov has seen Fujita’s old fights, especially impressive were his fights against Fedor and Karam Ibrahim. He thinks that Fujita’s right punch is strong and will be watching out for that in the fight. When asked about Fujita’s weak point, Ivanov said: “You’ll know after the fight”.

While his current objective is to defeat Fujita, his objective in SENGOKU is to try his hands on its Heavyweight division (he mentions Travis Wiuff, who defeated Fujita last year).

#13: Kitaoka Owning People

Footage of Satoru Kitaoka owning some other professional fighters like Caol Uno in grappling training at Lotus PARAESTRA.

#12: Gono – Better Than Ever

Better than ever. - GBRing.com

Better than ever. - GBRing.com

Akihiro Gono had an open training session at GRABAKA in Tokyo today. He says that his weight cut is going according to schedule, and that he only has 6 kg left to cut to get to 76 kg.

Since March of this year Gono has had “Strongest Referee” Ryogaku Wada as a physical trainer. Gono says that the quality of his muscles has gone up. Gono didn’t really see much difference in the mirror in the beginning, but fellow GRABAKA member Yuki Sasaki told him: “You didn’t have any strength around the time you fought John Fitch, but now it’s different”.

To show his new confidence, Gono not only displayed his strong point (striking) in his public training session, he also displayed middle kicks as well as front kicks.

All preparations for his entrance is ready (costumes, meeting with staff, etc.). All that’s left is to perform. He didn’t reveal anything about the performance though.

About his opponent, he has only seen his one SENGOKU fight, but Gono thinks that if he (Gono) fights as normal, he can win. Gono ends by talking about how he doesn’t want to lose to Professional Baseball and that MMA will catch up.

#11: The Lightweight King

Irritated? - GBRing.com

Irritated? - GBRing.com

Satoru Kitaoka had an open training session at Lotus PARAESTRA in Tokyo today. After a two minute grappling spar, where he tapped his partner with all kinds of submissions, he talked with the press.

Something Kitaoka still has trouble with is cutting to the 70 kg weight limit. For him the match starts from now on (final preparations to make weight). He says that he talked with “Mach” 2-3 months ago, and “Mach” talked nothing but how hard summertime is.

His opponent, Hirota, said at his training session that Kitaoka having his picture as wallpaper on his cellphone is unpleasant/gross. When Kitaoka heard this he said that he always has his opponents picture as wallpaper, and he was also a little irritated on why Hirota talks about such things now (so close to the fight, after so long).

Kitaoka is also irritated about Hirota saying that he (Kitaoka) makes light of him/puts him down. Kitaoka says that he wouldn’t have made such preparations for the fight if he didn’t take him seriously. Hirota also made comments about Kitaoka’s style of fighting in relation to the audience.

Hirota said things like he would make Kitaoka want to quit MMA. Kitaoka’s answer to that is that Hirota doesn’t have such power. Kitaoka continues to mention Hirota quotes which has irritated him and commenting on them.

#10: Bae Speaks

Choi Mu Bae was recently interviewed by Korean MMA site mfight.co.kr. Bae starts by saying that his abdominal muscles are making a comeback for this fight.

About the training for the fight, he says that he trained quite hard for this fight compared to before. He currently weighs 110 kg (he weighed 118 kg for his last SENGOKU fight) and his body fat percentage is 10%. He has trained to be able to move fast.

About Nakao he says that he has trained with him before in Japan so he has a grasp of his abilities. He doesn’t think it will be an easy fight.

The reporter then asks him what he would do if Nakao kisses him before the fight. Bae jokes and says that he will oppose Nakao’s tongue in his mouth. He then finishes the interview by talking about among other things wanting to expand his own gym, and having mental, financial, and physical troubles.

Source: Kamipro Korea Column

#9: Strong Rating

Yesterdays SENGOKUG! episode got what might be the highest rating for the show ever with a strong 2.7%.

#8: Fujita Returns

Today Kazuyuki Fujita returned to Japan after training at Marco Ruas gym in Los Angeles for 4 weeks in preparation for his fight against Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov. Fujita said that since his opponent is a natural southpaw, he brought Yoshihisa Yamamoto with him to Los Angeles as a sparring partner.

Fujita will be careful since he has no experience of Sambo. Another reason he brought Yamamoto with him is that he has a lot of experience with Sambo fighters from the old organization RINGS. So Fujita says that he was able to do good training abroad.

Fujita says that he focused more on the physical part before leaving and more on the technical part while in Los Angeles.

What he worries about with Ivanov is that he doesn’t have an image of him in his head. The only thing he has seen of him is the short segment of him on SENGOKU’s TV program. Because he doesn’t know much about Ivanov he is anxious and anticipating it at the same time.

From the footage of Ivanov he did see his thoughts are: “Hairy (laugh)”. He has respect for Ivanov though, since he did beat Fedor, even if it wasn’t in MMA, and he is looking forward to the fight. He says that even in America people called Ivanov “the man who beat Fedor” (more people know that than his name) at a sports club he went to.

Fujita is a little bewildered by Nakao who earlier said that he might enter the ring if Fujita wins. He says that they weren’t really acquainted during their Amateur Wrestling days and they haven’t really met. However, he isn’t thinking about it now, he is concentrating on his own fight.

#7: Nakao Wants GP

Nakao Vs. Fake Choi's - Kamipro.com

Nakao Vs. Fake Choi's - Kamipro.com

Yoshihiro “KISS” Nakao held a public training session at Gold’s Gym in Tokyo today. This will be his first fight since losing due to a knee injury against Antonio Silva at SENGOKU NO RAN 2009. Nakao’s knee is completely OK now according to himself. He is able to train as usual.

Nakao still wants to settle things with Silva, and will continue to win until that day comes. He wants to rematch Silva in a SENGOKU Heavyweight GP. So that’s something SENGOKU must put together he says. He thinks a GP would be something good since SENGOKU has many good fighters at Heavyweight.

Nakao trains and is immersed in MMA from Monday to Saturday, something his wife isn’t too happy about. He says that even when he has a fight, he starts training the day after. Something he thinks has to be done when looking at the top fighters of the world.

Someone who Nakao has asked for and who he is still hoping to fight is Kazuyuki Fujita. Nakao says that he might go up in the ring if Fujita wins his fight at SENGOKU IX, which takes place after his own.

#6: SENGOKUG! Episode 41

This episode contains previews of most fights on the card.

SENGOKUG! Episode 41 – Part 1, 2, 3

#5: Freelancer Mitsuoka


Uno X Mitsuoka - GBRing.com

Eiji Mitsuoka will have his first fight ever as a freelancer since leaving the gym which he was affiliated with for 10 years.

On July 22nd he held an opening training session together with current UFC fighter Caol Uno at the J-ROCK workout studio in Tokyo. After a 3 minute MMA spar Mitsuoka talked with the press. Since leaving WK he has trained at the J-ROCK workout studio, Lotus PARAESTRA, Akiyama’s Cloud Gym, Ranger Gym Shinagawa, and done physical training under I believe Ryogaku Wada.

He says that while the training in WK was good, there were a lot of juniors. Now he can test his skills at Lotus PARAESTRA since top Lightweights gather to train there (Aoki, Kitaoka, etc.). Mitsuoka has recently talked about the results of his physical training, something that trainer Wada has put his seal of approval to as well.

Uno, who will be one of Mitsuoka’s seconds said that they have and are currently watching videos on French. They both continue to talk about Mitsuoka’s new style but Mitsuoka says that he always has a new one when asked if we will see a new style in the fight.

Mitsuoka ends by saying that he wants to have series of victories in MMA like the Chunichi Dragons currently have in baseball.

#4: Poll – GP Winner?

#3: The “Air Pocket” Is Born

Super Tiger X Kanehara - Kamipro.com

Super Tiger X Kanehara - Kamipro.com

SENGOKU Featherweight GP Final 4 fighter Masanori Kanehara has visited the legendary Satoru Sayama’s (founder of Shooto, first Tiger Mask) dojo in Tokyo to train his stand-up (I think Sayama’s style is called seiken shinkage ryu) for the last one and a half year. Today he held an interesting public training session there.

He did a couple of rounds of mitt training with Super Tiger (Sayama’s current character) and 3 minutes of MMA sparring with a senior from the gym he belongs to (Paraestra Hachioji). Kanehara thinks that the stand-up training in Sayama’s dojo has helped a lot and that it showed in his Pancrase fight against Kenji Arai earlier this year (the fight which got him a spot in SENGOKU’s GP).

Kanehara is taking his next fight very seriously as he has asked for a fight with Hioki more than once before. About Hioki, Kanehara says that he’s tall and that all of his techniques are textbook. He thinks that Hioki only has the basic/fundamental techniques and nothing else, nothing special.

Kanehara isn’t thinking at all about a possible same-night final. He’s in a state where, before his eyes, he doesn’t see anyone but his opponent (Hioki). With a laugh he says that the final is like an omake (bonus) to him.

He has a counter-plan for “Noppo” (means tall, but not the normal word for it, like you would tease someone who’s tall with the name of that tall Disney character). If he hits him with it he’ll be surprised to the extent that he goes down. “If that appears it’ll be bad” says Kanehara. The secret technique is from Super Tiger and is called “air pocket”.

Super Tiger also speaks highly of it. The impact is huge, Hioki hasn’t tasted anything like it in his whole career. Sayama thinks that Hioki is a “sports fighter”. While Kanehara is also an athlete he thinks that in today’s MMA, few possess a real fighting heart.

Kanehara really doesn’t care about the final. He says that besides reserve fighter Chan Sung Jung, anyone is fine. He says with a bitter smile: “I don’t want to fight him ever again” (I don’t know if he means that he thinks he’d lose or if he’s tired of the talk).

For Kanehara, this fight is the decisive fight of his life.

#2: Future LW Champ – Ikuo Usuda


2002 All-Japan University Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships 66kg 1st Place
2002 World University Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships 66kg 3rd Place
2007 Amateur Shooto East Japan Open Welterweight Champion
2008 Shooto Welterweight Rookie Of The Year

The next big fighter coming out of the legendary Kiguchi Dojo, Ikuo Usuda, will look to secure a future with SENGOKU on August 2nd when he faces Koji Ando.

Usuda never fought in a fight that allowed knees to the head of a grounded opponent, but his use of them in his first SENGOKU fight was as if he had used them for years.

SENGOKU Gold Cup LW Semifinal: Ikuo Usuda vs. Kota Okazawa
Shooto October 13th, 2008: Ikuo Usuda vs. Kazuya Satomoto (brutal slam)

#1: Marlon Sandro Public Workout

Nova Uniao In Japan - GBRing.com

Nova Uniao In Japan - GBRing.com

Marlon Sandro is already in Japan where he today had a public training session at the Fight Fit Sports Club (Nova Uniao Jiu-Jitsu Academy) in Kanagawa-Ebina City. Sandro arrived in Japan around 3 weeks ago, not only to prepare for the fight and destroy any possible jet lag, but to also help teammates Eduardo Dantas and Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro for their fights in Shooto and DREAM.

For the training session Marlon sparred with SENGOKU Lightweight Leo Santos for 2 minutes. About Omigawa, Marlon thinks he’s a strong fighter. His judo and takedowns are good. Sandro thinks it’ll probably be a fight where he will use all of his skills.

Regarding two fights in one night, Sandro says that he has trained to finish the fight early. He will be looking for the early KO or submission. While he’s currently concentrating on the fight, he mentions that he would be very happy to have another belt in addition to his Featherweight King Of Pancrase belt.

  1. kawa's boy toy
    July 25, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Kanehara is scared of Chan Sung Jung. haha. He knows he lost the first fight, so he does not want to fight him again for he’s afraid that his victory in his first fight will mean jacksquat after he loses to him the second time the yfight.

  2. ShootJunkie
    July 25, 2009 at 1:33 am

    I’m pulling for Omigawa. If he were able to take this how great would it be? As for Kanehara, I think he was lucky to get that decision against Chan Sung Jung and it seems he knows it. Always look forward to seeing Usuda fight too. Can’t wait to see his full potential.

  3. Anonymous
    July 25, 2009 at 3:05 am

    he doesnt want keep owning koreans

  4. kawa's boy toy
    July 25, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Owning koreans? yeah right. He got a gift decision by Japanese judges; even other japanese fans can attest to this.

    And on topic with the FWGP, I hope Hioki wins it all. Even though he is the favorite to win, everyone is rooting for Omigawa or Sandro for some odd reason. Hioki doesn’t get the respect that he truly deserves. I’m hoping after he wins this tournament, he finally gets some recognition.

  5. whomever
    July 25, 2009 at 5:42 am

    I’m also rooting for Hioki. Japan should get a Japanese Grand Prix winner every once in a while. Needs more Kitaokas.

  6. geamma
    July 26, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Im pulling for omigawa. he has been the underdog in each of his fights in the LWGP and spoiled Nam Phan’s ideas for a Kadowaki Special. He seems very focused on the GP and trains at Yoshida’s Dojo, which has been on a roll with their fighters.

  7. ShootJunkie
    July 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I think Hioki gets a lot of respect. He’s a tournament favorite, a top 10 ranked FW in a very deep division, and was even being courted by the WEC before he signed with Sengoku. There’s no arguing the fact that he’s great, I just think people are behind Omigawa so much because of the fact that he’s won them over with his improved game and his heart.

  8. Minowa
    July 27, 2009 at 11:53 am

    KISS Nakao is married (to a woman)?! (^_-)

  9. tinobar
    July 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    what was the last sengoku episode about

  10. manu
    July 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    i dont get that no one in Fujita’s camp knows about the internet.
    You can find judo videos of Blagoi Ivanov from the 2007 Super Cup and the 2008 Euros online in 10 seconds. (try judovision for one)
    As well, one of the insructors at our dojo bought the DVD from the 2007 Worlds so those are available too.

    Wouldnt have it made more sense for him to go to Korea which has plenty of Sambo competitors to train with? Training with someone who has fought against some sambo based MMA fighters isnt the same thing as training against one.

    And enough with the middle name usage, no one says Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko or Aleksandr Vladimirovich Emelianenko, the middle name is that of the father and used only in certain rare circumstances.

    Still, Im probably looking forwards to this match the most.

    Is the Sengoku show the last one because it was a limited series or did it get pulled because of ratings?
    And if its the first, do you know if they are going to do more of these later on?

  11. July 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    He needs to know someone there to train, and Ivanov has trained there for this fight, he has heavy ties so I don’t know how easy it is for Fujita to find something there. He should probably do what he has done before and is comfortable with in this stage of his career.

    I use the names that the organization the fighter fights for use, if they use a fighters middle name as well as his mothers last name, I’ll use the fighters middle name as well as his mothers last name here too.

    Which SENGOKU show? Gold Cup?

  12. July 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    preview of s9 fights

  13. S
    July 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Looking forward to Sengoku this weekend and Sengoku Gold Gold rush 2

  14. CSKit
    August 3, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    After watching Ninth battle I don’t think I’ll be watching another WVR event. Just so many issues with it, the show introduction was AMAZING, but after the into the show (aside from Hioki/Kanehara and Hirota/Kitaoka) sucked.

    A few issues I have are the “must rule”, and not using the reserve bout winner. Everyone saw Sandro tool Omigawa, an then when they announced Kanehara taking Hioki’s spot after he lost instead of using Jung was BS. Oh, almost forgot, the ref stopping the Nakamura/Misaki fight before Kaz even tapped just added another reason for disliking this Organization.

    With all that said, I cannot wait for DREAM.11! Thanks for the great coverage N.O.B.

  15. kawa's boy toy
    August 3, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    you’re not watching a great show with great fights all because of some controversial (not really) decisions and technicality issues? Why don’t you grow a pair and quit whining!

    Omigawa and Sandro fight was really close and could have gone either way. While I agree that Sandro landed more shots than Omigawa, most of the shots that Sandro landed were partially slipped by Omigawa’s head movements, so the damages were minimal. Omigawa on the other hand, landed a few clean shots that even stumbled Sandro a little. plus, he was able to neutralize and take down and control Sandro at the end. It was a close fight and even a little controversial, but you are making it out to be way more controversial than it really is.

    And in addition, Kanehara got into the finals because that is how the tournament rules are. Hell, I am a WAY bigger fan of Jung Chan Sung than Kanehara, but I acknowledge that the tournament rule states that only when both semi finalists are unable to move on to the finals is Jung, the winner of the reserve fight, able to take the place of one of the finalist.

  16. CSKit
    August 4, 2009 at 12:21 am

    “Why don’t you grow a pair and quit whining!” Lol, you’re an idiot. You thought tht fight was close? I believe you’re the only person in the world who felt that way. Sandro stuffed takedown after takedown, Omigawa only won the last 30 seconds, what does that really matter? And on the Judges card’s were 29-28 Sandro for one and the other two had it at 30-30, how does that not make Sandro the winner? That’s why I dislike WVR, it doesn’t make sense to me, an opinion that I’m entitled to have, not because I lack a “pair”.

    When has the reserve bout winner not gone into the finals when one of the participans couldn’t continue. Also if you were watching the event they announced after Hioki pulled out that Jung would be facing Omigawa, only to have it changed to Kanehara.

    Kawa, when you have something to say try to add something you’re just like the guy bitching about middle names, if you want to talk like a tough guy goto some other mma website you troll, as for my “pair” get em out of you mouth homo.

  17. kawa's boy toy
    August 4, 2009 at 12:56 am

    You are one ignorant fool, or just plain retarded.


    Read the article. “‘The reason we made this ‘must’ rule system is because if a fighter believes he is winning by one or two points by the third round, he may try to fight a less aggressive fight,’ he said. ‘With the must system, if the fight ends closely in a draw, the fighter deemed more aggressive will win the decision.'”

    Sandro “thought” that he was winning the fight, so he was content with just counter-punching. Omigawa realized this and he was just staying still for like 20 seconds into the third round showing/proving to the judges that Sandro was willing eek out a decision win. After the 20 seconds of staying still, Omigawa continued to push the pace and took Sandro down. In addition, Omigawa was the aggressor throughout the whole fight and that is why he got the “must” decision as Kokuho said.

    And you really aren’t listening to me as to why Kanehara got the nod. IT IS THE RULES DAMMIT!!! How can I be any clearer? Have you experienced any GP in the past or did you jsut become a fan of Japanese martial arts recently? During Pride WW GP, Misaki lost to Paulo Filho in the semis, yet continued to the finals. Do you know why? Because that’s was the rules!!! Sengoku has adopted the same tournament rules. And yes, there was a reserve bout in that tournament as well (I believe Gegard was the alternate).

  18. CSKit
    August 4, 2009 at 2:45 am

    You must have not understood the reason for my original post, I clearly stated that I am choosing not to watch WVR because of the issues mentioned above. As I am now going to choose not to respond to your ignorant ass any longer.

    Hit pause on the nerd rage lil guy.

  19. kawa's boy toy
    August 4, 2009 at 3:22 am

    In other words, you are quitting the argument cuz you know taht you lost. Thank you play again, quitter! Since you’re so good at quitting, why don’t you quit being a baby? BTW, the must rule makes sense; you’re just too narrow-minded to accept the rules.

  20. CSKit
    August 4, 2009 at 3:49 am

    Wow, you think this is what an argument is? I stated my opinion and you fired back with WVR fan-boy nerdrage putting my genetalia in your mouth. When I want to stop talking to you about this you comment with so “I win haha” BS, en exchanging opinions there are NO winners you loser.

    Goto bed before you miss the shortbus on the way to gradeschool, damn trolls.

    BTW, you liking the must system is your opinion, as my opinion is that I don’t like it. Both are opinions, meaning neither is right or wrong. Now STFU cause your life still sucks when you leave the site. If you need directions remember to go down the street, not across the road. 😦

  21. CSKit
    August 4, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Was anyone able to find attendence number for this show?

  22. gjs
    August 4, 2009 at 5:28 am

    The show had some great fight, & the good thing for Sengoku is that they are fights that demand rematches. However, I’d really like Sengoku to improve its judging & officiating system. I had 4 problems with the show.

    1) A judge scored 30-28 for Fujita, meaning that he thought the 1st round was a draw.
    2) In the 1st round Kitaoka was moments away from completing a takedown, when the ref seperated them to caution Hirota for rope grabbing.
    3) Hirota was just stalling on the ground & received a card for it, but was rewarded because they stood them back up.
    4) Omigawa passed guard after the ref called for them to “Stop. Dont’t move.”

    The Japanese GP system of having losers advance is a tradition that dates back to a 1970s pro wrestling tournament. I like it because usually the fighters in the GP are stronger than the reserve fighters.

  23. gjs
    August 4, 2009 at 5:31 am

    It did more than the DREAM show 2 weeks earlier. Dream didn’t use the top floor for that show. The show had tons more hot women than I can recall seeing at a show in a while.

    There was no negative reaction to Misaki at the show. He should be reinstated.

  24. ShootJunkie
    August 4, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Well in this case Jung was stronger than Kanehara. I know that’s how the cookie crumbles but I don’t know, I guess I’m just still bitter that Jung didn’t make it to the semis and then got screwed by Kanehara yet again.

    I didn’t see how the judges were coming up with some of their calls either. I thought Blagoi deserved a UD not a “Must Win” or whatever they called it. It didn’t seem liek Fujita did much else but get punched in the face and lay on top of Ivanov (Who I kept thinking was Gabriel Gonzaga due to his physique). The Omigawa/Sandro fight left a bad taste in my mouth too. I was pulling for Omigawa but I just don’t feel he won that fight.

    Hirota pulling the upset was the highlight of my night though. I like Kitaoka, but I always root for Shooto Rookie champs when they move on. All in all, in was a decent event. I can see why some didn’t like though.

  25. CSKit
    August 4, 2009 at 6:20 am

    I would like him to be reinstated, it was a waste to even have the fight if it was only #1 contender if Kaz won.

    I know DREAM.10 only did 11,970 but am almost certain 11 will do much higher numbers. Just curious I can never find the WVR numbrs.

  26. CSKit
    August 4, 2009 at 6:30 am

    I would like to see Jung get a shot at number #1 contender, maybe after Hioki gets a shot, he would have taken it against Omigawa imo.

    I do agree Blagoi should have gotten a UD, but if this is how he fights again Aleksander he will be in for a short night. He was built like an out of shape GG.

    I was was rooting for Kitaoka (I’m a Nippon Top Team fan) but had a feeling Hirota would pull it off.

    Choi won the first round imo, but it seems the WVR judges are inclined to score in favor of their countrymen, as is the case in many of the fights, again just my opinion.

  27. gjs
    August 4, 2009 at 7:31 am

    I think the judging has a tendency to be poor in general. I’d like to see them use open scoring (announcing scores at the end of each round) like K1 does. I don’t think they are always nationalist though as I feel Gomi should have been given the decision against the Russian & Kawamura should have got it against Randleman.

  28. Minowa
    August 4, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Ivanov looked very nervous in his debut. His striking skills really need improvement!
    After what I have seen – Ivanov does not stand a chance against Alexander Emelianenko.

  29. ShootJunkie
    August 4, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I came away from the Ivanov/Fujita fight with mixed feelings. I was impressed but also deflated. His chin was much better than expected and in MMA we know a lot of what happens in a fight can be based on how poor or good your chin is. Even though he was windmilling punches he wasn’t scared to get after it and he looked liek he hit pretty damn hard (He just needs to learn how to throw properly for best results). The deflating part was knowing that he doesn’t have a real MMA camp to train and get better at. I’m hoping that Sengoku will take him under there wings and invest sometime in funding his training like they’ve done with guys like Maximo Blanco. I really hope his management thinks twice on the Alexander fight. Sengoku is the place for him to be if he wants to develope at a good pace.

  30. Anonymous
    August 4, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    As previously stated, the judges sucked in the fujita fight the sandro fight and the tournament final. But I found the Kitaoka beat down highly enjoyable. That head kick was the most bad ass KO this year. Fujita will be back.

  31. ShootJunkie
    August 4, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    You thought the Fujita judging was bad as in, he won?

  32. CSKit
    August 5, 2009 at 12:33 am

    These fighters were announced for SENGOKU X for those interested:
    *Antonio Silva (12-1) vs. TBA
    Hiroshi Izumi (0-0) vs. TBA
    Makoto Takimoto (5-5) vs. TBA
    *Joe Doerksen (41-12) vs. TBA
    Kazunori Yokota (9-2-3) vs. TBA
    *Ryan Schultz (20-11-1) vs. TBA
    +was already announced on this site

  33. geamma
    August 5, 2009 at 9:11 am

    jung vs hioki #1contenders match. lets see it SeNgoku!

  34. manu
    August 6, 2009 at 4:26 am

    Ivanov did very well against an experienced opponent for his first fight.
    Yeah, he gassed but his chin is better than I though and was surprised he did nothing on the floor, nor even tried any kind of takedown.
    He went head to head against a guy who only knows to do that.
    Seems that a judo and sambo guy would feel have used that advantage.

    But he’s proven he is tough.

    As far as first experiences go, this was better than Xande’s first time and will be much better than Ishii’s first time.

    I CANT wait til NOB is back.
    There is so much Strikeforce/DREAM/Fedor-NYE things I want to know from the Japanese viewpoint. The majority of the US based sites are beyong bias and feel threathened that someone would dare reject their precious (sort of like Mac fanbois) so it gets tiring to read the negative spin constantly.

  35. ShootJunkie
    August 6, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Yeah it does. I just saw that StrikeForc has also signed Jacare. Hopefully they can continue to aquire talent. It would be awesome to see Zaromskiz fighting guys like Diaz, and seeing some of our favorite fighters from Japan grace the cage.

  36. CSKit
    August 6, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I think Hioki deserves a title shot without fighting Jung, he did beat Kanehara after all. With that said I believe Jung also beat Kanehara so I could see where you are coming from.

    But I’d rather see Sandro/Jung #1 Contender after Hioki gets a crack.

  37. Fightgod
    August 7, 2009 at 7:28 am

    yes i cant wait for NOB to come back. japan is always gonna be the home of martial arts in my opinion, i just wish strikeforce would not have adopted the “cage” as such. i have heard that fedor has said he would never fight in a cage. but it is highly unlikely strikeforce would change their platform for one man. a cage does favor wrestlers, unlike a ring, where no real advantage is given and it is a fair fight for both competitors.

  38. Fightgod
    August 7, 2009 at 7:35 am

    i do however think this is a very lucrative move for both promotions. once all the fights come together, the japanese mma frenzy will come back. on dreams website i read that DREAM will have shows here in the states, and i really want to know what is up with that and what role strikeforce is playing in this awesome idea. ive always thought DREAM should take the K-1 idea of tournaments every year to crown champions. but i favor the japanese flavor of mma over the american.

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