SENGOKU X! The Lightweight KOP Vs. The Former Super High School Student
Four new fights have been announced for SENGOKU X on September 23rd. The three opening fights of the event will be the winners of “SENGOKU Gold Cup: Japan” vs. the winners of “SENGOKU Gold Cup: South Korea”.
The only main card fight that was announced is one which I expected in newly crowned Lightweight King Of Pancrase Maxi (Maximo Blanco) taking on “Former Super High School Student” Tetsuya Yamada in a Lightweight fight.
Update: An excited Yamada said that he wants to become a superstar like his teammate Tokoro became when he brought down the former Shooto champion (Pequeno). Yamada also announced that he will fight at Lightweight from now on (it takes too much on his stamina to cut to Featherweight). He is currently doing wellfare work 5 days a week and training 6 days a week. He is now able to train more than when he was in school.
Update #2: Maxi is already interested in other belts as he revealed that he also wants the SENGOKU and UFC belts. About Yamada Maxi said that he’s young and his ground game is strong. He thinks it’ll be a tough fight.
Update #3: It seems like Yamada will train in a gym that isn’t his normal one. However, he couldn’t say which it is. He will go there everyday though.
Update #4: WVR PR Kokuho said that this fight might decide the Lightweight title challenger after the next challenger. One of the best 4 of the Featherweight GP is also planned to participate at SENGOKU X (probably Sandro). The plan is for Antonio Silva to face a foreign fighter and for Joe Doerksen to face a Japanese fighter. The negotiations with Izumi’s opponent are currently going rough. Expect more fights to be announced soon.
Update #5: So Jee Hyun came second in the South Korean gold cup but since the winner can’t participate due to some circumstances, Hyun will take his place. Osawa is happy that his fellow SENGOKU training player became a champion but he says that he also wants to become a champion soon. Kokuho said that the fighter who has the best win out of the three fights will get a fight at either SENGOKU XI in November or SENGOKU’s new year event. Izumi’s fight will be the main event of SENGOKU X.
Date: September 23rd, 2009
Place: Saitama Community Arena in Tokyo, Japan
Kazunori Yokota vs. Ryan Schultz
Maxi vs. Tetsuya Yamada
Opening Fights (2×5):
LW: Ikuo Usuda vs. Baek Woo Hyun
FW: Shigeki Osawa vs. Kim Ki Hyun
BW: Ryosuke Komori vs. So Jee Hyun