SENGOKU X! Judo Vs. Kickboxing
2004 Olympic silver medalist, 2005 World Championships gold medalist, and 2008 Asian Championships gold medalist in Judo, Hiroshi Izumi, will face a fellow MMA beginner in his debut at SENGOKU X on September 23rd. Samoan Antz “Notorious” Nansen from New Zealand became well-known in his birth city through street fights (also how he got his nickname).
Nansen started Kickboxing after he met well-known kickboxer Jason “Nobunaga” Suttie (eventually became his best pupil). Nansen became WKBF Cruiserweight champion and in October of last year he also became the WKBF Heavyweight champion when he defeated Joe Martin. He also took the IMF Muay Thai New Zealand Heavyweight title and his current record is 14-1-1 (5 KO’s).
Two other fights have also been announced for the card. The second Judo Top Team member on the card, Makoto Takimoto, will face Korean Spirit MC veteran Lee Jae Sun, and Antonio Silva will take on Big Jim York, who returns from a victory over James Thompson at SENGOKU VII.
Update: A confident Izumi at the press conference said that he wants to stand with Nansen. He said that he’s very confident in his striking and that it’s his fighting style. Not surprising talk since he said when he was announced as an MMA convert that he wants a fighting style similar to Wanderlei Silva.
Update #2: Izumi was on a one week training camp in Kagoshima last week. He usually trains with Yoji Anjoh, but sometimes goes to Yoshida Dojo and Wajyutsu Keisyukai to train. He has trained with UFC fighter Yushin Okami (at WK) and according to him (Izumi) he handled the menu with ease.
Update #3: Takimoto’s opponent, Jae Sun Lee, last fought at Moosin 1 (Kickboxing) in Korea. The fight is available online.
Date: September 23rd, 2009
Place: Saitama Community Arena in Tokyo, Japan
Single Fights (3×5):
LHW: Hiroshi Izumi vs. Antz “Notorious” Nansen
HW: Antonio Silva vs. Big Jim York
WW: Makoto Takimoto vs. Lee Jae Sun
LW: Kazunori Yokota vs. Ryan Schultz
LW: Maxi vs. Tetsuya Yamada
LHW: Ryo Kawamura vs. Fabio Silva
WW: Dan Hornbuckle vs. Nick Thompson
MW: Takenori Sato vs. Joe Doerksen
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