SENGOKU XI! Gono’s Opponent Announced
Akihiro Gono’s opponent for SENGOKU XI in November has been announced. He will face Korean Shin Ramen (Yoon Young Kim).
Kim is 22 years old and 190 cm tall. His MMA record is 13-4 and he’s coming off 2 submission victories in Japan. He’s called Shin Ramen because.
A fight of the soul fight(?) has also been added to the card, Kyokushin Karateka Bull (Hirokazu Konno) is fighting former Pro Boxer Tomoaki Ueyama (Ryuki Ueyama’s older brother), who has had a good 2009, from the U-File Camp. Bull is presented as a brawl master and the fight will be fought during the intermission of the event.
Also, a list of candidate participants for Sengoku Raiden Championship 12 (the number will continue from SENGOKU XI) on NYE was released. Mizuto Hirota, Masanori Kanehara, Satoru Kitaoka, Hatsu Hioki, Michihiro Omigawa, Kazunori Yokota, Eiji Mitsuoka, Makoto Takimoto, Hiroshi Izumi, and Kazuhiro Nakamura.
Update: WVR PR Kokuho said that the next commission meeting will be in December and that Misaki might be discussed then. Kokuho himself wants Misaki to fight on NYE since he has behaved very well (as he should) since the incident.
Kokuho wants at least 3 championship fights on NYE.
The fight of the soul is for the Japanese fans who sit quietly and watch the fights unlike foreign fans who make more noise. It will start 10 minutes into the intermission.
Update #2: A large press conference will be held next week for Sengoku Raiden Championship 12 and the Japanese fighters will be present. About a TV deal, Kokuho said: “I think I’ll be able to make some kind of announcement next week”.
Next week is also the final week of October and Kokuho said at the last press conference that they might have a big surprise (first of its kind in Japan) at the end of this month.
Carlos Newton was a possible opponent for Gono but since he injured himself in his last fight it didn’t happen.
Date: November 7th, 2009
Place: Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hatsu Hioki
Marlon Sandro vs. Yuji Hoshino
Shigeki Osawa vs. Ronnie Ushiwaka
Kazunori Yokota vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Jorge Masvidal
Jorge Santiago vs. Mamed Khalidov
Light Heavyweight Fight:
Kevin Randleman vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Dave Herman vs. Big Jim York
Akihiro Gono vs. Shin Ramen
Fight Of The Soul Featherweight Fight:
Bull vs. Tomoaki Ueyama