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Sheathing The Sword! SENGOKU XI

The final SENGOKU event before becoming Sengoku Raiden Championship is in the books and while the fights were competitive, I thought many of the fighters didn’t put 100% effort into their fights and WVR really needs to revamp their scoring system, if it wasn’t obvious after last year. Way too many 10-10 rounds, even though I like 10-10 rounds.

An exciting signing was announced at the event. Chinese Greco-Roman wrestler Liu Deli, who placed 9th at the 2008 Beijing Olympics 120 kg class, appealed for an MMA debut at SENGOKU XI. He is 208 cm tall (he is probably shorter) and weighs 125 kg.

Just 3 weeks ago he won the 11th Chinese National Games Greco-Roman 120 kg contest and the 27 year old (29 according to WVR) announced after the tournament that he’s getting married next year as well. Here is some footage from his National Games victory.

WVR PR Kokuho says that Liu just started training MMA so NYE might be a little too early for him. Kokuho also said that no TV deal for NYE can be announced right now. It seems to be chaos dealing with those things with the current state of Japanese MMA.

  1. kawa's boy toy
    November 9, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    So that’s who the big buff asian was. interesting fellow. hope he has cardio. it seems like he was losing towards the end in hte wrestling match.

  2. November 9, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Couldnt agree more with the 10-10 round statement, it is getting rediculous. Its almost like the judges score it just to pick their fighter…

  3. Rictor
    November 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Hioki hadn’t said it directly but he is angry at the decision and who knows what he will do now.

    Btw, latest episode of SRC Damashii!! is on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS3afgLhrqY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B03da_ho08 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8EX9HZ9sdE Watched it the first time live on Tokyo TV and I was kinda disappointed. Sad that Yoshida is booked to be eaten alive by Ishii so I’ll be rooting for Hidehiko.

  4. November 9, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Rictor :

    Hioki hadn’t said it directly but he is angry at the decision and who knows what he will do now.

    They are getting on bad terms with some fighters with their decisions (though I don’t agree with all of them, like Fujita).

  5. kawa's boy toy
    November 9, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I am just as outraged as Hioki is with that decision. Moreso even. Hioki should say something out loud to make a statement to the Sengoku committee about the corrupted judging. I mean, in his post fight interview, he says he’s not going to make official complaint or anything. He’s being too passive. If Hioki is mad at Sengoku, he should just stick with Shooto. i’ll support him wherever he goes.

  6. stuart
    November 9, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    It’d be sweet if Hioki blasted Sengoku in the media then took his ass off to the WEC. I’m sure they’d love to have him.

  7. Rictor
    November 10, 2009 at 12:01 am

    kawa’s boy toy :I am just as outraged as Hioki is with that decision. Moreso even. Hioki should say something out loud to make a statement to the Sengoku committee about the corrupted judging. I mean, in his post fight interview, he says he’s not going to make official complaint or anything. He’s being too passive. If Hioki is mad at Sengoku, he should just stick with Shooto. i’ll support him wherever he goes.

    He’s not the first one to have a falling out with Sengoku though as Japanese are very respectful people they won’t talk about some things loud. On bad terms with WVR are now Gomi and Misaki for example.

  8. kawa's boy toy
    November 10, 2009 at 12:04 am

    stuart :
    It’d be sweet if Hioki blasted Sengoku in the media then took his ass off to the WEC. I’m sure they’d love to have him.

    Fuck WEC. He needs to stick wit Shooto.

  9. ShootJunkie
    November 10, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I’m also in agreeance that most of the fighters didn’t give it their all, and that was upsetting to say the least. For instance, the Yokota-Mitsuoka fight was far from what it could have been and yet it was one of the best fights we saw that night. Although I feel bad for Hioki, he went back to his old ways of playing kickboxer when it clearly isn’t the strongest part of his game. The highlight of the night was Mamed doing it big. Also, I didn’t know so many fighters were on bad terms with Sengoku.

  10. kawa's boy toy
    November 10, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Hioki’s standup isn’t bad. In fact, it’s pretty good. it’s very technical but he has no power behind the jabs. he’s like a nick diaz of fw. i mean, he beat omigawa at his own game (his new found boxing talent).

  11. November 10, 2009 at 5:15 am

    ShootJunkie :

    I’m also in agreeance that most of the fighters didn’t give it their all, and that was upsetting to say the least. For instance, the Yokota-Mitsuoka fight was far from what it could have been and yet it was one of the best fights we saw that night. Although I feel bad for Hioki, he went back to his old ways of playing kickboxer when it clearly isn’t the strongest part of his game. The highlight of the night was Mamed doing it big. Also, I didn’t know so many fighters were on bad terms with Sengoku.

    Not that many fighters. Actually, many fighters think that wvr treat them very well (backstage stuff, actually paying, that’s the reason why some Japanese fighters chose sengoku over dream). It’s just the ones who think they got bad decisions against them (Fujita, maybe Hioki). Sandro came back, I don’t know about Gomi being on bad terms with WVR (he has no reason to be), Misaki is also not clear yet (rumored to be gone though).

  12. Rictor
    November 10, 2009 at 11:52 am
  13. November 10, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Rictor :

    I’ve read about Gomi here http://sadironman.seesaa.net/article/132053272.html

    Yup, I didn’t read that before. Seems that he isn’t on best terms with WVR now either.

    Rictor, are you in Japan now?

  14. Rictor
    November 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Wish I could be but can’t. Must earn some money and finish my studies first:/

  15. stuart
    November 11, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Hioki’s standup is much better than he showed. Watch the second Hominick fight, all standup. Against Omigawa he was feather touching him, like he’d lost all confidence to commit. I though he won but it was a bad performance.

    And Hioki staying in Shooto would just be a waste, his talent deserves a bigger stage.

  16. kawa's boy toy
    November 11, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Why would it be a waste? They have great FWs there. I’m still waiting for him to fight Lion dammit!!! I have been waiting for this fight since Lion first got his shooto belt. In addition, fights with Nogueira would be nice.

  17. stuart
    November 14, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Sorry but Hioki would handle Lion, that’s just the way it is. Japanese mma would be better served if Hioki became the champion of the WEC. Only then would he be universally recognised as #1. If Lion put together a great streak the WEC would pick him up and the fight would be made anyway.

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