The second fight for SENGOKU VIII was announced today. The 2008 Mundials Open-Weight Champion Xande Ribeiro will return to take on former Light Heavyweight King Of Pancrase Kei Yamamiya. Yamamiya had a good 2007 and 2008, defeating Ryo Kawamura, Yuki Kondo, and Hiromitsu Kanehara in a row and becoming Light Heavyweight King Of Pancrase. However, he lost that title in October of 2008 in an awesome rematch against Ryo Kawamura.
Update: The SENGOKU card where Satoru Kitaoka will defend his Lightweight belt will take place on August 2nd. However, it seems that the SENGOKU 2009 schedule is not the same now as first announced. The August card is supposedly SENGOKU IX and then three SENGOKU cards will take place in September, October, and November. So it looks like WVR will take a summer break after the May card and then put out a lot of events in the second half of 2009.
Update #2: WVR’s Kokuho said that there will be Welterweight fights held throughout the year starting from the May event and two persons who do good will fight for the title on the new years event in 2010. Welterweight participants are planned to be announced tomorrow, could one of them be Akihiro Gono?
Kokuho also said that at the latest the 2nd round Featherweight GP match-ups will be announced at the beginning of next week. It will probably be Marlon Sandro and the three Japanese fighters on one side and the four other foreigners on the other side.
Date: May 2nd, 2009
Place: National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan