5/2 Sengoku 8 - Fight Order

Saturday 25 April 2009

WVR have announced the fight order for the 8th Sengoku event, this will be held in the Yoyogi 2nd Gymnasium on May 2.

To me the Sengoku card are looking better and better for every event. They have added a fight that I am really excited about as an opening event here too. Look out for the 2008 Pancrase Neo-Blood tournament winner, Hirotoshi Saito. From his record it might look like he is a boring fighter, but he is the opposite (look at his picture gallery). I am very happy to see him get a shot here against Paraestra Matsudo's Yoshitaka Abe.

The main event will the the big fight in the tournament, Hatsu Hioki will take on Ronnie Mann. After the 1st round Hioki is the Japanese favorite in this tournament, but he is taking on a very experienced opponent.

My personal favorite for the GP is Marlon Sandro, I think he will be very difficult to beat here, but he has not got an easy opponent. Two of the ubeaten fighters in the GP, Marlon Sandro and Nick Denis, will square off and it should be a battle. The way I see it, Denis has his chance early in this fight otherwise Sandro will grind out a win.

Main-Event - Featherweight GP 2nd Round:
11. Hatsu Hioki 18-3-2 vs. 17-1-1 Ronnie Mann
10. Michihiro Omigawa 5-7-1 vs. 15-5-0 Nam Phan

9. Light: Kazunori Yokota vs. Leonardo Santos
8. Light-Heavy: Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Xande Ribeiro

Featherweight GP 2nd Round:
7. Masanori Kanehara 12-5-5 vs. 3-0-0 Jung Chan Sung
6. Marlon Sandro 13-0-0 vs. 7-0-0 Nick Denis

5. Welter: Makoto Takimoto vs. Michael Costa
4. Light-Heavy: Stanislav Nedkov 5-0-0 vs. 54-12-0 Travis Wiuff
3. Light: Maiximo Blanco 2-1-1 vs. 6-6-1 Akihiko Mouri

Opening Fight:
2. Feather: Shigeki Osawa 2-0-0 vs. 0-3-0 Kota Ishibashi
1. Feather: Hirotoshi Saito 2-1-1 vs. 2-2-1 Yoshitaka Abe


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