8/2 Sengoku 9 - Akihiro Gono signs

Tuesday 9 June 2009

Sengoku have announced some interesting fighters for Sengoku 9. Akihiro Gono's future in the UFC had been in doubt, and now he has signed for Sengoku. He will participate in Sengoku 9, and I am sure it will give the card a boost with the Japanese fans.

But an even more interesting fighter is also announced, taking on Kazuyuki Fujita will be the Sambo world champion from 2008, Blagoi Alexandre Ivanov. On his way to the title he made a bit of history when he defeated Fedor Emelianenko. Now he is making his MMA debut, and I am sure a fight with Fedor is already in the works.

Also announced as a participant is lightweight standout Eiji Mitsuoka.

This is looking like the best Sengoku card to date, the event will take place in Saitama Super Arena.

Kazuyuki Fujita 15-7-0 vs. Blagoi Alexandre Ivanov

Akihiro Gono 29-14-7
Eiji Mitsuoka 15-6-2

Previously Announced:
Lightweight Title Fight (5x5min)
Satoru Kitaoka 24-8-9 vs. 11-3-1 Mizuto Hirota

Middleweight next title Challenger
Kazuo Misaki 21-9-2 vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura

Featherweight GP Semi-Finals:
Hatsu Hioki 19-3-2 vs. 13-5-5 Masanori Kanehara
Michihiro Omigawa 6-7-1 vs. 14-0-0 Marlon Sandro


Anonymous,  10 June 2009 at 00:09  

So Gono signed with WVR. My question is why he ever signed with zuffa in the first place. There's no upward mobility with them if you're not of the right ethnicity. Plus, they old slave masters. Any fighter with half--a-brain knows well enough not to sign his life away.

Unknown 10 June 2009 at 07:24  

So right you are incendie recuperer. Another organization is going to have to get big to get the fighters more mobility. I hope that organization comes out of Japan.

Borre 10 June 2009 at 09:31  

I think there are a lot of fighters that feel that way. Hopefully there will be some alternatives, hope Sengoku and DREAM can fill that gap.

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