8/2 Sengoku 9 - Akihiro Gono's Opponent Announced

Tuesday 30 June 2009

Like him or not, Akihiro Gono is one of the biggest stars in Japanese MMA. He was recently dropped by the UFC after 2 straight decision losses. Now he will be back in Japan and will be competeing with "King Mo" for Sengoku's most entertaining enterances. In his debut he will be taking on Dan Hornbuckle and this should be a very good fight! Hornbuckle lost his only Sengoku fight to Mike Pyle in Sengoku 2, and will be looking to revenge that. It wont be easy against the home star.

With this card, and the signing of Ishii, the future is looking bright for Sengoku. Lets see if it is enough to secure a deal to air prime time and again take MMA to the general public in Japan. Either way, this is a great card and Sengoku seems to be going all out. 2 title fights and lots of great fights to back them up!

Akihiro Gono 29-14-7 vs. 17-2-0 Dan Hornbuckle

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

Final: Winner Semi-final 1 vs. Winner Semi-final 2

Heavy: Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov vs. Kazuyuki Fujita
Heavy: Yoshihiro Nakao 7-2-0 vs. 9-3-0 Chu Mu Bae
Light: Eiji Mitsuoka 15-6-2 vs. Clay French


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