(PHOTO: Antonio Silva on left)
Taking place ahead of this crowded weekend of MMA Sengoku 10 is confirmed toair live on HDNet Wednesday, September 23rd at 3 AM ET. The event takes place at the Saitama SuperArena in Tokyo, Japan. Four Americansare on the broadcast portion of this show with two facing each other whileEliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva also fights.
Ryan Schultz hasn’t found success in Sengoku with two losses in August andSeptember of last year however the former IFL champion has defeated UFC vetsAaron Riley and Roger Huerta as well as former TKO champion ChrisHorodecki. Schultz has been out ofaction for almost a year since losing to Bellator and Bodog standout JorgeMasvidal. Kazunori Yokota is 3-1 inSengoku, most recently defeating Leonardo Santos in May by split decision.
Joe Doerksen has gone 3-1 since his last fights in the UFC with the most recentbeing a triangle choke win over Gregory Babene in May. At 42-12-0 Doerksen has far more experiencethan Takenori Sato who is coming off a draw in Pancrase in August.
Since fighting Jake Shields for the EliteXC welterweight title UFC vet NickThompson has gone 2-1 with his most recent fight being a loss to Tim Kennedywho headlines this weekend’s Strikeforce Challengers card and a win over PaulDaley who defeated Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut last weekend. Dan Hornbuckle is one of those fighters who haven’tmade a splash on the mainstream scene but hardcore fans know and love, atlightweight being tall and lean like Cole Miller but with a more aggressive ifless technical style. Hornbuckle’s KOover Akihiro Gono may have been his most high-profile fight but Thompson willbe a tougher challenge, possibly making the fight of the night.
At 12-1 Antonio Silva is arguably the best heavyweight who is difficult tomarket. ATT’s Silva was the heavyweightchampion of EliteXC, the show where Kimbo Slice in the same weight classcommanded the main card while Silva fought for a title on the undercard. After defeating four UFC vets in that promotionSilva failed a post-fight drug test and moved to Sengoku where he defeatedYoshihiro Nakao in a bit of a “David vs. Goliath” match. Now Silva takes on Jim York, an 11-2 fighterout of New Zealand. Again for Silva thisfight is probably not going to be televised.
Overall this is a good card for the hardcore fans that will probably be upwatching this show live but to most fans the card pales in comparison to evenMFC broadcast on HDNet two nights later. No word is currently available on if Sengoku will have a show in or neartraditional New Years Eve ratings war in Japan and if so how this card fitsin.
Kazunori Yokota vs. Ryan Schultz
Joe Doerksen vs. Takenori Sato
Nick Thompson vs. Dan Hornbuckle
Maximo Blanco vs. Tetsuya Yamada
Ryo Kawamura vs. Fabio Silva
Makoto Takimoto vs. Lee Jae Sun
Antonio Silva vs. Jim York
Hiroshi Izumi vs. Antz Nansen
Ryosuke Komori vs. So Jae Hyun
Shigeki Osawa vs. Kim Ki Hyun
Ikuo Osawa vs. Baek Woo Hyun
PIC 1: Nick Thompson on top
PIC 2: Dan Hornbuckle on top
PIC 3: Ryan Schultz on top