Not one but two tournaments will be concluded November 1st as Sengoku 6 hits the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Both the Middleweight and Lightweight Grand Prix tournament semi-finals and finals will take place plus Takanori Gomi headlining. Looks like a great card.
The Lightweight GP opening round took place August 24th and now in the semi-finals Satoru Kitaoka faces Eiji Mitsuoka and Yokota fights Hirota. Mitsuoka won his spot by defeating Rodrigo Damm by rear choke, Kitaoka with a first round Achilles lock on Clay French, Yokota a decision over Bojan Kosednar, and Hirota KO’d Ryan Schultz in round 2. The winner of this tournament is supposed to be Gomi’s next opponent.
The Middleweight GP opening round took place September 28th and now Jorge Santiago faces Siyar Bahadurzada and Yuki Sasaki takes on Kazuhiro Nakamura. Santiago won his spot with an arm triangle over Logan Clark, Nakamura a decision over Paul Cahoon, Bahadurzada a TKO over Evangelista Santos, and Sasaki a rear naked choke over Yuki Kondo.
This show is headlined by Pride champion Takanori Gomi taking on Sergey Golyaev. Golyaev has faced tough competition before in defeats against Kurt Pellegrino and Joachim Hansen in 2005 and 2004 respectively and Gomi also holds a loss to Hansen but Gomi is considered the #2 Lightweight in the world behind BJ Penn who Gomi lost to five years ago.
This event isn’t broadcast in the US on cable television but some satellite services are carrying it. Highlights are expected to air on HDNet’s Inside MMA.
Lightweight GP semi-finals: Satoru Kitaoka vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Lightweight GP semi-finals: Kazunori Yokota vs. Mizuto Hirota
Middleweight GP semi-finals: Yuki Sasaki vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
Middleweight GP semi-finals: Jorge Santiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada