SENGOKU 10 – 09/23/2009: An Olympic Silver Medallist Hiroshi Izumi to Take On Kick Boxer from New Zealand!

The opponent of Olympic silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi’s pro MMA debut is going to be a kick boxer named Antz “Notorious” Nansen from New Zealand.

According to WVR (World Victory Road), Nansen currently holds three titles, IMF New Zealand heavyweight, WKBF cruiser and heavyweight titles. His pro kickboxing record is 14 wins 1 loss and 1 draw. He is 26 years old and has no prior experience in pro MMA bout so just like Izumi, this is going to he his pro MMA debut.

Izumi told reporters at the press conference, “I want to go with striking, that is my style. I have been training (striking) every day and its coming into form. Because in MMA there is striking before going to the ground so I want to be able to build my game plan with striking but it doesn’t mean I am not going to the ground though.” It doesn’t sounds too wise to strike against  a striker in his very first MMA bout but, “I don’t think about quitting just because its dangerous. I think my samurai spirit inside of me will prevail.”

Izumi has been training under the guidance of UFC and PRIDE vet Yoji Anjo but he is also planning to train at Yoshida Dojo and Wajiu-tsu Keishu-kai.

In addition two more cards were announced on this date. Makoto Takimoto will take on Jae Sun Lee from Korea and Antonio Silva will take on “Big” Jim York in the heavyweight bout.

SENGOKU Tenth Battle

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
at Saitama Community Arena, Saitama, Japan

Doors Open – 14:00
Fight Starts – 16:00

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

Light-heavyweight Bout 5 min / 3R

Hiroshi Izumi (Japan / Freelance) vs.  Antz “Notorious” Nansen (New Zealand / ETK)

Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R

Kazunori Yokota (Japan / GRABAKA) vs. Ryan Schultz (USA / Team Quest)

Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R

MAKISHI (Venezuela / SENGOKU) vs. Tetsuya Yamada (Japan / Shinwa Total Combat – Team ZST)

Light-heavyweight Bout 5 min / 3R

Ryo Kawamura (Japan / Pancrase-ism) vs. Fabio Silva (Brazil / Chute Boxe Academy)

Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R

Nick Thompson (USA / Minnesota Martial Arts Academy) vs. Dan Hornbuckle (USA / McVicker Martial Arts Academy)

Middleweight Bout 5 min / 3R

Joe Doerksen (Canada / Team Extreme) vs. Takenori Sato (Japan / Laughter 7)

Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R

Makoto Takimoto (Japan / Yoshida Dojo) vs. Jae Sun Lee (Korea / TEAM POSSY)

Heavyweight Bout 5 min / 3R

Antonio Silva (Brazil / ATT) vs. “BIG” Jim York (New Zealand / Siam Gym)

Ticket Prices:

Front Row VIP – 70,000 yen / VIP – 50,000 yen / RRS – 25,000 yen / Sengoku seat – 17,000 yen / S – 17,000 yen / A – 7,000 yen

Report by Shu Hirata
Photo by Yoshinori Ihara (

PIC: Hiroshi Izumi (right) and Makoto Takimoto at the press conference held on August 27th in Tokyo.