("The Year of the Mo: Part One," courtesy of Esther Lin.)
With no UFC event scheduled until April 1st’s UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann, the MMA world feels like a bit of a wasteland lately. But if you get HDNet in your cable package, you’re in for a treat. Sengoku: Seventh Battle goes down Friday at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, and will be broadcast live on HDNet beginning at 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT. (So, late Thursday night, in other words.) A replay is scheduled for Friday night at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, in case you forget to set your DVR, or you’re too poor to afford one or something.
Sengoku 7 features the first round of the league’s featherweight grand prix — which includes #7-ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki, undefeated Nova Uniao prospect Marlon Sandro, UFC vet Michihiro Omigawa, and former Shooto champ Hideki Kadowaki — as well as a headlining light-heavyweight scrap between King Mo and Pancrase vet Ryo Kawamura, and James Thompson‘s latest attempt to participate in a fight that doesn’t turn into an utter fiasco. The official bout order is after the jump, courtesy of Nightmare of Battle. Will any of the gaijins fail as hard as David Gardner did at the last DREAM show? Tune in to find out!
LHW: Muhammed Lawal vs. Ryo Kawamura
FWGP: Hatsu Hioki vs. Chris Manuel
FWGP: Nam Phan vs. Hideki Kadowaki
HW: James Thompson vs. Jim York
FWGP: Michihiro Omigawa vs. L.C. Davis
FWGP: Marlon Sandro vs. Matt Jaggers
FWGP: Jong Man Kim vs. Masanori Kanehara
FWGP: Chan Sung Jung vs. Shintaro Ishiwatari
FWGP: Ronnie "Ushiwaka" Mann vs. Tetsuya Yamada
FWGP: Seiya Kawahara vs. Nick Denis