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Japanese MMA Roundup: Diaz, Horodecki, Sudo + Sengoku

(The Fireball Kid returns on Saturday; Diaz may be ringing in ’09 overseas.)

— Though most of us want to see him return to the UFC eventually, Nick Diaz‘s next fight will likely be in Japan. Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie told MMA Weekly that he’s already been contacted by Fight Entertainment Group (Dream’s parent company) and Sengoku, and Diaz will be competing either on FEG’s K-1 Dynamite! card on New Year’s Eve, or Sengoku VII on January 4th. Diaz’s EliteXC contract states that he can compete in Japan as long as it doesn’t interfere with his EliteXC duties — so, no problems there.

— According to MMA Fighting, former IFL lightweight standout Chris Horodecki will return to action on November 24th at the Shootboxing “S-Cup 2008,” a one-night eight-man tournament that will go down at the Saitama Super Arena; the tournament will also feature PRIDE vet Luiz Azeredo. Known as “standing vale tudo,” Shootboxing doesn’t incorporate ground-fighting, although throws and standing submissions are allowed. Horodecki is still penciled in to compete at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show on January 24th.

Kamipro floats the rumor that ring-entrance virtuoso Genki Sudo could be coming out of retirement for a one-off fight. “If I come back, NY eve is the biggest impact,” Sudo is quoted as saying. The Neo Samurai hasn’t competed since New Year’s Eve 2006, when he submitted Damacio Page via triangle choke at K-1 Premium Dynamite!!

— The final fight order for Saturday’s Sengoku VI card in Saitama has been released. The event will feature the quarterfinals and finals matches for Sengoku’s lightweight and middleweight GPs, as well as three non-tourney matches. In light heavyweight action, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will take on Europe Top Team’s Moise Rimbon, while Team Quest product Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal faces Chute Boxe’s Fabio Silva. In the lightweight co-main event, Takanori Gomi goes up against Sergey Golyaev, a Red Devil Sport Club member and M-1 vet who hasn’t competed in almost two years. Way to push yourself, Gomi.

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ife hearted- October 28, 2008 at 8:50 pm
was there any specific reason why the UFC let Genki Sudo go? fucking love that guy
Nate Diaz- October 28, 2008 at 3:39 pm
:: with a lisp ::

hee hee Tcheea, you b*tchass n*ggaz don't know whats good for you! I am readdy to buck with anybody !

Everyone needs to step out of my viewing area right now, like I AM FOR REAL!!
nick diaz- October 28, 2008 at 3:31 pm
im watching u post! lol! 209!
Jay Smith- October 28, 2008 at 2:56 pm
I'm scared to post anything here because, Nick might find out and kick the living shit out of me.
NICK DIAZ FOR PREZ...HOMEY!!- October 28, 2008 at 2:19 pm
and if you don't like that Nate will bust your dad's ass, then flip everybody off
NICK DIAZ FOR PREZ...HOMEY!!- October 28, 2008 at 2:19 pm
and if you don't like that Nate will bust your dad's ass
UFCinCalgary- October 28, 2008 at 2:08 pm
Gomi is taking over for Fedor....somebody needs to fight chumps
Geriatric Peon- October 28, 2008 at 1:30 pm
Agreed with Justin

Something like "Diaz catches a glimpse of whats going to be rubbing against him soon"
justin- October 28, 2008 at 1:23 pm
I demand a more CP-worthy caption!
the glza- October 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm
awesome sudo!

love the neo samurai... he's got one of the best attitudes in the fight game. i'm glad to see him come back.
ape- October 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm
Sudo will fight some japanesse can, I wish he'd been kept by UFC instead of getting put in the undercard after his fight with Bang