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Sengoku Featherweight GP Quarterfinals, Late Tonight on HDNet


(Main-eventers Ronnie Mann and Hatsu Hioki. Image courtesy of allelbows.)

Attention insomniacs and members of the undead: HDNet is hooking you up tonight with a live broadcast of "Sengoku Eighth Battle," which kicks off at 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT. Though the card lacks big names, it will feature the quarterfinals of their ongoing featherweight grand prix — and if the fights are as entertaining as the FWGP’s first round, we’ll be in for a treat, so DVR this bitch at the very least. Here’s what the matchups will look like…

FEATHERWEIGHT GRAND PRIX BOUTS
Hatsu Hioki vs. Ronnie Mann
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Nam Phan
Masanori Kanehara vs. Chan Sung Jung
Marlon Sandro vs. Nick Denis


NON-TOURNAMENT BOUTS
Leonardo Santos vs. Kazunori Yokota
Maximo Blanco vs. Akihiko Mouri
Alexandre "Xande" Ribeiro vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya
Stanislav Nedkov vs. Travis Wiuff
Michael Costa vs. Makoto Takimoto
Kota Ishibashi vs. Shigeki Osawa

Quick thoughts…

#7-ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki was always the favorite to win this GP, but British rising star Ronnie Mann is another stiff test for him. Both guys are great with submissions, but Hioki might be a little greater.

— Omigawa/Phan is the battle of guys who scored upsets to get into the tournament’s second round. The winner will still be a massive underdog to go all the way, but I say Phan takes this one via superior striking.

— Masanori Kanehara says he can choke out the Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung. More likely, Kanehara is going to get his brains eaten.

— Sandro vs. Denis is one of those "someone’s ’0′ has got to go" fights, but I think Sandro is keeping his. The Brazilian’s standing arm-choke of Matt Jaggers at Sengoku 7 showed just how slick his grappling is, and he represents a pretty sizable leap in competition for the "Ninja of Love."

Related: HDNet will also be airing May 26th’s DREAM.9 event — you know, the one with the spectacular freak show? — live in North America.

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CAPS LOCK HAL,- May 1, 2009 at 2:54 pm
THIS IS FUCKING BULLSHIT, THEY NEED ROB BROWNING. HE IS THE REAL FIGHTER, HE WOULD BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF ALL THESE ORIENTAL FAGS LIKE NOTHING, TRUST ME I KNOW THAT SHIT.
viper24- May 1, 2009 at 2:54 pm
hal seriously jump out the window of your tiny little office
Fedor vs Bas- May 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm
Yea HDNet! Why cant this station be available to everyone. I get to see Bas on Inside MMA then wait up and watch this at 3am.
Lysol- May 1, 2009 at 1:07 pm
Let's see if the post-YAMMA curse continues for Diesel. You know, the one where after winning the tournament, you only win one more fight for the rest of your career...? Okay, I'm just trying to make sure he never gets over the shame of participating in that event. But still, there's never an innapropriate time to say FUCK YAMMA!
biohazardone- May 1, 2009 at 1:07 pm
CAPS....do you not have anything else to do today.....shit.....you been hitting practically every article that CP has put up today.....damn....take a break...do something.............
biohazardone- May 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm
hey im sixth......i feel special now :)
CAPS LOCK HAL- May 1, 2009 at 12:49 pm
I MEANT TO SAY THAT IN CAPS
CAPS LOCK HAL- May 1, 2009 at 12:47 pm
I fuck dogs and eat yellow snow
CAPS LOCK HAL- May 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm
GODDAMN THAT GUY'S HOT FOR A CHINK. I WOULD LUB HIM LONG TIME!!!
aj- May 1, 2009 at 12:39 pm
They really need to rebroadcast this shit the next evening....
CAPS LOCK HAL, - May 1, 2009 at 12:15 pm
I'M 4TH AND DON'T GIVE A FAT FUCK. FUCK YOU ALL.
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