(Yoshihiro "Kiss" Nakao — still pretty creepy. Photos courtesy of src-official.com.)
A day after WEC 47 pops off in Columbus, Sengoku will be holding their latest event at the Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Unfortunately the card won’t be broadcast live on HDNet — they’ll be airing it next Friday at 8 p.m. — but we’ll be sure to put up videos of the best fights by Monday. Check out the complete eight-match lineup, via japan-mma.com:
8. Jorge Santiago (21-8-0, champion) vs. Mamed Khalidov (20-3-1, challenger), for SRC Middleweight Title
7. Akihiro Gono (31-15-7) vs. Diego Gonzalez (13-3-0), welterweight
6. Maximo Blanco (4-2-1) vs. Chang Hyun Kim (15-5-0), lightweight
5. Marlon Sandro (15-1-0) vs. Tomonari Kanomata (15-4-5), featherweight
4. Yoshihiro “Kiss” Nakao (8-2-0) vs. Henry "Sentoryu" Miller (6-9-0), heavyweight
3. Yuji Hoshino (16-7-7) vs. Nick Denis (9-1-0), featherweight
2. Kiuma Kunioku (34-22-9) vs. Leonardo Santos (6-3-0), lightweight
1. Shigeki Osawa (4-1-0) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (4-2-0), featherweight
Some important points…
— No, you’re not taking crazy pills: Santiago and Khalidov fought last November, with Khalidov winning via brutal first-round knockout. But since it was a non-title fight, they’re having an immediate rematch with the belt on the line. Santiago says he’ll be much more prepared this time, and hopes to return to Strikeforce one day, where he was previously their middleweight grand prix winner.
— Since being knocked comatose by Dan Hornbuckle last August, Akihiro Gono is now carrying back to back wins over Yoon Young Kim and Hayato Sakurai. His opponent, Diego Gonzalez, is a Sweden-based prospect who has won his last eight fights, including decisions over Matt Thorpe and Steve Berger.
— Who can forget Yoshihiro Nakao and his death.html”>tragic quest for love? The Japanese heavyweight, who most recently scored a decision over Choi Mu Bae at Sengoku 9, faces a blast from PRIDE’s freaky past: Henry Armstrong Miller, a former professional sumo wrestler who holds MMA losses to Zuluzinho, James Thompson, and (perhaps most embarrassingly) Giant Silva. In November, Miller knocked out Min Soo Kim in 72 seconds.
— During Sengoku’s Featherweight Grand Prix quarterfinals, Marlon Sandro knocked out Nick Denis in 19 seconds. Both competitors return to Sengoku on Sunday against new opponents. Sandro will take on Shooto/GCM/Pancrase vet Tomonari Kanomata, while Denis faces another vet of GCM and Pancrase, Yuji Hoshino. Coincidentally, Hoshino’s last fight was a knockout loss to Marlon Sandro in November.