World Victory Road has added two bouts to their Senkgoku 7 card on January 7th. Takanori Gomi looks to bounce back from last week’s upset loss to Sergey Golyaev at Sengoku 6. The popular Japanese fighter will be taking on Satoru Kitaoka, who won WVR’s lightweight Grand Prix tournament on the same card. In addition, middleweight Grand Prix champ Jorge Santiago will be taking on Kazuo Misaki.
WVR initially intended to pit Gomi against the winner of their Grand Prix Tourney to become the promotion’s first ever lightweight champion, although with Gomi’s loss, most thought that they would scrap those plans. However it seems as though they will indeed follow through with their original intentions and crown the winner their first champ.
Gomi (29-4) was once known as the division’s most feared fighter, however in his last four bouts he has posted a meager 1-2 record, as well as a No Contest. At the time, the No Contest was a submission loss to Nick Diaz at Pride 33 in early 2007. Fortunately for Gomi, after the bout Diaz tested positive for marijuana, letting him off the hook.
The 30-year-old Kitaoka defeated Eiji Mitsuoka and Kazunori Yokota to win the Grand Prix. The eight-year Pancrase veteran has won nine of his past 10 fights, including his last four.
Santiago, meanwhile, defeated Siyar Bahadurzada and Kazuhiro Nakamura to win WVR’s middleweight Grand Prix. The American Top Team fighter has won 12 of his last 14 fights, and hasn’t gone to a decision in over three years.
Misaki is coming off of an impressive knockout win over UFC veteran Joe Riggs at “Strikeforce at the Mansion II”
in September. The Japanese fighter has had an up and down career, however has managed to win his last three bouts.