World Victory Road announced the addition of the light heavyweight matchup between Hidehiko Yoshida and Sanae Kikuta for their January 4th Sengoku 7 event at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The promotion is still in the process of filling out much of the card, however the main event of the night will feature Satoru Kitaoka taking on Takanori Gomi to become the first ever WVR lightweight champion.
Although Yoshida is an accomplished judo fighter, he has only managed to muster up an average 8-6-1 MMA record. All of his fights have taken place in Japan, with the majority of them coming in PrideFC. He is best known for appearing on a Wanderlei Silva highlight reel after receiving a barrage of kicks and knees to the face in their 2005 bout.
Kikuta is much more accomplished in the MMA world, posting an impressive 27-6-3 professional record. He is exceptional on the ground, with 15 of his wins coming via submission.
Here are the fighters Rumored to be competing on the January 4th event:
Nick Diaz vs. TBD
Roger Gracie vs. TBD
Paul Daley vs. TBD
Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Sanae Kikuta
Jorge Santiago vs. Kazuo Misaki
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Takanori Gomi (Open WVR Lightweight Title)