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"Sengoku: Ninth Battle" Card Taking Shape

Written by Tom Ngo
June 9th, 2009
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World Victory Road Sengoku

World Victory Road has added some additional fights to their “Sengoku: Ninth Battle” event, which is scheduled for August 2nd inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

The card will feature a handful of individual fights, including a championship battle between Mizuto Hirota and Satoru Kitaoka to become the organization’s lightweight king. The WVR will also be hosting the final rounds of their Featherweight Grand Prix tournament.

Marlon Sandro will tango with Masanori Kanehara and Hatsu Hioki will fight Michihiro Omigawa in the tourney’s semifinals, with the victors scrapping later that same evening.

In addition, the popular Japanese MMA promotion recently added former UFC fighter Akihiro Gono, and Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov, who recently landed on the mixed martial arts radar after beating WAMMA heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko in a Sambo match.

The August 2nd event is expected to be broadcasted on HDNet in North America, however the high-definition station has not confirmed if it will be presented live or via tape-delay.

Here are the fighter Rumored to be fighting in the night’s event:

Individual Bouts:

Akihiro Gono vs. TBA
Eiji Mitsuoka vs. TBD
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Blagoy Alexandre Ivanov
Kazuo Misaki vs. Kazuhiko Nakamura
Mizuto Hirota vs. Satoru Kitaoka (Sengoku Lightweight Belt)

Featherweight Grand Prix Finals:

Marlon Sandro vs. Masanori Kanehara
Hatsu Hioki vs. Michihiro Omigawa

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