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Here’s the lineup for Sengoku – No Ran 2009:
Lightweight Championship bout: Takanori Gomi vs. Satoru Kitaoka
Middleweight Championship bout: Kazuo Misaki vs. Jorge Santiago
Light heavyweight bout: Sanae Kikuta vs. Hidehiko Yoshida
Heavyweight bout: Antonio Silva vs. Yoshihiro Nakao
Lightweight bout: Sergey Golyaev vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Heavyweight bout: Dave Herman vs. Choi Mu Bae
Light heavyweight bout: Muhammed Lawal vs. Yukiya Naito
Lightweight bout: Maximo Blanco vs. Seigo Inoue
Light heavyweight bout: Hidetada Irie vs. Minoru Kato
SENGOKU – NO RAN 2009:
Hidetada Irie defeats Minoru Kato by TKO (strikes) in round 2.
Maximo Blanco defeats Seigo Inoue by KO (foot stomp) in round 1.
Muhammed Lawal vs. Yukiya Naito
Round 1 – The fighters are feeling each other out. Naito throws an occasional kick and Mo feels him out with an occasional punch. Near the end of the round Mo connects with a big right that hurts Yukiya, he goes down, Mo pounds him out for the win.
Muhammed Lawal defeats Yukiya Naito by TKO in round 1. As usual Mo’s entrance was incredible with his harem and dancing. He asked the crowd if they loved him after the fight and they did. He told them to call Sengoku and ask for him to be on every card the rest of the year. Mo then did his, “When I say King, you say Mo”. He went to each side of the ring holding the mic for the crowd to reply. Then he went to the referee and said, “When I say King…” Ref was silent. Mo said it one more time and the stoic Japanese ref said, “Mo!” It was great!
Dave Herman vs. Mu Bae Choi
Round 1 – Herman almost got finished by kimura but escaped. Round ended with Choi on top in Herman’s guard.
Round 2 – This was the worst Dave Herman we have ever seen. He just got knocked out by a very sub par striker. Herman looked totally gassed. Terrible performance from Herman. I think he needed this to maybe wake him up. He was undefeated and in recent interviews he just seemed very lackadaisical. We shall see.
Mu Bae Choi defeats Dave Herman by KO (punch) in round 2.
Sergey Golyaev vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Round 1 – Golyaev spent most of the round on his back. With less than a minute left, Mitsuoka mounts Golyaev and pulls off an armbar causing Golyaev to tap immediately.
Eiji Mitsuoka defeats Sergey Golyaev by submission (armbar) in round 1.
Antonio Silva vs. Yoshihiro Nakao
Round 1 – They move around the ring a bit. Silva throws a huge knee but Nakao appears ok. All of a sudden Nakao doubles over and falls to the ground holding his knee. Blew his knee out ala Patrick Cote.
Antonio Silva defeats Yoshihiro Nakao by TKO (knee injury) in round 1.
There were a few surprise appearances during the break: Yushin Okami said a few words in the ring. Satoshi Ishii was there, he stood in the middle of the ring wearing a great big UFC emblazoned shirt and spoke to the audience probably explaining why he loves MMA in the U.S. more than Japan. Nakamura was also present.
Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Sanae Kikuta
Round 1 – Round 1 ends in a stalemate on the ground with Kikuta on top in Yoshida’s guard. Yoshida came out throwing punches but got took down and remained there the rest of the round.
Round 2 – A fairly entertaining round. At one point I thought Yoshida might actually pound out his very first TKO but Kikuta survived and grabbed Yoshida’s leg. Round ended with Kikuta mounted with some light ground and pound.
Round 3 – Yoshida was getting the better of the stand up and softened up Kikuta. He then went to judo throw Kikuta, but Kikuta reversed and ended up taking Yoshida’s back. Yoshida rolled over and Kikuta had the full mount where he remained and pounded on Yoshida for a long time until the round ended.
Sanae Kikuta defeats Hidehiko Yoshida by unanimous decision.
Sengoku Middleweight Championship
Kazuo Misaki vs. Jorge Santiago
Round 1 – Round ends with Misaki on top trying for some ground and pound. Pretty constant action although nothing significant landed by either fighter.
Round 2 – The men tested their stand up in this round, not going to the ground at all. It was a very close round. Santiago landed a good body shot, Misaki landed a side kick. No real damage done by either fighter.
Round 3 – The best round so far. Misaki landed some good side kicks. Santiago just can’t seem to pull the trigger. His boxing technique looks good but he’s just not throwing enough. Misaki was more active and looked more aggressive.
Round 4 – Misaki found his weapon of choice this round and landed a number of very nice leg kicks. He also landed a few good punches. Santiago dropped him with a punch near the end of the round but Misaki recovered quickly and took the advantage once again.
Round 5 – Misaki was clearly on his way to winning the decision. Once again he was using leg kicks and good stand up to control the fight. About a minute and a half in, Santiago shoots in unexpectedly, catches Misaki off guard, and takes him down. He’s landing some shots so Misaki gives up his back. Misaki is so squirrely it seems he will be able to get out once again but it’s the fifth round, a lot of energy has been spent; Santiago sinks in the choke and ends it. Misaki won’t tap but the ref stops it when Misaki is unresponsive.
Jorge Santiago defeats Kazuo Misaki by submission (rear naked choke) in round 5 for the Sengoku Middleweight Championship.
Sengoku Lightweight Championship
Takanori Gomi vs. Satoru Kitaoka
Round 1 – Satoru Kitaoka shoots in on Gomi and Gomi slams him to the ground. Kitaoka is able to grab Gomi’s foot and gets an achilles lock at 1:41 into the round and Gomi is forced to tap. Gomi is limping as he makes his exit. Kitaoka is very respectful of Gomi and he is very emotional about the win.
Satoru Kitaoka defeats Takanori Gomi by submission (achilles lock) in round one to become the Sengoku Lightweight Champion.