World Victory Road presents: Soul of Fight is scheduled to take place Friday, Dec. 30, at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan. The event features a featherweight title fight with Sengoku champion Marlon Sandro (17-1) making his first title defense against Hatsu Hioki (22-4-2) since he knocked out Masanori Kanehara in the first round back in June.
Hioki was a 2009 Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix semifinalist, was injured and could not compete in the finals. He dropped a split decision to Michihiro Omigawa in his next fight in Nov. 2009, but bounced back in 2010 with consecutive wins over Takeshi Inoue and Jeff Lawson.
Also, just added to the card in a SRC vs. DREAM match-up, Sengoku representative Dan Hornbuckle (22-3) will face DREAM’s Ryo Chonan (18-11), and in a women’s 125-pound bout, Megumi Fujii (22-1) makes her first appearance since her first career loss to Zoila Frausto in Bellator to take on Emi Fujino (9-4).
“Soul of Fight” also features the 2010 Sengoku Welterweight Grand Prix Finals featuring Yasubey Enomoto (6-1) taking on Keita Nakamura (20-4-2). Enomoto advanced to the finals by defeating Kenta Takagi and Taisuki Okuno earlier this year, and Nakamura earned his place in the finals by defeating Omar de la Cruz and Takuya Wada, also in 2010.
This is an enormous card and a great way for Sengoku to end the year. ProMMAnow.com has confirmed that the event will air in the U.S. on HDNet in two parts via tape delay. Part 1 will air on Friday, Jan. 14, and part 2 will air the next Friday, Jan. 21.
SRC Featherweight Championship
- Marlon Sandro vs. Hatsu Hioki
2010 SRC Welterweight Grand Prix Final
- Yasubey Enomoto vs. Keita Nakamura
2010 SRC Asia Bantamweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals
- Taiyo Nakahara vs. Akitoshi Tamura
- Manabu Inoue vs. Shunichi Shimizu
Mixed Martial Arts Bouts
- Kazuo Misaki vs. Mike Seal
- Masanori Kanehara vs. Yoshiro Maeda
- Maximo Blanco vs. Won Sik Park
- Ryo Chonan vs. Dan Hornbuckle
- Mamed Khalidov vs. Yuki Sasaki
- Jadamba Narantungalag vs. Kazunori Yokota
- Dave Herman vs. Yoshihiro Nakao
- Megumi Fujii vs. Emi Fujino
- Mika Harigai vs. Rin Nakai
- Hitomi Akano vs. Roxanne Modafferi
- Amy Davis vs. Misaki Takimoto
- Buakaw Por. Pramuk vs. Hiroki Nakajima
- Kiyotaka Shmimizu vs. Ichiro Sugita
- Fabiano Aoki vs. Ryuta Noji
- Tetsuharu Ikei vs. Shintaor Matsukura
- Yutaro Yamauchi vs. Gou Yokoyama
- Kuntap Weerasakreck vs. Genki Yamamoto
- Arashi Fujiwarmutsuki vs. Mutsuki Ebata
- Hironobu Ikegami vs. Yuji Tanaka
- Erika Kamimura vs. Chiharu Icho