Possible return to action for rising heavyweight Dave “Pee Wee” Herman on February 20 in Nashville, Tenn. (updated)

Photo by Daniel Herbertson - Dave Herman's heel smash KO of Jim York at Sengoku 11 was nominated for the 2009 Bazzie Awards "KO of the Year."

ProMMA.info has learned from sources close to the situation that rising MMA heavyweight star Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (16-1) may headline a Feb. 20 fight card in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville-based promotion Gameness Fighting Championship (GFC) will be returning to the Sports Arena at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds the third Saturday in February, and if goes as rumored, it could be their most heavily stacked card to date.

Herman is coming off a first round knockout of Jim York at Sengoku 11 back in November. His “heel smash” knockout of York was a “knockout of the year” nominee on Inside MMA’s 2009 “Bazzie Awards.”

Originally from Indiana, and armed with little more than a wrestling background and some heavy hands, Herman, who made his pro debut in Dec. 2006, finished his first 13 fights in the first round, stopping every single opponent.

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Sengoku spotlight: Dave “Pee Wee” Herman – ProMMA.info exclusive interview

Dave "Pee Wee" Herman takes on "Big" Jim York at Sengoku 11.
Dave "Pee Wee" Herman takes on "Big" Jim York at Sengoku 11.

Sengoku: Eleventh Battle takes place at Ryogoku Kokugikan, in Tokyo, Japan on Nov. 7 and will air live on HDNet beginning at 2 a.m. ET early Saturday morning. Among those fighting on the card is heavyweight Dave “Pee Wee” Herman (15-1) taking on “Big” Jim York (11-3).

It will be Dave’s second fight in Japan and his second fight inside the Sengoku ring. Things did not go so well for Dave in his last Sengoku appearance when he fought Mu Bae Choi (9-4). In fact, the fight against Choi is the lone loss on Dave’s MMA record.

However, it was also the fight that caused him to really get serious about his professional career. It was the fight that caused him to seek out professional training and finally brought him to Nashville MMA in Tennessee under the tutelage of Ed Clay.

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“HDNet Fights presents World Victory Road – Sengoku 11” premiering live on HDNet

Tune in after Fedor’s fight to catch top fighters headlining this impressive card early Saturday morning, November 7, at 2:00 a.m. ET on HDNet

(PRESS RELEASE) – HDNet will broadcast exclusive LIVE coverage of “HDNet Fights Presents: World Victory Road – Sengoku 11,” early Saturday morning, November 7, at 2:00 a.m. ET from Tokyo, Japan. The event is stacked from top to bottom with a mix of top ranked talent, up-and-coming prospects, and established MMA stars.

In the main event of the evening, Hatsu Hioki (20-3-2), one of the top five featherweights in the world, meets the always-tough Michihiro Omigawa (7-8-1). Hioki is undefeated in his last nine fights, but was forced out of the Sengoku Featherweight title tournament in August due to an injury incurred in his classic bout with Masanori Kanehara. Kanehara went on to defeat Omigawa in the tournament final and claim the Sengoku title. A Hioki victory would set up a highly anticipated rematch with Kanehara.

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SENGOKU: SEVENTH BATTLE – LIVE round by round updates and results

World Victory Road’s SENGOKU: SEVENTH BATTLE is live at Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan on Friday, March 20, 2009. PRO MMA (promma.info) is providing live round-by-round updates and summary of the event. The first round of a Featherweight Tournament is featured as well as two non-tournament bouts featuring James Thompson taking on Jim York and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal taking on Ryo Kawamura in the main event.

Quick Results:
Nick Denis def. Seiya Kawahara by TKO (punches) rd.1
Ronnie Mann def. Tetsuya Yamada by unanimous decision
Chan Sung Jung def. Sinataro Ishiwatari by sub. (RNC) rd.1
Masenori Kanehara def. Kim Jong Man be unanimous decision
Marlon Sandro def. Matt Jaggers by sub. (side choke) rd.2
Michihiro Omigawa def. L.C. Davis by unanimous decision
Jim York def. James Thompson by TKO (punch) rd.1
Nam Phan def. Hideki Kadowaki by KO (punch) rd.1
Hatsu Hioki def. Chris Manuel by submission (armbar) rd.1
Muhammed Lawal def. Ryo Kawamura by unanimous decisoin

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Sengoku: Seventh Battle weigh-ins

SENGOKU: SEVENTH BATTLE takes place Friday, March 20 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. All fighters successfully made weight for the event. The main event fighters, King Mo and Ryo Kawamura exchanged words at the weigh-ins: “Tomorrow, against a huge, dangerous opponent, and all the beautiful queens of his kingdom, a lone Japanese guy is going to that kingdom to attempt a coup d’état. Watch out,” Kawamura dramatically proclaimed to chuckles of approval.

“Man, that was funny,” responded a smiling Lawal. “I feel like what he said, it was cool, it was funny, but it ain’t true. There’s only one true king, and that’s King Mo, and I’m going to prove that by beating up this boy, [Kawamura], on my left.”

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Sengoku Seventh Battle Preview

The featherweights continue to get a big push. Two weeks ago DREAM held the first round of their featherweight tournament, and this week Sengoku’s participants will take to the ring. This tournament may not have the big names like DREAM, but it remains stocked with plenty of young talent and the winner should make an impact on the world rankings.

Tournament Bouts:

Hatsu Hioki (17-3-2) vs. Chris Manuel (6-0-2)
The literal “poster boy” for the tournament is also the favorite. Hatsu Hioki is a world ranked fighter, and also the TKO champion. Over the course of his career he has defeated top fighters like Hideki Kadowaki, Jeff Curran, and Mark Hominick twice. He is truly an ace on the ground, which was made apparent by his guard passing dominance against Baret Yoshida. Yoshida may not have an impressive record, but he is a multiple time ADCC competitor and one of the best lighter weight grapplers on the planet. Hioki sometimes forgets his ground dominance and stands up too much. If he is going to win the tournament he needs to stick to his bread and butter.

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Video cram session for Sengoku Seventh Battle

PRO MMA (promma.info) is back with another video cram session.  Two weeks ago DREAM had their featherweight tournament, and now it is Sengoku’s turn.  The fighters may not be as well known, but that is why it is always alright to cram. In this edition check out a freestyle match from King Mo’s wrestling days, the slam that put Shintaro Ishiwatari on the map, L.C. Davis’ stunning head kick, and more.

Sengoku’s Seventh Battle takes place this Friday, March 20th and will air live on HDNet. PRO MMA (promma.info) will provide a full preview of the fight card, weigh in results, as well as round by round live fight results and updates during the live broadcast. 

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