Yokota knocks out Schultz, Nansen knocks out Izumi – Sengoku 10 notes and commentary

Kazunori Yokota gets the knockout of the night at Sengoku 10 with a devastating KO of Ryan Schultz.

“Sengoku: Tenth Battle” took place Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event aired live on HDNet here in the U.S. beginning at 2 a.m. CT / 12 a.m. PT.

The highlight of the night was Kazunori Yokota’s huge overhand right knockout of Team Quest’s Ryan Schultz midway through the first round. Schultz has dropped his last three bouts.

The main event also provided some nice fireworks between Olympic judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi and Muay Thai specialist Antz Nansen. It was the MMA debut for both fighters, and Izumi made the terrible mistake of trying to stand and trade strikes with Nansen.

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Mann Talk – MMA’s Golden Boys

Rulon Gardner could have been an MMA star
Rulon Gardner could have been an MMA star

On Monday, World Victory Road finally announced the MMA debut of Satoshi Ishii. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist will take on fellow gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida. The bout will take place on Sengoku’s year-end show.

The match up between gold medalists will certainly be interesting to Japanese fans. Tokyo is currently in a bidding war with Chicago, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 games. Ishii vs. Yoshida will be the second match up between Olympic gold medalists in MMA. On New Year’s Eve 2004, Yoshida lost to American Greco-Roman gold medalist Rulon Gardner.

Questions persist about how good Ishii can actually be. Extensive research has shown that a total of nine Olympic gold medalists to compete in MMA. Their overall record is 29-21-1. Let us take a look at them.

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Sengoku: Eighth Battle preview

HDNet will broadcast “Sengoku: Eighth Battle” live from Japan at 3:00 AM ET/12:00 AM PT this Saturday morning, May 2nd. The card contains the quarterfinals of their Featherweight Grand Prix, as well as several interesting non-tournament bouts. As always PRO MMA (promma.info) has a full preview for you.

Tournament Bouts

Hatsu Hioki (18-3-2) vs. Ronnie Mann (16-1-1)
The promotion’s poster boy, Hatsu Hioki did his part in the first round of the tournament, by knocking off American Top Team’s Chris Manuel. Unlike in the past, Hioki stuck with his ground game and was able to finish the fight with little trouble. Hioki has the skills to beat anyone in the world, like Jeff Curran, Hideki Kadowaki, and Mark Hominick if he fights with a proper game plan. At the same time, without one, he can find himself on the losing end of a fight against a lower level fight, like say Jong Man Kim.

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Judo gold medalist Ishii offered $5 million by DREAM

Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii will be tranistioning into the world of Mixed Martial Arts according to various reports.

Ishii, who won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in the men’s over 100-kilogram event follows in the footsteps of Hidehiko Yoshida and Makoto Takimoto as Japanese judo competitors to switch to professional MMA.

According to our friends over at Japan-mma.com Ishi has been offered a whopping $5 million to sign with Japanese MMA promotion, DREAM, making him the most sought after fighter in Japan if not the world.

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Frank Trigg faces Olympic Gold-Medalist, Makoto Takimoto, at Sengoku 4 on August 24 in Japan

by:  Jack Bratcher When Frank Trigg steps into the ring on August 4th to face PRIDE veteran and Olympic Judo Gold-Medalist, Makoto Takimoto, he will be coming back from a nine month layoff.  On the other hand, Takimoto’s last fight was in March of this year.  Rumors ran rampant, negotiations were stifled, and contracts fell … Read more