UFC on Fuel TV 8 staff picks

UFC on Fuel 8 staff picks

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its return to Japan this weekend with a stacked card on “free” television. “UFC on Fuel TV 8” takes place Saturday, March 2, at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. There’s a long history of amazing MMA and combat sporting events in Saitama, and there’s something special about seeing the UFC holding events there and helping to revive the mixed martial arts scene in Japan.

Mann Talk – Aoki still deserves respect

Is this really MMA's new bad boy?

If you didn’t ruin your sleep cycle last week by staying up all night watching HDNet, then the first thing you probably saw was the headlines. Yes, it is true; Shinya Aoki is the new bad boy in MMA. He broke Mizuto Hirota’s arm and then flicked him and the crowd off.

The Lesnaresque display was only missing him saying “I’m gonna drink a Sapporo, because Kirin Ichiban doesn’t pay me nothing!” (Full Disclosure: I stole this not clever joke from a Cage Potato post on the UG. “Stole” is really too strong of a word. I’m merely mocking their brand of humor. “Humor” is really too strong of a word…)

People are now astonished with his behavior. The MMA public now has a reason to hate the scrawny and frail-looking guy. However, distain directed towards Aoki really has little to do with his lack of sportsmanship.

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Sengoku: Ninth Battle – fight videos

Here are some of the big fights from “Sengoku: Ninth Battle.” We will be updating this with more videos throughout the day, so if you do not see the one you are looking for yet, check back a little later. Also, here are the complete results from the event which took place on Aug. 2, 2009 in Saitama, Japan.

Featherweight Grand Prix Finals – Masenori Kanehara vs. Michihiro Omigawa

More videos after the jump…

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Hirota wins Sengoku Lightweight Title and Kanehara wins Featherweight Grand Prix

World Victory Road’s “Sengoku: Ninth Battle” took place on Sun., Aug. 2, 2009, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

PRO MMA ( provided live play-by-play of all the action.

The Sengoku Lightweight Championship was on the line in the main event with Satoru Kitaoka taking on Mizuto Hirota. The fight went back and forth. PRO MMA ( had Kitaoka winning the first and third rounds and Hirota winning the second. It was not until the fourth round, when Kitaoka was visibly winded, that Hirota was able to finish him off with strikes and take home the title.

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Sengoku Ninth Battle play-by-play

Please join PRO MMA ( for a live play-by-play of Sengoku’s Ninth Battle. The card will feature a lightweight title fight, and the finals of the Sengoku featherweight tournament.

-Hatsu Hioki (19-3-2) vs. Masanori Kanehara (13-5-5)
-Marlon Sandro (14-0) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (6-7-1)
-Matt Jaggers (11-5) vs. Chang Sung Jung (6-1)
-Satoru Kitaoka (24-8-9) vs. Mizuto Hirota (11-3)
-Kazuyuki Fujita (15-7) vs. Blagoi Ivanov (0-0)
-Kazuo Misaki (21-9-2) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura (13-9)
-Eiji Mitsuoka (15-6-2) vs. Clay French (16-5)
-Yoshihiro Nakao (7-2) vs. Choi Mu Bae (9-3)
-Akihiro Gono (29-14-7) vs. Dan Hornbuckle (17-2)
-Ikuo Usuda (4-0) vs. Koji Ando (2-0-2)
-Toru Harai (6-2) vs. Shigeki Osawa (2-0)
-Takeshi Numajiri (1-1) vs. Ryosuke Komori (3-1)

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World Victory Road’s “Sengoku: Ninth Battle” takes place Aug. 2 in Saitama, Japan

On Sun., Aug. 2, 2009, World Victory Road’s “Sengoku: Ninth Battle” will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

The event will feature a lightweight title fight between Satoru Kitaoka (25-8-9) and Mizuto Hirota (11-3-1). Kitaoka is on a six-fight win streak with his most recent victories being first round Achilles Lock submissions over Yukio Sakaguchi in June and Takanori Gomi back in January.

Kitaoka will be putting his grappling prowess up against the striking abilities of Hirota. Hirota’s most recent fight was a first round TKO victory over Mitsuhiro Ishida at Shooto Tradition Final in May. It is interesting to note that Hirota has never won a fight by submission and Kitaoka has never won via strikes.

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