Bellator signs former top Sengoku featherweight Ronnie Mann to 145 lbs. roster

CHICAGO, Ill. (February 17, 2011) — Ronnie Mann is coming back to America. Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the acquisition of the top featherweight Brit to its burgeoning roster of 145 pounders. Mann, who has spent the bulk of his 21 fight career in Japan and England, made his U.S. debut last September where he … Read more

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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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 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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World Victory Road’s SENGOKU 7 airs live on HDNet Friday March 20

World Victory Road’s SENGOKU: SEVENTH BATTLE will take place this Friday, March 20, 2009 at the Yoyogi National Stadium, Second Gymnasium, in Tokyo, Japan. U.S. MMA fans can watch the event LIVE on HDNet beginning at 3:00AM ET/12:00AM PT this Friday. Join us right here at PRO MMA (promma.info) early Friday morning as we will be featuring live round by round coverage of the event.

SENGOKU 7 features the opening round of its Featherweight Grand Prix. There are eight fights with sixteen fighters participating in the tournament. L.C. Davis, Hideki Kadowaki, and Nam Phan are just a few of the featherweights who will be competing. Also featured on the card are two non-tournament bouts with rising prospect “King” Mo Lawal taking on Ryo Kawamura and James “The Colossus” Thompson vs “Big” Jim York. Here is the complete line-up:

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