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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