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Former Sengoku Talent, Shigeki Osawa, Makes a Debut at Zst

Written on July 06, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Shigeki Osawa is making his first promotional appearance at Zst against Shunichi Shimizu on July 17.

One time Sengoku Raiden Championship prospect, Shigeki Osawa, will make his debut at Zst on July 17 at Shinjuku Face in Tokyo. According to the promotion’s officials, he will have a Vale Tudo featherweight clash against Shunichi Shimizu for their Battle Hazard 5.

Since moving to MMA, Shigeki Osawa complied a 6-1-1 record, with his sole defeat coming from Ronnie Mann in November 2009. He last competed in November, where his match against Tomonari Kanomata at Pancrase ended to a draw.

Also in Zst’s July 17 card is a bantamweight Shoot Boxing match between Toshihiro Shimizu and Tatsuhiro Takashima.

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Hatsu Hioki Vacates SHOOTO Belt for UFC

Written on June 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Hatsu Hioki vacates his post as the SHOOTO lightweight champion to head on to UFC. Will the promotion acquire another top-ranked featherweight talent?

Japanese featherweight fighter, Hatsu Hioki, declined an offer to duel against DREAM featherweight champion – Hiroyuki Takeya – at DREAM 17. The former also announced last Tuesday that he will be vacating his lightweight title to head on to UFC 131 as a guest. His associate and representative, Shu Hirata, also added that all signs point to contract negotiations.

Hatsu Hioki is also a Sengoku featherweight champion with one remaining fight left on his contract with its promoter, World Victory Road. However, it is still unknown whether Sengoku will ever return due to its current financial crisis. Hatsu Hioki won the SHOOTO belt a year ago by defeating Takeshi Inoue via split decision. Last December, he added the Sengoku belt on his shelf with a unanimous decision win over Marlon Sandro. That said, Hatsu Hioki has long been considered as one of the best fighters in the 145-pound division.

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Sengoku 15 Completes Slate, All Set for Oct. 30

Written on August 29, 2010 by Clive Wilson

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Japanese organization Sengoku gets back in the action with a bout set, the Sengoku Raiden Championship 15, on October 30.

World Victory Road’s upcoming event will roll out its welterweight grand prix and the quarterfinals of the 20-man Asian bantamweight competition. It will be aired live on HDNet from Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo.

Keita Nakamura (pictured) will face Takuya Wada in a welterweight fight; Yasubey Enomoto and Taisuke Okuno will fight one another in the same division.

Bantamweight bouts will feature Wataru Takahashi vs Shoko Sato, Jae Hyun So vs Shintaro Ishitawari–all winners from the Sengoku Asia qualifying tourney last July 4, and then the Sengoku Raiden Championship 14 before making it to the quarterfinals.

The finals will most likely take place later this year and will award the first-ever Sengoku welterweight champion.

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