by MMAWeekly.com Staff
World Victory Road’s Sengoku 6 took place on Saturday in Saitama, Japan. What was supposed to feature the finals of the promotion’s lightweight and middleweight tournaments was overshadowed by the defeat of Takanori Gomi, whom the lightweight tournament was supposed to produce an opponent for.
Once having dominated the top spot in the lightweight rankings, Gomi on Saturday was dropped by a punch from Sergey Golyaev in the second round before dropping a split decision to him as well.
The Sengoku Lightweight Grand Prix was supposed to produce a challenger to Gomi and crown a lightweight champion sometime early next year.
A tournament champion did emerge as Satoru Kitaoka easily submitted Eiji Mitsuoka with a heel hook in the semi-final round before working his way to a unanimous decision victory over Kazunori Yokota in the final bout. The question now is how World Victory Road will proceed with the Gomi upset.
American Top Team fighter Jorge Santiago continued his conquest of the middleweight division winning two fights in one night – for the second time in the past 12 months – to claim top honors in the Sengoku Middleweight Grand Prix. Like Kitaoka, he easily submitted his semi-final opponent, Siyar Bahadurzada, with a heel hook little more than a minute into their bout.
It was a little rougher going in the final round. Kazuhiro Nakamura seemed to be edging ahead with his controlling style over the first two rounds before Santiago found his mark in the final round, finishing Nakamura off with strikes in the round’s opening moments.
Also of note, Top 10 light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, brother of UFC interim heavyweight champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, won a unanimous decision over Moise Rimbon, to give Rogerio three victories in 2008.
Team Quest fighter Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal continued his emergence on the fight scene with a ground and pound victory over Chute Boxe fighter Fabio Silva in the opening moments of round three.
-Sergey Golyaev def. Takanori Gomi by Split Decision, R3
-Muhammed Lawal def. Fabio Silva by TKO (Strikes) at 0:41, R3
-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Moise Rimbon by Unanimous Decision, R3
Lightweight Grand Prix Final:
-Satoru Kitaoka def. Kazunori Yokota by Unanimous Decision, R3
Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals:
-Satoru Kitaoka def. Eiji Mitsuoka by Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:16, R1
-Kazunori Yokota def. Mizuto Hirota by Unanimous Decision, R3
Lightweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout:
-Jorge Masvidal def. Seung Hwan Bang by Unanimous Decision, R3
Middleweight Grand Prix Final:
-Jorge Santiago def. Kazuhiro Nakamura by TKO (Strikes) at 0:49, R3
Middleweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals:
-Kazuhiro Nakamura def. Yuki Sasaki by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Jorge Santiago def. Siyar Bahadurzada by Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:10, R1
Middleweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout:
-Joe Doerksen def. Izuru Takeuchi by TKO (Strikes) at 4:13, R3