- HERO’S ANNOUNCES REPLACEMENT FOR SAKURABA

October 3, 2006
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by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
HEROS has announced a replacement for Kazushi Sakuraba for their October 9th fight card. Sakuraba had to pull out of his scheduled semi-final fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama due to injury. Replacing him is the man that many feel beat him at the last HEROS show; Kestutis Smirnovas will take Sakuraba’s place in the tournament.

The semi-finals for the HEROS Light Heavyweight tournament are now set; Yoshihiro Akiyama will take on Kestutis Smirnovas and Shungo Oyama will take on Melvin Manhoef in a rematch of their fight earlier this year.

Also announced was the reserve match for the tournament, Tokimitsu “Kendo Ka Shin” Ishizawa will take on former UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton. Ishizawa made his return to MMA in March against Yoshihiro Akiyama after a four year hiatus. Newton will finally make his HEROS debut after being scheduled to fight Melvin Manhoef at the last HEROS show, but having to pull out due to injury just days before the event.

Other fights announced for the card; Brazilian Top Team heavyweight Antonio Silva will take on European Georgi Kaisinov, who will be making his HEROS debut. Silva made his HEROS debut in May, dismantling American Tom Erikson with strikes in the first round.

UFC legend Don Frye will take on Olympic Judo silver medalist Kim Min Soo. Frye is coming off a win over Yoshihisa Yamamoto at the last HEROS show and has been announced as one of the new coaches for the International Fight League. Soo is coming off a submission loss to K-1 World GP 2005 Champion Semmy Schilt also at the last HEROS show.

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