by MMAWeekly.com Staff
HERO’S announced that they will have two GP tournaments this year starting with their May 3rd show. They will be holding tournaments for the 85 and 70 kg divisions. The May 3rd show will host the beginning of the 85 kg tournament. And the 70 kg will commence on their August 5th show.
It is said that Akiyama will be in the 85 kg tournament, and other names mentioned as possible candidates are Rodrigo Gracie, Nagata, Melvin Monoef, and BJ Penn. It is also said that ‘Kid’ Norifumi Yamamoto, who is hugely popular in Japan, will fight on the May 3rd show but not as part of the tournament. His most likely opponents will be either Hideo Tokoro or Caol Uno. It still isn’t known whether this will be for the championship belt or not, which ‘Kid’ holds. It hasn’t been decided whether the belt will be up for grabs though individual bouts with the current belt holder or whether it can only be attained through the GP tournament.
As far as the 70 kg tournament in August goes, the names out there for possible candidates are Genki Sudo, ‘Kid’ Yamamoto, Caol Uno, Hideo Tokoro, and Miyata.