by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
Less than a week removed from Sengoku 4, World Victory Road has announced three bouts for Sengoku 5, which is highlighted by the first round of the Sengoku middleweight tournament. The event takes place on Sept. 28 at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo.
In a lightweight bout, IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz takes on American Top Team fighter Jorge Masvidal. Schultz last saw action several days ago, being knocked out by Cage Force lightweight Mizuto Hirota at Sengoku 4. Masvidal comes off a controversial stoppage loss to Rodrigo Damm at Sengoku 4.
In a Sengoku middleweight tournament bout, Pride veteran Yuki Kondo faces off with Team Grabaka middleweight Yuki Sasaki. Kondo comes off a knockout victory over Ryuji Ohori at a recent Pancrase Shining show. In his most recent action, Sasaki suffered a submission loss to Strikeforce tournament winner Jorge Santiago at Sengoku 2.
In another Sengoku middleweight tournament bout, Chute Boxe middleweight Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos takes on Shooto light heavyweight champion Siyar Bahadurzada. Santos scored a submission victory over Makoto Takimoto at the first Sengoku event. Bahadurzada was submitted by Pride veteran Kazuo Misaki at the same show.
Other participants for the show include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro, who makes his mixed martial arts debut, and fellow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Roger Gracie. Two other participants for the middleweight tournament include UFC veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura and Strikeforce middleweight tournament winner Jorge Santiago.