Sengoku finished off their 15th show on early Saturday morning for fans in the United States and the results didn’t happen without a certain level of controversy. In the main event on the card, former Olympic silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi got a split decision win over Cage Rage veteran James Zikic in what can only be described a baffling call from the judges sitting ringside.
Zikic appeared to clearly have the win in the bag after battering Izumi on the feet, but somehow the Judoka got the nod via split decision. HDNet broadcast the Sengoku show in the States, and commentators Michael Schiavello and Frank Trigg were both extremely critical of the decision and stunned by the judges final call.
In other action, former UFC fighter Brian Cobb made the most of his trip to Japan after a disastrous start when he missed weight and was docked a percentage of his fight purse and lost a point before the bout even started. Cobb was able to control the majority of the action against Kazunori Yakota to get the split decision win, and up his record to 17-6 overall.
Maximo Blanco absolutely blitzed Kiuma Kunioku with every strike in the book and may have even thrown in the kitchen sink. Blanco won the bout via first round TKO after an unrelenting attack of punches, soccer kicks and ground and pound to get his fifth win in a row, and seventh win of his career.
The Sengoku welterweight Grand Prix advanced more fighters hoping to secure the title as one time UFC fighter Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura pulled off his best Matt Hughes impression, trapping opponent Takuya Wada in a crucifix position, pounding away at his head until he had enough and tapped out at just over three minutes into the first round. Yasubey Enomoto outworked Taisuke Okuno to win a decision, and will now meet Nakamura at the Sengoku year end show to close out the welterweight tournament and declare a new champion.
The Sengoku bantamweight tournament also got down to their final four match-ups at the show with former WEC bantamweight Akitoshi Tamura edging out Shoko Sato by split decision, Taiyo Nakahara got a split decision over Shintaro Ishiwatari, Shunichi Shimizu got the nod over Wataru Takahashi, and finally Manabu Inoue held off Jae Hyun So for a unanimous decision win.
Tamura will now meet Nakahara, while Shimizu faces Inoue in the semifinal match-ups of the bantamweight tournament in the final Sengoku show to close out 2010.
The other fight featured on the Sengoku card showcased Kazuo Takahashi submitting Chang Soeb Lee by armbar in the first round of their bout on the show.