March 4, 2009
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by MMAWeekly.com Staff
World Victory Road on Wednesday announced the initial pairings for its March 20 Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo.

The opening round bouts feature No. 4 ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki facing off with Chris Manuel, and No. 7 ranked Hideki Kadowaki against popular California-based Nam Phan.

Two non-tournament bouts pit Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal against Ryo Kawamura, as well as James Thompson versus Jim York.

The main card is scheduled to air on television in the United States on HDNet.

First round of Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix:
-Hatsu Hioki (#4 Featherweight in the World)* vs. Chris Manuel
-Hideki Kadowaki (#7 Featherweight in the World)* vs. Nam Phan
-Marlon Sandro vs. Matt Jaggers
-L.C. Davis vs. Michihiro Omigawa
-Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Jung Chan Sung
-Masanori Kanehara vs. Kim Jong Man
-Seiya Kawahara vs. Nick Denis
-Tetsuya Yamada vs. Ronnie Mann

Non-Tournament Bout:
-Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal vs. Ryo Kawamura
-James Thompson vs. Jim York

* Based on MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings

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