by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Two more big fights have been added to the upcoming Sengoku 12 card set for March 7 as Eiji Mitsuoka faces Leo Santos, while Kiuma Kunioku takes on Maximo Blanco on the same show.
The bouts were confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fights, who indicated both will take place on the March 7 show.
Eiji Mitsuoka (16-7-2) returns to Sengoku after losing a decision to Kazunori Yakota in November. Mitsuoka is 5-2 in his last seven fights with wins over fights like Clay French, Joachim Hansen, and Rodrigo Damm.
Stepping in to face the Japanese fighter is former Abu Dhabi grappling champion, Leo Santos (6-3), who looks to get back to his winning ways after losing a decision to the same opponent, Kazunori Yakota, who last fought Mitsuoka.
Also added to the card is Kiuma Kunioku (34-22-9), a veteran fighter who has competed in several promotions including K-1 and DEEP, facing off against Maximo “Maxi” Blanco (4-2-1).
Kunioku is coming into the fight after picking up three wins in a row, his last of which took place in Sengoku, getting a victory over A Sol Kwon. As for Blanco, the Venezuelan born fighter tries to build on his last two wins while fighting between Pancrase and Sengoku.
The card on March 7 will be headed up by a Sengoku middleweight title fight pitting champion Jorge Santiago in a rematch with the fighter who got the best of him in a non-title fight just a few months back in Polish powerhouse Mamed Khalidov.
Sengoku 12 will take place on March 7 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.