by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
Sengoku Lightweight Tournament Bout:
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Eiji Mitsuoka

Pancrase veteran Satoru Kitaoka faces off with Japanese grappler Eiji Mitsuoka in the first lightweight semi-final bout. Both fighters made rather quick work of their first round opponents and should come into the fight in great condition. If Mitsuoka keeps the fight on the feet then he has a distinct advantage because Kitaoka isn’t a really great striker per say. Eventually the fight is going to go to the ground and that’s when Kitaoka has his best chance. It’s going to be a back and forth battle with Kitaoka winning a close decision over Mitsuoka.

Sengoku Lightweight Tournament Bout:
Mizuto Hirota vs. Kazunori Yokota

Cage Force lightweight champion Mizuto Hirota faces off with former DEEP lightweight champion Kazunori Yokota. These two fighters are some of the brightest prospects out of Japan and one of them has a chance to breakthrough to the finals. Hirota is the much better striker of the two, while Yokota has the edge on the ground with his judo background. Hirota was able to keep his last fight on the feet and it paid off for him. Look for him to use angles to avoid being taken down and to light up Yokota on the feet, stopping him with strikes.

Sengoku Middleweight Tournament Bout:
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Yuki Sasaki

Longtime Pride veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura faces off with Team Grabaka middleweight Yuki Sasaki. Both fighters come from a grappling background, so the key in the fight will be which fighter can dictate the pace of the fight on the feet. Nakamura will be the much bigger fighter of the two and that will play a factor in the fight because he could out-muscle Sasaki on the ground. Sasaki will need to stay active on the ground and finish the fight somehow, because if the fight goes the distance, it’s more then likely that Nakamura will win because of controlling the fight both on the feet and the ground.

Sengoku Middleweight Tournament Bout:
Jorge Santiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

Strikeforce middleweight tournament winner Jorge Santiago faces off with Shooto light heavyweight champion Siyar Bahadurzada. Santiago looked quite impressive in his last fight as he did something that other fighters couldn’t do, he finished Logan Clark. Bahadurzada had an easier fight as “Cyborg” Santos injured himself quickly giving Bahadurzada the win. Santiago will fight a smart fight and he’ll take the fight to the ground, where he will quickly start working for submissions, eventually locking on a submission to win the fight.

Sengoku Lightweight Tournament Reserve Bout:
Jorge Masvidal vs. Pang Sung Hwan

American Top Team lightweight Jorge Masvidal takes on former DEEP lightweight champion Pang Sung Hwan. Masvidal looked good in finishing Ryan Schultz and he looks to continue on with some momentum in this fight. Hwan survived three rounds with Gomi and he looked good in doing so. Look for Masvidal to keep the fight on the feet, be aggressive and keep Hwan off balance en route to winning a rather easy decision.

Sengoku Middleweight Tournament Reserve Bout:
Joe Doerksen vs. Izuru Takeuchi

UFC veteran Joe Doerksen takes on longtime Pancrase veteran Izuru Takeuchi. Both fighters are very excellent grapplers, so the fighter that can get an edge on the feet will be able to control the outcome of the fight. Both fighters are journeymen and a win here could set them up for a prosperous run in Sengoku. Doerksen should be able to control the fight on the feet and when it goes to the ground, he’ll be able to out position Takeuchi and win a decision.

Lightweight Bout:
Takanori Gomi vs. Sergei Golyaev

Former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi takes on Russian lightweight Sergei Golyaev. Gomi hasn’t looked too impressive since coming back to action earlier in the year, but he gets a rather easy chance to impress this time around. Golyaev hasn’t fought for several years and it seems more than likely that he has been brought in as a sacrificial lamb. Look for Gomi to be light on his feet and start tagging Golyaev with strikes, finishing him late in the opening round.

Light Heavyweight Bout:
Fabio Silva vs. Muhammad Lawal

Chute Boxe fighter Fabio Silva faces off with experienced wrestler Muhammad Lawal. Lawal looked quite impressive in his mixed martial arts debut, stopping Travis Wiuff with strikes and now he looks to build off that with another victory. Silva won his debut in Sengoku and will look to come out on top once again. Lawal can’t get too cocky if he stays on the feet with Silva, as it may be a quick night for the new Japanese favorite. Look for Lawal to use his wrestling and take the fight to the ground, winning a solid decision.

Light Heavyweight Bout:
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Moise Rimbon

Longtime Pride veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira returns to Japan to take on French striker Moise Rimbon. Nogueira has long been considered to be one of the better light heavyweights in the world, but an upset loss to Sokoudjou really took a lot of steam out of him. Rimbon won his Japanese debut against former K-1 fighter Peter Graham, but on this occasion he’s going to have his hands full. Nogueira will get the fight to the ground and lock on a submission for the victory.