by MMAWeekly.com
According to the Japanese promotion’s website, the first World Victory Road event is scheduled for March 5 at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo. Its debut event is entitled Sengoku.

Fighters announced as participating at Sengoku are Hidehiko Yoshida, Makoto Takimoto, Sanae Kikuta and Ryo Kawamura.

Current plans call for the promotion to run five events in 2008.

WVR intends to follow a set of rules and weight classes that are a conglomeration of what other promotions are using. A typical non-title bout will consist of three five-minute rounds, while title bouts will consist of five five-minute rounds.

Soccer kicks and elbows will not be allowed, but knees to a grounded opponent and stomps will be.

Much like the number and duration of rounds, WVR’s weight classes are similar to the Ultimate Fighting Championship except for the lighter classes. The weight classes are divided as follows: heavyweights above 93 kilograms/205 pounds, light heavyweights up to 93 kilograms/205 pounds, middleweights up to 83 kilograms/183 pounds, welterweights up to 76 kilograms/167.5 pounds, lightweights up to 68 kilograms/150 pounds, and featherweights up to 60 kilograms/132 pounds.