With the opening round of the Sengoku featherweight grand prix in
the books for less than two weeks, parent company World Victory
Road has announced the four quarterfinal pairings for its 143-pound
tournament scheduled for May 2 at the Yoyogi National Stadium
In one matchup, tournament favorite Hatsu Hioki
will take on upstart Brit Ronnie Mann.
Hioki impressively dispatched of then-undefeated WEC veteran
Manuel at the March 20 tournament opener with a first-round
submission. Mann took a competitive unanimous verdict over
18-year-old ZST product Tetsuya
First-round upset author Michihiro
Omigawa will meet up with the dynamic Nam Phan.
Omigawa and Phan both turned in stellar performances in the opening
round, as Omigawa knocked off well-regarded prospect L.C. Davis
via unanimous decision and Phan knocked out former Shooto world
Kadowaki in the first frame.
A battle of undefeated fighters will complete the quarterfinals
when Brazilian Marlon
Sandro takes on Canadian Nick Denis.
Denis took a commanding first-round stoppage over Pancrase product
Seiya Kahawara in the first round, and Sandro choked out former
KOTC champion Matt
Jaggers in the second stanza.
The four tournament bouts bring the announced May 2 card to a total
of seven fights. Also scheduled is a light heavyweight contest
between BJJ king Alexandre "Xande" Ribeiro and former light
heavyweight King of Pancrase Keiichiro
Yamamiya, a lightweight clash between grappling ace Leonardo
Santos and former Deep lightweight champion Kazunori
Yokota, and a welterweight affair between 2004 Olympic judo
gold medalist Makoto
Takimoto and Chute Boxe banger Michael