SENGOKU 11 was held November 7, 2009 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. The event aired live on HDNet in the wee hours of Saturday morning. It will replay Saturday November 7 at 8 pm EST on HDNet.
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 4: EVANGELISTA VS. GURGEL was held Friday night, November 6, 2009 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA.
Billy Evangelista, who looked worse for wear than Jorge Gurgel after their main event fight, scored a unanimous decision victory over Gurgel. Announcer Pat Miletich scored the fight a draw, but the scores that mattered went 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for the hometown fighter Evangelista. The fight itself was full of back-and-forth action, capping off a great night of fights.
Heavyweight prospect Shane Del Rosario survived an early barrage by Brandon Cash, where Del Rosario was in seriously serious trouble. The ref was literally in motion to step in and stop the fight, but paused when Del Rosario showed unexpected life. Del Rosario survived the storm and scored an elusive omoplata submission victory, a finishing move rarely seen in fights, let alone a heavyweight fight.
Luke Rockhold got the biggest win of his career, tapping out former UFC TUF 7 participant Jesse 'JT Money' Taylor. Taylor had Rockhold in a bad way, but Rockhold reversed positions, and eventually got Taylor's back for the rear naked choke victory.
Kentuckian Merritt 'Man of Steel' Warren, who was contemplating retirement from MMA with a loss, lived to fight another day by securing an inverted heel hook that forced Frenchman Thomas Diagne to tap out.
In the opening televised bout, Zoila 'the Warrior Princess' Frausto scored a unanimous decision victory over Elisha 'Knuckles' Helsper. Frausto is quickly turning into a top prospect in women's MMA.
A rundown of results from the minor leagues of MMA for the weekend of October 30 to November 1, 2009. In action this past weekend were UFC veterans Diego 'the Octopus' Saraiva, Jeremy 'Gumby' Horn, Derek 'the Gentleman' Downey, Danillo 'Indio' Villefort, Mark 'the Wizard' Weir, and The Ultimate Fighter 9 participant Che Mills. Also in action was Henry 'Sentoryu' Miller, the first sumo wrestler from the United States mainland to reach the top makuuchi division. Miller retired from sumo wrestling in 2003 and started his MMA career in PRIDE in 2004 in a freakshow match, losing to Giant Silva, a former WWF (WWE) professional wrestler and Brazilian basketball player.