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.
Go into insane detail with the MMAmadman in this preview of Sengoku 12. Includes breakdowns of betting odds with analysis, win-loss records, biggest wins, logical outcomes, MMAmadman predictions and Madness Levels for each and every fight on the card to be held November 7, 2009 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. The show will air live on HDNet in North America at 2:00 am EST Saturday morning, and will replay on tape-delay Saturday night at 8:00 pm EST.
TOMOAKI UEYAMA (-270) = 69% chance of winning
HIROKAZU KONNO (+210) = 31% chance of winning
Tomoaki Ueyama is 2-3, with both wins by TKO. Ueyama has lost once each by decision, submission and TKO due to a cut. Ueyama has won 2 in a row after losing his first three fights. Ueyama will be making his Sengoku debut.
BIGGEST UEYAMA WIN: none, wins over opponents with combined record of 0-3
Hirokazu ‘Bull’ Konno is 1-3, with a lone win by decision. Konno has lost twice by decision and once by TKO due to a cut. Konno won his first fight in December 2008, after losing his first three in 2006. Konno will be making his Sengoku debut.
BIGGEST KONNO WIN: none, only win over fighter with losing record
MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 2 – This fight has been billed as “Fight of the Soul” by Sengoku, which makes for some high stakes! Tomoaki Ueyama, brother of Ryuki Ueyama, has an amateur wrestling and professional boxing background. Bull Konno has been practicing karate for over 20 years. Surely there’s some appeal for this fight in Japan, and they are fighting their souls!
LOGIC SAYS: Ueyama by KO –OR– Konno by DEC
PREDICTION: Tomoaki Ueyama by TKO in Round 1
RYOTA UOZOMI (-285) = 71% chance of winning
YUICHIRO YAJIMA (+225) = 29% chance of winning
Ryota Uozomi is 9-2, with 5 wins by submission and 1 win by TKO. Uozomi has lost once by TKO and lost once by submission. Uozomi will be making his Sengoku debut after a career primarily in the obscure Kingdom Ehrgeiz promotion with a few fights in DEEP.
BIGGEST UOZOMI WIN: over Atsushi Makigaya by Points in Kingdom Ehrgeiz (2/09)
Yuichiro Yajima is 9-9, with all 9 wins by submission. Yajima has lost 6 times by submission, lost twice by decision and lost once by KO. Yajima will be making his Sengoku debut after a lengthy career in ZST and a 3-fight stint in Pancrase in 2009.
BIGGEST YAJIMA WIN: none, all wins over fighters with poor records
MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 2 – Souls need to be on the line.
LOGIC SAYS: Uozomi by SUB –OR– Yajima by SUB
PREDICTION: Ryota Uozomi by Submission in Round 2
RONNIE MANN (-205) = 64% chance of winning
SHIGEKI OSAWA (+165) = 36% chance of winning
Ronnie ‘Ushiwaka’ Mann is 16-2, with 10 wins by submission, 3 wins by decision and 2 wins by (T)KO. Mann has lost once by submission and lost once by decision. Mann is 1-1 in Sengoku.
SENGOKU W: Tetsuya Yamada (UD)
SENGOKU L: Hatsu Hioki (SUB)
BIGGEST MANN WIN: over Tetsuya Yamada at Sengoku 7 (3/09)
Shigeki Osawa is 4-0, with 3 wins by decision and 1 win by TKO. Osawa is 3-0 in Sengoku. Osawa will be making his Sengoku debut.
SENGOKU W: Ki Hyun Kim (UD), Toru Harai (TKO), Kota Ishibashi (UD)
BIGGEST OSAWA WIN: over Toru Harai at Sengoku 9 (8/09)
MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 6 – Mann is a rising star in the featherweight division, would love to see him in WEC soon. Osawa should put up a good fight, this is the first fight on the card with real potential.
Go into insane detail with the MMAmadman in this preview of this weekend's 2 Strikeforce events. Includes breakdowns of betting odds with analysis, win-loss records, biggest wins, logical outcomes, MMAmadman predictions and Madness Levels for all of the televised bouts on the cards. STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 4: EVANGELISTA VS. GURGEL will air Friday November 6 on Showtime. STRIKEFORCE: FEDOR VS. ROGERS will air Saturday November 7 on CBS.
Merritt ‘the Man of Steel’ Warren is 2-3, will both wins by submission, and all 3 losses by submission.
Thomas Diagne is 1-0, with a win by decision. Diagne is 1-0 in Strikeforce.
STRIKEFORCE W: Kaleo Kwan (UD)
MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 4 – Both these guys are relative unknowns. You can get to know them on YouTube: Warren - Diagne, where you'll learn both guys like to strike. This could end up being a sleeper fight.
BIGGEST ROCKHOLD WIN: over Cory Devela at Strikeforce Challengers 2 in June 2009
MADNESS LEVEL (1-10): 7 – Taylor blew his chance to win The Ultimate Fighter 7 during a drunken Vegas episode where he kicked out the window of a limousine rented by the UFC and went on a hotel rage, frightening and threatening people while reminding them he was a UFC fighter, which he wasn't soon thereafter. Taylor entered AA and was brought back to the UFC. A submission loss to C.B. Dollaway, though, and he was once again on the outside looking into the UFC. After the UFC loss, Taylor rattled off 7 wins in a row, over the course of less than a year, before losing to Jay Hieron in Strikeforce. Now, Taylor drops down to the Challengers show and is looking to start his ascent to the top of the middleweight division once again. Luke Rockhold is no pushover, though, so this one has potential to be an excellent fight.
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.