November 7th, Sengoku XI will be live from the Ryogoku Kokugikan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. There will be a live broadcast to viewers on HDNet.This card carries many intriguing matches. The featured match is a featherweight title number one contender match between Hatsu Hioki and Michihiro Omigawa.
Curt Meyer of MMA news site ProFighting-fans.com previews Sengoku XI and will feature the Sengoku 11 results after the fights are complete. Dave Herman vs. “Big” Jim YorkSlugging New Zealander Jim York takes to the Sengoku ring here to face up and comer, Dave Herman. Herman is making his first return back to Sengoku since losing to “Disco Dancing Machine” Mu Bae Choi at the No Ran event in January. York makes his second straight appearance in Sengoku having been submitted by Antonio Silva at Sengoku X.Jim York is always looking for a standup fight. His downfall has and will continue to be his submission defense and skill off of his back. York has a record of 1-2 in Sengoku, his only win coming over James Thompson by KO. He has losses to Yoshihiro “KISS” Nakao and Antonio Silva. The key to this fight for York will be to make the most out of any time where the fight is standing. In theory, York shouldn’t be able to stop a Dave Herman takedown. If and when York is on his back there is not a whole lot he can offer Herman.Wrestling stud Dave Herman has amassed a�15-1 record in the short span of two years. His only lose to Mu Bae Choi was largely in part due to his lack of stamina. Up to the point where he gassed out, he was winning the fight. Since then, Herman is 2-0 in smaller North American promotions with wins over legend Don Frye and Josh Barnes. Herman is with an actual fight camp now, C-4 MMA. We will see if that will help his stamina problems, not that this fight has the makings of a long war. Herman should be able to take down and submit York or TKO him from a dominant position.Prediction - Herman by TKO� Kevin Randleman vs. Stanislav NedkovKevin Randleman’s second fight since a brutal staph infection that kept him out of action for a year, he returns to Sengoku to take on Bulgarian wrestler Stanislav Nedkov. Randleman in his one fight since the layoff, lost in Strikeforce to Mike Whitehead. Nedkov is undefeated in his career at 7-0 coming off his best win by TKO over Travis Wiuff at Sengoku VIII.Randleman did not look himself in his return against Whitehead. Randleman was taken down repeatedly en route to losing a unanimous decision against Whitehead. In this upcoming fight with Nedkov the deciding factor will be whoever is able to get the takedown and maintain a steady work rate from on top. Randleman needs to be the first one to initiate the ground game. Normally, I would say Randleman has the wrestling advantage. Who knows at this point if he is the same fighter.Nedkov, pulling the upset, had a great win over Travis Wiuff in his last outing with some help from a couple of illegal shots to the groin. All in all it’s still a win. Nedkov’s plan is to get on top and work ground and pound. Do you want to see this in full effect? Watch his one and only fight in PANCRASE against Masayuki Kono. He quickly took down and TKO’ed Kono inside of two minutes. Again the x-factor is who is getting the takedown. The question is can Randleman be taken down by Nedkov? If Nedkov can get on top, expect him to win.Prediction - Nedkov by Decision� Mamed Khalidov vs. Jorge SantiagoA non title affair for Sengoku Middleweight Champion Jorge Santiago. A very tough fight taking on highly touted Polish prospect Mamed Khalidov. Santiago is fighting for the first time since January where he choked out Kazuo Misaki in one of the most thrilling fights all year. Khalidov is stepping up to the plate for the biggest fight of his career.Mamed Khalidov holds a record of 19-3 with a well balanced amount of wins by TKO (8) and submission (10). You may remember him from ShoXC , where he manhandled Jason Guida by way of 2nd round TKO. His last win was a quick, exciting KO over gatekeeper and former PRIDE fighter Daniel Acacio. This will be a very tough test for Khalidov as Santiago is a top ten middleweight in most rankings. Through striking or grappling both of these fighters can put on a close battle. The only concern is that Khalidov is being thrown right into the fire in Sengoku. He certainly has the skills to be victorious.American Top Team trained Jorge Santiago is one of the best stories in mixed martial arts right now. After losing out of the UFC he has completely rejuvenated his career with nine straight wins, all coming by stoppages. He won the Sengoku Middleweight Grand Prix then went on to defeat one of the toughest middleweights in the world, Kazuo Misaki, to get the belt. Hopefully Santiago is not ...
War On The Mainland
Former UFC and Strikeforce heavyweight title challenger Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello believes his August 14 showdown against 2-time UFC
heavyweight champion Tim “Maine-iac” Sylvia, headlining “War on the Mainland,” is
the type of match-up MMA fans have been clamoring for when the power striking pair
battle for the vacant Powerhouse World Promotions (PWP), LLC Heavyweight
Championship, live on Pay-Per-View from Bren Events Center in Irvine, California.
Over 1000 fans were in attendance for the first show of 2010 and the AFO did not disapoint. visit www.afomma.com for photos and videos from the event.
MMA Workout With WEC Vet Jeremy Lang
Riley Kerestes of www.MMAStation.com got a chance to watch WEC veteran Jeremy “The Landlord” Lang during his intense workout only 13 days before his upcoming Feb 13th fight. If you’re going to get through this grueling workout you better come prepared to sweat.