On the heels of Sengoku 4 on August 24, World Victory Road has already begun finalizing its fifth installment that features a middleweight grand prix and a couple of grappling all-stars. Sengoku 5 will take place on September 28 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
Grand prix participants include:
Yuki Sasaki (21-14-1) vs Yuki Kondo (49-22-6)
Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (16-11) vs Siyar Bahadurzada (13-3-1)
Jorge Santiago (17-7) vs TBD
Kazuhiro Nakamura (11-8) vs TBD
Kondo and Sasaki will be facing off for the first time, which comes as a surprise considering how many times they've battled under the Pancrase banner. In addition to having chewed some of the same dirt, each fighter will be looking to rebound from losses at Sengoku 'Second Battle'.
On the flip side, Santiago and Santos took victories in their Sengoku debuts while Nakamura is making his first appearance with World Victory Road after a 0-2 run in the UFC. Bahadurzada, "The Afghan Killer" was recently choked out by Kazuo Misaki at Sengoku 'First Battle' back in March.
Bahadurzada may want to reconsider his nickname before appearing stateside.
Scheduled to appear on the main card is American Top Team’s Jorge "GameBred" Masvidal (13-3) who will be taking on Ryan "The Lion" Schultz (20-10-1). Schultz was upset at Sengoku 4 last week when he was bounced out of the lightweight grand prix in the first round by underdog Mizuto Hirota.
Also in action are jiu-jitsu all-stars Alexandre Ribeiro (0-0) and Roger Gracie (2-0). A four-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, "Xande" rocketed to the top of the grappling food chain after defeating Gracie at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world championships absolute divisions in 2006 and 2008.
While their match-ups have not yet been confirmed, one has to wonder if this will this be Gracie’s chance to exact revenge. Ribeiro is making his debut in MMA while Gracie has already pocketed two wins over MMA veterans Yuki Kondo and Ron Waterman.
Stay tuned for more updates as the Sengoku 5 card continues to come together.