World Victory Road held a recent press conference to announce the first bout for its Sengoku 7 event which takes place on Friday, March 20 at the National Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo, Japan.
The first official fight of the card will feature wrestling phenom and breakout star Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (3-0).
The Team Quest standout has been on a ferocious tear since debuting at Sengoku ‘Fifth Battle’ back in September, demolishing veteran of the sport Travis Wiuff (54-12) with relative ease.
In the span of just four months since his debut got underway, Mo has continued to dominate his opponents and boost his record to 3-0, entertaining fans along the way with his fighting style and colorful personality.
Lawal seems right at home in Japan with his theatrics and thankfully he can back them up when it comes fight time.
In his post fight speech after his last win at Sengoku ‘Rebellion’ on January 4 (a TKO victory over Yukiya Naito) "King Mo" stated that he wants to fight on every single Sengoku card of 2009.
No arguments here.
Lawal has now been put to the task of facing current light heavyweight King of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura (9-3-2).
Another scheduled bout set to go down at "Seventh Battle" was Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Champions Jeff Monson and Roger Gracie battling it out. However the fate of that fight is now up in the air as Monson faces first-degree malicious mischief charges, putting the scheduled bout with Gracie in jeopardy.
World Victory Road also announced they would hold six events in 2009, taking place in March, May, July, August, September and November.
The full line-up for their Featherweight Tournament looks to be complete and will be officially announced sometime next week. As of now, undefeated featherweight King of Pancrase Marlon Sandro (12-0) is the only fighter to have confirmed his participation in the Tournament.
And last but not least a four man mini-tournament to crown the organization's first ever heavyweight champion is being planned for sometime in late 2009. It would likely feature Josh Barnett and possibly Antonio Silva.
Stay tuned for event updates for Sengoku "Seventh Battle" as they develop.
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