World Victory Road (WVR) recently announced the next batch of participants for its Sengoku 10 event, which takes place at the Saitama Community Arena in Saitama, Japan, on September 23.
Sengoku lightweight standout Kazunori Yokota (9-2-3) is set to compete, as well a pair of Olympians in 2004 Olympic Judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi (0-0) and 2000 Olympic Judo gold medalist Makoto Takimoto (5-5).
All are scheduled for Sengoku 10; however, their opponents will not be announced until a later date.
Yokota will likely look for a crack at the Sengoku lightweight title with another win and could be granted a shot if he has a good outing come September. He also holds a recent win over the current champion Mizuota Hirota (12-3-1).
Therefore, a second encounter between the two could go down soon. He last competed at Sengoku 8 this May where he squeaked a split decision victory over jiu-jistu ace Leonardo Santos (6-3).
Makoto Takimoto was also victorious at the same event, snapping a two-fight losing skid and also putting to rest thoughts of retirement by locking up Michael Costa (9-5) in a slick heel hook from which he was forced to tap.
While judo player Hiroshi Izumi will be making his mixed martial arts debut at the event and is currently set to compete at light heavyweight come showtime.
Also announced for Sengoku 10, will be the first (and last) Elite XC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva (12-1), UFC veteran Joe Doerksen (41-12) and former IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz (20-11-1).
Here is the current line-up for Sengoku 10:
Antonio Silva (12-1) vs. TBA
Hiroshi Izumi (0-0) vs. TBA
Makoto Takimoto (5-5) vs. TBA
Joe Doerksen (41-12) vs. TBA
Kazunori Yokota (9-2-3) vs. TBA
Ryan Schultz (20-11-1) vs. TBA
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