Sengoku 10: Kazunori Yokota vs Ryan Schultz announced for Sept. 23

World Victory Road (WVR) recently announced the first match-up for its Sengoku 10 event, setting up Kazunori Yokota (9-2-3) to do battle against Ryan Schultz (20-11-1) in a lightweight showdown on Sept. 23 from the Saitama Community Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Schultz, an International Fight League (IFL) veteran, will look to turn his luck around after a disappointing succession of losses within the promotion.

In his debut he was knocked out by Mizuto Hirota (12-3-1), who managed to land a devastating Superman punch on Schultz at Sengoku 4 last August. Then just one month after that he was disposed of quickly by Jorge Masdival (18-4) after he landed a barrage of strikes to claim victory at Sengoku 5.

Schultz has not competed since then, which will equal a one year layoff come September.

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, squeaking a split decision victory over jiu-jistu ace Leonardo Santos (6-3).

Sengoku 10 will feature the first (and last) Elite XC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva (12-1), UFC veteran Joe Doerksen (41-12) and a pair of Olympians in 2004 Olympic Judo silver medalist Hiroshi Izumi (0-0) and 2000 Olympic Judo gold medalist Makoto Takimoto (5-5).

However, their opponents will not be announced until a later date.

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. Ryan Schultz (20-11-1)

For more on Sengoku click here.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.