World Victory Road has added two kiwis and two former Olympic judokas to the upcoming Sengoku 10 fight card, which will go down at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Sept. 23.
Despite a previous report, Antonio Silva (12-1) will not face the Louisville, Kentucky-based super heavyweight prospect, Ron Sparks. He was recently ruled out as a possible opponent. Instead, "Bigfoot" will now meet New Zealander, Jim "Big" York (11-2).
Both fighters have momentum in their favor -- Silva is riding a five-fight win streak and York reeled off a knockout win over PRIDE/Elite XC veteran, James Thompson, in his last Sengoku outing.
In other new, former Olympic judo silver medalist, Hiroshi Izumi, will make his MMA debut against a fellow MMA newcomer, Antz "Notorious" Nansen.
Both fighters venture into the MMA arena with lofty pedigrees in judo and kickboxing, respectively. While Izumi boasts world class judo experience, New Zealander, Nansen, has compiled several kickboxing titles, including WKBF cruiserweight and heavyweight, on his resume.
2000 Olympic judo gold medalist, Makoto Takimoto (5-5), will make his second appearance at welterweight after a successful submission victory over Michael Costa at Sengoku: Eighth Battle. He faces a Korean fighter, Jae Sun Lee (5-4), who makes his Sengoku debut.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for further bout confirmations for Sengoku 10.