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Sengoku 5 to feature middleweight grand prix

World Victory Road is back with its fifth installment featuring a middleweight grand prix according to the official Sengoku website. Sengoku 5 will take place on September 28 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

Confirmed participants include Kazuhiro Nakamura (11-8), Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (16-11), Siyar Bahadurzada (13-3-1) and UFC veteran Jorge Santiago (17-7). Nakamura is making his debut with World Victory Road after a 0-2 run in the UFC.

Long criticized for carrying a few extra passengers in the caboose, Nakamura is finally shedding the freshman 15 in order to participate in September's tournament.

Bahadurzada is looking to rebound from his loss at Sengoku: First Battle back in March, while Santiago and Santos were both victorious in their Sengoku debuts.

Also expected to appear is jiu-jitsu phenom Alexandre Ribeiro. A four-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, "Xande" rocketed to the top of the grappling food chain after defeating Roger Gracie at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world championships absolute divisions in 2006 and 2008.

Stay tuned for more updates as the Sengoku 5 card continues to come together.

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