Selected from a fan contest, World Victory Road has chosen the name Sengoku for their new MMA event. Sengoku was a time of nearly constant military conflict in Japan from the middle 15th to the early 17th century. Just as with the American "Wild West," the sengoku-jidai has been used as the setting for a myriad of books, films, anime, and video games.
Conjuring images of warring samurai, SENGOKU will now become the platform for many of Japan's top MMA stars to practice their trade. The promotion's first event has been scheduled for March 5th, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan at the Yoyogi National Stadium Gym.
A few details on the weight classes and rules were also announced:
3R of 5 minutes each for non-title fights, 5R of 5 minutes each for title bouts. Elbows to the face/head and soccer kicks are banned, although knees and stomps will still be allowed against a downed opponent.
Weight classes are as follows: Heavyweights (93.1 kg/205 lbs or over), Light Heavyweights (93 kg/ 205 lbs), Middleweights (83 kg/183 lbs), Welterweights (76 kg/167.5 lbs), Lightweight (68 kg/150 lbs), and Featherweights (60 kg/ 132 lbs).
Fighters confirmed to be competing in the inaugural event include:
- Hidehiko Yoshida (7-5-1)
- Sanae Kikuta (26-6-3)
- Makoto Takimoto (3-3-0)
- Ryo Kawamura (7-1-2)
For more information you can check out The official SENGOKU website, unfortunately they do not yet have an English version.