March 20th, 2009
Yoyogi National Stadium
#5 FW Hatsu Hioki (17-3-2) vs. Chris Manuel (6-0-2)
#42 FW Nam Phan (14-5) vs. #11 FW Hideki Kadowaki (13-8-2)
#18 FW Marlon Sandro (12-0) vs. Matt Jaggers (9-4)
Michihiro Omigawa (4-7-1) vs. #13 FW L.C. Davis (13-1)
#40 FW Shintaro Ishiwatari (6-1-3) vs. Chan Sung Jung (2-0)
Masanori Kanehara (11-5-5) vs. #28 FW Jong Man Kim (3-5-3)
Seiya Kawahara (6-1) vs. Nick Denis (6-0)
Tetsuya Yamada (3-0) vs. Ronnie Mann (16-1-1)
[UPDATE] More news out of the press conference - World Victory Road signed Waggney Fabiano's brother!
Also announced was the first official participant for SENGOKU VIII which will take place on May 2nd. He is a new signing in Nova Uniao Lightweight BJJ expert Leonardo Santos who is currently on a 5 fight winning streak.
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The quarterfinals of the Featherweight GP and a Middleweight, Welterweight, and Lightweight fight are planned to be held at SENGOKU VIII. The Leonardo Santos vs. TBA fight is likely to be a number 1 contender fight for a shot at Kitaoka.