Antonio Silva gave Tatame some interesting news regarding the Sengoku heavyweight title picture on Sunday. Here's an excerpt (roughly translated by yours truly) from the post they've got up:
Pezão eyes title fight in Sengoku
Owner of three heavyweight championships (EliteXC, Cage Rage and Cage Warriors), Antonio "Pezão" [Silva] is training to return to Sengoku on September 23rd, and now has even more motivation to win. "I have two more fights in Sengoku, and, winning this fight... I'll fight for the title in December. They're going to create a championship and I'll fight for the title," said the American Top Team heavyweight, who is still without an opponent.
"I don't know who it could be, I don't have the slightest idea," he affirmed. But, given the choice, Pezão already has someone he'd like to see on the other side of the ring. "I'd like it to be Josh Barnett, since he won't be fighting in the United States. He has a contract with Sengoku and is trained, so who knows why this fight wouldn't happen," suggested the fighter, whose steroid suspension in the United States ends next week.
Word has been out for a minute now that World Victory Road have plans for a heavyweight mini-tournament, and last week we got confirmation that Silva would be involved in the title chase. With the fallout from the (*cough*) big news story this past week, it's looking more than likely that Barnett could be on the opposite side of the bracket from "Bigfoot," with both fighting in September and the title being decided at Sengoku's year-end "No Ran" show.
The good news is that it doesn't sound like Sengoku will be rushing Satoshi Ishii toward a belt anytime soon, but will instead move forward with their plans to build up the division as he (hopefully) develops into a true mixed martial artist.