Three more bouts have been added to Sengoku 5, which takes place at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Sept. 28, including the final two Sengoku middleweight tournament bouts.
In the first announced tournament bout, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura makes his debut in the middleweight division as he takes on longtime Dutch veteran Paul Cahoon. Nakamura comes off a disappointing stoppage loss to Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at UFC 84, while Cahoon dropped a unanimous decision to British legend Ian Freeman at Cage Rage 26.
In the final tournament bout, Strikeforce middleweight tournament winner Jorge Santiago faces off with World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) veteran Logan Clark. Santiago comes off a submission victory over fellow tournament participant Yuki Sasaki at Sengoku 2, while Clark lost a close decision to newly signed Strikeforce middleweight Kazuo Misaki at Sengoku 3.
In a super fight, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu world champion Alexandre “Xande” Ribeiro makes his mixed martial arts debut against pro wrestler Takashi Sugiura. Ribeiro is one of the most decorated grapplers in the world with several Brazilian Jiu-jitsu world championships under his belt and being a former ADCC champion as well. Sugiura hasn’t seen action over two years since being stopped by Ryuta Noji at Pancrase Blow 3.
Already announced for Sengoku 5 include a tournament bout between Pancrase rivals Yuki Sasaki and Yuki Kondo and another tournament bout between Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos and Siyar Bahadurzada, while American lightweights Ryan Schultz and Jorge Masvidal meet in a super fight.
So we got...
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Paul Cahoon - MW Tourney
Jorge Santiago vs. Logan Clark - MW Tourney
Yuki Sasaki vs. Yuki Kondo - MW Tourney
Evangelista Santos vs. Siyar Bahadurzada - MW Tourney
"Xande" Ribeiro vs. Takashi Sugiura - SUPER FIGHT!!
Ryan Schultz vs. Jorge Masvidal - SUPER FIGHT!!
I love how everything that isn't a tourney or a belt fight, is called a Super fight in some promotions.
I hope Nakamura wins the tourney, I hate Paul Cahoon for some reason so hopefully he does something cool in that fight. Santiago vs. Nak i'm very happy to see if that happens later on in the tourney. Also Sasaki who probably beats Kondo, he actually nearly subbed Santiago a bunch of times and was winning the fight until he got caught himself. So he's no joke.
Cyborg hasn't actually KO'd anyone in a while, but he submitted Takimoto with an Achilles lock at Sengoku 1, which I find quite funny. It would be nice to see Cyborg get the KO here, not that I'm predicting it.