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Sengoku 11/1 Saitama Super Arena card

By Zach Arnold | October 30, 2008

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Update: Jordan Breen has an event preview here.

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Topics: All Topics, Japan, Media, MMA, Sengoku, Zach Arnold | 16 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

16 Responses to “Sengoku 11/1 Saitama Super Arena card”

  1. David says:

    Wow is all I have to say, wow.

  2. 45 Huddle says:

    The winner’s of these two tournaments… Are they even Top 15?

  3. Michaelthebox says:

    “Are they even Top 15?”

    Yes with the middleweights, if the winner wins his fights in convincing fashion. Both Santiago and Nakamura are around the top 20 anyway.

    No to the lightweights.

  4. IceMuncher says:

    Santiago is already #12 according to FightMatrix. However, I think it’d be easy to come up with a list of 15 fighters that would be favorites to beat him. Start with Belcher and Leben, and work up in talent from there.

  5. Ivan Trembow says:

    Rimbon is a good fighter and that should be a good fight. None of these fights really jump out at me in the way that, say, Alves vs. Koscheck or Alvarez vs. Diaz jump out at me, but the card is still good enough that it deserves to be on HDNet or some other U.S. outlet.

  6. Joseph says:

    Its a really good card. Setting up the NYE event.

  7. rainrider says:

    > Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Yuki Sasaki

    Split decision or unanimous decision. No other result.

    I really wanted to see Sasaki revenging his loss to the Brazilian, but wait, it could happen in the final.

  8. Zack says:

    “The winner’s of these two tournaments… Are they even Top 15?”

    You’ve said this a few times already. We understand your shtick…its cool that you love Zuffa cock. No on 8!!!

  9. IceMuncher says:

    ^^^
    Look at the dates. FO is bumping the same post.

  10. skwirrl says:

    If Eiji Mitsouka wins the LW tournament he’s top 15 no doubt. He already posted a win over Hansen. Winning the tournament convincingly can prove its no fluke. Not as good on paper… but likely better in reality than most ZUFFA PPV’s.

  11. IceMuncher says:

    Hansen’s an inconsistent, win one lose one fighter. I don’t think a win over him is enough to break into the top 15 in the deepest division in MMA. Just think of all the great LWs in UFC and Dream, as well the top guys in smaller shows, like Thomson, Melendez and Varner. So many guys have wins over very good fighters it’s not even funny.

  12. Zach Arnold says:

    IceMuncher for the win.

  13. D.Capitated says:

    Interesting side note: Ishii’s transition to MMA is now on the front page of ESPN.com.

  14. 45 Huddle says:

    Hansen is nearly impossible to rank. He has beaten Aoki, Uno, JZ, & Gomi. Yet he has lost to Alvarez, Mitsuoka, Aoki, Kawajir, Sakurai, & Ribeiro. He is almost the Keith Jardine of the Lightweights. Big wins. Big losses. neither will probably ever be considered top in the world at this point because they are so inconsistant.

    The Lightweight Division itself is stacked. The Top 20 of the division is stacked. in no particular order:

    Penn, Sherk, Florian, Maynard, Edgar, Franca, Stevenson, Diaz, Griffin, Huerta, Hansen, Aoki, JZ, Uno, Ishida, Kawajiri, Ribeiro, Gomi, Thomson, Melendez, Alvarez.

    That’s actually 21, not sure which guy to take out of that list. So this lightweight tournament will really have no effect on the division.

    As for the Middleweights…. If Santiago wins, he isn’t Top 15, but he will at least continue his streak against decent competition. This will only strengthen his name. But he still needs to beat somebody in the Top 10 before he will improve his standing in the sport.

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