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Videos & Reports: Sengoku 11/1 Saitama Super Arena event

By Zach Arnold | November 1, 2008

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For a quick recap summary, head over to AOL Fanhouse. For a live recap, head over to Japan MMA.

For a more detailed event summary, head over to Bloody Elbow.

Don’t expect the promotion to release any attendance figures for their Saitama Super Arena events — they never do, because the crowds are so small.

One other sidenote: it was interesting to see WVR promoters try to tie Gomi’s opponent so much to Fedor in terms of the way they marketed and nicknamed him. Didn’t exactly work.

Topics: Japan, Media, MMA, Sengoku, Zach Arnold | 11 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

11 Responses to “Videos & Reports: Sengoku 11/1 Saitama Super Arena event”

  1. Rollo the Cat says:

    With the controversy around Gomi’s loss, it might be helpful if someone could post the rules and judging criteria used by Sengoku. If the use Pride type rules, that might explain a lot.

  2. 45 Huddle says:

    Pride’s judging criteria allowed the organization to pick whoever they wanted to win (unless it was 100% one sided). Horible system.

    Should Gomi even be ranked Top 10 at this point? This isn’t a shallow level of talent like Heavyweight Division. The Lightweight division is stacked. And Gomi has very few big wins in the last 3 years. And he continues to struggle badly in certain fights.

  3. The Citizen says:

    Gomi has looked like he is under water for some time — besides loosing, has he changed up his training or gameplans? The guy just doesn’t look excited to be in there.

  4. b.d.w. says:

    no, he doesnt deserve to be in the top 10. top 10 fighters dont struggle with 11-6 fighters. some are saying that he is bored? and thats why he is underperforming. if so, why doesnt he go to dream, where there is a bevy of top lws. its like this guy can do no wrong with the internet rankings.

  5. liger05 says:

    Gomi is a huge fan of Puroresu aint he? Maybe it’s time to make the switch.

  6. Erik Tollefsen says:

    PRIDE had less bad decisions than the US 10 point must system has created imo.

    Anyway apparently Sengoku does a round by round non 10 point must system, but I do not know what there criteria is.

    Regardless I cant see how Golyaex won that fight, Gomi has takedowns, sub attempts, landed more strikes and controlled the ring. Golyaev caught Gomi once in the 2nd but aside from that did nothing but backpeddle and defend.

    I also felt Masvidal lost to Pang although that fight was closer.

  7. D.Capitated says:

    Gomi is a huge fan of Puroresu aint he? Maybe it’s time to make the switch.

    The guy is a lightweight. Who the hell is he going to wrestle for? Dragon’s Gate?

  8. doem says:

    Is sengoku under the 10 point must system? Japanes judges appreciate “efforts to finish a fight” more than “pointing”, which seems to be the US standard.

  9. Erik Tollefsen says:

    They use a 10 point non must deduction based system but they have never made their criteria clear. Its a faulty system.

  10. rainrider says:

    It is not super difficult for you guys to find who’s been hired by the Sengoku as the head judge.

    This guy is from Pancrase and he doesn’t like Gomi or anyone who fought for PRIDE.

  11. rainrider says:

    The decision was a sign of “self destruction without a cause”, one of the post-war Japanese diseases that still prevails in this island.


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