World Victory Road‘s Sengoku promotion has finalized it’s featherweight grand prix semifinals. The event, dubbed “Sengoku Ninth Battle“, will take place on Aug 2 at a yet to be announced venue in Japan.
The initial report of the news was made public by Tatame.com after being revealed by tournament participant Marlon Sandro. Sandro had told the news outlet that he would be facing Michihiro Omigawa in his semifinal bout. This leaves the remaining participants, Hatsu Hioki and Michihiro Omigawa, to square off in the second semifinal match.
Sandro brings an undefeated (14-0) record into his bout with Omigawa. He most recently defeated Matt Jaggers with an impressive standing arm triangle choke at “Sengoku Seventh Battle” to advance in the featherweight grand prix. At “Sengoku Eigth Battle,” Sandro continued his streak with a 19-second KO of Nick Denis.
Omigawa, despite his deceiving losing record (6-7-1), earned his spot in the semifinals with a TKO and Unanimous Decision wins over Nam Pham and L.C. Davis, respectively.
Hioki is currently riding a four fight winning streak– all by TKO and submission stoppage. Hioki submitted Ronnie Mann and Chris Manuel to advance in the tournament. His opponent, Kanehara, is coming off of two Unanimous Decision wins over Chan Sung Jung and Jong Man Kim.
The event will also include several non-tournament bouts. Sengoku lightweight champion Satoru Kitaoka has also been officially announced to take on an undisclosed opponent. Kitaoka most recently defeated former top-ranked lightweight Takanori Gomi in a January title bout.