Sengoku 6 will be held November 1st and will feature the conclusions of the middleweight and lightweight grand prixs as well as several additional fights…
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Rimbon Moisa
I am a big Nogueira fan (both Nogueiras). The littler of the Nogueiras is a star in Japan. He is also widely consdiered one of the best non-UFC light heavyweight fighters. I would love to see him against consistently tougher competition. The only place he will find that at 205 lbs is in the UFC. I do not look for this to be much of a fight as Nogueira is a world class fighter and grappler. Nogueira has solid wins in his career over guys like Sakuraba, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Alistair Overeem, Guy Mezger, and Dan Henderson. Most recently, he is coming off of a win at Affliction’s first card over Edwin DeWees. I predict that Nogueira will land a few hard blows to Moisa and then take him down and win by rear naked choke in round 1.
Takanori Gomi vs. Sergey Golyaev
Takanori Gomi has for a long time been considered the best or at least a top 3 lightweight in the world. However, he has been inactive lately and certainly has not fought tough competition. Golyaev is not a bad fighter, but he is not in Gomi’s league skill wise. He has not beaten many top level guys, in fact, he has lsot to the elite guys he has fought such as Joachim Hansen, Rich Clementi and Kurt Pellegrino. Gomi on the other hand has been in there and won with some of the best in the world. Gomi dominated in PRIDE boasting wins over guys like Marcus Aurelio, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Hayato Sakurai, Jens Pulver and Tatsuya Kawajiri. I do not see Gomi losing this fight. Gomi is rumored to be facing the winner of the lightweight grand prix for the Sengoku lightweight title. I honestly cannot see Gomi losing to any of the lightweight in this tournament either. Gomi beat Seung Hwan Bang in his last outing, but looked really unimpressive. Therefore, I pick Gomi to win by unanimous decision, even though the KO or TKO is likely.
Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal vs. Fabio Silva
Might Mo looked very, very impressive in his MMA debut against a very tough fighter in Travis Wiuff. Lawal is a solid wrestler who looks to have great ground and pound skills. He should have no problem in this fight. He is a star in the making, especially in Japan. I think that Lawal will be impressive again and will win this fight by way of TKO in round 1.
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Mitsuoka is coming off of a win over highly touted Rodrigo Damm. He also has an impressive resume with wins over guys like Joachim Hansen, Samy Schiavo, and Gleison Tibau. His opponent Satoru Kitaoka has an impressive win list also, boasting wins over guys like Cage Rage Welterweight Champ Paul Daley, WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit, and UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino. This is a tough fight to pick. I am very tempted to pick Kitaoka because of the wins he has over Condit and Daley, but I am going to pick Mitsuoka by unaimous decision.
Mizuto Hirota vs. Kazunori Yokota
Hirota has a big win over Ryan Schultz in his first fight in the tournament. I expect Hirota to make it to the finals, but I expect him to win by a decision.
Seung Hwan Bang vs. Jorge Masvidal (Lightweight Reserve Bout)
Bang lost his last fight to Takanori Gomi. Masvidal beat Ryan Schultz. I think in the end Masvidal is too good and will win this one by TKO in round 1. Keep an eye on Masvidal he could be a replacement and win the tournament though I won’t pick that.
Hirota/Yokota vs. Mitsuoka/Kitaoka
If my picks are correct the finals will be Mitsuoka vs. Hirota. I would pick Mitsuoka to win that fight by decision.
Middleweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals:
Yuki Sasaki vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
Sasaki is a verteran of MMA who has fought nearly everywehre including the UFC. However, I think Sasaki is the underdog in this fight. Nakamura who is a top 25 light heavyweight who has amde a smart drop down to 185. Following a unsuccessful stint in the UFC Nakamura will try his hand at Sasaki. I pick Nakamura to win this fight by decision.
Jorge Santiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Santiago is the clear favorite to win this tournament because he is clearly the most talented of the guys in the competition. He has a solid resume with good wins over good fighters. He also is a UFC veteran who struggled inside the octagon, but has won his last 5 fights (Logan Clark, Yuki Sasaki, Sean Salmon, Trevor Prangley, and Jeremy Horn). We have yet to really see what Siyar the Afghan Killer can do. By the way, his nickname, “The Afghan Killer”, I have to wonder about the meaning of it. I know he is from Afghanistan, but does the “Afghan Killer” mean that he is a killer of Afghans or that he is an Afghan who is a killer. That is my deep thought of the day. Nevertheless, I pick Santiago to win this fight by a submission in round 1.
Joe Doerksen vs. Izuru Takeuchi (Middleweight Reserve Bout)
I know that Takeuchi will have home ring advantage, but in the end Doerksen will prove to be too good, especially on the ground. I pick Doerksen to win by first round submission.
Sasaki/Nakamura vs. Santiago/Bahaduzada
My prediction is that Nakamura and Santiago will square off in the finals. If both come into the fight injury free then I think Santiago will have an advantage stepping in. I would say he will have better cardio and that he will win his fight before it gets to a decision. Therefore I think that the final will consist of Santiago trying to take down the judoka and then submitting him. Santiago will win the middlweight grand prix and in doing so will earn a shot at Kazuo Misaki for the middleweight title.
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