Last week, we reported on the news that Sengoku would be holding a year end show, possibly on New Year’s Eve to compete with the DREAM/K-1 Dynamite show. Today, we have more details:
Sengoku officials confirmed that the main event at this card would be Satoshi Ishii v. Hidehiko Yoshida. This is a huge match for Japanese MMA, and the kind of big money match Sengoku has never before been able to draw – a battle between Judo gold medal Olympians, with Ishii making his debut and Yoshida potentially in his retirement fight. It is also a fight between a man once considered to be the future of Japanese MMA, and the potential heir to that title – a true changing of the guard in every sense.
Sengoku is still considering the date for this event, which will either be December 31 or January 3. If they do decide on the 31st, Ishii v. Yoshida will definitely capture the interest of fans and would be a serious challenge to FEG’s current New Year’s Eve dominance. Sengoku is finalizing TV and sponsor deals and will announce the final date later this month.