World Victory Road has announced that EliteXC heavyweight contender Dave “Pee Wee” Herman is set to make his debut for Sengoku vs. Mu Bae Choi at Sengoku 7 on January .
FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the news on Thursday morning with Herman’s manager, Mike Camp of F1 Management.
Choi, 7-3, is a veteran of PRIDE, K-1 HERO’s, and Pancrase. He made his Sengoku debut at Sengoku 3 this past June where he was submitted by Marcio “Pe de Pano” Cruz in the first round following an arm triangle.
Herman, 13-0, is contracted to EliteXC but has been fighting outside of the promotion while the company attempts to find a buyer. The former Indiana-Bloomington wrestling standout recorded win number 13 during a King of Kombat card in Austin, Texas on Nov. 22.
Facing former International Fighting Organization heavyweight champion Chris Guillen, Herman was declared the victor following a TKO stoppage due to punches at just 1:32 of round 1. The win marked the twelfth time in thirteen fights in which Herman’s opposition had failed to make it out of the third round against him.
Herman will be joined on the card by another EliteXC-contracted heavyweight, as EliteXC heavyweight champion Antonio Silva is set to make his Sengoku debut on the same card against Yoshihiro Nakao. By agreeing to the bout, Silva will risk having his license revoked by the California State Athletic Commission, which suspended him for a year this past August after the commission claimed he failed a test for steroids.
Sengoku 7 will be taking place in Saitama, Japan at the Saitama Super Arena and in addition to separate heavyweight tilts featuring Herman and Silva, the card will also feature Kazuo Misaki taking on Jorge Santiago for the vacant Sengoku middleweight title and Takanori Gomi facing Satoru Kitaoka for the vacant Sengoku lightweight title. Hidehiko Yoshida will also be headlining the card against Sanae Kikuta.