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Blagoy Ivanov and Akihiro Gono announced for Sengoku Ninth Battle

Four fighters have been announced for Sengoku Ninth Battle including Fedor Sambo conqueror Blagoy Ivanov and recently released UFC veteran Akihiro Gono.

The event has been scheduled for August 2 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Ivanov will be facing off with Kazuyuki Fujita in a heavyweight clash while no opponent has been set for Gono as of yet. Also announced for the card is Eiji Mitsuoka who’s opponent has yet to be determined as well.

Ivanov will be making his highly anticipated mixed martial arts debut after becoming famous as the man that defeated Fedor Emelianenko at the Combat Sambo World Championship’s of 2008. His opponent Fujita is no stranger to “The Last Emperor” himself, having suffered a submission loss to Emelianenko at Pride 26 in June of 2003.

Gono will be making his first return to action since being released by the UFC in January. Back to back decision defeats to Dan Hardy and Jon Fitch brought upon the departure for the Pancrase and PRIDE veteran.

Mitsuoka has gone 3-1 with Sengoku where he most recently submitted Sergey Golyaev with an armbar in the first round at Sengoku: No Ran 2009 on January 4.


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