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Exclusive: Wilson Reis out of Sengoku Raiden Championships 12

Although fast rising Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Wilson Reis had been announced by Sengoku as one of the names to take part in it’s upcoming “Sengoku Raiden Championships 12” event, has learned through sources close to the situation that the Bellator veteran will, in fact, not be competing at the event.

The promotion recently unveiled plans for a bout between Reis and Yuji Hoshino for the show which is scheduled for March 7 from the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan, but sources have recently indicated to 5 Oz. that Reis is unable to commit to the bout due to undisclosed reasons.

Reis sports an impressive record of 9-1, with the sole defeat in his budding career coming at the hands of Bellator featherweight champion Joe Soto.

Also announced for the card was a middleweight rematch between Jorge Santiago and Mamed Khalidov, while Shigeki Osawa will square off with Kyung Ho Kang in a featherweight match-up.

  • TURKISH says:

    Khalidov should be defending the title here not trying to win it since he already beat Santiago in their first fight which was a ridiculous non title fight.

    I have no problem with a champion in a non title fight if it’s some catchweight “superfight” but if he’s fighting in his weight class his title should be up for grabs.

    Reis is 9 and 1 by the way. – Thanks Turkish – CB

  • Rece Rock says:

    I agree with u Turkish that is pretty ridiculous… and it’s def. not the first time or last a champ is in a non title bout with in his weight class…

  • Nick Havok says:

    Either way though, the winner of Santiago-Khalidov rematch leaves with the belt. Big deal who enters with it.

    And that previous fight between the two was no fluke. And it’s not like Santiago has a glass jaw and he can be KO’d from a simple shot while in guard. Khalidov had slickly hooked the back of Santiago’s head and when he hit him in the jaw, there was no place for Jorge’s head to go. It was pinned and his whole jaw took the full brunt of the blow. It was a phenomenal move. Brilliant. It was just very hard to see from the camera angle they had…but if you look for the foot behind his head you can see it.

    Can’t wait for the rematch!


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