WEC Veteran Yoshiro Maeda Vs. Masanori Kanehara Added To Sengoku: Soul Of Fight

Andrew GladstoneCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2010

Courtesy of Zuffa
Courtesy of Zuffa

Sengoku officials announced earlier today, that WEC and DREAM veteran Yoshiro Maeda will make his debut in the Sengoku promotion when he takes on former Sengoku featherweight champion Masanori Kanehara at "Sengoku: Soul of Fight".

"Sengoku: Soul of Fight" will take place at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan and will be live on HDNet on December 30th. In the featured fight of the night, Sengoku featherweight champion Marlon Sandro will defend his title against current Shooto lightweight champion Hatsu Hioki.

HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon stated that the event would not air in its entirety due to the fact it's an all day event.

Maeda most recently snapped a two-fight losing streak after picking up a win over Takafumi Otsuka at DEEP 50. Since Maeda's departure from the now defunct WEC, he has gone 3-3 and will look to develop some consistency as he takes on Kanehara.

Kanehara will look to erase the devastating knock out loss he suffered at the hands of Marlon Sandro earlier this year and try to get back on track as one of the top featherweights in the world.

Sengoku officials also announced was the always exciting Maximo Blanco vs. Won Sik Park, UFC veteran Yuki Sasaki vs. Mamed Khalidov, Strikeforce veteran Roxanne Modafferi vs. Hitomi Akano, and Amy Davis vs. Misaki Takimoto. 

Also, according to a tweet from MMA Fighting's Dan Herbertson, former no.1 ranked female fighter Megumi Fujii is also expected to be on the card.  


"Sengoku: Soul of Fight" MMA portion of the card thus far:


SRC MMA rules:

  • Marlon Sandro vs. Hatsu Hioki (for Sengoku featherweight title)
  • Maximo Blanco vs. Won Sik Park
  • Mamed Khalidov vs. Yuki Sasaki
  • Kazuo Misaki vs. Mike Seal
  • Yoshiro Maeda vs. Masanori Kanehara
  • Kazunori Yokota vs. Jadamba Narantungalag 
  • Dave Herman vs. Yoshihiro Nakao
  • Roxanne Modafferi vs. Hitomi Akano
  • Amy Davis vs. Misaki Takimoto
  • Rin Nakai vs. Hari


SRC welterweight grand prix final (3x5 minute rounds):

  • Keita Nakamura vs. Yasubey Enomoto


SRC bantamweight grand prix semifinals (2x5 minute rounds):

  • Akitoshi Tamura vs. Taiyo Nakahara
  • Manabu Inoue vs. Shunichi Shimizu