Barnett, Gracie, Randleman among the victors at Sengoku II
After a successful debut at a sold out Yoyogi gymnasium World Victory Road came to Ariake Colosseum for it's second event. Although there were many great fighters and interesting match-ups the show lacked the big Japanese names like
The first fight of the night saw Japanese fighter
In the second bout Extreme Couture welterweight fighter
In the third bout of the night lightweight
In the next fight middleweights
The second round started the same as the first with Santiago moving forward but not throwing many strikes. Santiago got the fight to the ground again and delivered some nice ground and pound as he did in the first. The fight was stood up again but this time a nice exchange put Santiago on the ground and Sasaki in good shape however, the round ended as Sasaki was working an arm bar. In the third round the two exchanged strikes until things went to the ground. Santiago was able to hook in a slick armbar from the bottom to give him the win.
He fifth fight saw some heavyweight action when Japanese wrestler
The second round was an entirely different matter. Nakao went for a takedown quickly and as York tried to get to his feet. He was greeted with a right hook that sent him crashing down to the canvas giving Nakao the victory in his Sengoku debut.
The next fight saw the long awaited return of UFC and PRIDE veteran
Randleman took the round but looked more fatigued than his Japanese opponent. In the second round it was Kawamura who was pushing the pace until Randleman scored a takedown which he didn't capitalize on. "The Monster" missed another opportunity when Kawamura slipped after throwing a kick. The round ended with Kawamura moving forward.
In the third round it was Kawamura landing more strikes until Randleman was able to force Kawamura into the corner but couldn't do more than hold him there while fighting an arm lock. Randleman finally got Kawamura on the ground pressed into the corner but again found himself fighting an arm lock. In the last minute Kawamura was on the offensive and finished the fight strong but it was Randleman who won the fight by decision, a questionable decision.
The next fight saw the Japanese debut of
The main event saw two good friends and training partners mix it up when
The second round started with a spinning back kick that pushed Monson across the ring. Monson however was able to get the fight to the ground and control things from half mount. After a few knees to the body and punches to the head Barnett was able to get up and secure a takedown of his own. After landing a couple of knees Barnett got into Monsons guard. The fighters got to their feet where they exchanged punches. The round ended with Barnett scoring a takedown.
In the third round Barnett came out aggressive. Monson was unable to secure a takedown. The two traded knees in the clinch until the ref broke it up. Barnett was able to connect on a powerful knee that floored Monson and controlled him on the ground. Barnett latched on to Monson's foot but time ran out before he could secure the submission. Barnett got the decision to become 2-0 in Sengoku and looked very impressive.
All in all it was a decent event with many fights finishing in the first. What the event did lack was the big Japanese names that packed the house for Sengoku I.