(Sandro & Kanehara. Props to Taro Irei / Sherdog.)
Sandwiched between the TUF 11 Finale and WEC 49, Sengoku 13 flew under a lot of radars but several fights had to-25 implications. You’ll find full results below along with a recap of how the card affected our rankings.
Marlon Sandro def. Masanori Kanehara by KO at 0:38 of Round 1 to become the Sengoku Featherweight Champion.
Hiroshi Izumi def. Chang Seob Lee by TKO (strikes) at 4:37 of Round 1.
Yasubey Enomoto def. Sanae Kikuta by TKO (strikes) 3:57 of Round 1.
Maximo Blanco def. Rodrigo Damm by TKO (strikes) 0:45 of Round 2.
Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura def. Omar de la Cruz by TKO (strikes) at 3:53 of Round 2.
Takuya Wada def. Jae Sun Lee by split decision.
Wada and Nakamura advance in the Sengoku Welterweight Grand Prix.
Shigeki Osawa def. Katsuya Toida by DQ (groin kicks) at 1:35 of Round.
Doo Ho Choi def. Ikuo Usuda at split decision.
Ryo Kawamura def. Hidetada Irie by TKO (strikes) at 3:00 of Round 2.
The sub-155 rankings continue to experience regular upheaval as the the bantam- and featherweight divisions deepen across multiple promotions. So it’s fitting that Marlon Sandro enters our rankings with a bang, knocking out Masanori Kanehara in 38 seconds and jumping to #4 in our Featherweight Rankings. Kanehara falls from #4 to #16. In other Featherweight action, Shigeki Osawa drops one spot, from #31 to #32, with his DQ win, and Ikuo Usuda enters the rankings at #34 following his loss to Doo Ho Choi.
Other noteworthies on the card include Sanae Kikuta, who dropped from #22 to #46 in our Middleweight Rankings after his loss to unranked Yasubey Enomoto. Japanese Olympic Judoka Hiroshi Izumi enters our Light Heavyweight Rankings at #35, and Ryo Kawamura enters the same rankings at #42.
In Lightweight Action, Maximo Blanco and Rodrigo Damm stayed put at #50 and #82, respectively, following their fight, and Omar De La Cruz enters our Welterweight Rankings at #61. No other ranked fighters appeared on the card.