The Fighter Entertainment Group (FEG) has released a partial list of fighters who will compete in their welterweight Grand Prix which will begin on April 5 at Dream.8.

Newly crowned WAMMA lightweight champion Shinya Aoki, fresh off a submission victory over Eddie Alvarez at FEG’s New Years’ Eve event, will make the jump to welterweight to compete in the Grand Prix. You may recall that Aoki made it to the finals of last year’s lightweight Grand Prix only to lose to Joachim Hansen, who was a replacement for an injured Alvarez.

Also confirmed for the grand prix is Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, who was defeated Katsuyori Shibata by first round TKO at “Dynamite!!” on New year’s Eve.

A qualifying match for entry into the Grand Prix between Hidetaka Monma and DEEP champion Seichi Ikemoto will also take place on the DEEP 40 card on February 20.

Ikuhisa Minowa will be fighting on the Dream.8 card as well, although no opponent has been named. Minowa, who is 41-29 in a career that dates back to 1996, recently defeated Errol Zimmerman on the same NYE”s card.

Minowa has fought a who’s who of mixed martial artists including Evan Tanner, Paulo Fihlo, Ricardo Almeida, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Wanderlai Silva, Kazushi Sakuraba and Mirko Cro Cop. However, Minowa went winless in all of the aforementioned matchups.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Manager expects 'Bigfoot' Silva to be released, head overseas, comments on Roy Nelson kick

  • 26 days ago

Antonio Silva’s longtime manager expects to restart the Brazilian heavyweight’s career overseas after his latest UFC loss.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

UFC Receiving Celebrity Push from Famous Investors

  • 25 days ago

UFC has hit the mainstream after ownership group WME-IMG brought in 23 celebrity investors to become part owners of the promotion.Conan O'Brien announced that he and 22 others became part-owners read news >>

Prominent entertainment, sports figures to join UFC ownership group

  • 25 days ago

Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Adam Levine, Anthony Kiedis, Ben Affleck, Calvin Harris, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Li Na, LL COOL J, Maria Sharapova, Mark Wahlberg and many more luminaries are among ne read news >>

Watch the first official promo for UFC 205 (Video)

  • 23 days ago

The first official promo for UFC 205 was released during UFC Fight Night: Portland to get you even more excited about the card.What a difference one week can make. At one point, nobody knew who was g read news >>

UFC: Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva Released After Third Straight Loss

  • 4 days ago

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva has been giving his walking papers by the promotion.In this day and age professional fighting is more competitive than ever a read news >>