World Victory Road recently announced the latest match-up for its next event, Sengoku 9, pitting former Pride FC and UFC veteran Akihiro Gono against Dan Hornbuckle at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Aug. 2.
Gono was recently released from his contract with the UFC after dropping two decisions, coming out on the losing side to top welterweight competitors Dan Hardy and Jon Fitch. The charismatic Gono is now set to return to his homeland where he should be welcomed with open arms.
And it’s not just because he’s a good fighter — Gono’s entertaining entrances and grand theatrics should resonate with the audience in Japan, which is something that a majority of North American fans sadly didn’t get to see with Gono toiling on the preliminary card of the UFC events.
His opponent, Hornbuckle, last competed under the World Victory Road banner at “Sengoku 2” in May of 2008, losing to current UFC fighter Mike Pyle. Since that hiccup Hornbuckle has had two impressive outings on the smaller circuits of North America.