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World Victory Road (WVR) is a Japanese MMA organization which promotes the Sengoku Raiden Championship in Japan. The organization was formed in 2007 following the purchase of Pride FC by Zuffa, the owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It operates in conjunction the Japan Mixed Martial Arts Federation (JMM). It is broadcast on Fuji TV and PPV in Japan, and on HDNet in United States.

Beginning with the December 31st show, Sengoku will be known as Sengoku Raiden Championship. "Raiden" means "thunder and lightning" and refers to a legendary 18th century sumo. WVR exec Kokuho said they hope that the initials "SRC" will be more palatable to international audiences. On March 12, 2011 it was reported that Don Quijote, a Japanese discount store chain serving as the primary sponsor of the promotion, had ceased all funding to WVR. That same day, WVR officials issued a press release stating that barring the sudden emergence of a new primary sponsor, the promotion was effectively finished.

BroadcastEdit

The promotion received a boost in visibility in their endeavor to compete with DREAM when it reached a broadcast agreement for Fuji TV to televise matches in Japan. It was significant given the fact that this is the first MMA promotion to be televised on the network since it dropped PRIDE FC from its lineup in mid-2006. The events will be shown live on Fuji TV 739 and then a two-hour version later in the night on Fuji TV.[1]

On February 6, 2009, HDNet announced they had reached and agreement with WVR to broadcast its Sengoku-events in America starting March 20, 2009.[2]

RulesEdit

WVR's rules differ somewhat from the North American Unified Rules. Among the differences are the allowance of knees and stomps to the head of downed opponent while elbows to the head and soccer kicks are prohibited.[3] Similar to the Unified Rules, fights have 3 rounds each lasting 5 minutes.

Sengoku eventsEdit

Date Event Location Venue Attendance
2008-03-05 01World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Vanguard Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium 15,523
2008-05-18 02World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 2 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Ariake Coliseum 9,286
2008-06-08 03World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3 Japan flag Saitama City, Japan Saitama Super Arena
2008-08-24 04World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4 Japan flag Saitama City, Japan Saitama Super Arena
2008-09-28 05World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium
2008-11-01 06World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6 Japan flag Saitama City, Japan Saitama Super Arena
2009-01-04 07World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Rebellion 2009 Japan flag Saitama City, Japan Saitama Super Arena
2009-03-11 '08World Victory Road Presents: Gold Rush Korea Seoul, South Korea Team Maru Training Center
2009-03-20 09World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 7 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium
2009-05-02 10World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium
2009-08-02 11World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 Japan flag Saitama City, Japan Saitama Super Arena
2009-09-23 12World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 10 Japan flag Saitama City, Japan Saitama Super Arena
2009-11-07 13World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan
2009-12-31 14Dynamite!! The Power of Courage 2009 Japan flag Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 45,606
2010-03-07 15World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 12 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan
2010-06-20 16World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 13 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan
2010-07-04 17World Victory Road Presents: Asia Vol. 1 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Differ Ariake
2010-08-22 18World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 14 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan
2010-10-30 19World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 15 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Ryōgoku Kokugikan
2010-12-30 20World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Ariake Coliseum

Notable fightersEdit

Current championsEdit

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses
Featherweight 145 lb Japan flag Hatsu Hioki 30 December 2010 (Soul of Fight) 0
Lightweight 155 lb vacant 7 March 2010 (Sengoku Raiden Championship 12)
Welterweight 170 lb Japan flag Keita Nakamura 30 December 2010 (Soul of Fight)
Middleweight 185 lb vacant 8 February 2011

Notable FightersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. World Victory Road on Fuji TV?. MMA on Tap. March 21, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-04-09.
  2. Mendoza, Ricardo (February 6, 2009). HDNET REACHES DEAL TO AIR SENGOKU EVENTS. MMAWeekly.com. Archived from the original on 2009-03-23. Retrieved on 2009-02-07.
  3. Rules of WVR

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