Hornbuckle Out, Okuno to Face Chonan at “Soul of Fight”
By FCF Staff
Just days removed from World Victory Road’s December 30th “Sengoku: Soul of Fight” card in Tokyo, Japan, the promotion has announced that Taisuke Okuno, and not Dan Hornbuckle, will face Ryo Chonan at the day long martial arts festival. According to a post on Chonan’s Twitter account, Hornbuckle was forced to withdraw from the bout due to influenza. (Pictured: Hornbuckle (left))
Okuno (10-5-2) last competed at Sengoku 15 in October and lost by unanimous decision to Yasubey Enomoto. The loss ended Okuno’s four fight undefeated streak, which included wins over Nick Thompson and Hidehiko Hasegawa.
Chonan (18-11) is coming off a stoppage win over Jun Hee Mon at Deep 50 in October, after being knocked out by Jung Hwan Cha at Astra’s “Yoshida’s Farewell” card in April. The UFC vet is 3-2 in his last five fights.
Some of the other bouts scheduled for “Soul of Fight” included a featherweight title fight between champion Marlon Sandro and challenger Hatsu Hioki, Kazuo Miskai vs Mike Seal, Masanori Kanehara vs. Yoshiro Maeda, Akitoshi Tamura vs. Taiyo Nakahara, Mamed Khalidov vs. Yuki Sasaki, Dave Herman vs. Yoshiro Nakao and Yasubey Enomoto vs. Kitaro Nakamura.
The card will be broadcast throughout North America later in January on HDNet.