Leonardo Santos faces Maximo Blanco at Sengoku 15

Leonardo Santos - Photo: Sengoku

After two consecutive victories at Sengoku, the Rio de Janeiro native Leonard Santos will fight again at the event on the 30th. The Nova União athlete will face the Venezuelan Maximum white at Sengoku 15, which will be held in Japan. The winner of this fight will become a strong candidate to compete for the event's lightweight belt, which is currently vacant.



Santos has a record of eight wins and three losses in MMA, having emerged onto the world stage after winning four consecutive victories at Shooto Brasil between 2008 and 2009. In his last fight he defeated the Japanese Sotaro Yamada at Sengoku 14, held last July, by disqualification due to his opponent kneeing him while he was on the ground.



Blanco has won his last three fights at Sengoku, having a record of six wins, two defeats, one draw and one “no-contest” (NC). It is worth noting that the Venezuelan won a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games, held in Rio de Janeiro, in freestyle wrestling. In his last fight, Blanco defeated the Brazilian Rodrigo Damm by technical knockout (punches) at Sengoku 13, last June. 



This edition of Sengoku will also feature 10 more fights, including the quarter-finals of the Asian bantamweight GP and the semi-finals of the welterweight GP. Check out the full Sengoku 15 card:


Hiroshi Izumi x James Zikic


Doo Ho Coi x Masanori Kanehara

Brian Cobb x Kazunori Yokota

Maximo Blanco x Leonard Santos

Keita Nakamura x Takuya Wada (welterweight GP semi-final)

Yasubey Enomoto x Taisuke Okuno (welterweight GP semi-final)

Chang Seob Lee x Kazuo “Yoshiki” Takahashi

Manabu Inoue x Jae Hyun So (quarterfinals of the Asian bantamweight GP)

Akitoshi Tamura x Shoko Sato (quarterfinals of the Asian bantamweight GP)

Shunichi Shimizu x Wataru Takahashi (quarterfinals of the Asian bantamweight GP)

Shintaro Ishiwatari x Taiyo Nakahara (quarterfinals of the Asian bantamweight GP)

Poatan is defended by former champion amid persecution suffered in the UFC


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