This is a great match and an appropriate main fight for the debut event of Sengoku. I hope this will be an exciting and unforgettable fight. Barnett is a strong and the most well known fighter in Japan comparing to my other candidates. Thought I didn't chose to fight Barnett, I felt a fight against him would have a big impact and be a good fight. This launching event is key if Sengoku can continue having more great fighters in the future. Whether I win or not, I feel I have a responsibility to attract audiences and increase MMA fans by having a terrific fight. I train boxing every other day and work on other striking techniques as well. He is a tough opponent for me but I'm doing my best preparing for this fight. Barnett is heavier and taller. I didn't feel he was bigger than me by that much and the size difference won't be a disadvantage. I won't announce if I wear gi or not till Mar 05. I won't forget the spirit as a challenger.
I could not fight last year, not because I was injured, but because I didn't have my home ring. I'm glad to announce that I fight in Sengoku and am lucky to fight Yoshida in a main event in this very first event. He is a well skilled Judo specialist who is willing to learn techniques other than Judo. Judo and Catch Wrestling are long time rivals. This is my 3rd time to fight a Judo specialist and would like to show something new and would like to surprise audiences. I signed up to fight with Naoya Ogawa in IGF on Feb 16. I will fight Yoshida even if I'm injured. I haven't decided yet if I have another fight in Sengoku. I will decide based on the result of my first fight.
Naoya Kinoshita, the president of WVR, said he is considering to hold a championship fight or a championship tournament this year.