Champion of both Sengoku and Pancrase Marlon Sandro returns to combat October 30, at the 15th installment of Japan’s Sengoku event. Marlon is already going through preparations for the fight, which may or may not count for the title.
“If the fight is against Hatsu Hioki, it counts for the title. But the other possible opponent is Ronnie Mann. In that case, the title wouldn’t be on the line,” says the black belt.
While he awaits final word on who he’ll be fighting next, the fighter carries on strong in training at Nova União.
“Sengoku has never let me down; that’s why I’m training hard. I want to and will fight on that date; I’ll be ready for anyone they throw at me,” he warns.
And Marlon’s team has other important fights on the horizon before year’s end. After making a successful WEC debut with an armbar on Anthony Leone in July, Renan Barão will be back at the latest in December. Now Shooto World champion Luis Beição will be in a GP on October 16 in Holland alongside another Brazilian, Roan “Jucão” Carneiro.
“I think by the end of December the team will have come to a tally of one hundred fights on the year,” says satisfied team leader Dedé Pederneiras.