Not too many fighters would willingly fight for free, however most don’t get arrested and sentenced to a year in prison for kitting a cop like Kazuo Misaki did. And that is why the middleweight will fight for free on World Victory Road’s Sengoku: Ninth Battle Card.
It appears that WVR is the Roger Goodell of Japan as they will also enforce an indefinite suspension immediately after the fight. In addition, Misaki was promised a rematch with current champion Jorge Santiago if he won his August 2nd contest against Kazuhiro Nakamura, however that has been scrapped as well.
Misaki agreed to all of the stipulations, including having the organization donate his purse to the Japan Foundation for AIDS Prevention.
On Sunday, the Tokyo District Court sentenced Kazuo Misaki to one year behind bars, with the good news being that he didn’t have to serve his sentence for another three years. The punishment stemmed from an arrest earlier this year after a routine traffic stop resulted in Misaki fleeing the scene and injuring an officer.
Misaki was originally pulled over on March 19th because he was yapping on his cell phone while behind the wheel, which is a no-no in Tokyo.
After initially agreeing to pull to the side, Misaki went coo-coo for CoCo Puffs and abruptly tried to make a run for it. The Japanese fighter ended up injuring the officer when his driver’s side mirror struck the cop’s wrist.
Two months later, Tokyo police finally apprehended Misaki and arrested him on the spot. He was indicted in May and posted bail on June 4th.
Misaki pleaded guilty this past weekend to interfering with the duties of a public official. He immediately released a statement claiming his remorse for the entire situation.
“To the many people I have caused trouble for, I would like to deeply apologize,” stated a somber Misaki. “I will reflect upon this occasion. I truly am very sorry.”
It was uncertain if WVR would allow him to keep his scrap against Nakamura, however the organization felt that the punishment fit the crime and they decided to move forward with the MMA veteran.
Misaki owns a 21-9-2 pro mark, however dropped his most recent bout to Santiago.
Santiago subbed Misaki with a rear-naked choke in the fifth round of their World Victory Road “No Ran 2009” battle to become the promotion’s first-ever middleweight champ.