Mamoru Yamaguchi and Setsu Iguchi weigh-in for Shooto: The Devilock in May 2006. Photo courtesy of Shooto.
Mamoru Yamaguchi used superior striking skills to out-point fellow flyweight sensation Yuki Shoujou and take a unanimous decision win at Shooto’s “Shooting Disco 4: Born in the Fighting” event Saturday.
Shoujou scored early and often at the start of the first round, connecting with a number of leg kicks. Yamaguchi returned fire with a crisp combination. Continuing to find success with punches in bunches, Yamaguchi added body kicks to his attack and clearly pulled ahead of his opponent on the judge’s scorecards.
With no answer for Yamaguchi’s attack, Shoujou clinched up with his opponent and attempted a takedown with a little over two minutes left in the first stanza. Yamaguchi’s takedown defense prevented the fight from going to the canvas and allowed him to connect with solid knees to the body, a sequence of events that repeated itself until the end of the round.
The remainder of the fight saw much of the same. While Shoujou started to land shots during the second and third rounds, it still was not enough to counteract Yamaguchi’s constant attack and all three judges saw things unanimously for the former Shooto bantamweight champion.
Budding middleweight Akihiro Murayama put on a clinic against Hiroki Sato in the show’s co-main event, using impressive ground skills to control Murayama from start to finish and win an extremely one-sided decision.
Complete event results are below:
Haruo Ochi def. Masumi Tozawa - KO (Slam)
Naoji Mikoshiba def. Taijiro Iseki - Majority Decision
Yuki Baba def. Tatsuya Nakajima - Unanimous Decision
Daiki Tsuchiya def. Hidenori Nishino - KO (Punch)
Noboru Tahara def. Takehiro Ishii - Unanimous Decision
Masatoshi Kobayashi def. Tomonori Taniguchi - TKO (Cut)
Shintaro Ishiwatari def. Kazuhiro Ito - KO (Slam)
Ryuichi Miki def. Kenji Hosoya - Unanimous Decision
Akihiro Murayama def. Hiroki Sato - Unanimous Decision
Mamoru Yamaguchi def. Yuki Shoujou - Unanimous Decision
Kota Funaki def. Yosuke Saruta - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Junji Ito def. Kazuyuki Yoshida - KO (Punches)
Takuya Mori def. Ayumu Shioda - Unanimous Decision
Hayate Usui def. Daisuke Ishizawa - Unanimous Decision
Junji Ikoma vs. Jin Akimoto - Draw
So Tazawa def. Shinichi Kojima - Submission (Armbar)
Masakatsu Ueda def. Atsushi Yamamoto - Unanimous Decision
Hatsu Hioki def. Katsuya Toida - Submission (Armbar)
Shooto has announced that it will hold a retirement ceremony for former world middleweight champion Akira Kikuchi at it’s Korakuen Hall tomorrow.
A retirement ceremony? Isn’t Kikuchi only 29? Yeah, I don’t understand either.
Kikuchi hasn’t given a specific reason as to why he is hanging up the gloves as of yet but one can only expect that he will be addressing the topic at the event.
After finding much success as an amateur, the Tokyo native turned pro in 2002, where he won his first six fights before coming out on the wrong end of a unanimous decision courtesy of Jake Shields in the summer of 2003.
Kikuchi rebounded to win his next three fights and then avenged his loss to Shields by decisioning him. The win over Shields gave Kikuchi his first Shooto world title. Kikuchi held the belt until he lost it to slick grappler Shinya Aoki in 2006. After defeating Ronald Jhun, Kikuchi lost a razor close decision in a rematch against Aoki and failed to regain his title.
The former top ranked welterweight was last in action in September, where he was stopped by Yoshiyuki Yoshida in the finals of Greatest Common Multiple’s welterweight tournament. Kikuchi had defeated Ju Pyo Hong and Ultimate Fighter 5 cast member Jared Rollins before losing to Yoshida.
Hatsu Hioki takes a high kick from Antonio Carvalho at a Shooto event in May 2007. Photo courtesy of Shooto.
Hatsu Hioki will try to shake off a disappointing 2007 when he takes on fellow featherweight Katsuya Toida at Shooto’s first event of the year on January 26th.
Shooto announced the fight along with six others earlier this month.
After knocking off Jeff Curran at PRIDE Bushido 12 in August 2006, Hioki solidifed his status as one of the top featherweights in the world. His ten-fight undefeated streak continued with wins over Byon Sho Kim and Mark Hominick but was put to a sudden stop when Hioki lost a close split decision to Antonio Carvalho at Shooto: Back To Our Roots 3 this past May.
Hioki was then upset by journeyman Jong Man Kim at a Shooto show in October. The TKO veteran bounced back with a win over former Ultimate Fighter 5 cast member Brian Geraghty at a Heat event in November.
Toida is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Takeshi Inoue at Shooto: Back To Our Roots 6 in November. Toida defeated Gustavo Franca and drew with Adrian Pang in 2007.
The fight card for the event is currently looking like this:
Hatsu Hioki vs. Katsuya Toida
Shinichi Kojima vs. So Tazawa
Junji Ikoma vs. Jin Akimoto
Daisuke Ishizawa vs. Hayate Usui
Takuya Mori vs. Ayumu Shioda
Kota Funamoto vs. Yosuke Saruta
Junji Ito vs. Kazuyuki Yoshida
Hiroki Sato def. Takaaki Oban - Submission (Armbar)
Kenji Hasoya def. Tatsuro Kamei - Unanimous Decision
Kazuhiro Ito def. Tomonori Taniguchi - TKO (Cut)
Hiroyuki Ikeda def. Hiroyuki Abe - TKO (Corner Stoppage)
Hiromasa Ougikubo def. Yasuhiro Kanayama - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Akihiro Yamazaki def. Tomokazu Yuasa - TKO (Strikes)
Hiroshi Nakamura def. Kyotaro Nakao - Unanimous Decision
Paolo Milano def. Koumei Okada - Unanimous Decision
Taisuke Okuno def. Hirosumi Sugiura - TKO (Cut)
Masakatsu Ueda def. Tetsu Suzuki - Unanimous Decision
Eiji Mitsuoka def. Joachim Hansen - Majority Decision
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Antonio Carvalho - TKO
Eduardo Dantas def. Shinichi Kojima - Unanimous Decision
Megumi Fujii def. Kyoko Takabayashi - Unanimous Decision
Takashi Nakakura def. Yusuke Endo - Unanimous Decision
Takeshi Inoue def. Katsuya Toida - Unanimous Decision
Rambaa Somdet def. Masaaki Sugawara - TKO
Leandro Silva def. Masashi Yozen - Unanimous Decision
Shintaro Ishiwatari def. Hayate Usui - Unanimous Decision
MMA Weekly is reporting that Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen will finally return to active competition when he takes on Eiji Mitsuoka on November 8th at Shooto: Back to our Roots 6.
Hansen lived in his own personal hell for close to nine month this year while he awaited the remainder of his acquired Zuffa contract to run out since they apparently refused to match the same salary he made while over in Japan. Hansen last fought at PRIDE 33 in February where he submitted Jason Ireland with an armbar in the third round.
Mitsuoka is 2-1 so far in 2007, defeating Brian Cobb and Takumi Nakayama while dropping a close split decision to Koutetsu Boku. Mitsuoka also owns wins over Gerald Strebendt and Gleison Tibau throughout the course of his career.
Hansen’s Shooto contract is only a one-fight deal.
Hiroki Sato def. Atsushi Matsuki - KO (Punch)
Noboru Tahara def. Junji Ito - Unanimous Decision
Shinobu Miura def. Guy Delameau - Majority Decision
Hiroyuki Abe def. Tomohiko Yoshida - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Yuta Nedu def. Takahiro Hosoi - Split Decision
Kenichi Sawada def. Takehiro Ishii - Unanimous Decision
Hiroshi Nakamura def. Yuji Inoue - Unanimous Decision
Koumei Okada def. Kunio Nakajima - Submission (Kimura)
Ryuichi Miki def. Toshimichi Akagi - Unanimous Decision
Akihiro Murayama def. Makoto Maeda - TKO (Punches)
Yuki Shoujou def. Junji Ikoma - Unanimous Decision
A lot of news to report so I’ve decided to throw up a Sunday edition of CKA…
News and Notes
- Pancrase has been forced to cancel it’s championship main event for this morning’s 2007 Rising Tour show after former heavyweight King of Pancrase Kestutis “Tiger” Arbocius pulled a no-show. His scheduled opponent, current Heavyweight King of Pancrase Assuerio Silva, has been removed from the card and will defend his title at a later date.
Officials from Sherdog have stated that varying reports reveal that no one really knows where Arbocius is right now:
Initial reports from Japanese media, which attributed information to Arbocius’ management, suggested that the 32-year-old Lithuanian* may have had difficulty with local police.
A Pancrase official disputed that report, telling Sherdog.com via e-mail, “Nobody knows where he is, even his manager. Pancrase is trying to keep in touch with him.”
Yuki Kondo’s bout against Yuji Sakuragi will now serve as the main event for the show.
- Shooto has announced five more bouts for it’s Back to our Roots 6 card, set for November 8th at Yoyogi National Stadium Second Gymnasium in Tokyo:
Shinichi Kojima vs Eduardo Dantas
Megumi Fujii vs Kyoko Takabayashi
Rambaa Somdet vs Masaaki Sugawara
Masashi Yozen vs Leandro Silva
Hayate Usui vs Shintaro Ishiwatari
- In a recent interview with ADCC News, Jake Shields stated that he is closer to signing with the UFC than EliteXC right now:
“I want to go out there and fight the best. I’m really looking at UFC over Elite because that is where a lot of top guys are. In the next few weeks I’ll probably make my decision on where I’m going to be signing. I’m sure we’re going to talk to them in the next week before we sign anything with Elite. I’m ready to get in there with the top guys. With the Rumble on the Rock tournament and EliteXC and my last four or five fights have been top come and have been fast, easy fights. I think it definitely shows I belong there.”
- The Edmonton Sun is reporting that Hardcore Championship Fighting is currently in contract talks with Vitor Belfort, Ricardo Arona, and John Alessio:
The Canadian fight club has been on a big-name signing binge of late.
Pride’s Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, former UFC veterans Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral and Joe Riggs have signed on. Negotiations are ongoing with former UFC heavyweight champ Vitor Belfort, Pride vet Ricardo Arona and Canadian John Alessio.
“We are the only Canadian promotion that is bringing in huge international names,” says Crawford. “We remain committed to promoting local talent, but I believe Canadians are educated in the sport and want to see the world’s best.”
- American Top Team has announced that Seth Petruzelli has joined the ranks of the Florida-based training team:
Seth has been involved in the MMA scene for awhile and decided to join ATT to help further his career while preparing and train for his fights. When not preparing for his fights at the Main academy in Coconut Creek, FL. Seth will continue teaching at ATT Orlando along with Paul Rodriguez.
Look for Seth to be back in action Oct. 27th at Knight Fights in Orlando, Florida.
- Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer is reporting that Strikeforce will hold a four-man middleweight tournament at their next event on November 16th:
Strikeforce announced the first one-night tournament ever in California, which will be a four-man middleweight tournament featuring Joe Riggs and Falaniko Vitale on 11/16 in San Jose at the HP Pavilion. Promoter Scott Coker said it was be streamed live on Yahoo! like the Playboy Mansion show was. Cung Le will be in the non-tourament main event.
Takesuke Kume def. Takuya Sato - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Tomokazu Yuasa def. Toshihiko Sugimoto - Decision (Unanimous)
Shinichi Hanawa def. Hiroshi Sakamoto - Decision (Unanimous)
Yoshitaro Niimi def. Keisuke Sakai - Decision (Unanimous)
Jong Man Kim def. Hatsu Hioki - Decision (Split)