Hioki-Toida Headlines Shooto’s First Event in ‘08


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

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