Kadowaki Upsets Tamura; Grabs Shooto Title


Hatsu Hioki. Photo courtesy of TKO Championship Fighting.

Hideki Kadowaki earned a razor close majority decision and scored a huge upset over Shooto 143. lb champion Akitoshi Tamura at the organization’s Back to Our Roots 8 event earlier today in Tokyo, Japan.

Kadowaki used superior striking and cruical takedowns to squeak out the decision on the judges’ scorecards. Bantamweight phenom Masakatsu Ueda won a unanimous decision over challenger Koetsu Okazaki to take home the vacant Shooto 132. lb title.

TKO featherweight champion Hatsu Hioki made quick work of famed grappler Baret Yoshida, stopping the Hawaiian with strikes with less than ten seconds left in the first round. The fight was Yoshida’s first since he was knocked out by Yoshiro Maeda in November 2003.

Complete event results are as follows:

Hideki Kadowaki def. Akitoshi Tamura - Majority Decision
Masakatsu Ueda def. Koetsu Okazaki - Unanimous Decision
Hatsu Hioki def. Baret Yoshida - TKO (Strikes)
Hiroshi Nakamura def. Tenkei Fujimaya - Majority Decision
Mamoru Yamaguchi def. Masaki Sugawara - Unanimous Decision
Tetsu Suzuki def. Hiroyuki Tanaka -Unanimous Decision
Hiroshige Tanaka def. Kenichiro Marui - KO (Punch)

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