Akitoshi Tamura (left) poses with Tenkei Fujimiya. Photo courtesy of Shooto.
Former Shooto featherweight champion Akitoshi Tamura will jump right back into action just over a month since losing his title when he takes on longtime veteran Rumina Sato at Shooto’s upcoming “Road to 20th Anniversary” show on May 3rd.
The promotion announced the bout at a press conference yesterday.
Tamura was upset by Hideki Kadowaki at Shooto’s Back to Our Roots 8 event in March, costing Tamura his featherweight belt after losing a majority decision. It was Tamura’s second career loss to Kadowaki and his first loss inside the confines of Shooto since May of 2006.
Interestingly enough, Sato’s last loss came at the hands of Kadowaki as well. Kadowaki submitted Sato with a rear naked choke last September. Sato has fought sparingly in recent years and has lost three out of his last four bouts.
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai will attempt to keep his current five-fight winning streak intact when he takes on fellow PRIDE veteran David Baron in another featured fight at the event.
HT: MMA Man Japan
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