Yamaguchi Decisions Shoujou in Shooto


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

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