Unorthodox Okude Submits Uchimura at ZST
TOKYO, Feb. 24 -- ZST topped off a busy weekend of MMA in Japan on
Sunday with the 16th event of its flagship series from within the
confines of MMA hotspot Shinjuku FACE.
The main event pitted ZST welterweight champion Yojiro Uchimura against MMA
oddity Masayuki Okude in
a non-title fight.
One of the most unorthodox fighters in MMA today, Okude is similar
to Deep's featherweight champion Masakazu Imanari (Pictures), ZST veteran Takumi Yano (Pictures) and Shooto's Katsuya Toida (Pictures). His in-ring antics and bizarre
fighting style keep opponents guessing what he's going to do
Despite all this craziness, there's no doubt that Okude can
grapple. The welterweight fighter is extremely nimble, very good
off his back and can transition from one submission to another
before his opponents know what they're locked in.
However, Uchimura had a strong start in this one, pounding Okude's
legs with low kicks and escaping most of what the unconventional
fighter threw at him. It wasn't long before Okude worked his
strange magic, though.
Off a failed takedown attempt, Okude grabbed his opponent's leg.
Not seeing any immediate threat, Uchimura spun out of the hold to
get a better position, only to see Okude pull a very slick
transition into an ankle lock. The Gold's Gym South Tokyo fighter
tightened up the technique, forcing Uchimura to tap at the 3:21
mark of the first round.
While ZST rules prohibit closing the guard and punching to the head
of a downed fighter, the promotion has been experimenting with full
MMA rules in some fights. One of the evening's vale tudo rules
bouts saw Paraestra Hachioji's Masanori Kanehara
(Pictures) square off against Urono
The two fighters were fairly even in the first round. Both scored
reversals and escaped the submissions they found themselves in, but
the wheels fell off Shimizu's wagon early in the second when
Kanehara quickly scored a takedown and passed to the side. From
there, the Paraestra Hachioji fighter made no mistake, slapping on
a tight armbar and forcing Shimuzu to tap out 42 seconds into the
In his fight against U-File Camp Akabane's Kenji Nagai, Keisuke Onuma took a hard shot
to the groin early and was in very obvious pain. Officials decided
to push the fight back on the card in order to give Onuma some time
After the restart, perhaps still feeling the effects of the low
blow, Onuma didn't fair so well. Nagai sprawled on a takedown
attempt and ended up with full mount. He then caught Onuma in an
armbar, submitting him at 3:22 of the first.
ZST veteran Masashi
Takeda (Pictures) has been on quite a roll over the
last two years, going 7-0 in his last seven starts. Tonight, under
full MMA rules, he squared off against AACC's Ryo "Toraji"
Nakajima came out swinging in this one, charging at his opponent
with punches. Takeda covered up and weathered the storm, eventually
securing a clinch and firing back with good knees to the
The second round saw both guys throwing leather until Nakajima
scored a takedown. The AACC fighter made it all the way to the
mount, but he couldn't capitalize on the position before Takeda
reversed him and moments later had him locked in an armbar. With no
way to escape, Nakajima tapped at 2:31.
P's Lab Tokyo's Shinya Sato
(Pictures) was in a world of trouble
early in his fight against Emerson Azuma (Pictures), as the Akimoto Dojo fighter got
him in a tight guillotine followed by an even tighter triangle. But
despite his luck in the opening few minutes, the ZST veteran hung
on and eventually escaped.
Once back on his feet, Sato connected with a hard punch that sent
Azuma to the mat. Sato followed his opponent down and quickly
applied an armbar for the tapout at the 4:48 mark.
Tatsuhiko Nishizaki defeated Shinya Miura by armbar at 1:32 of
the first round.
Hiroyuki Ota (Pictures) and Yojiro Toyama fought to a
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