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Daisuke Hoshino vs. Munehiro Kin
Officiating the first fight of the evening is Toshiharu Suzuki. Hoshino throws a spinning high and middle kick to start things out. They miss and Kin shoots for the double, but is stuffed. He puts Hoshino against the corner for the meantime, busying himself with knees to Hoshino's legs. Suzuki breaks the men up. Kin paws with a jab as Hoshino circles the outside. Another Hoshino high kick misses but a southpaw jab snaps Kin's head back. Kin catches a Hoshino low kick and drives him into a corner, struggling for that single leg takedown. He finally gets it but Hoshino sits back up on his posterior and punches at Kin's ribs. Kin disengages and tries to flurry with punches as Hoshino stands up. Kin then shoots for another takedown right into the corner and gets it, but is stuck in a lose guillotine. The bell rings shortly thereafter on a razor thin 10-9 Hoshino round.
Hoshino fends off another takedown attempt with jabs and a sprawl. He then foils another, this time clipping Kin with a kick across the brow. The blow appeared grazing, but it seems to have connected as Kin has tumbled backwards. Since he was on his knees during the attempt however, Suzuki calls a temporary stop to assess the damage of the unintentional illegal kick across Kin's face. A full two minutes later, after consulting with doctors and subtracting a point from Hoshino, the fight continues. A right high kick from Kin puts Hoshino down momentarily, but Hoshino is back on his feet, charging with punches and a knee that narrowly misses Kin's head. They clinch up and the next knee from Hoshino lands, but this time, to his groin. Kin takes another handful of minutes to recover from the low blow while Hoshino loses yet another point. They resume and Kin flies into Hoshino with a knee. In response, Hoshino flicks a leg out to counter, and lands right in Kin's groin again. Kin has fallen straight to the floor and Hoshino is promptly disqualified. The DQ comes at 1:27 of the second period.
Koshi Matsumoto vs. Akira Okada
Matsumoto charges to get right in Okada's face. Okada pumps his southpaw jab at Matsumoto to keep him away. Matsumoto gets the clinch and lifts Okada up and brings him down to the mat. Okada reaches to his right side, looking for the kimura from bottom. Matsumoto gets his arm free and advances to half guard where both men aim punches at each other's ribs. Matsumoto works his way around to Okada's back as Okada twisets to get away. Matsumoto's hooks are in however, so Okada is able to slink a little further down in the back mount, giving him room to angle punches upward at Matsumoto's head. Matsumoto eventually gets put on bottom as Okada turns into him. Okada breaks free and begins raining punches at this juncture, trying to lay on the punishment in the final ten seconds. A classic 10-10 Shooto round.
Okada lunges in with big swinging fists for the second round, battering Matsumoto into a corner. Matsumoto circles out and returns fire with quick punches and low kicks. Okada is still lunging into his punches but is largely missing now. Matsumoto tries to clinch and put Okada against the ropes, but the bigger, stronger Okada simply chucks him off. Matsumoto, though tiring, lands a nice three piece on Okada's face. Both men are trading in the center here, so it's just a matter of time until one of them really gets sparked. That person seems to be Matsumoto who crumples into a takedown attempt off of a hard left hook from Okada. Okada reverses and puts Matsumoto on his back. From top in guard, Matsumoto begins throwing hammer fists. Matsumoto sits up and drives forward, trying to end up in the clinch. Okada obliges him and puts him against the ropes. Matsumoto jumps up onto Okada and sinks a guillotine. It looks tight for a moment but no catch is called. Matsumoto squeezes with all his might for the final minute, but there is no tap. Sherdog.com scores the round 10-9 Okada.
Official scores: The judges however, see it a little differently. Judge Kyosuke Watanabe scores the bout 20-18 for Okada, while Judge Tadashi Yokoyama scores the bout 20-19 Matsumoto. Referee Toshiharu Suzuki rules it a 19-19 draw for a split draw.
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Takahiro Hosoi
They start out at the center and after trading low kicks and jabs, Horiguchi unleashes with a massive four punch hook combo that sends Hosoi dizzily to the canvas. Hosoi attempts to recover under fire as Horiguchi rains down punches. He even gets to his feet long enough to eat a bunch more punches, prompting Toshiharu Suzuki to dive in and save the hapless Hosoi at 1:06 in the first period.
Atsushi Takeuchi vs. Mikihito Yamagami
The two southpaws take to the center where they paw at each other with jabs and low kicks. Yamagami is vastly taller though, so his kicks are actually finding their mark while Takeuchi is just out of range. Yamagami is easily racking up the inside low kick while Takeuchi tries his best to touch him with his jab. A few outside low kicks connect for the shorter "ATCH Anarchy" however. Niether man looks ready to commit to ending the fight here, as this tense dance at range continues. Then, just as Takeuchi throws a low kick, he gets railed by a straight left, putting him on his rear. He bounces back up and eats a left high kick right before the bell. Yamagami cinches the 10-9 with these two blows.
Yamagami catches a low kick from Takeuchi and again smashes his left hand into the shorter fighter's face. Takeuchi doesn't get sent down this time, but he's still eating the lion's share of damage here, between low kicks and the occasional counter punch up top. Yamagami works Takeuchi into a corner and "ATCH" fires back with overhand punches that whiff only at air. Takeuchi dances his way out of the corner but still looks like he's at a loss for how to navigate past Yamagami's optimum firing range. Yamagami continues to stalk Takeuchi with low kicks, essentially paying little heed to whatever "ATCH" throws at him. The bell rings just after Yamagami throws a high kick that Takeuchi doesn't even have to duck a little bit to get under. Sherdog.com sees it 10-9 Yamagami.
The third frame continues what was begun in the first and second periods: Yamagami stalks Takeuchi with low kicks while the shorter fighter circles and throws the occasional overhand which, unfortunately, miss by wide margins. Midway through the bout, Takeuchi finally gets his breakthrough, clobbering Yamagami with a big left hook. He follows Yamagami to the canvas to land a few extra punches, but the rangy fighter is back on his feet quickly, throwing more push and low kicks to keep the same from happening again. Takeuchi steps up the winging punch attempts, but it's clear that his right leg is starting to give him trouble. Whenever Yamagami lands a kick on it, he gives an awkward hop before diving in with another big punch. Despite giving Yamagami chase in the final minute, Takeuchi can't seem to catch to catch Yamagami one more time. The bell rings. Sherdog.com sees the round 10-9 Takeuchi, but has a 29-28 Yamagami scorecard.
Official scores: Judge Kyosuke Watanabe has it 30-27, Tadashi Yokoyama has it 30-26, and Toshiharu Suzuki has it 30-27, all for the winner by unanimous decision, Mikihito Yamagami.
Yuki Shojo vs. Noboru Tahara
Both men get to it at the center, trading punches. Tahara closes the distance and puts Shojo against the ropes. Shojo switches positions with him and works some body-body-head punch action. Tahara busies himself with knees in the clinch and an outside trip attempt which goes nowhere. Tahara keeps at it and wrangles Shojo to the canvas, but has his arms tied up so he can't punch. Shojo pulls Tahara's head down to minimize the distance as he shrimps, but Tahara is still able to pass straight to mount. Shojo gives up his back and "Shinpei" sits across his back, locking up a crucifix momentarily. Tahara then turns this into a submission attempt, though appears to be undecided on whether it ought to be a triangle or an armbar. In the confusion, Shojo breaks free and brings it back to the feet. The bell rings before either man can get off any offense. Sherdog.com sees the opening frame 10-9 Tahara.
Shojo flurries with punches, smashing Tahara into the corner with them. Tahara clinches up and spins Shojo into the corner instead. Shojo spins out again and breaks free, putting more punches on Tahara's face and a few hard knees to his guts. Shojo is really firing on all cylinders here, landing punches in between clinches against the ropes. It's all Tahara can do just to clinch up to make the punches stop for a few seconds. Shojo starts missing some of his punches however, as he just can't keep up that kind of rate. Tahara takes this opening to shoot the double and put "The Grass Prince" on the canvas. Shojo gets to his feet and drives forward for a single of his own, but Tahara stuffs it and works a loose headlock. He gives up the single and goes back to pistoning punches into Tahara's face, who in turn, is able to land some counter punches of his own in between bursts. The bell rings and it's a 10-9 Shojo round on the Sherdog.com scorecard.
Shojo steams forward with the punches, and Tahara drops and drives for a takedown. It goes nowhere but into a ring corner, allowing Shojo to again break free and throw more punches. Valiant as the effort to finish with these machine gun punches are, he's getting tired however. The punches are now more of a staccato burst rather than full auto, but Tahara is still eating shots and getting less in the way of counters in. His takedown attempts are also now being stuffed more frequently. Shojo locks a sloppy guillotine, but loses position. He manages to get Tahara down on bottom again, but is forced to escape an armbar attempt. He does so and sits in Tahara's guard, dropping punches. He passes to side and works over Tahara's ribs. Shojo really trying to finish with ground-and-pound here, but Tahara hangs on until the bell. Sherdog.com sees it 10-9 Shojo, giving him the bout 29-28.
Official scores: Kyosuke Watanabe has it 29-28, Tadashi Yokoyama has it a close 30-29, and Toshiharu Suzuki has it a wide 30-27. All three cards are for the winner by unanimous decision, Yuki Shojo.
Takashi Nakakura vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
A very flat-footed Nakakura meets Hironaka in the center, switches his stance from southpaw to orthodox then back. He sucks the UFC vet into the clinch momentarily until Hironaka breaks free. Nakakura tags him with a jab on his way out. Hironaka dives for a double, and Nakakura sprawls, almost falling out of the bottom rope. Hironaka uses this awkward position to change his grips and wrangle Nakakura to all fours. The former Shooto world champ gets to all fours and crawls to a corner. The Cage Force lightweight champ yanks him away however and hops onto his back, sinking the hooks in. Nakakura works at Hironaka's hands, trying to break his grip. Hironaka obliges him, engaging his hands in punches to the head instead. The Cage Force champ has the body triangle now and appears to be aiming for the rear-naked choke. Nakakura ties up his hands and forces the stalemate to the bell. The opening round is 10-9 Hironaka on the Sherdog.com scorecard.
Hironaka misses a spinning high kick and Nakakura lands two jabs followed by a double leg attempt. Hironaka stuffs it and puts the former Shooto champ up against the post. Undeterred, Nakakura jumps up for the guillotine, but it's not tight. Hironaka breaks free and stands up. Nakakura throws an up-kick which he uses to flip backward and reset for a double leg attempt. It's stuffed and he's again put againt the ring post. He tries once more for the guillotine, but Hironaka pops out and starts racking up the ground-and-pound. Nakakura tries his upkick, backflip, takedown once more and is instead reversed and driven right out of the ring. Toshiharu Suzuki resets them back in the center. Nakakura lands a hard right hook which forces Hironaka to drop for a takedown. Nakakura shucks him off and pursues with a one-two, middle kick, putting him against the ropes. They disengage and Nakamura shoots again, this time ducking under and taking Nakakura's back in the rear waistlock. The BJJ black belt drags Nakakura to the canvas and both trade punches. Nakakura rolls for a leg, but the bell rings before he can really do anything. Sherdog.com has it all even after a 10-9 Nakakura round.
Both men trade single punches at the center, and both land head-snapping right hands. It's Nakakura however that follows this up with a successful takedown. Hironaka stays in close, punching at the head and body of Nakakura. The Cage Force champ then stands, chucks his opponent's legs to the side and takes his back. Nakakura throws punches behind him, landing blind shots. Hironaka returns the favor, battering the side of Nakakura's head, but oddly enough, it's Nakakura that's now scoring the majority of punches from this position. The former Shooto champ almost spins his way into guard, but Hironaka is right there with him, following the spin to maintain back control. Nakakura walks forward, looking for a way to escape. Then he just lunges forward and rolls for a leg again, but no submission avails itself in the final ten seconds. 10-9 Hironaka, for a 29-28 scorecard for the UFC vet.
Official scores: Kyosuke Watanabe sees it 29-28, while Toshiharu Suzuki and Tadashi Yokoyama have it 30-28 for the winner by unanimous decision, Kuniyoshi Hironaka.
Post-fight, a teary-eyed and relieved Hironaka notes that he was mulling retirement before this bout, and that should he have lost, he would have decided to call it a day in the ring.
Vacant Shooto 115-Pound World Championship
Junji Ikoma vs. Junji Ito
Ikoma throws a push kick and Ito catches it, looking for the counter. Ikoma yanks it back but gets another kick caught, eating a grazing jab as punishment. Ikoma switches to punches, landing a few jabs, but missing the looping right hand followups. Sarumaru is getting tagged here, but he's looking unfazed, returning with jabs of his own. An Ito high kick snaps into Ikoma's head. Ikoma doesn't look jarred by it and lands a hard left hook in response, sending Ito to the canvas. Ito hops back to his feet but is taken down. From above, the elder Shooto vet advances to half guard and starts laying on the short punches. This is unfortunately interrupted by the ring ropes as both men slip through the bottom. Ito scrambles to his feet and retakes the center of the ring. Ikoma lands a hard one-two, but Ito continues to circle and lob low kicks and jabs. A lunging overhand right from "Sarumaru" misses its mark, but a more precise right straight lands clean for him. Both men are landing jabs consistently now, but Ikoma is starting to look stiffer with every blow he receives. An overhand right from Ito opens a cut at the corner of Ikoma's left eye. Blood streams from it. The bell rings on a surprisingly close 10-9 round for Ikoma.
They trade jabs at the center until Ito lands a high kick. Ikoma buckles a bit but punches back to keep Ito off of him, smiling. Ito recovers under fire and then turns it on, throwing reckless, wild punches while chasing the younger fighter down. Ito has to backpedal clear across the ring just to evade the onrushing Ikoma. Luckily, this onslaught doesn't last long. Ito begins firing back when Ikoma tires, targeting head and body with hooks. Ito really finding his rhythm here, smashing punches and high kicks into his 41-year-old foe. Ikoma's face is several good punches shy of turning into hamburger, but he's still throwing with the intent to put Ito away. Ito has backed off some, and as a result, is eating more jabs than he's delivering. Ikoma goes for a final rally in the last ten seconds, and though Ito works some good head movement in, he's still getting caught. The bell sounds, ending a close 10-9 Ito round on the Sherdog.com scorecard.
As explosive as the action is here, it's clear that Ito is registering the most damage. Both men land jabs and right hands, but it's Ito that's walking Ikoma down. Just as I write this however, Ikoma bashes Ito with a solid right hand that sends him careening into the ropes. He lunges to finish, but Ito is back on his feet and they're back at trading punches. An Ito high kick again snaps Ikoma's head to the side. It's a numbers game now, however. Despite the knockdowns, no man is looking close to being finished. Ikoma appears to be landing more punches, while Ito seems to be landing harder, more damaging blows. Given how Ito dances around Ikoma, picking his shots, it's clear that he's got the greater stamina in this final round. The bell rings on what is so far the "Fight of the Night" and further proof that 115 pounds isn't too small for MMA. The round goes 10-9 to Ikoma, and the fight 29-28 to Ikoma, on the Sherdog scorecard.
Official scores:All three judges -- Toshiharu Suzuki, Kyosuke Watanabe and Tadashi Yokoyama -- see the bout 29-28 for the new Shooto world 115-pound champion, Junji Ikoma.
Hatsu Hioki vs. Donald Sanchez
Hioki misses a kick to the body and eats a few jabs for his trouble. Hioki connects on the following two push-kicks however. Hioki maneuvers Sanchez into a corner. Sanchez circles outs and lands some low kicks. They trade jabs. Hioki connects with a one-two, but has high high kick blocked. Sanchez throws a high kick and Hioki ducks under it for a takedown. Sanchez catches Hioki in the guillotine, but the SRC featherweight champ pops out and passes to half guard, and then to mount. The Japanese fighter wisely maneuvers the both of them away from the ropes before sitting up to drop punches and set up a top-side triangle. It doesn't catch as Sanchez bucks up and gets to his feet. Sanchez snaps off some jabs and low kick, and Hioki returns in kind before hitting another double leg. From top in guard, the SRC and Shooto champ rains with punches until the bell. 10-9 Hioki.
Sanchez catches a Hioki middle kick, but the Japanese fighter punches his way free. Sanchez lands a hard right hand, but Hioki is unfazed. Hioki drops for a single and slams Sanchez to the canvas. He passes to side, and then mount again. Hioki sits up high, trapping Sanchez's right arm. He drops a few punches before Sanchez flips him over, unfortunately falling right into his trap. Hioki closes the triangle for the tap at 1:36 of round two.
Shooto 132-Pound World Championship
Shuichiro Katsumura vs. Koetsu Okazaki
Katsumura circles on the outside, lobbing low kicks. Okazaki snipes from center-ring with the jab. Okazaki then lunges witha right straight to Katsumura's body. The champ, strangely, responds with a downward chopping hand and a backhand. Okazaki lunges for a big punch and Katsumura ducks under and spins onto his back latching the rear-naked choke, his legs snaked around Okazaki's right leg. It's a tense moment as the choke looks tight, but Okazaki is soon able to free himself and spin into Katsumura's guard. The champ turns on the rubber guard and hammers the top of Okazaki's head. The challenger pushes his way through the rubber guard to posture up. Katsumura works wrist control, but Okazaki gets his hands free to drop some blistering ground-and-pound. Katsumura pulls him back down, and so Okazaki chins him in the eye to make distance. Still, Katsumura latches on the rubber guard again and racks up a few small punches to the dome until the bell. 10-9 Katsumura, if barely.
Katsumura closes with those strange chopping hammers and backhands, but none connect. Okazaki slams a right hand into the breadbasket and is sucked into the clinch. The challenger puts the champ against the corner and throws knees to the thigh. Okazaki disengages and Katsumura gives chase with a flurry. He's caught with a counterpunch however and falls to his back. Okazaki lunges to finish and lands big brutal shots. Katsumura is reaching up to try and pull Okazaki down to close the distance, but Toshiharu Suzuki has seen enough and steps in to call the bout at 2:24. Despite looking like too early of a stoppage, a wobbly Katsumura can barely stand up straight after the stop. Still smiling, the defeated former champ falls into an embrace with the new champion, congratulating him.
Taiki Tsuchiya vs. "Lion" Takeshi Inoue
Tsuchiya is looking feisty, getting right up in Inoue's face. They trade jabs and dance around each other. Tsuchiya misses a left hook, but lands one to the body. Inoue responds with low kicks and a jab that snaps the Pacific Rim champ's head back. Tsuchiya continues to press onward though, pressuring "Lion" into corners. He misses a spinning back kick and "Lion" slams a kick into his legs. The former 143-pound world champ parries some of Tsuchiya's punches and throws a kick to the body. Tsuchiya catches it, but "Lion" blasts him with a hard right hand, sending him stumbling backward. Tsuchiya shakes it off and pushes forward with more punches, faking another spinning back kick. Both men feint with jumping and stance switching, but no offense results. Inoue fakes with his hands, trying to draw Tsuchiya's attention away before throwing punches. Tsuchiya isn't so easily distracted however, landing a few stiff punches as evidence just before the bell. A very tight 10-10 round on the Sherdog.com scorecard.
Tsuchiya closes the distance and works three punch combinations in close. "Lion" has apparently settled into single punch jab counters and low kicks. Tsuchiya dances a bit and throws a side push kick followed by a three-piece up top. Inoue still only countering with single shots. Inoue snaps Tsuchiya's head violently back with one of his jab counters, but the Pacific Rim champ continues to walk the former champ down, unfazed. Both men are shuffling their feet now, feinting. Tsuchiya lands a hard body punch followed by more lunging, winging blows. "Lion" barely escapes the latter. Tsuchiya grazes with another side kick, and "Lion" blasts him with a huge right, straight down the center. His fearlessness is beginning to show on his face however as bruises appear to be forming on Tsuchiya's left cheek. Tsuchiya flies back into the ring ropes, stumbling the last few steps before collapsing to through the ropes. "Lion" follows him down and lands a few head-dribbling punches before Toshiharu Suzuki lunges for the save at 4:27.