In the headliner of last week's Shooto show promoted bySustain, two former "Rookie of the Year" winners collided.
"Uruka" Sasaki won rookie honor at the lightweight division (145 lbs)back in 2006, and "Jungle" Ito won same award at the same weightclass in 2007. And what's interesting about these two fighters are, both ofthem are looking to cut down to 132 lbs division yet for this particular bout,they agreed to fight at the catch-weight of 62 kg (136.7 lbs) & under.
As a professional MMA fighter, Sasaki began his career with seven wins and onedraw, undefeated for about 15 months then finally tasted a first defeat inSeptember of last year.
He bounced back strong with a win over Satoshi Watanabe in DEEP, and now, thiswas his "comeback fight" in Shooto.
And Sasaki basically dominated Ito.
Sasaki executed a neck thrown in the first round, and from there, he kept a topposition throughout the round, dropped punches. At the end of the round, whenIto finally turned around gave up his back Sasaki snapped on a rear naked chokebut it was bit too late and the round was over. However in the second round,Sasaki did allowed Ito to shot in for a take down but from the bottom, hequickly reversed the position, got the mount position, dropped punches and whenIto turned Sasaki executed a rear naked choke and it was all over.
After the fight Sasaki told the fans, "I can cut down to 60 kg (132 lbs)so I am looking to fight at the featherweight divisions. But my speed is stillnot there, and there are many powerful fighters at the featherweight so I amgoing to train harder."
SHOOTO GIG TOKYO Vol. 9
Saturday, April 14th, 2012
At Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open - 17:30 / Fight Starts - 18:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
The Main Event - 62 & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Uruka Sasaki (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai Suruga Dojo) vs Jungle Ito (Japan/ Shooting Gym Yokohama)
Winner: 1R 3'34" Uruka Sasakiby Submission (rear naked choke)
9th Match - Infinity Tournament 2012 First Round Featherweight Bout 5 min /2R
Yuta Nezu (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai Tokyo Dojo) vs Takuya Ogura (Japan /Sky Fist)
Winner: 2R Yuta Nezy by Decision(all three judges scored 30-27)
8th Match - Infinity Tournament 2012 First Round Featherweight Bout 5 min /2R
Kenji Yamamoto (Japan / Shooto GYM Tokyo) vs Kenji Yamamoto (Japan / ShootoGYM Tokyo)
Winner: 1R 2'15" Kenji Yamamotoby TKO (towel thrown - punches on the ground)
7th Match - Infinity Tournament 2012 First Round Featherweight Bout 5 min /2R
Yosuke Saruta (Japan / PUREBRED Kawaguchi REDIPES) vs Hiroshi Osato (Japan/ Sky Fist)
Winner: 2R Yosuke Saruta by Decision(20-19, 20-18, 20-18)
6th Match - Infinity Tournament 2012 First Round Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Hideto Okada (Japan / K'z Factory Atsugi) vs Hiroshi Roppongi (Japan / STF)
Winner: 2R Hideto Okada by Decision(20-19, 20-19, 19-19)
5th Match - Infinity Tournament 2012 First Round Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Toshiro Chihama (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs Takanori Takahashi *Japan / WajiutsuKeishukai AKZA)
Winner: 2R 2'27" ToshiroChihama by TKO (doctor stoppage - cut)
4th Match - Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Fumiya Sasaki (Japan / T-Pleasure) vs Yoshinori Suzuki (Japan / ParaestraMatsudo)
Winner: 2R Fumiya Sasaki by Decision(20-19, 20-18, 20-18)
3rd Match - 2012 Rookie Tournament First Round Welterweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Ukyo Abe (Japan / STF) vs Geronimo Okada (Japan / BURST)
Winner: 2R Ukyo Abe by Decision(20-16, 20-18, 20-17)
2nd Match - 2012 Rookie Tournament First Round Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Taku Kajikawa (Japan / Sky Fist) vs Takeshi Saito (Japan / K'z FactoryAtsugi)
Winner: 2R Taku Kajikawa by Decision(20-18, 20-18, 19-19)
1st Match - 2012 Rookie Tournament First Round Flyweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Kirihito Kodama (Japan / Parestra Tokyo) vs Tomoaki Ota (Japan / ParaestraKoiwa)
Winner: 2R Kirihito Kodama byDecision (20-17, 20-19, 20-18)
Reportby Shu Hirata