He usually goes for a clinch, pushes the opponent to the cage, then scores the take down.
From there, he passes guard, and from the side mount, lands punches and elbows to the body, then goes for a guillotine choke.
That has been a typical strategy for all of his recent fights.
By doing so, Satoru Kitaoka has been winning, and finally, he has captured the lightweight King of Pancrase title by dominating AKIRA in the final of World Slam tournament final.
This fight was Kitaoka from beginning to the end.
Kitaoka spent majority of his time on top of AKIRA, either attempting guillotine or landing fists and elbows to the body.
In a midway through the second round, AKIRA did land one right hook and backed Kitaoka off a bit but that was about it. Kitaoka executed his strategy and won by an unanimous decision.
In addition to DEEP lightweight title, now Kitaoka has Pancrase title as well and that makes him the best lightweight among those fighters in Japan that is not signed to UFC or other prominent MMA promotions in the overseas.
That's very impressive for a 35-year old veteran who already has 58 pro MMA fights on his resume.
However, this also means, the future of Japanese MMA is not necessary so bright because no young talents getting close to beating veterans like Kitaoka. Even in the featherweight division the situation is similar. Former lightweight King of Pancrase ISAO went down to 145 lbs last year yet lost to a 36-year old Kazunori Yokota on December 31st.
In the era when PRIDE was on a national television many young talents in the combat sports dreamed of being a MMA fighter however, right now, for the general public of Japan, MMA is a forgotten content.
Its nice to see veterans doing well but the Japanese MMA also needs young talents that has the potential to step up to the world level and win. The fans need something to be excited about, and also, the athletes need motivation as well.
And, this should result in an increase of MMA competitors.
Sunday, March 15th, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
The Main Event – World Slam Tournament Lightweight Final Bout 5 min / 3R
Satoru Kitaoka (Japan / Lotus Setagaya) vs AKIRA (Kugeyama Rascal Gym)
Winner: 3R Satoru Kitaoka by Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-26)
Co-Main – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshihiro Koyama (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo) vs Kazuki Tokudome (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji)
Winner: 1R 1'38" Kazuki Tokudome by TKO (referee stoppage – left straight followed by g n p)
12th Match – Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuki Sora (Japan / Pancrase-ism) vs Shingo Suzuki (Japan / ALLIANCE)
Winner: 1R 4'56" Shingo Suzuki by TKO (referee stoppage – g n p)
11th Match – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Andy Main (USA / Pure MMA – Hybird Fighter) vs Hulk Oshiro (Japan / Voss Gym)
Winner: 1R 0'57" Andy Main by Submission (triangle choke)
10th Match – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R *non-title bout
Mitsuhisa Sunabe (Japan / reversaL Gym OKINAWA CROSS x LINE) vs Seiji Ozuka (Japan / FREEDOM@OZ)
Winner: 2R 2'39" Mitsuhisa Sunabe by TKO (referee stoppage – right high kick followed by g n p)
9th Match – Super-Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Hiroki Yamashita (Japan / Paraestra Osaka) vs Yusuke Ogikubo (Japan / K-PLACE Saitama Kakutougi Dojo)
Winner: 3R Yusuke Ogikubo by Decision (28-29, 29-28, 27-30)
8th Match -Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuki Baba (Japan / Rodeo Style) vs Lenny Wheeler (Canada /
Winner: 1R 0'18" Lenny Wheeler by TKO (referee stoppage – right ihgh kick followed by g n p)
7th Match – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Juntaro Ushiku (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai TLIVE) vs Takeshi Matsuoka (Japan / Freelance)
Winner: 3R Juntaro Ushiku by Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
6th Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuki Yamazaki (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs Shunpei Ota (Japan / Don Qujiote)
Winner: 1R 2'22" Yuki Yamazaki by Submission (armbar)
5th Match – Bantamweight Bout 3 min / 3R
CORO (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai TLIVE) vs Masato Sannai (Japan / GUTSMAN)
Winner: 3R CORO by Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
4th Match – Lightweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Takefumi Ito (Japan / Pancrase-ism) vs Koji Takeuchi (Japan / HLC)
Winner: 3R Takafumi Ito by Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
3rd Match – Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Takashi Sato (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.) vs Vyron Phillips (Canada / Minnesota Martial Arts Academy)
Winner: Takashi Sato by Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2nd Match – Women's Super-flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Shiori Hori (Japan / K-STYLE) vs Lindsay Garbatt (Canada / Bruckmann Martial Arts)
Winner: 1R 1'01" Lindsay Garbatt by TKO (referee stoppage – punches from the mount position)
1st Match – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Koji Obata (Japan / U-SPIRIT JAPAN Machida) vs TJ Laramie (Canada / Maximum Training Center)
Winner: 2R 2'33' TJ Laramie by TKO (Punches)
Pancrase Gate Match – Featherweight Bout 3 min / 2R
Toshio Ito (Japan / PUREBRED Omiya) vs Takuji Sogo (Japan / Akimoto Dojo jungle junction)
Winner: 2R Draw