Riley Dutro, who just KO’d Yusaku Nakamura, made his second Shooto appearance on this past weekend, and this time, he demolished Shooto’s young flyweight hope Takumi Tamaru.
Dutro utilized reach advantage and his power in this fight.
Even when he was taken down, Dutro was able to grab Tamaru’s head and hands, then landed punches to the head.
Tamaru didn’t like this so stood back up and shot in for the takedown but just couldn’t follow through.
And from there, it was all Dutro.
He closed in on a 22-year old and landed couple of solid right straights to the face. Tamaru backed off. Dutro grabbed him to the ground and unleashed punches till the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Now, this is the second Japanese fighter Dutro crashed that were hoping to get to the UFC.
First one was Nakamura and this time its Tamaru.
Well, since Tamaru is only 22 years old, he would have a plenty time to get back into the track but for Nakamura, who is 31 years old, that loss against Dutro just made UFC almost impossible.
And, there is one more man in the Shooto’s flyweight division that is hoping to get a call from UFC, and that the current Shooto world champion Hiromasa Ogikubo.
Yes, Ogikubo is the fighter that made it to the final of The Ultimate Fighter yet didn’t get an offer from UFC to a multi-fight deal.
With this win over Tamaru, Riley is definitely a step closer to facing Ogikubo for the title. Also, Shooto could match him with HAYATO, another 22-year old talent with 10-1 record.
Either way, looks like the future of Shooto’s flyweight would be heavily depends on what Riley is gong to do next.
Sunday, January 28th, 2018
At Maihama Amphi Theatre, Chiba, Japan
The Main Event – SHOOTO Pacific-Rim Bantamweight Championship Bout 5 min / 3R
Mamoru “Full Swing” Uoi (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai HEARTS) vs Kazuma Sone (Japan / ZOOMER)
Winner: 3R Kazuma Sone by Decision (28-29, 30-30, 28-29)
Co-Main – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Takumi Tamaru (Japan / NASCER DO SOL) vs Riley Dutro (USA / I&I Training Center)
Winner: 1R 3’40” Riley Dutro by TKO (referee stoppage – g n p)
6th Match – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yosuke Saruta (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai HEARTS) vs Kiyotaka Shimizu (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)
Winner: 3R Yosuke Saruta by Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-28)
5th Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Koshi Matsumoto (Japan / Independent) vs Daisuke Hoshino (Japan / Tsudannuma Dojo)
Winner: 3R Koshi Matsumoto by Decision (30-28, 29-28, 30-27)
4th Match – Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Shoko Sato (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo) vs Yo Saito (Japan / Toikatsu Dojo)
Winner: 3R Yo Saito by Decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30)
3rd Match – Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Taiki Tsuchiya (Japan / roots) vs Tatsuya Ando (Japan / Independent)
Winner: 3R Tatsuya Ando by Decision (28-30, 27-30, 27-30)
2nd Match – SHOOTO World Strawweight Title Qualifier 5 min / 3R
Junji “Sarumaru” Ito (Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama) vs Itchaku Murata (Japan / NEW GROUND)
Winner: 1R 0’53” Itchaku Murata by KO (right hook)
1st Match – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Tsubasa Saito (Japan / Tsudanuma Dojo) vs Teruyoshi Kubomura (Japan / Hishojuku)
Winner: 2R Draw (19-18, 19-19, 19-19)
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)