SHOOTO – 04/23/2017: Grimsley to face Okada

Tristan Grimsley

Tristan Grimsley from USA is confirmed as Ryo Okada’s opponent in the upcoming Shooto event at the Maihama Amphi Theater event on April 23rd.

This is going to be Okada’s first fight against a fighter from North America.

Okada is a 27-year old, with pro MMA record of 10-3-2. And he is coming off from a loss in the title fight so Okada must win to stay in line for another title shot.

Because, Grimsley is currently on a three-fight win streak.

His pro MMA record is 6-7 at this point.

According to the press release by Shooto, Grimsley is a team mate of Will Campuzano who fought Hideo Tokoro in VTJ 3rd. Besides this, not much sales point about Grimsley to the Japanese audience because its not like he used to fight for UFC or Bellator or WSOF.

However, Grimsley is lanky. He has long arms and legs.

And Grimsley is a good grappler which makes him quite dangerous on the ground.

Okada is the winner of last year’s Best Bout of Shooto.

But that fight was a losing effort against the bantamweight champion Keita Kobashi. This means, Okada basically needs to win this fight.

Professional SHOOTO
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
At Maihama Anphi Theatre, Chiba, Japan
Doors Open – 15:00
Fight Starts – 16:00

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

Shooto World Featherweight Championship 5 min / 5R
Yutaka Saito (Japan / Paraestra Koiwa) vs Caol Uno (Japan/ UNO DOJO)

Stawweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Ryuto Sawada (Japan / AACC) vs Takamasa Kiuchi (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai GODS)

Stawweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yosuke Saruta (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai HEARTS) vs Hiroba Minowa (Japan / STF)

Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Naoyuki Kotani (Japan / Rodeo Style) vs Youichi Fukumoto (Japan / Itadaki Jiu-jitsu)

Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Hiromasa Ogikubo (Japan / Parestra Matsudo) vs TBA

Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Ryo Okada (Japan / Paraestra Chiba) vs Tristan Grimsley (USA / )


report by Shu Hirata
photo courtesy of Bout Review (