In the upcoming January 11th Shooto show at Korakuen Hall, Yutaka Saito will be fighting for a vacant Shooto world lightweight (145 lbs) title.
His opponent will be announced on a later date.
At the Shooto show held this past weekend, Saito stepped into the ring after the intermission and told the fans, “in both amateur and pro, I always fought for Shooto. And now I can fight Ina world titles fight so I think I should be the one getting that belt.”
Shooto world 145 lbs champion was Hatsu Hioki from May 30, 2010 to May 31, 2011 but he relinquished the title to sign with UFC and since then this championship has been vacant for almost four and half years.
Monday, January 11th, 2015
At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 17:00
Fight Starts – 17:30
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
SHOOTO World Lightweight (145 lbs) Championship Bout 5 min / 3R
Yutaka Saito (Japan / Paraestra Koiwa) vs TBA
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)