SHOOTO – 01/28/2018: Title Qualifier between “Sarumaru” and Murata added

Yosuke Saruta vs. Junji “Sarumaru” Ito

The strawweight title qualifier between Junji “Sarumaru” Ito and Itchaku Murata is added to Shooto’s first event of 2018 at Mihama Amphi Theatre.

This is going to be Ito’s fifth title qualifier but he took the current champion Yosuke Saruta to a draw in January so he has to eager to get a title shot.

On the other hand, this is going to be Murata’s first opportunity to get to the title shot in his 18-year pro MMA career.

He has been known as a good grappler but at age 45 Murata is still improving. Recently Murata has been scoring knock downs with elbow shots. This maybe the last time Murata get to fight in the title qualifier so the fans can expect him to be fully prepared for this fight.

Professional SHOOTO
Sunday, January 28th, 2018
At Maihama Amphi Theatre, Chiba, Japan
Doors Open – 17:30
Fight Starts – 18:00

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yosuke Saruta (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai HEARTS) vs Yoshiro Maeda (Japan / Pancrase Osaka Inagaki-gumi)

Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Takumi Tamaru (Japan / NASCER DO SOL) vs Riley Dutro (USA / I&I Training Center)

SHOOTO World Strawweight Title Qualifier 5 min / 3R
Junji “Sarumaru” Ito (Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama) vs Itchaku Murata (Japan / NEW GROUND)


Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (