Shooto implemented new rules from this year. Something very similar to North American unified MMA rules. Now, in the three-round bouts, fighters can choose to fight under the rules where elbow shots to the head will be allowed. All title fights are now five 5-minnute rounds.
However, in terms of "weight classes" and "judges criteria", seems like, its still Shooto.
Lightweight is still 145 lbs, featherweight is 132 lbs, and bantamweight is 125 lbs.
Instead of placing three judges on the ring side, a referee of the fight is one of the three judges that is scoring the bout.
Not sure if this is the reason why but many are still wondering about the decision in regards to Shooto bantamweight (125 lbs) title fight held earlier this month.
The champion at the time, Ryuichi Miki, clearly had an advantage in the first three rounds. Miki was the one that kept attacking. Shot in many times, took the top position, and took the back as well. Scored more than few takedowns in the third round too.
Not taking anything away from Masaaki Sugawara though. He was able to defend well. Sprawled out of most of Miki's takedown attempts. And, in the third round, he was able to land few elbows and punches from the top. That must have left a good impression on judges.
Both fourth and fifth rounds were pretty much the same except Miki had to take a break on both rounds due to kicks to the groin. No points were deducted from Sugawara but it just didn't make him look good.
This fight looked like a solid win by Miki but two out of three judges gave to Sugawara. When scores were announced, Sugawara looked surprised. Miki looked devastated. His corner men, Naoya Umematsu and Shintaro Ishiwatari, seemed quite dissatisfied with the result.
MOBSTYLE 15th Anniversary Tour FIGHT & MOSH
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
The Headliner – SHOOTO World Bantamweight (125 lbs) Championship Bout 5 min / 5R
Ryuichi Miki (Japan / CAVE) vs Masaaki Sugawara (Japan / Yotsukaido Sports Studio)
Winner: 5R Masaaki Sugawara by Decision (48-48, 47-49, 48-49)
Co-Main – SHOOTO Pacific Rim Lightweight (145 lbs) Championship Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshifumi "Junior" Nakamura (Japan / Mach Dojo) vs Yutaka Saito (Japan / Paraestra Koiwa)
Winner: 3R Yutaka Saito by Decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-30)
7th Match – Featherweight (132 lbs) Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuta Nezu (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Tokyo Dojo) vs Raja Shippen (USA / Reign MMA)
Winner: 3R Yuta Nezu by Decision (30-28, 30-27, 29-28)
6th Match – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Ken Asuka (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo) vs Junji Ito (Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama)
Winner: 1R 2'00 Junji Ito by KO (right straight)
5th Match – Bantamweight (125 lbs) Bout 5 min / 3R
Mamoru (Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama) vs Rambo Kosuke (Japan / Paraestra Chiba)
Winner: 3R Draw (30-27, 29-29, 28-29)
4th Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Lion Takeshi (Japan / Rising Sun) vs Ikuya Sasaki (Japan / T-Pleasure)
Winner: 3R Lion Takeshi by Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
3rd Match – Featherweight (132 lbs) Bout 5 min / 3R
Daiki Tsuchiya (Japan / roots) vs Shoko Sato (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo)
Winner: 1R 1'40" Shoko Sato by KO (right straight)
2nd Match – Lightweight (145 lbs) Bout 5 min / 2R
Ryogo Takahashi (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs Joji Mikami (Japan / Shooto GYM Tokyo)
Winner: 1R 1'12" Ryogo Takahashi by KO (referee stoppage – g n p)
1st Match – Infinity League 2015 Official Featherweight (135 lbs) Bout 5 min / 2R
Makoto (Japan / K'z Factory) vs Takuya Ogura (Japan / Sky Fist)
Winner: 1R 1'43" Takuya Ogura by Submission (rear naked choke)
Opening Fight #2 – Lightweight (145 lbs) Bout 5 min / 2R
Taison Naito (Japan / roots) vs. Curly (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo)
Winner: 2R 3'34" Taison Naito by Submission (armbar)
Opening Fight #1 – Infinity League Rookie Tournament Bantamweight (125 lbs) Opening Round Bout 5 min / 2R
Ryo Mizuno (Japan / roots) vs Musashi Nakasone (Japan / The Paraestra Okinawa)
Winner: 2R 1'49" Musashi Nakasone by Submission (guillotine choke)
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)