SHOOTO – 05/05/2014: “Wicky” Nishiura back in SHOOTO

A 30-year old Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura will be back in Shooto for the first time in five yearsThis is going to be his first Shooto appearance in five years. In terms of fighting at Korakuen Hall, its the first time in six years.

DREAM veteran Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura signed with Shooto, and he is confirmed to take Ryogo Takahashi from team KRAZY BEE.

Nishiura made his pro MMA debut in Shooto back in 2005, and in the same year, he won a rookie of the year.

After posting 7-2 record in Shooto, Nishiura signed with Cage Force, and eventually signed with DREAM.

However, after losing to Mitsuhiro Ishida and Caol Uno, "Wicky" left DREAM and fought in Shoot Boxing yet took another loss there. Since then, he has trained in US, looked for fights, and also, even tried out for TUF but nothing really materialized. Then, finally in 2013, he went back to Japan and signed with VTJ.

Although Nishiura lost to Yuta Nezu in an unanimous decision at his first VTJ appearance, he came back strong, defeated Shigeki Osawa in VTJ 3rd so he should be feeling good going into this fight.

However, Takahashi is a young up and comer with heavy hands. Just defeated a veteran Daiki Tsuchiya from team roots so he is legit and dangerous.

But Nishiura likes to strike too so we can expect these two guys to exchange leathers and that means a high possibility of a KO finish.

Sustain Presents
Professional SHOOTO 25h Year Anniversary
Thursday, April 17th, 2014
At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 17:00
Fight Starts – 17:30

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

The Main Event – Professional SHOOTO 25th Year Anniversary Memorial Lightweight (65 kg / 145 lbs) Bout 5 min / 3R
Taiki Tsuchiya (Japan / roots) vs Caol Uno (Japan / UNO DOJO)

Bantamweight (56 kg / 125 lbs) Bout 5 min / 3R
Takaki Soya (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo) vs Gyung Jung Ju (Korea / )

Lightweight (65 kg / 145 lbs) Bout 5 min / 3R
Ryogo Takahashi (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura (Japan / STGY)

Lightweight (65 kg / 145 lbs) Bout 5 min / 2R
Shigeki Osawa (Japan / Freelance) vs Fumiya Sasaki (Japan / T-Pleasure)

Infinity League 2014 Lightweight (65 kg / 145 lbs) Bout 5 min / 2R
Toshiro Chihama (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs Kazuhide Shirota (Japan / Ashiga Fight Club)

Infinity League 2014 Flyweight (52 kg) 5 min 2R
Atsushi "ATCH Anarchy" Takeuchi (Japan / Paraestra Tokyo) vs Ryuto Sawada (Japan / AACC)

Welterweight (70 kg / 155 lbs) Bout 5 min / 2R
Yu Fujimaki (Japan / Paraestra Koiwa) vs Kazumasa Sugawara (Japan / MASTER JAPAN)

Welterweight (70 kg / 155 lbs) Bout 5 min / 2R
Dai Sudo (Japan / roots) vs Joji Mikami (Japan / Shooto GYM Tokyo)

Ticket Prices:
RS – 10,000 yen
SS – 8,000 yen
S – 6,000 yen
A – 5,000 yen
*500 yen more at the door.

Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview)