VTJ 7th – 09/13/2015: Shooto Champ Sugawra to face KOP Shimizu

Masaaki Sugawara (left) and Kiyotaka Shimizu appeared in front of the fans at Shooto show last week held in TokyoVTJ announced first fight of their seventh installment.

The current King of Pancrase at super-flyweight division, Kiyotaka Shimizu, is going to take on Masaaki Sugawara, Shooto's world champion at 125 lbs, in a flyweight bout.

These two met three years ago in Shooto and Shimizu won via decision.

During the intermission of Shooto show held last week in Tokyo, both Shimizu and Sugawara stepped into the ring and shared their thoughts with the fans.

"I actually rejected an offer from national TV (Pancrase) and instead chose this fight. I know I am going to face a very tough opponent, and I didn't do well in my last fight so, my approach to this fight is, emulate and learn from the champion."

"Last time, I lost to Shimzu in a decision so I am looking for a revenge here. I am going to train very hard to prepare for this fight."

VTJ 7th
Sunday, September 13th, 2015
At Maihama Amphit Theater, Chiba, Japan
Doors Open –
Fight Starts –

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Masaaki Sugawara (Japan / Yotsukaido Sports Studio) vs. Kiyotaka Shimizu (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)

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