UFC, Sengoku Vet ‘K-Taro’ Returns to Shooto in September


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit
Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura will see his first action of the year in September, when the Sengoku 2010 welterweight grand prix winner is set to meet Akihiro Murayama as part of “Shootor’s Legacy 4.”

Shooto officials announced the matchup Monday during “Shootor’s Legacy 3” at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall, the venue which will also host the series’ next iteration on Sept. 23.

Also confirmed for the September card was a 123-pound matchup between Ryuichi Miki and Haruo Ochi, and the participation of Guy Delumeau, Naohiro Mizuno and Shin Kochiwa against opponents to be determined.

After a 15-0-2 start to his career, Nakamura (Pictured, file photo) embarked on a stateside run with the UFC in 2007, but was released on the heels of decisions to Brock Larson, Drew Fickett and Rob Emerson. Following his narrow defeat to Emerson in February 2008, Nakamura announced plans to retire from MMA, citing issues with confidence and an eye injury brought on by an Emerson high-kick attempt.

Nakamura’s retirement did not last long, as the Wajutsu Keishukai fighter resurfaced in September 2008 to top Brazilian lightweight Adriano Martins under the Dream banner. In June 2010, the 27-year-old moved back up to 170 pounds and tore through Sengoku’s welterweight grand prix, finishing Omar de la Cruz and Takuya Wada with punches before submitting Yasubey Enomoto via rear-naked choke on Dec. 30.

Murayama, 31, is the reigning Shooto Pacific Rim 169-pound champion, having taken the belt from Yoichiro Sato in a June 11 decision. The win was only the second for the Gutsman Shooto Dojo representative in his last seven starts, but knotted his trilogy with Sato at one apiece, with one draw.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 21 days ago
  • 39 views

Cat Zingano will return to action this fall, but it won’t be in a title fight. Instead, she’ll meet Amanda Nunes at UFC 178 in Las Vegas.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 37 views

Lots of action from around the world this weekend, featuring UFC, PRIDE, and Strikeforce veterans. This past weekend featured an array of solid of regional fights, beginning with the ubiquitous Brett Rogers's campaign through the Eastern European circuit. Rogers was headlining Moscow's Fight Nights: Battle 16 where he squared off with Magomed Malikov. Rogers, who was TKO'd in his last outing, seemed wary of letting his guard down against the heavy-handed Malikov and rather than throw hands he es read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 427 views

UFC featherweight Conor McGregor will return to action at UFC 178 on September 27 to take on No. 6-ranked Dustin Poirier. UFC officials announced the match-up on Wednesday. read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 10 views

The UFC has signed a new heavyweight to the ranks, 39 year old Legacy FC vet Richard Odoms. I keep saying that heavyweight MMA is a weird place, it's own special deal; a world in which the normal laws of MMA talent acquisition and scouting don't really apply. It's signings like this that confirm that world view to me. Because, by any sensible measure, the UFC's signing of Richard Odoms is weird. But, for heavyweight MMA, it's normal. Or at least near enough. His signing was announced by the UFC read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 47 views

The biggest weekend of the year for MMA is upon us, and leading the way is UFC 175. Headlined by two championship fights, the event has a big feel to it and could go down as one of the great events in UFC history. Chris Weidman defends his title against Lyoto Machida, while Ronda Rousey defends her strap against Alexis Davis. Before those main features, though, we have a stacked preliminary card full of promising prospects and established vets. Last weekend, I was just above the .500 mark. After read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 79 views

A look at the turbulent year of 2011 in the career of Chael Sonnen. Including his battles with athletic commissions and return to the cage after a suspension for his failed drug test following the first Anderson Silva bout. When last we left Chael Sonnen, he was embattled in a public tussle with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. If you missed part one, you can read it here. Sonnen had gone in front of the California commission following a failed drug test in California and claimed that he'd read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 14 views

Paul Gift returns to crunch the fight numbers and estimate win probabilities for tomorrow’s UFC 175 card and Penn vs. Edgar 3 on Sunday. It's UFC Fight Week!!! Ronda Rousey's busy getting mobbed, Luke Barnatt's cruising around Cosmo in a suit jacket and shorts and Justin Scoggins is finally on a main card! Thanks to the UFC for listening to this tweet and then one-upping it. The UFC pool party is going on right at this moment and I'm tucked away in my hotel room typing. Man, I love you guys. As read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 47 views

The rematch you've been dying to see is now reality, as Antonio Silva once again tangles with Andrei Arlovski this fall in Brasilia. Your eyes aren't deceiving you - Andrei Arlovski is a UFC main event fighter in 2014. To expand further, Arlovski will face Antonio Silva in a five-round fight on September 13th in the Brazilians capital of Brasilia. MMA Fighting confirmed the news first that was first reported by Combate. The main card will air live on Fox Sports 1. Silva (18-5, 1 NC) is coming of read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 58 views

The best card of the year has arrived. While Chris Weidman, the two-time conqueror of one Anderson Silva, is worthy of the main attraction along with Lyoto Machida, the real meat of UFC 175 on Saturday in Las Vegas that makes it 2014's best slate is the jaw-dropping set of matches on the undercard. Machida's quest to become just the third fighter in history to win a title in more than one weight class is the perfect finale to a stunning card that has not been given nearly enough attention. The f read news >>