“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
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
Miki and Haruo Ochi,
and the participation of Guy
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
Larson, Drew Fickett
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
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.