Mikihito Yamagami took Shooto 115-pound gold from Junji Ikoma in just 41 seconds. | Photo: Taro Irei
Ikoma originally won the title -- previously vacated by Rambaa Somdet due to injury -- in a rollicking war with Junji Ito at last April. Yamagami crushed him in a fraction of the time to take it for himself.
Shooto's new 115-pound ace.
An eager Ikoma engaged with punches and low kicks to start the bout, but Yamagami countered with rangy southpaw jabs and right hands, surprising the champion. Yamagami landed a left hook to flatten him on his back, whereupon he lunged to finish with brutal ground-and-pound. Referee Toshiharu Suzuki dove then at the 41-second mark to rescue the supine Ikoma from an overzealous Yamagami, who got more than a few extra punches in.
Both grapplers opted to lock horns on the feet for much of the
fight, but outside of a Kojima teep to the face followed by a crisp
two punches in the first frame, neither man scored any significant
Kojima wasn't pleased with
“My fight wasn't so good, kinda like my last fight. I figured out what I lack now: it's a lack of heart combined with a lack of forward movement. That's only developed by training hard,” said a disappointed but idealistic Kojima after the bout. “I want to return to the condition I was in when I used to finish fights by submission.”
In a battle of wrestling wills, Hawaiian transplant Guy Delameau turned in another gritty performance to take a close majority decision over 2008 Rookie Tournament MVP Issei Tamura, punching his ticket the finals of Shooto's 143-pound Pacific Rim title tournament.
The American evened up or stole rounds with his constant pressure, smashing Tamura into ring corners where he harassed him with short punches and constant takedown attempts.
Delumeau secured his lead in the third when after a picturesque
lateral drop, he captured the Krazy Bee fighter's back to finish
out the round with choke attempts and punches to the side of the
Tamura couldn't escape Delumeau's
Over the course of 15 minutes, Oda and Miki traded punches and middle kicks. Signifying how evenly matched the fight was, judge scores went in every possible direction with judge Kanno seeing the fight 30-29 for Oda. Referee and in-ring judge Suzuki instead saw the bout 29-28 for Miki, while the last judge, Tanaka, saw it a 29-29 draw.
Miki he was later awarded a berth across Delumeau for the finals by way of a blind drawing after the event. Both men will meet at Sustain's next major Shooto card slated for Jan. 8 at Korakuen Hall.
Oda, by merit of drawing with Miki, won't walk away empty-handed however, as Shooto officials deemed that the loser of the random draw would get first crack at the new 143-pound Pac Rim champion in 2012.
Sato went for a painful ride.
Verresen further lumped Sato up, again punching his way back to the feet where he delivered the coup de grace, flattening Sato with a finishing right hand. The official time was 4:17 of the first round.
In typical Tamura fashion, the WEC veteran was content to fight off of his back, punching infrequently from bottom and throwing up the rubber guard to render Osawa inert for the first two periods. Tamura sealed the decision victory by stealing Osawa's back to threaten with punches and the choke in the third frame.
Former Shooto world title challenger Ryuichi Miki went down to hard-swinging Kentaro Watanabe, 20-18 on all cards. Watanabe's toughness saw him absorb the punches to land repeated left hooks across Miki's jaw to drop him four times throughout the fight.
Lightweight Daisuke Hoshino made quick work of Akira Okada, clipping him and snaking an arm under and around the neck for a tight rear-naked choke. As soon as a glassy-eyed Okada collapse, referee Suzuki jumped in to pull Hoshino off at 0:36 of the first round.
Starting the evening, Koshi Matsumoto took a page from his mentor, Shooto world champion Kuniyoshi Hironaka, by putting Takahiro Kajita on his back to threaten with straight armbars, a heel hook, and the guillotine for unanimous 20-18 cards.view original article >>