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- JAPAN’S SHOOTO COMES TO ORANGE COUNTY

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Professional Shooto Japan Comes To Orange County at The No Limits Event Center August 18.

Irvine, CA – On Saturday, August 18, Professional Shooto Japan will make its much-anticipated foray into the U.S. market in Orange County California at The No Limits Event Center. For its venture into the American market Professional Shooto Japan will showcase some of it’s brightest stars including Shooto veteran Kenichiro Togashi taking on current Gladiator Challenge Lightweight World Champion Brian Cobb. Togashi is coming off a first round submission victory over Darren Crisp in his U.S. debut in April, while Cobb recently submitted Shawn Bias and John Reedy in route to winning the Gladiators Challenge Lightweight Championship.

Explosive striking sensation Akiyo “Wicky” Nishiura moves up from 143 lbs. weight class where he was crowned Shooto Rookie Champion in 2006 to make his U.S. debut at 155 lbs. to face Joe Camacho. Camacho the much more experienced fighter with 11 victories under his belt 9 by way of knockout, is intent on exchanging strikes with the rookie champ and looks to test “wicky” at the new weight.

In the main event 2005 Shooto Rookie Champion and title contender Tenkei Fujimiya looks to run through Colin Oyama protégé and Shooto veteran Bao Quach. At the Shooto: “Back To Our Roots 4″ event last week in Tokyo, Fujimiya announced that he would “knockout Quach and return to Japan to fight for the title”. Quach has gone the distance with Japanese stars Hatsu Hioki and Naoya Uematsu, is on a 3 fight win streak and has plans on disrupting Fujimiyas’ hopes of the holding the Shooto Featherweight title.

Shooto “The Arrival” will be the first true season of Shootos’ brand of Mixed Martial Arts in the U.S. and will deliver 6 shows at The No Limits Event Center over 2007-2008 season beginning August 18 with subsequent shows to follow Oct. 27, Dec, 31, Feb. 23, Apr. 26 and June 28. Shooto looks to establish North American title-holders in 6 weight classes over the course of the 2007-2008 season.

Shooto will introduce a whole new approach to MMA events with it’s production and “Shooto Season Tickets” structure which allows fans to purchase season tickets for 6 shows a year and pay for their tickets monthly. Fans who purchase a $60 reserved seat pay just $30 a month through Electronic Funds Transfer and own their seat for the entire Shooto 2007-2008 season! A very limited number of season tickets will be released and season ticket holders will have access to many perks including, valet parking, VIP lounge access and service, access to Shooto MMA and grappling seminars and tournaments, free and discounted merchandise, and a host of other VIP privileges

Season tickets for the Shooto 2007-2008 season go on sale Wednesday, July 25 at 10:00am PT, and are priced at $175 and $60 (plus applicable services or taxes). Fans can purchase tickets by phone by calling (949) 251-8822 or at The No Limits Event Center Box Office located at 1962 Barranca Parkway Irvine, CA 92606. For more event and ticket information join Shooto at www.myspace.com/thisisshooto or log onto www.nolimitsmma.com.

Shooto Season 1 “The Arrival” is presented by Manly Media, LLC. and No Limits Worldwide, INC.

About Professional Shooto Japan
Professional Shooto Japan originally formed in 1985 is the oldest and most exciting mixed martial arts organization in the world. Over the last decade Shooto has produced some of the greatest bouts and the biggest stars in the sports history. Legends like Rumina Sato, Hayato Sakurai, Caol Uno, “Kid” Yamamoto, Erik Paulson, Joachim Hansen, Shinya Aoki, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, Gilbert Melendez, Jake Shields, Andersen Silva, Takanori Gomi, Enson Inoue and Rickson Gracie have all made their names in the original mixed martial arts organization, Shooto Japan.

About The No Limits Event Center
The No Limits Event Center is an intimate 1,500-seat state-of-the-art venue dedicated to the promotion of Mixed Martial Arts Events. At 25,000 square feet the No Limits Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness Center is the largest and foremost MMA facility in the country. The No Limits Mixed Martial Arts Center is located at 1962 Barranca Parkway Irvine, CA 92606 in the heart of Orange County, neighboring the all new upscale retail and entertainment center “The District” featuring a14-screen AMC multiplex theater and a cluster of restaurants, bistros, cafes and specialty retail venues. For more information about The No Limits Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness Center call (949) 251-8822 or visit www.nolimtsmma.com

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