by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com (Photo courtesy of Shooto)
(pictured: Akitoshi Tamura)
In the main event of Shooto “Back to our Roots 3,” Akitoshi Tamura avenged a previous loss to “Lion” Takeshi Inoue with a unanimous decision victory. Neutralizing Inoue’s striking prowess with takedowns, Tamura dominated “Lion” on the ground with guard passes and strikes over three rounds. With the win, Tamura claimed the Shooto 143-pound lightweight belt and became the first fighter in Shooto history to hold two belts concurrently in one weight class.
Antonio “Pato” Carvalho moved one step closer to title contention with a split decision victory over Hatsu Hioki. Hioki controlled the fight in the first round, getting a few takedowns and throwing strikes from the mount. Carvalho became the aggressor during the last two rounds, trading punches and scoring a few takedowns. With the win, Carvalho rebounds from a disappointing loss to “Lion” Takeshi.
AACC’s Masatoshi Abe defeated Daniel Otero via disqualification after multiple point deductions from rule infractions. Otero landed three shots below the belt in the first round, losing two points. In the second, Otero illegally kicked Abe in the head when he was down on the mat.
Announced for “Back To Our Roots 4” on July 15th, undefeated Shooto 132-pound Champion Akitoshi Hokazono will defend his belt against former champion Ryota Matsune. Also, Shikou Yamashita will make the first defense of his 183-pound belt against Siyar Bahadurzada.
Lightweight Rookie Tournament Quarterfinal Match:
-Naohiro Mizuno def. Yoshiki Noguchi – TKO (Strikes), RD 2 2:54
Welterweight Rookie Tournament Quarterfinal Matches:
-Hidekazu Asakura def. Koichi Taguchi – TKO, RD 1 3:50
-Michiyuki Ishibashi def. Kunio Nakajima – Unanimous Decision (20-15, 20-16, 20-15)
Class B Fights:
-Masashi Yozen def. Akihiko Adachi – TKO (Strikes), RD 2 1:26
-Shinya Murofushi and Kenichi Sawada fought to a DRAW, RD2
-Hayate Usui def. Eiji Murayama – Unanimous Decision (20-17, 20-17, 20-17)
Class A Fights:
-Masatoshi Abe def. Daniel Otero – Disqualification (Point Deductions), RD 2 4:38
-Koetsu Okazaki def. Atsushi Yamamoto – Majority Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-29)
-Marcos Galvao def. Kenji Osawa – Majority Decision (30-28, 30-27, 29-29)
-Antonio Carvalho def. Hatsu Hioki – Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-30)
Shooto Lightweight Championship Match:
-Akitoshi Tamura def. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue – Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-27)