by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
Former Shooto lightweight champion Akitoshi Tamura will face off with Shooto legend Rumina Sato on Shooto’s 20th anniversary card on May 3 at the brand new JCB Hall in Tokyo.
Tamura comes off a decision loss to Hideki Kadowaki at Shooto “Back to our Roots 8,” dropping the Shooto lightweight title in the process. Sato also comes off a loss to Kadowaki, when he was submitted with a rear naked choke at Shooto “Back to our Roots 5.”
The winner of the fight will be in an advantageous position to possibly challenge for the Shooto lightweight title sometime later this year.
Already announced for the event will be a match for the vacant welterweight title between Shooto Pacific Rim welterweight champion Takashi Nakakura and Purebred lightweight Ganjo Tentsuku. These two previously met at Shooto “Champion Carnival,” where they fought a back and forth affair that ended in a draw.
Shooto legend Hayato “Mach” Sakurai returns to take on Pride veteran David Baron in a middleweight bout.
Sakurai comes off a stoppage victory over Cage Force veteran Hidetaka Monma at DREAM 1, while Baron submitted Niek Tromp at a recent Shooto event in Belgium.
Top ranked Shooto bantamweight fighter Yasuhiro Urushitani takes on recently promoted rookie Ryuichi Miki.
Urushitani comes off a disappointing draw with relatively unknown fighter Jesse Taitano at Cage Force 5, while Miki won a decision over Kenji Hosoya at Shooto “Shooting Disco 4.”
Former Shooto lightweight champion “Lion” Takeshi Inoue has been tapped to participate on the card against an, as yet, unnamed opponent.
Shooto Welterweight Championship Bout:
-Takashi Nakakura vs. Ganjo Tentsuku
-Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. David Baron
-Akitoshi Tamura vs. Rumina Sato
-Yasuhiro Urushitani vs. Ryuichi Miki
-Hayate Usui vs. Sakae Kasuya
-Katsuya Murofushi vs. Shinpei Tahara
-”Lion” Takeshi Inoue vs. TBA