by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
Cage Force held the first round of its lightweight and welterweight tournaments today.

No real surpises came out of the first round expect in the welterweight tournament, as former Welterweight King of Pancrase Katsuya Inoue was upset by Shooto veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida in their quaterfinal bout. Other winners in the welterweight tournament include former Shooto Middleweight Champion Akira Kikuchi and HEROS veteran Hidetaka Monma. Kikuchi is currently the world’s #8-ranked welterweight fighter in the MMAWeekly Rankings.

Former Shooto Pacific Rim Welterweight Champion Koutetsu Boku advanced to next round of the lightweight tournament after brutally dispatching Finnish fighter Jarkko Latomaki with strikes. Other fighters advancing include; Pride veteran Eiji Mitsuoka, DEEP veteran Wataru Takahashi, Cage Warriors Lightweight tournament winner Tomonori Kanomata and Pancrase veteran Artur Oumakhanov.

The winners of tonight’s bouts now move on to the next round, which is scheduled to happen on May 27. They will be joined by Takumi Nakayama and Wataru Miki in the lightweight tournament. Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy and Welterweight King of Pancrase Daizo Ishgie join the welterweight tournament.

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Cage Force Lightweight Tournament Bouts

-Koutetsu Boku beat Jarkko Latomaki by TKO, 2:33 of the first round
-Eiji Mitsuoka beat Brian Cobb with a guillotine choke, 1:38 of the third round
-Wataru Takahashi beat Kim In Seok by TKO, 3:06 of the second round
-Artur Oumakhanov beat Kaynan Kaku by TKO, 3:57 of the second round
-Tomonori Kanomata beat Jacob Sidic by TKO, :09 of the first round

Cage Force Welterweight Tournament Bouts

-Yoshiyuki Yoshida beat Katsuya Inoue by TKO, 1:45 of the first round
-Hidetaka Monma beat Janne Tulirinta with an armlock, 2:48 of the first round
-Akira Kikuchi beat Jared Rollins by TKO, 1:34 of the second round