September 22, 2007

by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
Akihiro Yamazaki won a unanimous decision at Saturday’s Shooto “Back To Our Roots 5” event in Tokyo. With the win, Yamazaki moves on the to the finals of the Shooto Middleweight Rookie Tournament.

In the Shooto Featherweight Rookie Tournament Semifinal, Hiromasa Ougikubo submitted Kazuya Tamura by rear naked choke. He also moves on to the finals in his division.

It was announced that Shooto Pacific Rim Welterweight Champion Takashi Nakakura will defend his title on Nov. 8. Nakakura’s opponent will be Yusuke Endo.

In addition, former Shooto Lightweight Champion “Lion” Takeshi Inoue will take on Katsuya Toida on the same show. Shooto Lightweight Champion Akitoshi Tamura and Shooto Bantamweight Champion Shinichi “BJ” Kojima are also expected to appear against opponents yet to be announced.


Middleweight Rookie Tournament Semifinal:
Akihiro Yamazaki def. Daisuke Okumiya by Unanimous Decision (20-19, 20-17, 20-17)

Featherweight Rookie Tournament Semifinal:
Hiromasa Ougikubo def. Kazuya Tamura by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:43, RD 1

Takumi Ota def. Sakae Kasuya by TKO (Strikes) at 0:59, RD1
Shinya Murofushi def. Atsushi Takeuchi by Split Decision (20-19, 20-19, 19-20)
Setsu Iguchi def. Jin Akimoto by Majority Decision (29-29, 30-28, 30-28)
Atsushi Yamamoto def. Tetsu Suzuki by Unanimous Decision (30-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Hideki Kadowaki def. Rumina Sato by Submission (Choke) at 4:09, RD1
Daniel Lima def. Kenji Osawa by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Yasuhiro Urushitani def. Mamoru Yamaguchi by Unanimous Decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-28)