Last night, Shooto returned to Shibuya where This is Shooto vol. 2 was held. Headlining the event was Tatsuya Ando, who took on Hideto Okada. Ando rarely looked in trouble, controlling the bout in all areas to get a unanimous decision victory. The 28-year-old now has two wins under his belt this year and wants to fight again soon. After leaving Tokyo Tribe MMA he sat out all of 2017, a shame considering the explosive athleticism and exciting style he possesses. Shooto has a wealth of quality opponents for him at bantamweight, so keep an eye out for his next match up later this year.
In the co-main event, exciting prospect Yuto Sekiguchi faced Okinawa based Musashi Nakasone. Sekiguchi’s dynamic striking can be a joy to watch, however, Nakasone’s grappling proved too much for the twenty-year-old. He was able to control the youngster on the ground to get a decision victory.
Elsewhere on the card was a first-round TKO victory for Tateo Iino over Ryusuke Ogawa. Most of the fights on the card were two rounders, leading to a couple of draws. However, this type of event is a great opportunity for young fighters to gain some experience. Not least of which was 18-year-old Tatsuo Taira who got a first-round triangle victory in his professional debut.
Shooto will be back in Korakuen Hall on September 23rd.
Tatsuya Ando def. Hideto Okada (Unanimous Decision)
Musashi Nakasone def. Yuto Sekiguchi (Unanimous Decision)
Ryuta Umishita def. Shiro Ogata (Unanimous Decision)
Tateo Iino def. Ryusuke Ogawa (TKO, Round 1, 1.04)
Yoshinori Suzuki vs. Ju-Sei Aquila (Draw)
Iwaki vs. Yoshizumi (Draw)
Tatsuro Taira def. Yo Otake (Triangle choke, Round 1, 1.46)