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Rizin Landmark 5 Results and Review

Mikuru Asakura defeated Juntaro “Fighting Bull” Ushiku by decision (3-0) The main event got underway as Ushiku chipped away at the legs, firing off single…




Shooto 2023 Vol 2 Preview,

Shooto continues to go from strength to strength, their reputation souring on the heels of sensational recent events. 2023 Volume 2 promises to keep the…































Pancrase 321 Results and Review

Main Event – Featherweight King of Pancrase Championship, 5 minutes x 5 rounds Isao “ISAO” Kobayashi defeated Taichi Nakajima (unanimous decision, 50-45, 49-46, 49-46) For his 3rd title defence dominant champion…



Shooto 2021 Volume 3 Results and Review

Main Event, Featherweight 5min x 3R Yamato Nishikawa defeated Nobumitsu “Tyson” Osawa by submission (Triangle Choke, R2 4:53) A few solid calf kicks from powerhouse “Tyson” as the round…


RIZIN 29 Postponed until June 27th

Set for May 30th, RIZIN.29 in Osaka has been postponed until June 27th. The State of Emergency declared by Japanese Government in response to the surging…




Rizin 27 Results and Review

Rizin has a knack of finding talented, diverse and exciting fighters. Matching them up perfectly for guaranteed “edge of your seat” entertainment. Rizin 27 continued the…



Shooto 2021 Volume 2 Preview

Korakuen Hall, a venue entrenched in Martial Arts history, hosts Shooto 2021 Volume 2 this Saturday, March 20th. Due to Covid-19 precautionary measures the event…












Rizin 25, Results and Review

Yutaka Saito defeated Mikuru Asakura (Decision, 3-0) With the Featherweight title on the line Shooto Champion Yutaka Saito squared off against Rizin star and fan…


Shooto 2020 Volume 7 Preview

Shooto is back in Korakuen Hall, the Mecca of MMA, for 2020 volume 7 sponsored by One Championship. Shooto has pulled together an incredible 7…



Pancrase 319 Review

Koshi “Luxor” Matsumoto defeated Hiroto Uesako (Dec 29-28, 28-28, 29-28) The champion vs champion main event promised something special and without doubt delivered as Koshi…


Pancrase 319 Preview

Japanese MMA trailblazers Pancrase are back this Sunday, the 25th, at regular venue Shin Kiba Studio Coast. Pancrase 319 will be a live audience event…













Shooto 2020 volume 3 Preview

Shooto 2020 volume 3 marks the return of mma in Japan following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. With a fight card well worth the…






DEEP 92 Impact Results

The DEEP 92 Impact main event title match came down to the striker vs wrestler style clash many expected. Champion Koji Takeda showcased his world…


DEEP Jewels 26 Results

Jewels 26 main event saw 2 highly experienced competitors face off as Emi Tomimatsu challenged title holder Tomo Maesawa. Out to avenge a 2016 submission…





Deep Impact 89 Preview

*Written by Peter Leghorn Deep 89 Impact takes place this Sunday and has some matches that are definitely worth watching. The eccentric “DJ” Taiki Hata…






Deep 88 Impact Results and Review

*This article was written by Peter Leghorn (peterleghorn@hotmail.com) and used with his permission. Photography by J. Deschner.   DEEP brought out their top talent on…


This is Shooto Vol. 2 Results

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….





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