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‘Shooto Tradition’ Results + Videos

(Savant Young and Takeshi Inoue: Guess who won the decision? Photo courtesy of MMAWeekly.)

It looks like we’ll be putting together another update to our Power Rankings pretty soon — #5-ranked welterweight Hayato “Mach” Sakurai and #4-ranked featherweight Takeshi Inoue got punked yesterday at Shooto’s first 20th anniversary series show in Tokyo. Sakurai faced European Shooto vet David Baron in a slugfest that ended suddenly when Baron sunk in a guillotine choke during a takedown attempt by Sakurai. It was Sakurai’s first loss since being knocked out by Takanori Gomi at PRIDE Shockwave on New Year’s Eve 2005. In the night’s other upset, IFL vet Trenell “Savant” Young (who had an 8-7 record going into the fight) outlasted former Shooto featherweight champ “Lion” Takeshi Inoue en route to a unanimous decision victory. Near the end of the second and final round, Young caught Inoue in a guillotine choke and Inoue scrambled through the ropes to escape; Inoue seemed to be momentarily unconscious when the ref broke up the fighters and moved them to the center of the ring.

In other action, Shooto’s welterweight Pac-Rim champion Takashi Nakakura became the league’s World Welterweight champ with his unanimous decision win over Ganjo Tentsuku, and Akitoshi Tamura submitted Rumina Sato near the end of an action packed three-round brawl. Full results are below, and videos are after the jump.

Takashi Nakakura def. Ganjo Tentsuku via decision
David Baron def. Hayato Sakurai via submission (guillotine choke), 4:50 of round 1
Akitoshi Tamura def. Rumina Sato via submission (north-south choke), 2:37 of round 3
Savant Young def. Takeshi Inoue via decision
Ryuich Miki vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani ended in a draw
Yusuke Endo def. Vince Ortiz via submission (rear-naked choke), 3:34 of round 1
Bendy Casimir def. Shinji Sasaki via decision
Shinpei Tahara def. Katsuya Murofushi via TKO (doctor’s stoppage due to cut), 0:46 of round 2
Hayate Usui def. Sakae Kasuya via decision

(David Baron vs. Hayato Sakurai)

(Akitoshi Tamura vs. Rumina Sato, part 1)

(Akitoshi Tamura vs. Rumina Sato, part 2)

(Yusuke Endo vs. Vince Ortiz)

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haha- May 4, 2008 at 11:26 pm
I thought Sakurai was better than that hahaha. Gayest part- David Baron posing doing the splits at the end.
Asians should be culled- May 4, 2008 at 10:54 pm
sakurai looked like shit. Asian refs fucking suck, young fucked that lil chink bastard up and had him out, but no they woke the lil fucker up, what the hell is this bullshit.
Old, Bald and Irish- May 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm
...I can't even spell "eye" correctly...
Old, Bald and Irish- May 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm

The only thing missing form the Tamura vs. Sato fight was somebody Godzilla throwing a kitchen sink into the middle of the ring!

My nomination for the next "Fight ofthe Day".

Actually, all three of the posted fights were pretty darn entertaining. I'll keep my eya on DREAM.
Canadian- May 4, 2008 at 12:26 am
My god even tim sylvia's pussy is retarded! The post clearly called him Savant Young, this isn't a porno mag you aren't only supposed to look at the pictures....numbnut
tim sylvia's pussy- May 3, 2008 at 9:36 pm
who's the fake ass Check Kongo