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SHOOTO 1st Round 2014 was headlined by the vacant World Flyweight tile between Shinya Murofushi and Junji “Sarumaru” Ito. Murofushi quickly confirmed his superiority with a rear naked choke in the first round and was strapped with the belt. “ZST versus Shooto” ended up in favor of the home crowd as Yuta “Ulka” Sasaki slammed the brakes on Keisuke Fujiwara with his own RNC. Infiniti Flyweight Tournament Quarter-Finals between Ryuto Sawada and Tateo Iino saw Sawada get the quickest finish of the night with a submission in just about 2 minutes, keeping his reputation on the up and up.

In announcements at the event, scheduled for Shooto’s March 16th card will be Yuta Nezu getting a deserved shot at the Shooto Pacific Rim Championship by taking on Kota Onojima. Taiki Tsuchiya will face warhorse and once world-ranked top 25 Yuji Hoshino. Two hot prospects for 2014 Shinji Sasaki and Nobumitsu ‘Tyson’ Osawa will meet each other. And a next challenger for the Flyweight title will be decided between Nobita Naito and Yuki Shoujou.

For VTJ 4th on February 23rd, Naoyuki Kotani comes back to take on Yoshihiro “Macho Butterfly” Koyama. Wataru Miki will face Akiyo “Wicky Akiyo” Nishiura. Hiromasa Ogikubo, Mamoru, and Yoshiro Maeda will also participate. This will be an 8-man tournament at flyweight which will include four foreign fighters.

Check out Shooto’s UStream channel for updates, interviews, possible highlights after the event.

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Shinya Murofushi becomes the new Shooto World Flyweight Champ, courtesy Tatsuya Kay

SHOOTO 1st Round 2014
January 13, 2014
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

#9 – World flyweight Championship – 5 round
Shinya Murofushi 室伏シンヤ (9-3-1)
Junji Sarumaru 猿丸ジュンジ (10-4)

Shinya Murofushi defeats Junji Ito by Submission, RNC, rd 1, 3:33

#8 – Featherweight semi-final – 3 round
Yuta “Uruka” Sasaki 佐々木憂流迦 (14-1-2)
Keisuke Fujiwara 藤原敬典 (15-1-4)

Yuta “Uruka” Sasaki defeats Keisuke Fujiwara by Submission, RNC, rd 1, 4:35

#7 – Infiniti Flyweight Tournament Quarter-Final
Tateo Iino 飯野タテオ (3-1)
Ryuto Sawada 澤田龍人 (2-0)

Ryuto Sawada defeats Tateo Iino by Submission, front choke, rd 1, 2:07

Ryuto Sawada advances in Infinity Tournament, courtesy Ayaka Hamasaki

Ryuto Sawada advances in Infinity Tournament, courtesy Ayaka Hamasaki

#6 – Lightweight 3 round
Shigeki Osawa 大澤茂樹 (9-5-2)
Kazuhiro Ito ジャングル伊藤 (5-11-2)

Shigeki Osawa defeats Kazuhiro Ito by UD

#5 – Bantamweight 2 round
Rambo Kosuke Suzuki ランボー宏輔 (9-3-2)
Taku Kajikawa 梶川 卓 (2-3-1)

Kosuke Suzuki defeats Taku Kajikawa by UD

#4 – Welterweight round 2
Yu Fujimaki 藤巻 優 (2-5-3)
Foreman Kazuya Tanaka フォアマン (3-4-1)

Cancelled due to Foremen being unable to recover from weight cut.

#3 – Bantamweight 2 round
Kotaro Hagiwara 萩原幸太郎 (3-2-2)
Shohei Nomitani 呑谷尚平 (3-0-2)

DRAW

#2 – Featherweight 2 round
Kanamonoya no Hide Hideto Okada 金物屋の秀 (2-5-3)
Takashi Maeda 前田貴史 (3-2-1)

Takashi Maeda defeats Hideto Okada by UD

#1 – Welterweight round 2
Yoshinori Takahashi 高橋圭典 (5-11-1)
Dai Sudo 須藤 大 (0-0)

Dai Sudo defeats Yoshinori Takahashi by Submission, arm lock, rd 2, 4:38

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