Satoru Kitaoka To Return Under His New Promotion “iSMOS”

Japanese MMA fighter Satoru Kitaoka’s next MMA fight will be under his own terms, as he has launched MMA promotion “iSMOS.”

The promotion’s first event is listed for July 31st, with Kitaoka set to battle Sho Kogane, among the four bouts announced. The event is scheduled to happen at MMA gym PANCRASEism Yokohama.

Per Sherdog, the ruleset of the show will follow Unified MMA Rules, however, the only difference is fights will be ruled a draw if not finished within three rounds.

Looking At The Card

Kitaoka, 40, has reached veteran status in the sport, with a record of 42-20-9. His last fight came at RIZIN 17 in July of 2019, losing to Johnny Case via corner stoppage.

His opponent, Kogane, has been successful in regional MMA promotion ZST, currently on a four-fight winning streak. He last fought in August, stopping Kyung Min Yang in the first round with punches. The fight will be held at 71 kilograms (156 pounds).

Also on the card is the return of Yuki Kondo, facing Binta Mochi at 78 kilograms (171 pounds). Last fighting in February, Kondo’s 60-36-9 record spans nearly two-and-a-half decades, going back to the early days of MMA.

Mochi is less experienced, boasting a 6-7-3 record on the regional level of Japanese MMA. His most recent fight was in January, defeating Unkei Kikuchi.

Lower down on the card is a 61 kilogram (134 pounds) fight between Youichi Ooi and Ryo Yazawa. Ooi, who is 2-1 in professional MMA, last fighting as a pro in 2018. His most notable matchup came against Kai Asakura in 2016, losing in the first round. Yazawa will be making his professional debut, having went 1-2 as an amateur.

The fourth and last fight announced for the show is a 73 kilogram (160 pounds) matchup between Tatsuya Tomozane and Yuto Kimura. The amateur-turned-pro in Kimura will be in a recognizable environment, training out of PANCRASEism Yokohama prior to the fight. Tomozane has been 10-4 in his career, currently riding a seven-fight winning streak that dates back to 2013.


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