Takafumi Otsuka Wins Shooto Japan Debut As Injury Takes Tatsuya Ando Out Early

DEEP Champion Takafumi Otsuka won his Shooto Japan debut on Monday, defeating Tatsuya Ando in the main event of the promotion’s “Vol. 7” card. The fight headlined a seven-fight card from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Otsuka’s win came early in the fight, as an injury to a leg of Ando hurt him in the second minute. Visibly having trouble moving due to his leg injury, Ando was hit with punches before he took the fight to the ground.

Otsuka took control on the ground, with the fight eventually ending after Ando motioned to the referee that he was hurt.

Otsuka’s entrance into Shooto comes after a long history of fights in DEEP Impact. Before Monday, Otsuka’s previous fight was a loss to DEEP and RIZIN fighter Yuki Motoya.

The loss was Andos’ first since 2016. He had fought three months prior, stopping Takumi Tamaru within a round with strikes.

Taira Remains Undefeated As A Pro

Tatsuro Taira remained undefeated in the co-main event, defeating an experienced former champion in Kyotaka Shimizu. The decision win for Taira earned him his seventh win as a pro and second within the year.

Taira put on a well-rounded performance through three rounds. He finished the fight strong, dropping Shimizu with a right cross in the final minute of action.

The loss concluded a three-fight win streak that Shimizu entered the fight with.

Ishibashi Controls Ronda For Decision Win

Keita Ishibashi returned to the win column on the card, defeating Akura Ronda on the scorecards after a controlling fight on the ground.

Ronda had his own moments in the fight as well. He had control late in the first round, as he looked for a rear naked choke while on the back of Ishibashi.

Ishibashi looked for his own rear naked choke in the second round, even being able to sink it under the chin of Ronda. While he wasn’t able to finish the fight with the choke, Ishibashi was able to maintain the position for most of the round.

Kurosawa Earns Second Win of 2020

Ryohei Kurosawa earned his second win of 2020 on the card, defeating Macho The Butterfly via unanimous decision.

Kurosawa seemingly scored a knockdown in the first round, coming forward with punches that stunned Butterfly before dropping him.

Kurosawa’s previous win in 2020 came in August, where he stopped Takamasa Kiuchi within a minute with strikes.

SARAMI Defeats Sugimoto In Shooto Debut

SARAMI won her Shooto debut on the card, stopping Megumi Sugimoto in the first round with an armbar.  The finish came quickly as SARAMI was able to slip in the submission after throwing hammerfist punches from the back of Sugimoto.

SARAMI entered Shooto after a pro career from 2012 to 2019 that was mostly contested in DEEP Jewels. Her two previous fights were on ONE Championship’s feeder show, the “Warrior Series.”

Sugimoto’s previous fight was a loss to Mina Kurobe in a fight that was for the Shooto Super Atomweight Championship. She had former RIZIN Super Atomweight Champion Ayaka Hamasaki in her corner for the fight.

Decisions Kick off the Card

Takahiro Ichijo and Yoshizumi fought to a draw in the second bout of the evening. The fight saw Ichijo in control in the second round, keeping Yoshizumi on his back for most of the round. Yoshizumi thrived when the fight was on the feet.

Yuya Tsumura was unsuccessful in his return to action in the opening fight of the card, dropping a decision to Jo Arai after two rounds of action. Arai’s best moment was late in the second round where punches rocked Tsumura and knocked him down once.

Full Results:

Bout 7: Takafumi Otsuka def. Tatsuya Ando via TKO, Injury (RD 1, 2:12)

Bout 6: Tatsuro Taira def. Kiyotaka Shimizu via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 5: Keita Ishibashi def. Akuri Ronda via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Ryohei Kurosawa def. Macho The Butterfly via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 3: SARAMI def. Megumi Sugimoto via Submission, Armbar (RD 1, 2:46)

Bout 2: Yoshizumi vs. Takahiro Ichijo via Decision, Draw

Bout 1: Jo Arai def. Yuya Tsumura via Decision, Unanimous

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