Teruto Ishihara lost in his return fight on Sunday, dropping a unanimous decision to Kazuma Sone on a Shooto Japan card at New Pier Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Teruto, who was being billed under his alias “Yashabo Ishihara,” was competing for the first time since departing the UFC in 2019. Ishihara’s UFC career resulted in three wins, five losses and one draw. Ishihara had competed in Shooto Japan before joining the UFC in 2015.
Sone’s win came after a strong three-round performance that showed his striking and grappling abilities.
Sone’s best moment in the fight was in the second round, where he was able to drop Ishihara with an elbow while in a clinch.
The win for Sone concluded a five-fight losing streak that dated back to 2018. The losses included fights in Shooto and RIZIN.
Ishihara is now on a four-fight losing streak.
The fight was the opening bout for a Shooto Japan event that also included a title fight.
SASUKE Defends Pacific Rim Belt For First Time
Shooto Pacific Rim Featherweight Champion SASUKE defended his belt for the first time on Sunday, defeating Taison Naito in the second round with a rear naked choke.
SASUKE was able to attempt the choke after dropping Naito to the ground with a knee to the head. Naito tapped out to the choke moments after it was applied.
SASUKE looked good throughout the fight, being careful and accurate with the punches he threw. He started to mix up his attacks more in the second round, scoring takedowns along with continuing his striking.
After his win, SASUKE called for a fight against Yutaka Saito, who earned the RIZIN Featherweight Championship two months ago.
SASUKE, also known as Keisuke Sasu, earned his belt in September with a stoppage win over Takashi Nakayama. He is currently on a six-fight win streak that he has developed within Shooto Japan.
Naito was making his return after a year-and-a-half outside of the cage. His last win was in July of 2019, where he stopped Jin Aoi in the second round of a fight with strikes.
Before the co-main event, RIZIN fighter Hiromasa Ougikubo made an appearance to announce that he is vacating the Shooto Flyweight Championship.
Saito Hurts Arai With Strikes, Hands Him His First Loss
Tsubasa Saito handed Takafumi Arai his first loss as a pro in the co-main event of the card. Saito’s win came via majority decision came after a good showing on the feet.
Arai was clearly hurt halfway through the first round of the fight, as leg kicks caused him to get dropped numerous times. Saito was also able to score knockdowns with punches later in the round.
Arai had a better second round as he was able to control Saito on the ground.
The first round of the fight had issues, as Arai and Saito were accidentally struck in the groin a combined three times. Arai was checked on by a doctor after being hit for the second time.
Saito snapped a two-fight losing streak that he developed in the past two years. Before his pair off losses, Saito had a successful run of seven wins and one draw.
Sekiguchi Earns Second Decision Win
Yuto Sekiguchi earned a majority decision victory on the main card over Yusuke Kamata after two rounds of action.
Sekiguchi has now won two consecutive fights. His previous win was back in September, where he defeated Yo Otake in a majority decision.
The fight was Kamata’s first bout in over a year. Before Sunday, his last fight was in December of 2019, where he caught Daisuke Suzuki with a triangle choke in the first round.
Sasaki Wins Pro Debut With Second Round Stoppage Win
Hayato Sasaki had a strong pro debut on the main card, stopping Naoto Terashima in the second round of a fight.
Sasaki connected with a high volume of punches on the feet that were not blocked or countered by Terashima. The referee stopped the fight after Sasaki connected with enough unanswered shots.
Sasaki had a hot start to the second round prior to the finish, dropping Terashima in the first minute of the frame with a punch.
While Terashima got caught in the first round, he had an impressive opening round in the bout that saw him connect with strikes and score a takedown.
Sasaki was representing T GRIP TOKYO, a gym that hosts JMMA veteran Takafumi Otsuka.
Bout 14: SASUKE def. Taison Naito via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 2, 2:34) (Shooto Pacific Rim Featherweight Championship)
Bout 13: Tsubasa Saito def. Takumi Arai via Decision, Majority
Bout 12: Yuto Sekiguchi def. Yusuke Kamata via Decision, Majority
Bout 11: Hayato Sasaki def. Naoto Terashima via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 4:23)
Bout 10: Kazuma Sone def. Teruto Yashabo via Decision, Unanimous
Shooto also presented an afternoon show prior to their five-fight card. Here are the results from that event.
Bout 9: Nobuki Fujii def. Kenji Kato via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 8: Sotaro Yamada def. Gunter Kalunda Ngunza via Submission, Heel Hook (RD 1, 1:08)
Bout 7: Yamato Nishikawa def. MAX The Body via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 3:23)
Bout 6: Hayato Ishii def. Yoshizumi Kobayashi via Submission, Armbar (RD 1, 4:20) (2020 Bantamweight Infinity League Bout)
Bout 5: Kota Onojima vs. Yasuyuki Nojiri via Draw, Split (2020 Bantamweight Infinity League Bout)
Bout 4: Takeaki Kinoshita def. Kohei Osera via TKO, Corner Stoppage (RD 1, 2:58)
Bout 3: Yoshitomo Inoue vs. Taira Uehara via Draw, Split
Bout 2: Mutsutaro Osorezan def. Yoshiki Hitosugi via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 3:32)
Bout 1: Kota Abe def. Makoto Hagiuda via Decision, Unanimous (Amateur Bout)