ZST 31 - 03/17/2012: Does It Matter? - Full Results

Written by: Shu Hirata

Almost all Japanese MMA media used the comment from thefounder of RINGS Akira Maeda.

After the ZST bantamweight title match between Keisuke Fujiwara and TetsuyaFusano, he told the reporters, "I thought, 'is Fujiwara happy with thatperformance?' He was only defending the shoot and he didn't do anything else.His opponent was shooting in so he was more aggressive. If I were a judgeFujiwara will be losing via decision."

Some media even wrote "Fujiwara Defended Third Straight Times But MaedaWas Critical" as the headliner of the article.

So why does it matter? Why everyone cares about what Maeda is thinking?

Well, first of all, ZST was created as sort of like the minor league of RINGSby former RINGS employees. Therefore, this promotion will always be under theinfluence of Maeda. Maeda is like a mentor to everyone in this promotion. Ontop of this, obviously, RINGS has provided a support in terms of bookingfighters from overseas.

For the promoter of the MMA promotion doing the show at Differ Ariake, itsalmost financially impossible to fly in two fighters from UK but apparentlythis was possible with Maeda's support.

That is why, what Maeda thinks and says are very very important for everyone inZST.

However, for Fujiwara, this was the fight he really needed to win.

He captured this title back in May 2009 and defended the belt twice. However,last year, he lost two in a row in DREAM then lost a non-title fight in ZST sothis was the fight he just couldn't afford to lose.

And it was more than apparent that Fusano wanted to take the fight to theground while Fujiwara wanted to keep in standing. Fusano kept shooting intherefore Fujiwara just had to defend it.

Sure even the referee Ryokaku Wada had to yell "Don't run away you are thechampion!" during the fight because Fujiwara sprawled and he was hangingon the corner.

Perhaps Fujiwara was playing safe but Maeda didn't like that at all.

"That is not a champion-like fight. He may have won the decision but thatmeans he only won the game. Considering this as a professional fight by thechampion I give it 0."

And he declared, "From now on I am going to be critical of ZST fighters aswell. I don't care if people dislike me. I want everyone to understand whatdoes it mean to be pro."

ZST Office Presents
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan

Complete Results:

The Main Event - ZST Bantamweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Keisuke Fujiwara (Japan / Akimoto Dojo JUNGLE JUNCTION) vs Tetsuya Fusano(Japan / Reversal Gym Yokohama Gran Slam)
Winner: Keisuke Fujiwara by Decision(3-0)

65.8 KG & Under RINGS Rules Bout 5 min / 3R
Masayuki Okude (Japan / Gold's Gym South Toyo) vs Dean Reilly (UK / RingsUK)
Winner: 1R 2'18" Masayuki Okudeby Submission (armbar)

75 KG & Under RINGS Rules Bout 5 min / 3R
Masayuki Hamagishi (Japan / U-FILE CAMP Noborito) vs Tetsuya Yamada (Japan/ Shinwa Total Combat)

61.2 KG & Under RINGS Rules Bout 5 min / 3R
Shunichi Shimizu (Japan / Uruno Dojo) vs Rob McCrum (UK / Rings UK)
Winner: 1R 1'23" ShunichiShimizu by Submission (armbar)

70.3 KG & Under RINGS Rules Bout 5 min / 2R
Sotaro Yamada (Japan / BRAVE GYM) vs Shinichi Taira (Japan / TsunashimaJiu-jitsu)
Winner: 1R 1'05" Sotaro Yamadaby Submission (guillotine choke)

70.3 KG & Under RINGS Rules Bout 5 min / 2R
Koji Mori (Japan / X-ONE GYM Shonan) vs Kazuyuki Numajiri (Japan / MachDojo)
Winner: 1R2'26" Koji Mori by KO(left hook)

Flyweight ZST Rules Bout 5 min / 2R
Fumitaka Iizuka (Japan / Reversal Gym Yokohama Grand Slam) vs Yusuke Uehara(Japan / Maruwa Gym Yokohama - team roial)

Bantamweight ZST Rules Bout 5 min / 2R
Takayuki Kishi (Japan / X-ONE GYM Shonan) vs Kengo Okubo (Japan / MSDGoshindo)
Winner: 2R DRAW

Lightweight ZST Rules Bout 5 min / 2R
Hiroyuki Ota (Japan / ZFC) vs Yo Sato (Japan / move)
Winner: 1R 2'34" Hiroyuki Otaby Submission (straight armbar)

Featherweight GT-F Rules Bout 5 min / 2R
Hitoshi Makino (Japan / Reversal Gym Tokyo Stand Out) vs Yuto Hiyama (Japan/ Paraestra Kawasaki)
Winner: 2R DRAW

Featherweight ZST Rules Bout 5 min / 2R
Kota Kondo (Japan / Hybrid Wrestling Yamada Dojo) vs Ken Kawamura (Japan /Reversal Gym Tokyo Stand Out)
Winner: 2R 0'26" Kota Kondo byKO (right uppercut)

Flyweight ZST Rules Bout 5 min / 2R
Daiki Miyamoto (Japan / move) vs Toru Sakakibara (Japan / U-FILE CAMPNoborito)
Winner: 1R 0'14" Daiki Miyamotoby TKO (left hook)

Welterweight ZST Rules Bout 5 min / 2R
Makoto Sasaki (Japan / Shinon juku) vs Naohiro Yamagishi (Japan / KingdomSeiseki)
Winner: 1R 2'43" Makoto Sasakiby Submission (armbar)

Reportby Shu Hirata