SHOOTO - 05/18/2012: Okazaki Defends Title Against Ogikubo

Written by: Shu Hirata
2012-04-19
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Sustain revealed second fight card for the upcoming KorakuenHall show and it is going to be the world featherweight (132 lbs) title fight -the champion, Koetsu Okazaki, will take on Hiromasa Ogikubo.

Okazaki became Shooto's world champion in April of last year by defeatingShuichiro Katsumura via TKO.

And couple fights before that title fight, Okazaki actually fought Ogikubo onOctober 18th, 2009.
Till that fight Ogikubo was undefeated at 8-0 however Okazaki KO'd a youngsterfrom Paraestra Matsudo in the third round and became an inaugural Shooto'sPacific Rim featherweight champion.

However since then Ogikubo has been way more active than Okazaki. Won three outof four fights (the only loss is against Eduardo Dantas), and he is the currentPacific Rim champion at this weight class.

The big difference between these two fighters are experience. Although Okazakiis already 32-year old he only fought nine times over 8 years. Meanwhile,25-year old Ogikubo fought 13 times since he made a pro debut in 2006. Simplyway more active than Okazaki, and he is on a good momentum, winning three in arow so we can expect a tough fight for the champion.

In addition, Sustain announced the current welterweight champion (155 lbs)Kuniyoshi Hironaka will also defend his title in this show.

Sustain Presents
Professional SHOOTO
Friday, May 18th, 2012
At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan 
Doors Open - 18:00 / Fight Starts - 19:00

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

SHOOTO World Featherweight Championship Bout 5 min / 3R
Koetsu Okazaki (Japan /Nakanoshima MMA Academy) vs. HiromasaOgikugo (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo)

Under 77 Kg Bout 5 min / 3R
K-taro Nakamura (Japan / WajiutsuKeisuh-ka K-taro Dojo) vs. Yuki Sasaki(Japan / GRABAKA)

Also Scheduled to Fight:
Kuniyoshi Hironaka (Japan /Master Japan)


Ticket Prices:
SRS - 10,000 yen / SS - 8,000 yen / S - 6,000 yen / A - 5,000 yen 
*500 yen more at the door
**all seats are reserved and anyone over 3-year old must have ticket


Reportby Shu Hirata