Obviously Sustain had a high hope for Shigeki Osawa.
After leaving a profound impression in the mind of many by knocking out Hiroyuki Abe with just one hook, it made sense for Sustain to pursue Osawa.
Even though less than 30 days since he fought Abe, Sustain wanted to book Osawa to face Yoshifumi Nakamura.
Nakamura is last year's Shooto rookie of the year at 145 lbs division but recently suffered two consecutive losses. Yet his fight style is very aggressive so this was a good match-up of two fighters with a similar style.
Osawa accepted a fight and the fans were hoping to see two guys exchanging leathers but this one turned out to be bit different.
Hayato "Mach" Sakurai's student had a different plan. Instead of striking with Osawa he used strikes to close in and went for the take down.
In the second round, Nakamura caught Osawa in a arm-triangle choke. This was in deep but somehow Osawa escaped. Nakamura quickly got on Osawa's back and dropped few fists. Osawa was in trouble but saved by the bell.
Nakamura ran out of gas in the third round and allowed Osawa to take him down however back on the feet, he exchanged strikes, then at the end of the round, shot in, and scored a take down.
Two out of three judges gave to Nakamura perhaps because he was always attacking, and also, that arm-triangle choke in the second round.
After the fight, in the ring, Nakamura toold the fans, "I am sorry for slowing down at the end. I want to be more stronger, be more aggressive, and be more active."
Professional SHOOTO - SHOOTO GIG TOKYO Vol. 12
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
At Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open - 17:30 / Fight Starts - 18:00
7th Match - Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Shigeki Osawa (Japan / Freelance) vs Yoshifumi Nakamura (Japan / Mach Dojo)
Winner: 3R Yoshifumi Nakamura via decision (29-29. 28-29, 29-30)
6th Match - Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Shin Kochiwa (Japan / Wajitsu Keishu-kai Tokyo Headquarters) vs Koshi Matsumoto (Japan / MASTER JAPAN)
Winner: 2R 0'36" Shin Kochiwa by KO (ground and pound)
5th Match - Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kota Shimoishi(Japan / MMA Shooto Gym BLOWS) vs Nobumitsu "Tyson" Osawa (Japan / Tusdanuma Dojo)
Winner: 2R Kota Shimoishi via Submission (guillotine choke)
4th Match - Bantamweight bout 5 min / 2R
Nobu Watanabe (Japan / roots) vs Kotaro Hagiwara (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji)
Winner: 2R Draw (19-20, 19-19, 19-19)
3rd Match - 2012 Rookie of the Year Tournament Lightweight Semi-Final 5 min / 2R
Hideto Okada (Japan / K'z FACTORY) vs Kenta Sakuma (Japan / Paraestra Kashiwa)
Winner: 2R Kenta Sakuma via Decision (18-20, 18-20, 18-20)
2nd Match - 71 Kg & Under Bout 5 min / 2R
Takayuki "cobra" Kobayashi (Japan / SHOOTO JAM WATER) vs Yoshikazu Fujiishi (Japan / Philoctetes Niigata)
Winner: 2R 4'05" Takayuki "cobra" Kobayashi via Submission (rear naked choke)
1st Match - Flyweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Tomoaki Ota (Japan / Paraestra Koiwa) vs "Perry" Fujii (Japan / BURST)
Winner: 2R Tomoaki Ota by Decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)
VIP - 10,000 yen / RS - 8,000 yen / SS - 6,000 yen / A - 5,000 yen / B - 4,000 yen
*500 yen more at the door / must purchse 500 yen drink coupon at the door / a child over three years old must have ticket
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of GBR (gbring.com)