Luckily for fight fans, some fights from this weekend's Shooto the Shoot card that took place on November 5th have started showing up online. Among the fights are Rumina Sato vs Nico Veressen, Junji Ikoma vs Mikihito Yamagami and BJ Kojima vs Kiyatoka Shimizu in MMA, as well as Junji "Sarumaru" Ito vs Kazuyuki Fushimi in Shootboxing.
Rumina Sato vs Nico Veressen
In order: Daisuke Ishizawa vs Akifumi Utagawa; Naguranchun Masa M16 vs Fumihiro Kitahara; Junji Ito vs Kazuyuki Fushimi
Here is the video that has a lot of people talking of Iron Mike Zambidis in his most recent fight from this weekend where the fight stopped early on with Zambo clutching at his throat and taking a knee. Watch for yourself and figure out exactly why he was so freaked out. We know for sure that he broke the left side of his jaw, but it does appear that he was having problems breathing or that he was possibly choking on something here.
While we wait for the Shoot Boxing Shoot the Shooto results to trickle in and for Shoot Boxing to post the videos of the fights like they promised, there is at least the weigh-ins to watch, proof that Shoot Boxing is taking its promise to Western fans seriously by posting more and more information on the internet for the world to see. It is nice to see a promotion finally understand what it takes to help out fans across the world and spread the word.
Tomorrow is the first leg of the Shoot the Shooto/Shooto the Shoot events, with Shooto's portion of the card taking place and I've decided to finish this look at kickboxing vs MMA with what is one of the strangest, most bizarre fights, in theory and in practice, between kickboxing and MMA and that is last year's special rules match between Shinya Aoki and Yuichiro Nagashima at Dynamite!!! 2010. When the fight was announced, most were confused as to what rules it would take place under, but FEG released the details that there would be a 3 minute kickboxing round and a 5 minute MMA round using MMA gloves for both, with the order being decided by a coin flip. When it happened, the kickboxing round was determined to be first and most figured Nagashima would need to put Aoki away in that three minutes or else the fight would almost assuredly be Aoki's. What followed was the strangest 3 minutes of kickboxing, characterized by Aoki clinching whenever Nagashima got close, shooting for takedowns and throwing dropkicks. However, he made it through the three minutes and it seemed to be smooth sailing for Aoki. Aoki ran in face first, shot for a takedown and Nagashima hit the only window he had in the fight, catching Aoki with a knee and following up with a few hammerfists. Since, Aoki has picked up 3 straight submission wins and Nagashima has spent his time mostly in professional wrestling and has had one fight in K-1 against Kenmun where he didn't look all too impressive.