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RISE Rounds Out Heavyweight Tournament; Shooto the Shoot Announces More Fights

Shooto and Shootboxing have announced two more cross-promotional fights for their Shoot the Shooto/Shooto the Shoot 2011 co-promotion and they are scheduled to be MMA fights for the November 5th Shooto the Shoot portion of the event.

First, Shooto legend Rumina "Moon Wolf" Sato is set to take on Team Souwer's Nico Verresen. Veressen is a Muay Thai fighter from Belgium with a record of 40-14-3 (12 KO) and has only fought in one MMA fight which was back in February where he won by split decision. Sato has spent his entire career in Shooto, compiling a 24-15-2 against a who's who of Shooto fighters at lower weights. In a way, Sato embodies the essence of Shooto, as he never captured a title in the promotion and was unsuccessful in each of his attempts at the elite of the 155, 145 and 135lb weight classes, losing to the likes of Caol Uno, Takanori Gomi, Joachim Hansen, Alexandre Nogueira, Gilbert Melendez, Akitoshi Tamura, "Lion" Takeshi Inoue, Hatsu Hioki, and most recently, Masakatsu Ueda. Despite being on the downturn of his career, Sato should be able to get this to the ground easily and submit the Muay Thai fighter. That being said, Sato has a propensity to entertain and could turn this into a striking contest.

The other fight announced for the event is Shooto 115lb title challenger Junji "Sarumaru" Ito taking on Shootboxing's Kazuyuki Fushimi. Ito is coming off of a loss to current champion Junji Ikoma in a fight for the vacant 115lb title. Fushimi has gone 5-2 since June 2010, making it to the finals of the Shootboxing 55kg Young Caeser's Tournament, but losing to Ryuya Kusakabe. He was set to fight Shooto 123lb champion Yasuhiro Urushitani in February, but Urushitani pulled out and Fushimi ended up losing to Koya Shimada. He is currently on a 2-fight win streak. This should be a fun fight as Ito is primarily a striker and although it may be in his best interest to get it to the ground, I doubt he will do so. Ito joins Shooting Gym Yokohama teammates "Lion" Takeshi Inoue and "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura as participants in the cross-promotional event, but is the first to do so in MMA.

A while back, RISE announced it would be holding a heavyweight tournament with Stefan Leko and Mighty Mo representing K-1. Fabiano Cyclone (Fabiano Aoki) and Hiromi Amada won their way into the tournament with wins back in July and Makoto Uehara was placed in the tournament as the RISE Heavyweight champion. RISE announced two more fight-in spots, which were won by Singh "Heart" Jaideep and Raoumaru back in September and RISE announced the final participant to be K-1 veteran and 2nd place at the 9th World Karate Championships Jan Soukup. The tournament will take place at RISE 85 on November 23rd which is the same event that Rena and Erika Kamimura face off to become the first "Queen of RISE" as well as a fight for the vacant 55kg Bantamweight title between Yuta Kubo's brother KENJI and #1 ranked Dyki. As far as I know it is a one night tournament and RISE will announce the quarterfinal matchups on Tuesday the 25th.{jcomments on}

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Fighter Spotlight: Sagetdao Petpaiyathai

On August 14th Kevin Ross fought arguably the best Thai boxer in the world, Saenchai Sinbimuaythai. He did not win but in defeat he showed he could at the very least be competitive with the worlds best. Just over two months later he will get another chance against an elite Thai when he takes on Lumpinee lightweight champion, Sagetdao Petpaiyathai. Sagetdao however will bring a completely different style of fighting, something that may be even harder for Ross to deal with. The 24 year old Thai is a southpaw with a solid left kick and a fairly decent punch, but being that he's 5'10 or 5'11 his strong point would obviously be kneeing on the way into the clinch, and strong sharp knees while tying up his opponent with a plethora of different clinch techniques. Kevin Ross will likely have his chances to land on Sagetdao, as he is very hittable, particularly with punches. When he fought Liam Harrison he was able to land his kicks and knees, but ate a lot of hard punches, fortunately he has a great chin and was able to absorb them and win the fight. Another thing that could help Ross is his style. Sagetdao often fights at the pace that his opponent chooses, which may have costed him some wins. However its hard to say Ross brings something to the table that Sagetdao's never seen. He's fought and beaten one of the top foreign Thai boxers, Liam Harrison, and has wins over top Thai's like Saenchai Sinbimuaythai, Petchboonchu FA Group, Singdam Kiatmuu9, Nong-O Kaiyanghadaogym, Jomthong Chuwattana, and many others. Seeing as Saenchai was able to hurt Ross to the body I find it difficult to believe he'll be able to last all 5 rounds from a fighter with a much better body assault. 

Ross can suck Sagetdao into a brawl, but he will need to be careful.

 

Sagetdao has good finishing instinct.

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Hiroaki Suzuki vs "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura Set for Shoot the Shooto 2011

Shootboxing and Shooto have announced the second cross-promotional matchup to take place at Shoot the Shooto 2011 on November 6th and it is #1 ranked Super Featherweight Hiroaki Suzuki taking on MMA fighter "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura. "Wicky" trains with fellow Shoot the Shooto participant "Lion" Takeshi Inoue and, like his training partner, is primarily a striker. Also like his training partner, he fought most of his career in Shooto until being called up by DREAM, ultimately settling in there. Nishiura has struggled a bit in MMA lately despite training under Matt Hume, losing his last two fights to Mitsuhiro Ishida and Caol Uno despite his improving take down defense. "Wicky" has some kickboxing experience, though, as he fought 2010 K-1 -63kg champion Tetsuya Yamato to a draw at Dynamite!!! 2010. Suzuki is currently on a 3-fight win streak and has won 6 of his last 7, with 3 of those wins coming over MMA fighters Mitsuhiro Ishida, Tenkei Oda and Shigeki Osawa. It is an interesting matchup considering "Wicky" fought Yamato to a draw and his strange style could present problems for Suzuki. I expect this fight to be close.

Already announced for the card is a matchup between MMA fighter "Lion" Takeshi Inoue and SB rep Hiroki Shishido. If Shooto continues to pick fighters from Shooting Gym Yokohama, an entertaining matchup could be made between Shooto title challenger Junji "Sarumaru" Ito and former Shootboxing champion Ryuya Kusakabe. Still expected to compete from the Shootboxing side are Andy Souwer, Bovy Sor Udomson and Toby Imada. {jcomments on}

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Jomthong Chuwattana vs Hiromasa Masuda Set for November 14th

On November 14th at National Stadium in Bangkok, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai is set to defend his WBC Flyweight title in a boxing match against former WBA Super Flyweight champion Nobuo Nashiro. However, a big Muay Thai fight has just been announced and it is between Rajadamnern Stadium Super Featherweight champion Jomthong Chuwattana and former AJKF Featherweight champion Hiromasa Masuda. Jomthong is coming off of a dominating performance over Tetsuya Yamato earlier this month, taking a unanimous decision win. He is currently 8-1 on the year and has back to back wins over Nong-O Sit Or. Masuda has had a rough couple of years and is currently on a 4-fight winless streak with his most recent loss being to WBC Muay Thai Japan champ Rashata on the same card that Jomthong defeated Yamato. It's a bit of a strange matchup considering they are going in somewhat opposite directions and Jomthong is coming off a win while Masuda is coming off a loss. While a win is unlikely for the struggling Masuda, an upset could possibly rejuvenate the 38 year old's career.

Another bout announced for the event is Kaimookdum(?) Chuwattana taking on former NJKF Bantamweight and Featherweight champion Takashi Fujiwara aka Kunitaka. WBC Muay Thai currently has Kunitaka ranked 10th at Super Bantamweight and Kaimookdum 4th at Bantamweight and with a vacant Super Bantamweight title, the winner could find themselves in prime position to challenge for the vacant title.

For those interested in the boxing main event, Suriyan Sor Rungvisai came out of nowhere last year, losing a close, yet clear and entertaining decision to Flyweight kingpin Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. Since, he won a couple of stay busy fights before taking the WBC Super Flyweight title off of Tomas Rojas in August. Nashiro held the WBA Super Flyweight title before losing it to Hugo Fidel Cazares, going 0-1-1 against Cazares with a split draw and unanimous decision loss. In his first fight this year he lost a unanimous decision to the aforementioned Rojas and won a tune up fight against Ray Perez. {jcomments on}

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