Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Shooto "Back To Our Roots" Year-End Show on Feb. 17

For the second straight year Shooto has moved its big traditional December show to February. This is a result of K-1 and PRIDE grabbing up Shooto talent for their big New Year's Eve shows.

Two of Shooto's biggest stars will not be competing at "Back To Our Roots" February 17 from the Pacifico Yokohama in Kanagawa, Japan. They handed over their titles this past week.

Unable to fight due to medical suspension, Mitsuhiro Ishida turned over his Pacific Rim 154-pound title. Ishida was knocked out by Takanori Gomi at the December 31 PRIDE Shockwave event and will not be allowed to fight until March. Shooto has arranged Takashi Nakakura vs. Mizuto Hirota for the vacant title.

Ishida's teammate Tatsuya Kawajiri relinquished his World 154-pound title because he will not be able to defend his title due to a broken left thumb.

2004 Pancrase Neo-Blood Tournament champion Atsushi Yamamoto makes his Shooto debut against Takeya Mizugaki.

Current Fight Card:

167 lbs Title Bout: Shinya Aoki (Champion) vs. Akira Kikuchi
Pacific Rim 143 lbs Title Bout: Takashi Nakakura vs. Mizuto Hirota
Pacific Rim 132 lbs Title Bout: Tenkei Fujimiya vs. Akitoshi Tamura
143 lbs Non-Title Bout: Takeshi "Lion" Inoue (Champion) vs. Hiroyuki Abe
Yusuke Endo vs. Ganjo Tentsuku
Kenichiro Togashi vs. Koutetsu Boku
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Atsushi Yamamoto


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