Mamoru Submits Baca, Captures KOTC Gold in Japan

Photo via Sportsnavi.

Long-running American promotion King of the Cage made its first foray into Japan today with the Okinawa-hosted "Toryumon," and it was a Japanese fighter who came out on top in the evening's main event.

Mamoru Yamaguchi - the afro'd former Shooto champion who returned to MMA last October following a year-plus hiatus - picked up his third consecutive win with a second round submission of American Frank Baca. The victory also earned Yamaguchi his third title: King of the Cage World Junior Flyweight Champion.

Fighting in the hometown of Yoko Gushiken - the Japanese boxing champ who inspired Mamoru's trademark hair style - Yamaguchi used his own strong boxing and took advantage of the inclusion of elbow strikes before forcing the New Mexico-based wrestler to submit to a deep rear-naked choke just two minutes into the second frame.

In other noteworthy action: Krazy Bee's Kotetsu Boku took a hard-fought unanimous decision over former KOTC lightweight champ Tony Hervey; Bellator lightweight Toby Imada geared up for his April rematch against Jorge Masvidal by TKO'ing late replacement Daisuke "13" Hanazawa in the second; and Roxanne Modafferi got back on track with a submission win over Molly Helsel.

Twitter user Ape_Law had some live commentary during the show last night; more photos at Sportsnavi.

Full results after the jump.

Mamoru Yamaguchi def. Frank Baca via submission (rear-naked choke) R2 1:54
Kotetsu Boku def. Tony Hervey via unanimous decision R3 5:00
Toby Imada def. Daisuke "13" Hanazawa via TKO (punches) R2 0:29
Roxanne Modafferi def. Molly Helsel via submission (rear-naked choke) R2 3:18
Tatsuya So def. Shigeki Matsuda via TKO (punches) R2 3:48
Shungo Oyama def. Mark Wimmer via submission (heel hook) R1 1:07
Koji Kanechika def. "Scary" Jerry Vrbanovic via unanimous decision 3R 3:00
Jerry Nelson def. Shinsho Anzai via split decision R3 3:00
Zach Hayden def. Black Dragon via technical submisison (rear-naked choke) R1 0:29
Tomohiro Adanya def. Toyoshi Miyagi via unanimous decision R3 3:00
Shinya Kumawaza def. Steve Hecht via submission (armbar) R1 2:14
Tsuyoshi Tamaki def. Bryon Schnell via submission (rear-naked choke) R3 2:28
Donald Shaw def. Riku Inafuku TKO (punches) R1 2:26

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