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Official Shooto Rankings: April 2010

Here are April's official Shooto rankings, as released by the International Shooto Commission.
I didn't include anything above welterweight, as the heavier divisions are mostly inactive of late.
Photos by Shooto, GBRing, Dan Herbertson for Sherdog,

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Flyweight (-52kg / 115 lbs.)

Champion: Rambaa "M-16" Somdet (7-2 / Thailand / M-16 Muay Thai)

1. Noboru "Shinpei" Tahara (8-4-1 / Japan / Hajimail STF)
2. Junji "Sarumaru" Ito (6-2 / Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama)
3. Hiroyuki Abe (6-2 / Japan / K'z Factory)
4. Atsushi "ATCH Anarchy" Takeuchi (7-5-2 / Japan / Paraestra Tokyo)
5. Katsuya Murofushi (5-4 / Japan / roots)
6. ↑ "Heat" Takeshi Sato (8-9-1 / Japan / Wajyutsu Keisyukai RJW)
7. ↓ Junji Ikoma (12-12-4 / Japan / Chokushinkai)
8. Shinya Murofushi (5-2-1 / Japan / Submit Shizuoka)
9. Takehiro Harusaki (5-5-1 / Japan / Chokushinkai)
10. ↑ Jesse Taitano (7-7-2 / USA / Spike 22)

- Still no date for Rambaa Somdet's first title defense.
- Junji Ikoma (#7) slides down one spot after a third round TKO loss to "Shinpei" Tahara (#1) on March 28th.
- Guam's "Spiderman," Jesse Taitano, will drop to flyweight for his next bout and enters the rankings at #10.

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Bantamweight (-56kg / 123 lbs.)

Champion: vacant

1. Yasuhiro Urushitani (16-4-6 / Japan / Wajyutsu Keisyukai RJW)
2. Ryuichi Miki (10-3-3 / Japan / Gutsman Shooto Dojo)
3. Mamoru Yamaguchi (23-5-3 / Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama)
4. Jussier "Formiga" da Silva (3-0 / Brazil / Nova Uniao)
5. ↑ Yuki Shojo (10-5-2 / Japan / X-One Gym Shonan)
6. ↓ Shinichi "BJ" Kojima (10-4-5 / Japan / Reversal Gym Yokohama)
7. Fumihiro Kitahara (7-1-1 / Japan / Paraestra Sapporo)
8. Ayumu "GoZo" Shioda (7-7 / Japan / Paraestra Hachioji)
9. Masaaki Sugawara (9-4-1 / Japan / Wajyutsu Keisyukai Duro)
10. Takuya Mori (6-4-1 / Japan / Paraestra Sapporo)

- The well-acquainted Yasuhiro Urushitani (#1) and Ryuichi Miki (#2) will square off for a third time on May 30th, this time with the vacant world title on the line. Urushitani took a unanimous decision in their last meeting, which was preceded by a draw.
- Yuki Shojo (#5) moves up a spot with his March 22nd decision win over Jesse Taitano.
- Inactive former champ "BJ" Kojima (#6) continues to slide down the rankings after relinquishing his title in February due to a knee injury. He's expected to return by the end of the year.

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Featherweight (-60kg / 132 lbs.)

Champion: ↑ Shuichiro Katsumura (11-7-3 / Japan / Reversal Gym Yokohama)

1. ↑ Koetsu Okazaki (6-1-1 / Japan / freelance)
2. ↑ Eduardo "Dudu" Dantas (8-2 / Brazil / Nova Uniao)
3. ↓ Masakatsu Ueda (10-1-2 / Japan / Paraestra Tokyo)
4. Hiromasa Ogikubo (6-1-2 / Japan / Paraestra Matsudo)
5. Tetsu "Hadairo" Suzuki (10-7-3 / Japan / Wajyutsu Keisyukai Nakedman)
6. ↑ So Tazawa (8-5-4 / Japan / Gutsman Shooto Dojo)
7. ↑ Luiz Alberto "Betao" Nogueira (8-1 / Brazil / Renovacao Fight Team)
8. ↑ Teriyuki Matsumoto (6-3 / Japan / Shooting Gym Osaka)
9. Akitoshi Tamura (14-8-2 / Japan / Tsudanuma Dojo)
10. ↓ Marcos "Louro" Galvao (6-3-1 / Brazil / Nova Uniao)

- Shuichiro Katsumura shook up the 132-pound division last month when he choked out formerly undefeated champ Masakatsu Ueda (#3) at "The Way of Shooto 2" (video). The heavy underdog was previously ranked sixth.
- "Dudu" Dantas (#2) will return to Japan to face Hiromasa Ogikubo (#4) at Sustain's big JCB Hall show on May 30th.
- Former lightweight Akitoshi Tamura enters the featherweight rankings in the #9 slot.
- Marcos Galvao drops from #1 to #10 after not competing in Shooto for 18+ months.

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Lightweight (-65kg / 143 lbs.)

Champion: "Lion" Takeshi Inoue (18-3 / Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama)

1. Hatsu Hioki (20-4-2 / Japan / Alive)
2. Renan Barao (20-1 / Brazil / Nova Uniao)
3. Taiki Tsuchiya (6-2 / Japan / roots)
4. Hideki Kadowaki (13-10-2 / Japan / Wajyutsu Keisyukai Tokyo)
5. Issei Tamura (5-0 / Japan / Krazy Bee)
6. Gustavo Falciroli (9-2-2 / Australia / Mach 1)
7. Hiroshi "Iron" Nakamura (9-4-5 / Japan / Tokyo Yellow Mans)
8. Matteus Lahdesmaki (8-4-3 / Finland / Shooto Lahti)
9. "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura (10-5-1 / Japan / STGY)
10. Paulo "Guerreiro" Dantas (19-5 / Brazil / Sport Fight)

- "Son of Shooto" Hatsu Hioki (#2) returns to challenge for "Lion" Takeshi's title on May 30th.
- Hideki Kadowaki (#4) will meet Gustavo Falciroli (#6) at the Shooto-affiliated Superfight Australia on June 11th.
- Brazilian standout Paulo Dantas enters the rankings at #10.

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Welterweight (-70kg / 154 lbs.)

Champion: Willamy "Chiquerim" Freire (15-2 / Brazil / Nocaute Fight)

1. Yusuke Endo (13-3-2 / Japan / Gokita Gym)
2. Takashi Nakakura (11-3-1 / Japan / Shooting Gym Osaka)
3. Takanori Gomi (31-6, 1 NC / Japan / Rascal Gym)
4. Bendy Casimir (19-6-2 / France / Haute Tension)
5. ↑ Paulo "Bananada" Goncalves (13-7 / Brazil / Tata Fight Team)
6. ↓ Kenichiro Togashi (10-7-5 / Japan / Paraestra Hiroshima)
7. ↓ Mizuto Hirota (12-4-1 / Japan / freelance)
8. ↓ Kotetsu Boku (16-6-2 / Japan / Krazy Bee)
9. ↓ Ganjo Tentsuku (9-4-2 / Japan / Purebred Omiya)
10. Yoshihiro Koyama (14-3-1 / Japan / Paraestra Matsudo)

- Willamy "Chiquerim" will make his first title defense against Pacific Rim champion Yusuke Endo (#1) on May 30th. The Brazilian submitted Endo with a guillotine in May of last year (video).
- Ganjo Tentsuku (#9) faces Daisuke Nakamura at Hidehiko Yoshida's "Astra" retirement show this Sunday.
- Paulo "Bananada" (#5) enters the rankings after besting Nova Uniao's Giovani Diniz at Shooto Brazil 15 in March.

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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