With three world titles on the line, Shooto's May 30th show in JCB Hall was already shaping up to be something special. At last night's Gig Tokyo 4, it got a little bit special-er.
Previously announced as a participant for the May event - the third in Sustain's "Way of Shooto" series - Rumina Sato took to the ring during an intermission. A video package then revealed Sato's opponent, who few would have predicted: none other than the "Shooto Junkie," Ryota Matsune.
The former Shooto world featherweight (132 lbs.) champion, Matsune was forced to relinquish the belt in 2006 after a serious knee injury left him unable to defend. The status of his Shooting career has been in limbo ever since, and he was long-considered to be retired from the sport.
The bout between the two Shooto legends will take place at a 62kg (136.6 lbs) catchweight and is scheduled for three five-minute rounds.
Also announced for the same event was the return of dethroned 132-pound ace Masakatsu Ueda. He'll face "Ironman" Akitoshi Tamura, who was recently handed his walking papers by the WEC. In a 154-pound scrap, Krazy Bee's Kotetsu Boku will meet ex-Cage Force lightweight champ Yoshihiro Koyama.
The Way of Shooto 3
Like a Tiger, Like a Dragon
May 30, 2010
Bantamweight (-56kg) World Championship
Yasuhiro Urushitani vs. Ryuichi Miki
Welterweight (-70kg) World Championship
Willamy "Chiquerim" vs. Yusuke Endo
Lightweight (-65kg) World Championship
"Lion" Takeshi vs. Hatsu Hioki
Catchweight - 62kg
Rumina Sato vs. Ryota Matsune
Kotetsu Boku vs. Yoshihiro Koyama
Akitoshi Tamura vs. Masakatsu Ueda
Eduardo "Dudu" Dantas vs. Hiromasa Ohgikubo
Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Wataru Miki
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