Main Card | Tournament Semi-Finals | 61 kg | MMA
Akitoshi Tamura defeats Shoko Sato via 2 Round Decision
|14-9-2||Pro Record At Fight||15-6-1||Climbed to 15-9||Record After Fight||Fell to 15-7|
|-375 (Moderate Favorite)||Betting Odds||+300 (Moderate Underdog)|
|Hyogo, Nishiwaki, Japan||Fighting out of||Naruto, Tokushima, Japan|
|30 years, 4 months, 1 day||Age at Fight||23 years, 2 months, 2 days|
|134.9 lbs (61.2 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||134.5 lbs (61.0 kgs)|
|5'9" (175cm)||Height||5'9" (174cm)|
|Tsudanuma MMA Dojo||Gym||Sakaguchi Dojo|
- Bout Information
- Event: Sengoku 15
- Date: Saturday 10.30.2010 at 03:00 AM ET
- Referee: Masato Fukuda
- Venue: Ryogoku Kokugikan
- Enclosure: Ring
- Location: Tokyo, Japan
- Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 3 of 10)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 61 kg (134.5 lbs)
- TV Commentary: Michael Schiavello, Frank Trigg, Hans Thomson
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer:
- Tamura Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Sato Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Tournament: Bantamweight ASIA Tournament 2010
- Tournament Round: Semi-Finals
Tamura vs. Sato Wiki Update Wiki
Sengoku 15's third bout pitted Shoko Sato against the heavily favored Akitoshi Tamura in a quarter-final tournament bout in the promotion's Asian Bantamweight Grand Prix.
Tamura, wearing unusual and perhaps velvet black trunks with red lettering, launched a low kick before closing in for a takedown and ending up in Sato's half-guard. Tamura softened up Sato with a few strikes before looking to sink in a D'Arce choke from the top position and looked to have Sato in trouble. Sato remained composed and defended well, standing up and out of danger and the two fighters clinched in the corner of the ring. Sato landed the more effective strikes when the two separated, with Tamura's left eye swelling and blood trickling from the nose. Referee Kenichi Serizawa paused the fighters to allow the ringside doctor to check on Tamura. Sato showed poor takedown defense, and may have even partially pulled guard, when he ended up on his back with little time remaining. Sato managed to latch on an armbar and almost had the limb extended as the round expired. The round was close and may have even tilted in Sato's favor by the end.
The fighters exchanged kicks to begin the second round. Tamura scored a takedown but ate a strong punch to the head as he shot in. The fight was paused as blood trickled out of a widened cut above Tamura's left eye, yet the fight was allowed to resume after a check by the doctor. Sato landed an upkick from his back as well as some heel's to Tamura's thigh, but it was Tamura who maintained top position. Tamura passed to side control and landed his most effective ground and pound of the fight. With 20 seconds remaining Sato launched a series of upkicks that had Tamura dazed and stumbling backwards, but it may have been too little too late in a competitive bout.
Akitoshi Tamura won the fight by split decision and advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament despite sporting a now trademark swollen and bruised eye.