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Masanori Kanehara set to face Urijah Faber at UFC Fight Night 52

A Bantamweight scrap between Urijah Faber and Norifumi Yamamoto was in the pipeline for UFC’s return trip to Japan later this year. But after ‘KID’ was injured in training plans for the match-up were nixed. Now, UFC’s latest Japanese import Masanori Kanehara steps up to the plate, and has a tall order when paired against top ranked Bantamweight Urijah Faber in his promotional debut. Sources close to […]

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Watch Shooto GIG Tokyo Vol. 17

  7.19 SGT.17 熱戦の模様をyoutube「SHOOTO CHANNEL」にアップ!満員札止めとなったプロ修斗新宿大会の模様を全試合アップ致しました!9.27後楽園大会を楽しむ為にも是非チェックを!はい、情報拡散! youtube.com/user/shootooff…— X-SHOOTO オフィシャル (@xshooto) July 28, 2014   Shooto has uploaded the videos from the event on the 19th.  Shooto GIG Tokyo Vol 17 featured a Pacific Rim Title Eliminator Fight and an Infinity Series 2014 fight.  You can watch all of the fights on Shooto’s official Youtube Homepage or […]

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Weekend Review: Road FC, DEEP Nagoya Impact, KunLun Fight 7

          Road FC Throws Another Exciting Event Road FC 16/Young Guns 15 took place in Gumi, South Korea on Saturday.  The Road FC 16 card was headlined by a Flyweight Title Fight between Nam Jin Jo and Min Jong Song.  Nam Jin Jo held relentless pressure on the feet and ground […]

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The UFC Signs Masanori Kanehara

  Longtime Japanese MMA Standout Masanori Kanehara has signed to fight in the UFC.  Masanori Kanehara has amassed a Professional MMA record of 23-11-5 (8 KO, 9 SUB).  Masanori Kanehara is well known on the Japanese MMA scene for his run to the first WVR: Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix Title.  Masanori Kanehara defeated both grizzled […]

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Weekend Review: Shooto, DEEP, Grachan

  Weekend Review: July 17-21     This past weekend was filled with great fights, big events and retirements.  From the top of combat sports to the rumors and announcements on Twitter, we are going to catch up on all the happenings last week. The Japanese MMA scene was a host to stellar match-ups, large […]

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Shooto GIG Tokyo Vol. 17 Preview

                      The event takes place on Saturday at Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo, Japan.  The fight card kicks off at 18:00 local time (JST) headlined by a fight between Naohiro “Chokugeki Gamon” Mizuno and Keita Ishibashi.  Mizuno carries a three fight win streak into the fight.  […]

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Full Results – DEEP: 67 Impact

DEEP, 6/22/14 “DEEP: 67 Impact” Korakuen Hall Tokyo, Japan Flyweight Bout Yuki Motoya def. Yoshiro Maeda by Submission (Armbar) at 4:59 in Round 1 Flyweight Bout Haruo Ochi def. Masakazu Imanari by TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) at :51 in Round 2 Welterweight Bout Keita Nakamura def. Keiichiro Yamamiya by TKO at 4:13 in Round 1 Lightweight Bout Shigetoshi Iwase def. Juri Ohara by Unanimous Decision Lightweight Bout Luiz […]

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Full Results: Shooto TORAO 13th

Shooto, 5/25/14 “Shooto TORAO 13th” Marina Hop Mermaid Space Hiroshima, Japan Welterweight Bout Kenichiro Togashi def. Yoshinori Suzuki by Majority Decision Featherweight Bout Okada Takeshi def. Takuya Ogura by TKO at 1:33 in Round 1 Lightweight Bout Takuji Kobayashi def. Hiroaki Nakayama by Disqualification (Low Blow) at 2:16 in Round 1 Bantamweight Bout Takuya Kodama fought Seiji Kamejima to a Unanimous Draw Flyweight Bout Shingo Makita def. Nobuyuki Fujii by Majority […]

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Full Results: TTF CHALLENGE 01

Tribe Tokyo Fight, 5/25/14 “TTF CHALLENGE 01″ Shinjuku FACE Tokyo, Japan Flyweight Bout Yuya Shibata def. Yasutaka Koga by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:45 in Round 1 Welterweight Bout Yusaku Tsukumo def. Toshikazu Suzuki by Majority Decision Featherweight Bout Takayuki Ijima def. Daisuke Maku by Unanimous Decision Flyweight Bout Hirukawa Kokasane def. Tsuyoshi Takahashi by TKO at 2:59 in Round 1 Welterweight Bout Kimihiro Eto def. Yusuke Hashimoto by […]

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Naoyuki Kotani returns, faces Norman Parke at UFC Fight Night 46 in Dublin

A Lightweight contest has been penciled in for the UFC’s return trip to Dublin, Ireland later this year. Northern Ireland’s Norman Parke welcomes back Japanese native Naoyuki Kotani, who returns to the Octagon seven years on. Sources close to the situation confirmed the match-up with Fight Sport Asia in the early hours of Thursday morning. Naoyuki Kotani (33-10-7), a Mixed Martial Arts […]

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