Ryoji Kudo and Keisuke Sasu to face off at Shooto 0725
Kawana won the title in 2017 and remained champion for three years despite only defending the belt once. He signed for Rizin immediately after defeating Shutaro Debana at Shooto 0712 last year and the promotion is now looking to crown a new featherweight king.
Kudo (10-1-1) is riding a seven fight winning streak. At Tribe Tokyo Fight 9 last December he stopped Derricott Yamamoto in the opening round, avenging the only defeat of his MMA career.
Coincidentally Yamamoto is also the only fighter to ever beat Sasu (8-1-1). He comes into this contest on the back of a six fight winning streak and was last seen in action at Shooto 0131, submitting Taison Naito in the second round.
The event is set for the Korakuen Hall on July 25th. In the super atomweight division veteran Satomi Takano (14-12) has been matched with Miku Nakamura (4-4).
Yuta Kaneko (13-3-2) faces Kota Okazawa (13-11-5) in a lightweight fight. In the bantamweight division Rinya Nakamura (1-0) has been matched with Akuri Ronda (5-4-1).
Last weekend Shooto 0701 took place in Osaka. In the main event Tatsuro Taira submitted Ryuya Fukuda to win the vacant flyweight title.