Shoko Sato defends bantamweight belt at Shooto 11/17
Shoko Sato is a seasoned veteran who made his pro debut in 2007. After stints with Pancrase, Vale Tudo Japan and Road FC the 31 year old has found a home at Shooto where he holds the bantamweight title.
On Saturday Sato (30-16-3-1) at Shooto 11/17 he will be making the second defence of the belt he won just over a year ago. The experienced bantamweight is set to rematch fellow veteran Yo Saito (20-14-4) at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
The two first met in January at Shooto 1/28. It was a non-title bout and Saito scored a decision win. While that was a three rounder this weekend’s rematch is scheduled for five and this time Sato’s belt will be on the line.
The co-main event features flyweight prospect Takumi Tamaru (8-1-1). Just like Sato he is coming off an impressive win at Shooto 7/15 when he snapped Yosuke Saruta’s eight-fight undefeated streak.
Tamaru is going up against Tadaaki Yamamoto (15-11-3) who is ten years his senior and coming off a three-fight losing skid. However the veteran’s last three bouts have all been against top-level opponents and he should provide a stern test of the young prospect’s current credentials.