May 11, 2009

"Lion" Takeshi Inoue reaffirmed his position as one of the top five featherweight fighters in the world, defeating Rumina Sato by TKO at the Shooto Tradition Final in Tokyo on Sunday.

The win was the second straight for Inoue after being upset by Savant Young early last year. The loss continued the decline of Sato's career. Once a top 10 fighter himself, Sato has now lost four straight, and six of his last seven bouts.

Having once reigned atop the lightweight division, Takanori Gomi finally returned to his winning ways, having been on a two-fight skid before Sunday's Shooto event. He handed Takashi Nakakura just the third loss in his 14-fight career, knocking out Shooting Gym star late in the second round.

Eighth-ranked lightweight Mitsuhiro Ishida lost for the second time in his past four fights. He was upset by rising star Mizuto Hirota by TKO stoppage early in round one. The loss puts Ishida on shaky ground, while Hirota scored the biggest win of his career.

In the night's opening bout, Megumi Fuji, widely regarded as one of the top female fighters in the world, wasted no time finishing her Korean opponent WonBun Chu. She used an armlock to submit her opponent just 52 seconds into the opening round.

Shooto Tradition Final Results:

-Takeshi Inoue def. Rumina Sato by TKO (Strikes) at 4:41, R1-Takanori Gomi def. Takashi Nakakura by KO (Punch) at 4:42, R2-Willamy Chiquerim def. Yusuke Endo by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 5:00, R1-Mizuto Hirota def. Mitsuhiro Ishida by TKO (Strikes) at 1:33, R1-Kenichiro Togashi def. Tetsuji Kato by Majority Decision (30-28, 29-29, 29-28), R3-Kotetsu Boku def. Yutaka Ueda by TKO (Strikes) at 4:56, R1-Akiyo Nishiura def. Takumi Ota by Unanimous Decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-17), R2-Megumi Fuji def. Won Bun Chu by Submission (Armlock) at 0:52, R1-Sol Kyung Pyo vs. Takesuke Kume was cancelled (Sol did not make weight)

(Results courtesy of and

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