On Sunday, Jan. 29, Shooto Japan returned to the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan for Professional Shooto 1/29.

In the evening’s main event, Shooto world featherweight champion Yutaka Saito looked to rebound against England’s Mike Grundy after losing to Isao Kobayashi in a non-title bout in his most recent outing at Vale Tudo Japan 8. Saito was unbeaten in his 11 bouts prior to the loss including two wins over Yoshifumi Nakamura to win the Shooto world title. Grundy had stopped seven of his eight wins in the first round by way of submission.

In the night’s main card action, two former Shooto title challengers clashed when Junji “Sarumaru” Ito took on Yusuke “Tobizaru” Saruta. Former DEEP champion and featherweight King of Pancrase Yoshiro Maeda tried to hand Japan’s Hayato Ishii his first loss in eight professional bouts, but was unsuccessful. Flyweight King of Pancrase Kiyotaka Shimizu fought Tomohiro Hagino.

The event aired live at 4 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.

Mike Grundy def. Yutaka Saito by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-27)
Hayato Ishii def. Yoshiro Maeda by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-29, 30-28)
Yusuke Saruta vs. Junji Ito ends in majority draw (30-28, 29-29, 29-29)
Shoko Sato def. Kazuma Sone by TKO (cut). Round 2
Jin Aoi def. Yoshihiro Koyama by knockout (right hook). Round 1
Yuki Yamamoto def. Seon Bin Hong by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)

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Zach Aittama became a fan of martial arts at an early age. Hooked on the sport after one experience, Zach started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai as a teenager. Watching the sport only increased his interest, building a fascination for combat sports around the globe. Years of training and amateur bouts later, Zach continues to train while working and attending school full-time. Zach started writing for Fight Sport Asia in 2014 and joined the Combat Press staff in July of 2015.

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