On Sunday, April 23, Shooto traveled to the Maihama Amphitheater in Urayasu, Japan for Professional Shooto 04/23.

In the night’s main event, Shooto world featherweight champion Yutaka Saito defended his title against Japanese MMA legend Caol Uno. Saito had lost two of his three non-title fights since winning the belt against Yoshifumi Nakamura. Uno had 33 wins and 20 finishes in his illustrious career that included wins over UFC veterans Yves Edwards, Din Thomas and Ivan Mejivar.

The fight card also featured TUF 24 finalist Hiromasa Ogikubo returning to Japan against UFC veteran Danny Martinez, Yusuke “Tobizaru” Saruta met undefeated strawweight Koha Minowa, and top prospect Ryuto Sawada fought Takamasa Kiuchi.

The event aired live at 2:30 a.m. ET on Ameba TV.

Yutaka Saito def. Caol Uno by unanimous decision – for featherweight title
Hiromasa Ogikubo def. Danny Martinez by unanimous decision
Yusuke Saruta def. Koha Minowa by unanimous decision
Naoyuki Kotani def. Yoichi Fukumoto by submission (armbar). Round 1
Tristan Grimsley def. Ryo Okada by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2
Ryuta Sawada def. Takamasa Kiuchi by knockout (punch). Round 1
Hideto Okada def. Takahiro Ichijo by unanimous decision
Derricott Yamamoto def. Takashi Nakayama by split decision
Akira Enomoto def. Ryuta Umishita by split decision
Kota Shishido def. Morishiman by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1

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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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