On Sunday, Jan. 27, Shooto returned to the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, for their first event of 2019.

In the night’s headliner, bantamweight titleholder Kazuma Sone took on Ryo Okada, who had won three straight heading into the contest.

Also, former King of Pancrase champ Kiyotaka Shimizu stopped former DEEP and King of Pancrase champion Yoshiro Maeda in the first frame.

The event aired live at 3:30 a.m. ET on Abema TV (Japan).

Ryo Okada def. Kazuma Sone by knockout (punches). Round 1, 4:58 – bantamweight title
Kiyotaka Shimizu def. Yoshiro Maeda by TKO (punches). Round 1
Yutaka Saito def. Markus Held by TKO (punches). Round 2, 3:29
Yohei Sakamoto def. Derricott Yamamoto by TKO (injury). Round 1, 3:06
Yuki Kawana def. Yuki Okano by unanimous decision
Mamoru Uoi def. Nobuki Fujii by unanimous decision
Takashi Nakayama def. Jin Aoi by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:16
Ryohei Kurosawa def. Yuya Kodama by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 3:30
Tsubasa Saito def. Hideto Okada by unanimous decision
Chelsey Hibsch def. Sarah Jane McCann by unanimous decision
Koyuru Tanoue def. Atsushi Makigaya by unanimous decision
Megumi Sugimoto def. Megumi Kigoshi by unanimous decision (a)
Takehiro Nakaike def. Haruto Nakayama by submission (armbar). Round 1, 2:22 (a)

(a) – denotes an amateur contest

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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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