Some deflating upsets marked this morning’s Shooto Tradition card from Tokyo.
In one bout, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai looked to be getting the better of David Baron on the feet but those tides turned quickly near the end of round one. Baron came out looking for a ground battle but became more confident as the minutes passed by. As the men were clinched and looking for a takedown, Baron tripped Sakurai leading Mach to quickly stand and come toward Baron. Baron hooked in a guillotine and pulled guard, forcing a reluctant Sakurai to tap out after about ten seconds in the position. This obviously improves Baron’s name and standing in Japan and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in DREAM sooner rather than later. You can view the fight here.
In another bout, Class B-rated fighter Savant Young (in Shooto class B fighters get two five minute rounds while class A fighters get three rounds) pulled an upset of upsets defeating Takeshi Inoue by decision. Lion was rated by many to be the top featherweight in the world, a distinction now to be fought out between Kid Yamamoto and Urijah Faber.