Preview: Vale Tudo Japan – VTJ 2nd

VTJ will return this weekend at the Tokyo Dome City Hall.

The Main Event includes a Champion vs. Champion bout as Kyoji Horiguchi (Shooto Featherweight Champion) goes head to head with Shintaro Ishiwatari (Bantamweight King of PANCRASE) in a fight that has hardcore JMMA fans foaming at the mouth.

Horiguchi is coming off a dominating performance over Hiromasa Ogikubo, that saw him capture the Shooto Featherweight title by Rear-Naked Choke in the second round. While on the other side of the cage Ishiwatari hasn’t lost in three years racking up an impressive six-fight win streak. Most recently a brutal KO over Nobuhiro Yoshitake this past March at PANCRASE 246.

A win for either fighter could land them stateside.

Hiroyuki Tanaka vs. Daniel Romero

Tanaka will return to the cage for the first time this year when he goes up against Daniel Romero. The fan favorite “Streetfight Bancho” is coming off a split decision loss to talented grappler Georgi Karakhanyan at DREAM.18. Romero who holds a 7-4 record will be taken on his toughest test to date when he faces off with the aggressive striker.

Caol Uno vs. Anthony Avila

MMA veteran Uno takes on up and coming prospect Avila. Caol recently turned his losing streak around at Shooto – 2nd Round 2013 this past March, and will look to build momentum. Never count out Uno. Anthony who trains out of Team Alpha Male is a highly regarded prospect. The well-rounded fighter looks to extend his record to 12-1, and get his shot in the UFC.

Hideo Tokoro vs. Taylor McCorriston

Tokoro looks to jump back inside the VTJ cage, and get another first round stoppage when he faces off with McCorriston. Taylor does have some skills, but is getting a massive step up in competition when he goes up against the JMMA legend.

Mamoru Yamaguchi vs. Mikihito Yamagami

In a fight that’s flew under the radar former Shooto Bantamweight/Featherweight Champion Mamoru will face off with current Shooto Flyweight Champion (115lbs) Yamagami in what should be an exciting match-up. Mikihito will be moving up in weight in hopes of getting a win over Yamaguchi. While the best hair in MMA looks to snap his two fight losing streak, and prove he’s still one of the best.

Akiyo Nishiura vs. Yuta Nezu

Both fighters will look to stand and trade in what could turn out to be a Fight of the Night performance. The always exciting Wicky returns to the cage after a two year absence, since then he’s been training with Team Alpha Male. Nezu like Wicky will go blow for blow until someones knocked out. This ones a must see.

Rest of the card:

Koji Mori vs. Akihito Ishihara
Gabriel Zobo-Lebay vs. Lucas Tani
Shooto Watanabe vs. Shintaro Kubo
Hiroaki Shishino vs. Ryuto Sawada
Yusei Kawana vs. Kazumasa Sugawara


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2 Comments on “Preview: Vale Tudo Japan – VTJ 2nd”

  1. flash
    June 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Taylor has skills? Hideo whooped on him like rag doll. Taylor Mccorriston is what’s all wrong with MMA. He’s in it only for the girls and money. He is a bitch boy nothing manly about this guy(refer to his YouTube video why he’s a fighter and you’ll hear a gay lisp). A total loser wanna be asian who thinks he knows it all. His favorite thing to do is sweating with young asian males in jujitsu hoping to be fondled or get fondled.

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