Yuta Sasaki vs. Keisuke Fujiwara set for Shooto: 1st Round 2014

It was announced today during Shooto’s Rookie Tournament Final, that Yuta Sasaki’s next opponent will be Keisuke Fujiwara.

The bout is scheduled to take place January 13th at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Yuta Sasaki (14-1-2) is a young phenom who is one of the sports hottest commodities.

The fighter dubbed “Ulka” quickly gained recognition bursting onto the Asian MMA scene in April of 2010 racking up a 7-fight win streak. But would then fall to Guy Delumeau who halted the surging 24-year-old’s impressive run.

Since then, Yuta has disposed of competition with ease. The Japanese fighter is riding high at the moment having won his last seven in-a-row, and fighting hard nosed veteran Manabu Inoue to a Draw.

Most recently Sasaki was last seen submitting Geun Do Park at VTJ 3rd. And prior to that he stopped aggressive striker Kenji Yamamoto in just eleven seconds into the very first round.

Keisuke Fujiwara (15-7-4) will be the man looking to end the young prospects string of wins.

The current ZST Bantamweight champion is a fan favorite whose built a loyal fanbase throughout the years. Fujiwara began his Mixed Martial Arts career back in February of 2007, and has since then competed mainly under the ZST banner.

Fujiwara is currently on a two-fight win streak with wins over Takumi Murata & Hideto Okada. The fighter who hails from Saitama has fought a whose who on the Asian MMA scene with names like Kenji Osawa, Masakazu Imanari, Tatsumitsu Wada and even a trilogy with the now UFC signed fighter Shunichi Shimizu.

A win over Yuta Sasaki would be huge for the 31-year-old, who dreams of making it to the UFC.

*In the evenings main event Junji Ito squares off against Shinya Murofushi for the now vacant Shooto Flyweight (114-lbs) title, in what should be a thrilling encounter.

Here’s how the card looks thus far:

Junji Ito vs. Shinya Murofushi
Kazuhiro Ito vs. Shigeki Osawa
Kosuke Suzuki vs. Yasutaka Ishigami
Yu Fujimaki vs. Kazuya Tanaka
Hideto Okada vs. Takafumi Maeda
Yoshinori Takahashi vs. Dai Sudo
Yuta Sasaki vs. Keisuke Fujiwara

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