ZST 43: Keisuke Fujiwara Wins Title, Challenged by 18-Year-Old Prospect Go Kashiwazaki

Courtesy of eFight; Keisuke Fujiwara celebrates his second ZST title win

Differ Ariake played host to the 12th Anniversary of ZST on Sunday.  The event from Tokyo featured the ZST Bantamweight and Featherweight Championships.  In the Bantamweight title fight, Keisuke Fujiwara was able to finish Kohei Kuraoka, winning the vacant Bantamweight title.  The finish came in the third round when Fujiwara poured on the ground and pound and forced the referee to step in.  This win ends a three fight winless streak for Fujiwara, moving his pro MMA record to 16-9-2.

Atsushi Kato won the Featherweight title after he submitted Koji Mori (10-5-1) in the first round with a rear naked choke.  The submission came at 3 minutes and 30 seconds into the first, Kato improved his record to 3-0 in 2014.  Yet another setback for 25-year-old prospect Koji Mori, losing his last two first by first round submission.

Takeshi Kashiwazaki improved his impressive record to 10-0-2 after he was able to submit Tatsuya Watanabe in the second round.  The 18-year-old Bantamweight prospect walked into the ring to challenge Keisuke Fujiwara when he won the title.  This could be the next title fight and a step up for “Go” Kashiwazaki.

Courtesy of eFight; Go Kashiwazaki gets the second round submission

ZST.43 : 12th Anniversary

  • Bantamweight Title – Keisuke Fujiwara def. Kohei Kuraoka by TKO at 4:28 of Round 3
  • Featherweight Title – Atsushi Kato def. Koji Mori by Sub (RNC) at 3:30 of Round 1
  • Takeshi Kashiwazaki def. Tatsuya Watanabe by Sub (Modified Guillotine) at 3:23 of Round 2
  • Yuto Hiyama def. Tetsuya Seki by Majority Decision (20-18, 20-19, 20-20)
  • Yusuke Uehara def. Satoru Date by Unanimous Decision (20-18, 20-19, 20-19)
  • Sen Nakadai drew Atsushi Saito (19-20, 19-19, 19-19)
  • Shuya Arimura def. Yujiro Yamamoto by Unanimous Decision (20-19, 20-19, 20-19)
  • Kaito Sakamaki def. Kenichi Sawada by Sub (Guillotine) at 3:08 of Round 1
  • Tomomitsu Hinuma def. Nobuyuki Kanaizuka by Unanimous Decision (20-18, 20-19, 20-19)
  • Atsushi Ueda def. Hiroyuki Ota by Sub (Armbar) at 2:59 of Round 2
  • Yoshinari Shinba def. Shin Takenaka by Sub (Armbar) at 4:47 of Round 1
  • Yohei Ota def. Takahiro Baba by Sub (Heel Hook) at 1:44 of Round 1
  • Takao Ueda def. Reiha Nozawa by Sub (Armbar) at 1:37 of Round 2
  • Toshiaki Hayasaka def. Junichi Hirata by Sub (Heel Hook) at 0:50 of Round 2



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Categories: Asian MMA, Japan, MMA, ZST


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