If Vale Tudo Japan '09 was indeed Takanori Gomi's send-off event from Japan, and while his performance put forth wasn't ideal, the former PRIDE champion can take solace in the fact that he will leave on back-to-back wins.
Gomi defeated King of the Cage lightweight titleholder Tony Hervey Friday in Tokyo in the main event of the rebirth of the venerable Vale Tudo Japan series, which returned after a 10-year absence.
Gomi, who improved to 31-5, was awarded the unanimous decision after five rounds with final scores of 47-45, 46-45, 46-44. Gomi's plan is to continue his fight career in the US after this fight.
Shooto 143-pound champion Takeshi "Lion" Inoue (17-3) beat former champ Alexandre Franca Nogueira (13-6-2) in a non-title affair with punches 2:58 into the fourth round.
Rumina Sato (25-14-2), who competed at the previous four Vale Tudo Japan events, ended a four-fight losing streak by stopping Corey Grant with punches at 3:20 of the opening round. Grant, now 3-1, was replacing Team Quest teammate Joe Warren.
Shooto South America champion Willamy Chiquerim added the Shooto 154-pound title to his waist with a first-round TKO over Kenichiro Togashi. Takashi Nakakura vacated the title in September due to an eye injury suffered against Gomi in May.
Featherweight Tito Jones (7-3) unanimously outpointed Tenkei "Fujimiya" Oda (7-5-2) after three rounds.
The Vale Tudo Japan series were annual events connected to Shooto from 1994 to 1999 and featured early pro fights from Rickson Gracie, Randy Couture and Hayato "Mach" Sakurai.
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