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Takanori Gomi scores KO at 'Shooto Final Tradition'

Former PRIDE champion Takanori Gomi ended a two-fight losing streak Sunday, scoring a knockout over Shooto welterweight champion Takashi Nakakura at "Shooto Final Tradition" at the JCB Hall in Tokyo.

Displaying the punching power that made him a top three lightweight a few years ago, Gomi punished his opponent with a right hook and a 1-2 to send Nakakura through the ropes at 4:42 of the second round in the non-title bout.

In the main event, Shooto lightweight champ Takeshi "Lion" Inoue retained his belt against Rumina Sato by stopping the Japanese legend at 4:41 of the opening stanza. Inoue dropped Sato in the corner of the ring and against the ropes, calling on the referee to call an end to the bout. The lost was Sato's fourth consecutive and sixth out of his last seven fights. Sadly, the loss for Sato, a fighter synonymous with Shooto, will most likely stand as his last attempt at capturing the Shooto world title.

Cage Force lightweight champ Mizuto Hirota pulled the upset over Mitsuhiro Ishida, catching the PRIDE veteran with a left hook-straight right combo followed by punches once Ishida hit the ground. Ishida made an effort to stay in the fight by reaching for the takedown but the referee intervened at 1:33 of the round one. Hirota is fast becoming a fighter to watch; he knocked out former IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz with a Superman punch last August at Sengoku 4.

Megumi Fuji advanced her undefeated record to 17-0 and made it look easy doing so, submitting Chu Won Bun with a keylock in 52 seconds.

RESULTS:

  1. Megumi Fujii def. Chu Won Bun via sub (keylock) - R1 (0:52)
  2. Akio "Wicky" Nishiura def. Takumi Ota via unanimous decision
  3. Koutetsu Boku def. Yutaka Ueda via TKO (punches) - R1 (4:56)
  4. Kenichiro Togashi def. Tetsuji Kato via majority decision
  5. Mizuto Hirota def. Mitsuhiro Ishida via KO (punches) - R1 (1:33)
  6. Willan "Chiquerinho" Chiquerim def. Yusuke Endo via sub (guillotine) - R1 (5:00)
  7. Takanori Gomi def. Takashi Nakakura via KO (punches) - R2 (4:42)
  8. Takeshi "Lion" Inoue def. Rumina Sato via TKO (punches) - R1 (4:41)