As expected, Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett has been forced to pull out of the 2010 S-cup. Bellator veteran Toby Imada has stepped into Bennett’s spot and will meet Takaaki Umeno in the first round on Nov. 23 at JCB Hall in Tokyo.
S-cup is the premiere tournament for Shoot Boxing. The sport is a combination of MMA and kickboxing based on “standing vale tudo.” Submission are allowed, but only on the feet. If the fight goes to the ground, they are immediately stood up.
Imada is most known for his surprising submission over Jorge Masvidal in the first Bellator welterweight tournament. In the second season, he made it to the final, but dropped a split decision to Pat Curran. Since then, he has returned and scored an armbar victory against Ludwig Salazar at Fite Nite 14 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Umeno is known for his skill in Japanese Kenpo. He made his debut in 2007 and won the 1st Amateur Shoot Boxing Championship. By 2009, he was able to claim the Shoot Boxing Japan Super Welterweight Championship.
Also in the first round, two-time K-1 World MAX champion Andy Souwer will take on Bovy Sor. Udomson. Another multiple time World MAX champion, Buakaw Por. Pramuk will also be in the field against Hiroki Shishido. Finally, Greg Foley will meet Henri van Opstal.