World ranked flyweight MMA fighter Mamoru Yamaguchi scored a huge victory in ShootBoxing on Monday. The former two-division Shooto champion defeated number one ranked 123-pound ShootBoxer Naguranchun Masa M16 via decision. The win marks the third ShootBoxing fight by Yamaguchi, and it puts him in contention for the promotions 123-pound championship.
ShootBoxing is a K-1 style sport that incorporates takedowns, followed by immediate stand ups, and standing submissions. Although it was not an MMA fight, PRO MMA (promma.info) still has the info. Yamaguchi decided to go outside the sport of MMA after dropping the final chapter of his trilogy against Shooto 123-pound champion Shinichi “BJ” Kojima. With an 0-2-1 record against the champion and a lack of quality opposition, he decided to get a fresh start somewhere else.