GRANDSLAM 2 - 02/08/2015

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GRANDSLAM 2 - 02/08/2015

Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:39 am

http://www.adcombat.com/grandslam-2-02-08-2015-masakatsu-ueda-back-fighting-in-japan


Report by Shu Hirata


Masakatsu Ueda, who is currently under the ONE FC contract, is fighting in Japan for the first time in three years.

Apparently, ONE FC granted a permission to fight Ueda since the promotion couldn't find a right fight for him since he challenged Bibiano Fernandez for the bantamweight title in May 2014.

Ueda is going to face Victor Henry in the headliner of GRANDSLAM 2.

Henry is a very good looking 27-year old from California with pro MMA record of 8-1. He defeated Hideo Tokoro via TKO in GRANDSLAM's inaugural event in June 2014 so it make sense for the promotion to bring him back.

Victor Henry is a student of Josh Barnett that defeated Hideo Tokoro in GRANDSLAM 1
And, Ueda is a top contender so GRANDSLAM came through with a very impressive match-up for their second event.




In the co-main, Yosuke "Sarutobi No.2" Saruta, who defeated UFC veteran Shunichi Shimizu in the Grandslam 1, is coming back and will take on Hayato Suzuki, an up and comer from team BRAVE with an undefeated pro MMA record of 10-0-2.

Suzuki is a 28-year old with 3 KO wins and 4 submissions wins under his belt so a win over Saruta should put him to one of the best flyweights in Japan.

Saruta just suffered a loss to Mamoru Yamaguchi in VTJ 6th in October 2014 via doctor stoppage. However many thought Saruta won the first round. Then, in the beginning of the second round, Yamguchi's elbow sliced Saruta's left eye lid. The cut was deep. That's why the doctor had to stop the fight.

Therefore, Saruta should still be considered as one of the top fighters in Japan at 125 lbs division, and this means Grandslam promoter Shuichirou Katsumura is doing a super job because these two fights on top of the fight cards have a potential to become one of the best fights in this year's Japanese MMA.




Reversal Yokohama Grandslam Presents

GRANSLAM 2 - way of the cage

Sunday, February 8th, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open - 14:00
Fight Starts - 14:30



Confirmed Cards (subject to change):

THE MAIN EVENT - Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Masakatsu Ueda (Japan / Paraestra Tokyo) vs Victor Henry (USA / CSW - Hybrid Fighter)

Co-Main - Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yosuke "Sarutobi No. 2" Saruta (Japan / Reversal Gym Kawaguchi REDIPS) vs Hayato Suzuki (Japan / BRAVE)

Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Masakazu Imanari (Japan / Team ROKEN) vs Kenichi Ito (Japan / CARPE DIEM)

Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Takahiro Ashida (Japan / BRAVE) vs Tatsuya Adachi (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)

Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Ikuya Sasaki (Japan / T-PLEASURE) vs Daichi Takenaka (Japan / Paraestra Waizumi)

Middleweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Yusuke Sakashita (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.) vs Bob Armstrong (New Zealand / ALIVE)




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