Jared Ryan Almazan, 22, Jerome “Torogi” Wanawan, 29, and Jean Claude Saclag, 24, will represent the Philippines at the 30th anniversary tour of Shooto. Training at Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, the three mixed martial artists are making their debut in the Japan-based combat sport and MMA organization.
Japanese wrestler and MMA promoter Satoru “Tiger Mask” Sayama, 61, established Shooto in 1985 and its first professional event happened in 1989. Its 30th anniversary tour is supported by its new partner ONE Championship, a Singapore-based martial arts organization where several Team Lakay fighters are currently signed.
The first part of the Shooto 30th Anniversary Tour took place at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan on January 27, 2019. The second part was held at the New Pier Hall in Tokyo on March 24, 2019.
On May 6, 2019, Shooto will return to the Korakuen Hall as part of its 30th anniversary tour. The fight card has 11 MMA matches.
Saclag and Wanawan will compete in the bantamweight and strawweight division, respectively. Their respective opponents are both fighting out of Chiba, Japan.
The Shooto 30th Anniversary Tour marks Saclag’s professional MMA debut. He will face Ryo Okada, 30, who currently has 14 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws.
This will be a comeback for Wanawan, who competed from 2010 to 2014 and went on a hiatus from 2015 to 2018. He will face Ryohei “Ken Asuka” Kurosawa, 25, who holds a professional MMA record of 11 wins and 1 loss.
Holding a professional MMA record of 1 win and 2 losses, Almazan will face Koha “Hiroba” Minowa, 19, of Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan in the flyweight division. The Japanese contender has 9 wins and 2 losses.
Including the Philippines and Japan, five countries will be represented at the upcoming Shooto 30th Anniversary Tour at the Korakuen Hall. The others are the Netherlands, the United States and South Korea.
Check the complete fight card of the Shooto 30th Anniversary Tour at the Korakuen Hall on Conan Daily. Meanwhile, here is a clip from Team Lakay: