Who are next generation of Japanese Mixed Martial Artist?At local Japanese organization,I can find Bantam weight prospect. Dream doing Bantam weight grandprix now..There are usual Japanese member who are former feather weight.But we will see new talent of clops in that division.I will list who is worth attention.
Kyoji Horiguchi 20 years old
Krazy Bee's most promising prospect.At first heard about there is rookie fighter sparring partner for "Kid".It's sound wired when heard
Major level fighter sparring with 2 to 3 fight rookie.Horiguchi show improve with fit his Karate skill to MMA.Currently have 4 KO streak.
"Kid" says he should get Shooto title in one year.Horiguchi had only 4 armature shooto fight experience because too strong at categoy.
He will face Naohiro "Chokugekigamon" Mizuno at September 23, Shootor's Legacy 04.
This year's Shooto rookie tournament have high level competition too.So we will see. Shooto's Feather weight division (same as international Bantam weight division) will stacked.
Tatsumitsu Wada 22 years old
Yoshida Dojo's prospect have experience karate and judo at childhood.He won 2007's future king tournament.He already have major win
against Dream veteran Daiki "DJ Taiki" Hata.Hata can't handle Wada's punch speed.He will fight for DEEP title soon against Takafumi Otsuka.
He can drop to Flyweight.
Yusaku Nakamura 25 years old
From Seiichi Ikemoto's style gym,Nakamura have Nihon Kenpo background.He stepped up as a late replacement of Darren Uenoyama at Dream.
He had only 3 pro fight before he step up for Dream.This is shortest record of fight amount to fight Dream. His condition is not good since his injury
didn't heal yet.But he shock people with knock down Atsushi Yamamoto.He lose but his reputation rise.
He will face Seiji Akao at Septemvber 4 DEEP Osaka Impact.
Shunichi Shimizu 26 years old
From Uruno Dojo, Shimizu evaluated win against Manabu Inoue at SRC Asia Bantam weight tourny.He succeed to chain grapple against Inoue.
He fought at feather weight recently.But he should fight for higher tier Bantam weight.
Motonobu Tezuka 24 years old
It's hard to choice Bantam weight prospect from Pancrase since their champ lose to ZST's Shimizu.But if I choice,Tezuka.From Dokonjonosuke Mishima's Cobra Kai.Tezuka show variety of takedown and lose split decision against Shintaro Ishiwatari.