Joe Warren vs. Rumina Sato announced

by Tony Loiseleur | source:

Leading Shooto promoter Sustain announced Sunday that longtime Shooto fan favorite and former 143-pound Pacific Rim champion Rumina Sato will fight Joe Warren at Vale Tudo Japan 2009.

“I initially said I wanted to fight a strong foreigner for VTJ, but when they told me who it was, my reaction was, 'Are you for real?'” chuckled Sato.

Despite Sato's comments at last month's VTJ '09 news conference indicating his desire to drop to a weight close to 135 pounds for VTJ, the fight is contracted to be at 138.9 pounds -- the weight of Dream's “featherweight” class -- and will be under Vale Tudo Japan rules. While his contemporaries in “Lion Takeshi” Inoue and Takanori Gomi will be looking forward to five five-minute round bouts, Sato’s bout with Warren will be three five-minute rounds.

“I'll be observing how Lion [Takeshi Inoue] handles the VTJ rules, but I don't plan on changing my style much,” said Sato of his plans.

Sato is coming off of a first-round TKO loss to Shooto 143-pound champion Takeshi Inoue in May's Shooto Tradition Final. Warren is also coming into VTJ off of a recent submission loss to Dream featherweight champion Bibiano Fernandes at Dream 11 earlier this month.

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FightScientist site profile image  

10/18/09 10:47 PM by FightScientist

Gotta love Rumina. Back and right to the top up and comer! Rumina is a great guy and just took Chad George in for almost 2 weeks. Can't wait for this!

JTB007 site profile image  

10/18/09 2:18 PM by JTB007

Warren's attitude after his Kid win has definitely turned against him.Warren is one of those fighters that i hope loses everytime i see him fight now unfortunately.

HELWIG site profile image  

10/18/09 2:13 PM by HELWIG

 Nobody chained shit like him.

cypherpunk site profile image  

10/18/09 12:29 PM by cypherpunk

Prays for another flying armbar.

Sudo21 site profile image  

10/18/09 12:25 PM by Sudo21

Sato is legend, but his best days were years ago... Too bad some guys just don't know when to quit.

LBoutin site profile image  

10/18/09 12:25 PM by LBoutin

Regardless of Sato being past his prime, he's still hell for 2 minutes. His fight with Lion Takeshi was pretty good. He was winning up until Inoue landed the KO shot. Interesting match, I'd say Warren is probably the Favorite, but I'll be pulling for the Moon Wolf to return !!It's great to see Sato fighting at 135. Hopefully he allows himself to fight outside of Shooto so he can get a bigger pay day a couple times before he's done for good. He's a legend, he deserves a couple good cheques before he hangs up the gloves.

Mike Sanders site profile image  

10/18/09 12:20 PM by Mike Sanders

Sato will be able to challenge Funaki and Suzuki for "most shot fighter" soon!

glassjawed site profile image  

10/18/09 12:09 PM by glassjawed

Rumina sato's jaw is just about shattered at this point though.

worldfightfan site profile image  

10/18/09 12:08 PM by worldfightfan

he thinks he is the best, so why not