Team Lakay’s Jared Almazan, Jerome Wanawan, Jean Claude Saclag to represent Philippines at Shooto 30th Anniversary Tour in Japan

Jean Claude Saclag, Jared Almazan, Jerome Wanawan
Jean Claude Saclag, Jared Almazan, Jerome Wanawan

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:

Shooto announces historic partnership with ONE Championship


Established by former Japanese professional wrestler and the original “Tiger Mask” Satoru Sayama in 1985, Shooto held its first amateur event in 1986 and its first professional event in 1989. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of its professional event, the Japanese mixed martial arts organization announced its partnership with Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship.

“As Professional Shooto celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, we are excited to announce our partnership with ONE Championship,” Shooto CEO Kazuhiro Sakamoto stated. “This is the first time in 30 years that Shooto is partnering with an international martial arts organization. We believe our close collaboration with ONE will not only be beneficial to Shooto and its athletes but also for the future of the martial arts industry in Japan.”

Professional Shooto is one of the most popular and well-established martial arts organizations in Japan. Among the top Japanese martial artists it has produced are the late Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, Rumina Sato, Kaoru “Caol” Uno, Takanori Gomi, Hayato Sakurai, Kyoji Horiguchi and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35.

A number of ONE Championship’s current and former world champions were produced by Shooto. Among them are Aoki, current ONE Strawweight World Champion Yosuke Saruta and former ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito.

Shooto will continue to actively support ONE Championship in its scouting efforts in Japan. The former will also provide marketing support to the upcoming events of the latter in Japan, starting with “ONE: A New Era” on March 31, 2019 at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo.

The main event of “ONE: A New Era” is a rematch between Aoki and reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines. Three more title bouts are on the main card.

Formerly known as Shin-Kakutogi, Shooto is governed by the Shooto Association and the International Shooto Commission. The organization combines various forms of martial arts, including boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and sambo, forming the foundation of present-day mixed martial arts.

Meanwhile, watch the first encounter between Aoki and Folayang here:

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