“Road to UFC: Japan” Episode 5 saw Rumina Sato and Dana White watch on as Teruto “Yashabo” Ishihara and Tatsuya Ando became the next contestants in the Octagon.
With Michinori Tanaka in his corner, Yashabo listened very well to Josh Barnett’s advice before the fight about keeping pressure on the wrestler Ando with footwork and moving forward. Yashabo successfully stuffed a shoot and fired back, but eventually Ando, with Ryo Chonan in his corner, was able to grab the single. However, Yashabo got up and out quickly and defended the next shoot well.
Ando slapped on a good right hook, but Yashabo came back with more that landed. Ando revved up his kicks and tried to initiate his punching. A brief scramble on the canvas had Ando with a momentary back take. Yashabo scrambled out and Ando went right back to the single attempt to the end of the first round.
In the second round, Yashabo kept the same smart pressuring game plan, and added in some low kicks. After about a minute, Ando came alive and started firing back. He failed a shoot and Roy yelled at him in his new Japanese lingo to pressure against the cage and drop for the TD, but it remained stagnant until the ref broke them apart from the cage. Ando repeated his strong shoot and finally succeeded in getting Yashabo down against the cage at the bell.
But it was a little too late for Ando’s wrestling success to earn him more points. Yashabo’s striking and maneuvering earned him the points on the judges’ scorecards.
Teruto Ishihara def Tatsuya Ando by Unanimous Decision 20-18, 20-18, 19-19.