Reigning Shooto 145-pound champion Yutaka Saito and onetime UFC contender Caol Uno will square off against American foes later this month in Chiba, Japan.
Shooto on Tuesday announced that Saito has been paired with Bill Algeo, while Uno will meet muay Thai practitioner Jason Childers. Both bouts are set for three five-minute rounds and will be contested at 145 pounds.
The matchups are part of the Shooto-produced “Fight & Mosh” event which takes place April 23 at Maihama Amphitheater in Urayasu, Chiba. Two world titles will be on the line that evening, with 125-pound ace Masaaki Sugawara defending against Hiromasa Ogikubo, and Koshi Matsumoto facing Yuki Kawana for the vacant 155-pound strap.
Saito claimed his belt in January with a five-round unanimous decision over Yoshifumi Nakamura, extending the Paraestra Koiwa fighter’s unbeaten streak to nine in a row. Algeo also comes off a win, having bested Jeff Lentz across 25 minutes in a non-title bout at CFFC 57 in March.
Competing for the 56th time in his career, 40-year-old Uno will look to halt a two-fight losing skid, most recently having fallen to Shigeki Osawa via second-round stoppage. Childers, 37, has not contested an MMA bout in nearly 10 years; primarily a muay Thai fighter, the Californian holds a record of 0-2.