UFC Vet Nelson, Kume Set for Lightweight Bout at Feb. 12 Shooto

By Chris Nelson Dec 30, 2011
Seven months after a tentative matchup with Dream champ Shinya Aoki fell by the wayside, former UFC lightweight Shane Nelson has a new date for his Japanese debut.

Nelson (Pictured) this week verbally agreed to a Feb. 12 meeting with scaled-down Shooto welterweight standout Takasuke Kume, a source close to the bout told Sherdog.com on Friday. The 154-pound affair is likely to headline the 24th installment of “Gig Central,” the Shooto series promoted by Kume’s home gym of Alive, at Asunal Kanayama Hall in Nagoya.

Since being released by the UFC in December 2009 after back-to-back losses to Matt Wiman and Aaron Riley, 27-year-old B.J. Penn protégé Nelson has won three in a row.

“Sugar Shane” took a non-injury related 15-month hiatus following his Octagon ouster, returning in March to submit Jai Bradney on the Australian’s home turf. Nelson knocked off former King of the Cage champion Aaron Wetherspoon in August and finished 2011 with a Nov. 4 injury stoppage of Lance Wipf.

A training partner of UFC featherweight Hatsu Hioki, Kume has been on a tear since suffering his first career defeat.

Kume, 26, was outpointed by Yoichiro Sato in an August 2010 bid for the Shooto Pacific Rim 168-pound title and has since rattled off four consecutive submission finishes. Recently representing Shooto in the ring of rival Japanese organization Pancrase, Kume notched an impressive, first-round tapping of Masahiro Toryu in July before making his lightweight debut with a third-round rear-naked choking of tough vet Daisuke Hanazawa on Nov. 27.


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