Shooto Will Make Title Fights Longer Beginning January 2013

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Effective January 16, Japan's Shooto has decided all championship fights will be contested under five rounds and each will last five minutes.

The change also affected the two classes for Shooto. Class A will continue to function with three rounds for nontitle fights. Class B fighters can now compete in three round fights as well. Prior to the new ruling, Class B fighters were limited to two rounds.

The next major Shooto event is November 11 from the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.

Shooto held its first show back in 1986. Back then, they followed a set of rules that weren't similar to the ones seen in North America today. They allowed strikes to the back of the head and required an eight count be given to fighters who had been taken off their feet. These rules have since been eradicated.

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