Japan has been known for making great events in combat sports during the last decades and there is no secret they have plenty of active young fighters in minor divisions. Living in Tokyo is a mecca when it comes to the competition and events.
Shuya Kamikubo is one of them representing the gym Honey Trap close to the station Iidabashi and Tokyo Dome. His records tell itself of his achievements with 7 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw against the most experienced opponents at the bantamweight division.
His schedules fight against the UFC/Bellator vet Sirwan Kakai on 5th April in Phoenix Fc Dubai will become his first test to find out if he can defeat a foreigner opponents outside of Japan.
Interview published first on www.bifrostsports.com
Hi Shuya! For those who do not know you could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
-I am a Japanese MMA fighter. I love martial arts and do practice every day both striking and grappling.
What made you to start doing martial arts?
-I respected Shinya Aoki who was Judo background and became MMA fighter.
What is your biggest achievement in martial arts? (championships, tournaments and so on)
-I do not have any great results in MMA fight yet and I do not feel I have achieved something.
When I was a university student, I was at the 5th place at All Japan Physical Education university Judo tournament.
You will compete for the first time outside of Japan, how is that feeling for traveling to Dubai? Will this be the first time you will go outside of Japan?
-I do not think my fight changes even the location is different. I just little worry the jet lag, but basically, I am as always.
Your opponent Sirwan Kakai have competed in the major leagues and have also once fought in Pancrase, what do you know about him?
-I saw his fight in UFC. From the video, I truly think he is an excellent fighter.
What are your biggest strengths? Do you feel comfortable in all aspects of MMA?
-I would like to fight with the same mental condition as training. Even in the tough situation, I would like to find the best way to win.
Who have you been preparing with for this upcoming fight? In Japan you have a lot of high ranked bantamweights, do you train with some of them?
-Not bantamweight, but I train with flyweight Tatsumitsu Wada and Lightweight Shinya Aoki.
What can we expect for this fight? How do you want it to end?
-In my fighting history, he is the strongest fighter ever. I would like to grow myself. Any finishes. I really would like to win.