Rather than dwelling on the loss Obara would get back on the horse by defeating Makoto Mori in 2 rounds in what was a bit of a "gimme". In his third fight however things got tough again as he battled Daichi Sakoda, a very tough southpaw with very respectable power. Sakoda wasn't fighting Obara to give the prospect an easy win, instead Sakoda wanted to inflict Obara's second loss in 3 bouts.
What we was Sakoda making life difficult for Obara though the promising showed he had matured from his debut and fought with a serious game face, as if he knew his career was at risk if he lost. Despite being serious Obara wasn't punch perfect, he was never going to be against a fighter like Kusano, but he did enough to win rounds, impress fans and prove he was determined to mature as a fighter.
Unfortunately Obara's solid performance was concluded early after a clash of heads, just 11 seconds into round 5 curtailed the bout and left Obara with notable damage above his right eye causing an early conclusion to the contest.
The result, a 5th round technical decision for Obara moved his record to 2-1 (1) and, at the time of writing, left Sakoda as the only man to lose a decision to Obara who had strung together 9 successive stoppages following this contest. Sadly for Sakoda this would be his final bout.