PANCRASE 246 – 03/17/2013: Ishiwatari to take on Yoshitake

Shintaro Ishiwatari (right) posing with Pancrase owner Masakazu Sakai after defeating Caol Uno in Shooto in September of last yearPancrase added one more fight card for the upcoming March show at Differ Ariake.

Current King of Pancrase at the bantamweight division, Shintaro Ishiwatari, is going to take on Nobuhiro Yoshitake from team Pancrase Inagaki-gum.

Ishiwatari defended KOP title back in March of last year. Then, in September, Ishiwatari defeated Caol Uno in Shooto, and now he is coming back to Pancrase for the first time in nine month.

Ishiwatari was supposed to defend his title against Motonobu Tezuka in November of last year but Ishiwatari's injury postponed this fight and meanwhile Tezuka signed with the UFC.

Yoshitake is a team mate of a former King of Pancrase and WEC / DREAM veteran Yoshiro Maeda. Yoshitake used to rank top ten in Pancrase but not now therefore this fight is going to be a non-title bout.

But this is a huge opportunity for Yoshitake. He is coming off from a KO win over Kintaro in Outsider so more than likely Yoshitake will be looking to cause an upset so he can get back into the top ten of the Pancrase ranking.

Also, Tezuka just got released from UFC so he will probably get back into Pancrase so if Ishiwatari wins this fight then we can expect him to defend the belt against Tezuka later in the year.

PANCRASE 246
Sunday, March 17th, 2013
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 14:30
Fight Starts – 15:15

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

Featherweight King of Pancrase Title Bout 5 min / 3R
TAKUMI (Japan / Paraestra Osaka) vs. Koji Oishi (Japan / Pancrase-ism)

Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Jon "Killer" Shores (USA / Rodeo Style) vs. Yojiro Uchimura (Japan / Ingram)

Super-flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Daichi Kitaka (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs. Atsushi Yamamoto (Japan / KRAZY BEE)

Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Eiji Ishikawa (Japan / GRABAKA) vs. Kenji Nagaki (Japan / WRESTLE-WIN)

Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
AB (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai Suruga Dojo) vs. Kota Okazawa (Japa / Nova Uniao Japan)

Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Shintaro Ishiwatari (Japan / CAVE) vs Nobuhito Yoshitake (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi)

Flyweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Tiger Ishii (Japan / Paraestra Kichijouji) vs. Takamasa Kiuchi (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai GODS)

PANCRASE VS WAND FIGHT TEAM 3 vs 3 Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshiaki "Bancho" Takahashi (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji) vs Michael Costa (Brazil / WAND FIGHT TEAM)

PANCRASE VS WAND FIGHT TEAM 3 vs 3 Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
ISAO (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo) vs Dave Mazany (USA / WAND FIGHT TEAM)

Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Juntaro Ami (Japa / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai AKZA) vs AKIRA (Japan / Kugeyama Rascal Gym)

Ticket Prices:
VIP – 12,000 yen
SS – 10,000 yen
A – 8,000 yen
B – 6,000 yen
*500 yen more at the door.

Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Revew (www.boutreview.com)