The weigh-in of Pancrase 267 was held today at Cross Point Kichijouji gym. All fighters, except one, made the weight in their first attempt.
The following are comments from Kazuki Tokudome and Taichi Nakajima. Tokudome is taking on JJ Ambrose in the headliner of the show, and Nakajima is going to face Victor Henry in co-main.
"I heard he (JJ Ambrose) used to fight at the welterweight so I expected him to be bigger. But I guess I wouldn't know how big he really is till tomorrow. I did see his past fights and I thought, he has been changing his fight styles, but in terms of his recent fights, I can see that he likes to shoot, and take the opponent to the ground. My last opponent, Koyama, is a similar type so what I have been training should connect to what I can do tomorrow."
"I feel good so I can even fight right now. I lost the last fight so I made sure that I will be in best condition for this fight. He (Victor Henry) looked like a very nice person. I didn't feel too much spirit from him today but I am sure he will be a very dangerous fighter tomorrow. This may sounds funny but I finally implemented MMA training. I used to train grappling and striking separately and I haven't really done MMA training till this training camp. For about a month I did a lot of MMA sparring. At first my cardio couldn't keep up with anyone but now I can do full three five-minute round without gassing out."
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 13:30
Fight Starts – 14:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
The Main Event – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kazuki Tokudome (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji) vs JJ Ambrose (USA / Knox MMA)
Co-Main – Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Victory Henry (USA / CWA – Hybrid Fighter) vs Taichi Nakajima (Japan / Paraestra Tokyo)
13th Match – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kotetsu Boku (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs Juntaro Ushiku (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai TLIVE)
12th Match – Welterweight Non-Title Bout 5 miin / 3R
Let's Gota (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai) vs Shingo Suzuki (Japan / ALLIANCE)
11th Match – Featherweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Akitoshi Tamura (Japan / Tsudanuma Dojo) vs Satoshi Inaba (Japan / Akimoto Dojo jungle junction)
1st Match – Lightweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Genpei Hayashi (Japan / HEAT) vs Shohei Yamamoto (USA / CWA – Hybrid Fighter)
VIP – 13,000 yen
SS – 10,500 yen
A – 7,500 yen
B – 6,500 yen
*500 yen more at the door.
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)