Kume is the current Pancrase lightweight champion yet this one is going to be a non-title bout.
Perhaps, one of the reasons for this is, its a part of three on three, Pancrase vs TEAM Cikatic.
Yes, its sort of like a mini team competition between Pancrase and fighters from Croatian selected by the K-1 legend Branko “The Croatian Tiger” Cikatic.
However, virtually no one is talking about this team competition.
The one of the major reasons would have to be, the fans have already seen so many of these mini team competitions since Masakazu Sakai took over the ownership of Pancrase.
Its nice to see fighters from different countries but at the same time, for fans and fighters, these team competitions don’t have next steps and stories to follow. For example, in this case, its not like the winner is going to Croatia to fight, and its not like Pancrase is sending three fighters to Croatia to do the same thing. What are they fighting for?
And most importantly, its not like the same team would come back with better set of fighters next year.
Its always an one-shot thing so very difficult to be interested in these teams and fighters as well.
On top of this, Cikatic really never had any contact with Pancrase during his active days.
He was the inaugural K-1 World Grand Prix champion that also fought in PRIDE.
For some Pancrase fans, this team competition in Pancrase 286 probably brings a feeling of strangeness.
Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 14:30
Fight Starts – 15:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
The Main Event – Pancrase vs TEAM Cikatic / 3 vs 3 – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Takasuke Kume (Japan / ALIVE)vs Matija Blazicevic (Croatia / ATT Europe)
Co-Main – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
AKIRA (Japan / Independent) vs Kazuki Tokudome (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji)
Featherweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Yojiro Uchimura (Japan / Ingram) vs Koyomi Matsushima (Japan / AACC)
12th Match – Women’s Strawweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kanako Murata (Japan / Independent) vs Claire Fryer (Australia / Gamebred Submission Fighting)
11th Match – Bantamweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Kenta Takizawa (Japan / Reversal Gym Tokyo Stand Out) vs Shuichi “T800” Kanda (Japan / T-BLOOD)
10th Match – Pancrase vs TEAM Cikatic / 3 vs 3 – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
ISAO (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo) vs Maro Burusic (Croatia / UFK Novi Zagreb)
9th Match – Pancrase vs TEAM Cikatic / 3 vs 3 – Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Takeshi Sato (Japan / ) vs Anton Radnan (Croatia / UFK Novi Zagreb)
8th Match – Flyweight bout 3 min / 3R
Takeshi Kasugai (Japan / Shimura Dojo) vs Shohei Masumizu (Japan / Masumizu-gumi)
7th Match – Featherweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Koyomi Matsushima (Japan / AACC) vs Yojiro Uchimura (Japan / Ingram)
6th Match – Strawweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Daichi Kitakata (Japan / Pancrase Osaka Inagaki-gumi) vs Ryo Hatta (Japan / Striple Ohana)
5th Match – Lightweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Genpei Hayashi (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai Iggy Hands Gym) vs Yusaku Inoue (Japan / Reversal Gym Kawaguchi REDIPS)
4th Match – Bantamweight Bout 3 min / 3R
CORO (Japan / TLIVE) vs Nobuki Fujii (Japan / ALLIANCE)
3rd Match – Featherweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Kyosuke Yokoyama (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs Suguru “Comba Oji” Nii (Japan / Mach Dojo)
2nd Match – Flyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Toru Ogawa (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.) vs Alex Okabe (Brazil / TS Gym)
1st Match – Welterweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Yuta Nakamura (Japan / T-REX JiuJitsu Academy) vs Hiroyuki Tezuka (Japan / Hybrid Wrestling Yamada Dojo – TGFC)
report by Shu Hirata