SYURI (a.k.a. Syuri Kondo) is going to fight Kinberly Tanaka Novaes from Brazil for the very first Pancrase women’s strawweight title.
Novaes has a MMA record of 9-2. A 26-year old Brazilian has experiences in the Muay Thai bouts as well, and fought RENA in Shoot Boxing last November.
This is a pure speculation but the following points, probably, are the reason why Novaes got picked to fight in this title fight.
Although it was five years ago, Novaes has a win over Jessica Andrade who is fighting for the UFC strawweight title. She holds titles at Noxii Combat and Nitrix Champion Fight, and currently on a three-fight win streak, which makes her look good on paper. She is from team CM System which is founded by UFC / PRIDE veteran Cristiano Marcelo. Finally, she fought RENA last year so she is recognizable among the Japanese fight fans.
Sunday, May 28th, 2017
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 14:30
Fight Starts – 15:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
Pancrase Bantamweight Title Match 5 min / 5R
Shintaro Ishiwatari (Japan / CAVE) vs Rafael Silva (Brazil / Astra Fight Team)
Pancrase Women’s Strawweight Title Match 5 min / 5R
SYURI (Japan / Voss Gym) vs Kinberly Tanaka Novaes (Brazil / CM System)
Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Hatsu Hioki (Japan / ALIVE) vs Hiroshige “Hanzo” Tanaka (Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama)
report by Shu Hirata