As expected, two more team TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A. fighters are confirmed for this event.
This is the retirement event of their founder Ryo Choan so, both Takenori Sato and Yasuhiro Urushitani had to fight.
However it wasn't too easy for Chonan to find a right opponent for these two. After all Sato is the current King of Pancrase at 170 lbs. and Urushitani is UFC veteran so Chonan had to look for "suitable" fighters for this.
Chonan himself has vast network in this business so he looked around and one of the avenues he tried was through Shoot Boxing. He asked Andy Souwer's camp to recommend European strikers for both Sato and Urushitani. Then, Souwer's training partner, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, recommended his team mates from Nova Uniao – Isamel de Jesus and Matherus Nicolau Pereira.
This was perfect for the event because Nova Uniao is a known team in Japan, these two got pretty good records and are recommended by the UFC champ so it has little bit of marketing value, and both are from the same team so this probably means only one corner man for two fighters which cuts little bit of travel cost.
As the promoter, I believe Chonan made a right decision. This event takes place at Korakuen Hall which seats 2,500 at most so its not like he has a huge budget to book bunch of known names anyways. Considering the situation being able to bring in a Brazilian with pro record of 7-1 and 9-4-1 from famous team is a good accomplishments for a first-time promoter.
TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A. / DEEP
TRIBE TOKYO FIGHT – RYO CHONAN RETIREMENT EVENT
Sunday, October 20th, 2013
At Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 17:30 / Fight Starts – 18:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
DEEP Welterweight Title Bout 5 min / 3R
Dan Hornbuckle (USA / ATT) vs Ryo Chonan (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)
Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Takenori Sato (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.) vsIsmael de Jesus (Brazil / Nova Uniao)
Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yasuhiro Urushitani (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.) vs Matherus Nicolau Pereira (Brazil / Nova Uniao)
Unified MMA Rules Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshiro Maeda (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs Mamoru (Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama)
Unified MMA Rules Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuya Shirai (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO MMMA) vs Akihiro Murayama (Japan / GUTSMAN)
Unified MMA Rules Middleweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshiyuki Nakanishi (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO MMA) vs RYO (Japan/ Run's End – ZERO-ONE MAX)
DEEP Rules Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kenji Osawa (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai HEARTS) vs Seiji Akao (Japan / NEX)
DEEP Middleweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Yusuke Sakashita (Japan / Freelance) vs Luke Mori (Japan / Freelance)
VIP – 20,000 yen / SRS – 15,000 yen / RS – 8,000 yen / A – 6,000 yen
Report by Shu Hirata
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