Pancrase revealed the full card of the upcoming Osaka show on May 25th. 2005 and 2007 ADCC World Championship qualifier Takefumi Hanai is taking on Daisuke "13" Hanazawa in The Main Event of the show. Hanai is known for his unorthodox style to execute his signature moves – leg locks. On the other hand, Hanazawa is a typical grappler who likes to hold down the opponent and drop fists. This one is a battle of two grapplers but with two completely different styles.
Strasser Kiichi is going to face Yu Shiori (a.k.a. Yuushi Edaori) from Wajiu-tsu Keishu-kai TEAM VAMOS. After training nearly three months at Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Academy last summer, both "13" and Kiichi decided to drop down one weight class. From training and fighting in the states, these two grapplers from Osaka realized in order for them to fight against world-class fighters, cutting weight is necessary to gain advantage in the power department. However in the last fight against a grappler Sotaro Yamada, Kiichi took control early with powerful kicks to the body then he jumped into Yamada’s guard to finish with a pounding. However, Yamada countered with an Omo Plata then executed a perfect rear naked choke. For Kiichi who went down a weight class and lost, this is going to be a do or die battle to stay in the Pancrase show.
World Pancrase Create Presents ‘PANCRASE 2008 SHINING TOUR’
Sunday, May 25th, 2008 at Azeria Taisho, Osaka, Japan
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
Daisuke "13" Hanazawa (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai – Freestyle Academy) vs. Takefumi Hanai (Japan / Twist)
Kenji Takeshige (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs. Soyu Tanabe (Japan / Renshi Juku)
Masahiro Toryu (Japan / Pancrase-ism) vs. Shuji Morikawa (Japan / Team Crowd)
Koji Hasegawa (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs. Kenji Shimada (Japan / P’s LAB Tokyo)
Strasser Kiichi (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai – Freestyle Academy) vs. Yu Shiori (Japan / Wajiu-tsu Keishu-kai TEAM VAMOS)
1st Match – Neo Blood Tournament Bantamweight Semi-final 5 min / 2R
Punchy Yamauchi (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai) vs. Isamo Hirose (Japan / Strapple)
PIC: Takefumi Hanai (right) specializes in leg locks and is also known for his unorthodox fighting style.