PANCRASE 246 – 03/17/2013: The Champion Isao vs Mazany from Wand Fight Team Confirmed

Dave Mazany is going to face a current King of Pancrase ISAOPancrase announced two additional fight cards for the upcoming March show at Differ Ariake.

The current King of Pancrase at the lightweight division, ISAO, is going to take on Dave Mazany from Wanderlei Silva's WAND FIGHT TEAM. This is going to be part of PANCRASE vs WAND FIGHT TEAM 3 vs 3 team competition.

Mazany fought four times last year and went undefeated – 3 wins and 1 no contest – and his current pro MMA record is 10-4-1.

On the other end, the champion has also been undefeated since July 2010. The only loss he has in Pancrase is against Koji Oishi in April 2010. In his last fight, against Kenichiro Togashi, who ranked fourth in Shooto's world ranking, ISAO KO'd him in just 16 seconds with an one punch. At age of 24, obviously he is getting better every day. However, Mazany is very aggressive. Only three of his 15 pro fights went to the judges. And also, he has faced tougher competitions. So this is going to be a tough fight for ISAO. In fact this is going to be a good yardstick to measure the true ability of a current King of Pancrase in the global standard, sort of speak.

Another fight announced on Thursday is a lightweight bout between AKIRA and Juntaro Ami. AKIRA is a student of UFC fighter Takanori Gomi and Ami is the grappler that conquered last year's Neo Blood tourney. (rookie tournament of Pancrase)

Akira's base is wrestling so he should have an advantage on strength and ground positioning department but Juntaro is a slick BJJ artist that can finish the fight. Both have a mediocre record so this is an even match-up, on paper, that can go either way.

Sunday, March 17th, 2013
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 14:30
Fight Starts – 15:15

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

Featherweight King of Pancrase Title Bout 5 min / 3R
TAKUMI (Japan / Paraestra Osaka) vs. Koji Oishi (Japan / Pancrase-ism)

Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Jon "Killer" Shores (USA / Rodeo Style) vs. Yojiro Uchimura (Japan / Ingram)

Super-flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Daichi Kitaka (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs. Atsushi Yamamoto (Japan / KRAZY BEE)

Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Eiji Ishikawa (Japan / GRABAKA) vs. Kenji Nagaki (Japan / WRESTLE-WIN)

Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
AB (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai Suruga Dojo) vs. Kota Okazawa (Japa / Nova Uniao Japan)

Flyweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Tiger Ishii (Japan / Paraestra Kichijouji) vs. Takamasa Kiuchi (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai GODS)

PANCRASE VS WAND FIGHT TEAM 3 vs 3 Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshiaki "Bancho" Takahashi (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji) vs Michael Costa (Brazil / WAND FIGHT TEAM)

PANCRASE VS WAND FIGHT TEAM 3 vs 3 Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
ISAO (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo) vs Dave Mazany (USA / WAND FIGHT TEAM)

Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Juntaro Ami (Japa / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai AKZA) vs AKIRA (Japan / Kugeyama Rascal Gym)

Ticket Prices:
VIP – 12,000 yen
SS – 10,000 yen
A – 8,000 yen
B – 6,000 yen
*500 yen more at the door.

Report by Shu Hirata
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