PANCRASE 258 – 05/11/2014: Akitoshi Tamura Signed with Pancrase

WEC veteran Akitoshi Tamura is now 33-year old and he will be fighting for Pancrase for the first time in his 13-year pro MMA career.Akitoshi Tamura signed with Pancrase.

He is scheduled to fight in Pancrase 258.

On Monday, a 21-year old MMA promotion based in Tokyo revealed the signing of WEC veteran from Tsudanuma Dojo.

Tamura made a pro debut in April 8, 2001. He defeated "Lion" Takeshi in May 2007 and won Shooto world championship, then he also defeated Ruminia Sato in 2008, which lead him to signing with WEC. However after going 1-2 Tamura was cut from WEC so he went back fighting for Shooto.

Since then Tamura has been doing not so well. He was given a chance to fight for another big Japanese promotion at the time, SRC, but Tamura couldn't capitalize on this opportunity. First, he lost a close fight via split decision against Shoko Sato then, in his second SRC fight against Taiyo Nakhara, Tamura lost via DQ (low blow).

Since then, in Shooto, Tamura is 2-4 in last six fights.

So, he a known name but not exactly peaking at the moment.

However he is still a very good addition to this very important show for Pancrase.

Its important because this show is historical in a sense that this is going to be the very first Decagon cage MMA show in Japan.

That's probably is the reason why, besides Tamura, Pancrase also confirmed Rin Nakai and Shintaro Ishiwatari, two King of Pancrase (well, technically, Nakai is "Queen of Pancrase") for this show.

Obviously, Pancrase is emphasizing on a partnership with WSOF (World Series of Fighting).

In terms of their "number series", which is their main shows, Pancrase abandoned ring completely and instead of bringing in circle cage or hexagon cage, they chose Decagon cage which is, one of the trademarks of WSOF.

But its not like WSOF is widely known in Japan. Its not televised in Japan and no Japanese ever fought for WSOF. Sure Yushin Okami is scheduled to make WSOF debut in March 29th and they also did announce the signing of Emi Fujino yet its not like WSOF is exactly a known entity in Japan.

Therefore, many must be wondering, what is the real purpose of Pancrase?

Do they just want to bring in something new to the Japanese MMA? Well, Decagon cage is something very new but partnership with promotions in North America is nothing new in the Japanese MMA.

Its going to be interesting to see where this partnership with WSOF would lead Pancrase to.

Sunday, May 11th, 2014
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 14:00 / Fight Starts – 14:30

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

20th Neo Blood Tournament Lightweight First Round Bout 5 min / 2R
Takashi Sato (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.) vs Makoto Kawawa (Zendo-kai Shinjuku Dojo)

20th Neo Blood Tournament Lightweight First Round Bout 5 min / 2R
Hiroshi "Chantamo" Hayashi (Japan / Honey Trap) vs Andrew Robert (USA / Tusdanuma Dojo)

20th Neo Blood Tournament Featherweight First Round Bout 5 min / 2R
Yutaka Shimamura (Japan / ) vs Kenmei Watanabe (Japan / Paraestra Tokyo)

20th Neo Blood Tournament Featherweight First Round Bout 5 min / 2R
Juntaro Ushiku (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai TLIVE) vs Manabu Hirayama (Japan / Freelance)

20th Neo Blood Tournament Bantamweight First Round Bout 5 min / 2R
"Convy" Masumizu (Japan / Maruwa Gym Yokohama) vs Akihisa Masuyama (Japan / Tsudanuma Dojo)

20th Neo Blood Tournament Flyweight First Round Bout 5 min / 2R
Kento Kanbe (Japan / ALLIANCE) vs Hironobu Otsu (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai GODS)

Confirmed Fighters:
Rin Nakai (Japan / Pancrase Venus)
Akitoshi Tamura (Japan / Tsudanuma Dojo)
Shintaro Ishiwatari (Japan / CAVE)

Ticket Prices:
VIP – 13,000 yen / SS – 10,500 yen / A – 7,500 yen / B – 6,500 yen
*500 yen more at the door.

Report by Shu Hirata
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