PANCRASE 269 – 08/09/2015: AT AGE 44 “The Cannon” Ritch Is Still Active

Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch lost all of three fights in Japan back in the early 2000 yet at age 44, on this Sunday, he is getting another chance to prove himselfIts actually amazing that this guy is still active.

At age 44, 134 pro MMA fights under his belt, Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch is still active a pro MMA fighter.

(According to Ritch, he is actually 120-80-2 since 1991)

And, its not like he retired once and came back.

Since 1998, except 2007 and 2014, he has been fighting every single year. (Probably since 1991) Not just few fights a year. It's actually the other way around. Ritch as been super active.

For example, in year 2002 he fought 16 times followed by 17 fights in 2003. Sure, only one out of last 48 fights went past first round but Ritch must be doing something different from the others if he is getting this much fights.

This Sunday, for the first time in over ten years, "The Cannon" will be fighting in Japan. He is taking on a Japanese veteran, Hikaru Sato (22-21-4) from team Pancrase MISSION in Pancrase 269.

Ritch held a media work out on Thursday in Tokyo and talked to the reporters.

"I am very excited to be back in Japan. Recently I won Jiu-jitsu title, and I train Muay Thai as well. I am not a pro-wrestler. I wanted to prove myself as a MMA fighter and that's why I came to Japan."

Sunday, August 9th. 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open –
Fight Starts –

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

The Main Event – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
ISAO (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo) vs Will Chope (USA / Jaggauernut Fight Club)

Co-Main Super-flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yusuke Kitago (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai Yokohama Dojo) vs Mamoru (Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama)

9th Match – Light-heavyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Hikaru Sato (Japan / Pancrase MISSION) vs Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch (USA / Team Cannon)

8th Match – Open-weight Bout 3 min / 3R
Mitsuyoshi Nakai (Japan / Freelance) vs Eric Prindle (USA / Team Death Clutch)

7th Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshiaki "Bancho" Takahashi (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji) vs Kenichiro Togashi (Japan / Paraestra Hiroshima)

6th Match – Featherweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Issei Tamura (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs Hikaru Hasumi (Japan / Paraestra Tochigi)

5th Match – Middleweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuki Niimura (Japan / TEAM CLIMB) vsRyan Bigler (USA / Spike)

4th Match – Light-Flyweight Title Qualifier Tournament Final 5 min / 3R
Hiroyuki Abe (Japan / Dragon Tail) vs Masakazu Utsuki (Japan / Paraestra Furukawa)

3rd Match – Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kenta Takagi (Japan / Reversal Gym Kawaguchi REDIPS) vs Takashi "Ten" Sato (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)

2nd Match – Lightweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Eiji Ishikawa (Japan / GRABAKA) vs. Keigo "Chris MAN" Hirayama (USA / Paraestra Hachiouji)

1st Match – Flyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Kento Kanbe (Japan / ALLIANCE) vs Tatsuya So (Japan / Toushin)

Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (