Under the new ownership of Masakazu Sakai, Pancrase is doing their first show in Fukuoka prefecture. And even if this is taking place in Kyushu Island, far away from Tokyo, it looks like Pancrase is willing to bring in top fighters in their roster.
The first fight Pancrase announced for this show is a lightweight bout between Will Chope and Kenichirou Togashi. Chope used to fight at 145 lbs but he missed the weight at Rebel FC which resulted in a cancellation of the fight so its not a big surprise that 6-foot-4-inch American is now fighting at 155 lbs.
In Pancrase, Chope is 1-1 and Togashi currently ranks eighth in the lightweight division. This means, if Chope wins then he will be in top 10 immediately but if he loses then his future with Pancrase could be in danger.
In addition, WEC veteran Hiromitsu Miura is also fighting in this show.
He will take on Yuta Nakamura, a fighter that lives in Fukuoka prefecture. Miura fought Carlos Condit for the WEC title back in 2009. After being released from WEC Miura switched to the professional boxing and just made a comeback to MMA in Pancrase 271 earlier this month.
Nakamura is a veteran with 36 pro MMA fights under his belt. Sure, he is 13-19-3-1 but he is bigger than Miura. Used to fight at 185 lbs division. And although his base is jiu-jitsu Nakamrua is a decent striker.
Many believe WEC veteran should win this fight but in front of his hometown crowd, Nakamura could excel.
Miura needs to be careful.
Sunday, December 20th, 2015
At West Japan General Exhibition Center, Fukuoka, Japan
Doors Open – 12:00
Fight Starts – 12:30
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kenichirou Togashi (Japan / Paraestra Hiroshima) vs Will Chope (USA / Juggerunaut Fight Club)
Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yasutaka Koga (Japan / Lotus Setagaya) vs Shunichi Shimizu (Japan / Uruno Dojo)
Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Hiromitsu Miura (Japan / SAMURAI SWAORD – RINGS) vs Yuta Nakamura (Japan / T-Rex Jiu-Jitsu)
VIP – 12,000 yen
A – 9,000 yen
B – 6,000 yen
Elementary and Junior High School students – 3,000 yen
*500 yen more at the door. (Except tickets for Elementary and Junior High School students)
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)