Two fights are added to Pancrase 294.
The lightweight fight between Yusaku Inoue and Tom Santos from Brazil, and the strawweight bout between Ryo Hatta and Teppei Maeyama. The promotion announced these match-ups on Monday.
The Brazilian first came to Japan in February of last year. He fought Yasuaki Kishimoto in HEAT which ended up in no contest.
After this fight, Santos was invited to Road FC 1 million-dollar tournament, won couple, and advanced to the quarterfinals held in December but he lost to Ronys Torres.
Inoue was 2010 Shooto’s rookie of the year at 176 lbs & under. After posting 10-1 record Inoue lost to Yusaku Tsukumo in September 2013, and stepped out of the sport.
In last April, however, Inoue made a come back to MMA after about three and half years of absence and since then he has defeated Takeshi Umehara and Keigo Hirayama, both, via first-round KO.
The strawweight fight is going to be the battle of experienced fighters in the 20’s.
Hatta is 26 and Maeyama s 22. Hatta is 10-4 in pro MMA yet dropped two of last three fights while Maeyama is 3-4 but the winner of three of last four fights.
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
At Shin Kiba Studio Coast, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 14:30
Fight Starts – 16:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yusaku Inoue (Japan / Reversal Kawaguchi REDIPS) vs Tom Santos (Brazil / Brazilian Thai)
Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Issei Tamura (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs Keisuke Horie (Japan / ALLIANCE)
Strawweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Ryo Hatta (Japan / Strapse Ohana) vs Teppei Maeyama (Japan / AACC)
Report by Shu Hirata
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