The weigh-in of VTJ 6th was held in Tokyo and all fighters made the weight on their first attempt.
Dong Hyun Kim's flight was late so he didn't make the weigh-in but the arrangements are made for a Korean to do the official weigh-in upon his arrival.
The headliner of the show is the flyweight tournament final between Hiromasa Ogikubo and Czar Sklavos from USA.
This is going to be five 5-min rounds bout however Sklavos sounded like he is comfortable about going long-distance, "It would be better to finish the fight early but I also get better as the rounds goes on so I am confident in maintaining my fight through five rounds."
On the other end, Ogikubo expressed his firm determination especially after the flyweight tournament belt was revealed to both contenders, "Its a chance for me to leave 'my mark' so I want to capture this belt."
In the co-main, King of Pancrase at 155 lbs, ISAO from Sakaguchi Dojo, will be fighting at 145 lbs for the first time in his career. Not just only the weight class but also, this is going to be ISAO's first fight in the cage.
Part of the preparation for this fight, from end of August, ISAO flew to California to train at Team Oyama for about three weeks to adopt himself to unified rules and cage.
ISAO told the media, "I am approaching this fight as nothing different from fighting in Pancrase. I know its an important fight and I do have a strong feeling about that".
His opponent, DREAM veteran, "Lion" Takeshi Inoue, is currently on a four-fight losing streak but he was positive, "For the past two to three years I struggled to find the range between myself and my opponent but in September I finally got my range back. I think I can get into my range better in the cage so I am really looking forward to tomorrow."
Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Ohta Ward Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open – 14:00
Fight Starts – 15:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
The Main Event – VTJ Flyweiwght Tournament Final Bout 5 min / 5R
Hiromasa Ogikubo (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo) vs Czar Sklavos (USA / TEAM SKLAVOS)
9th Match – 145 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
"Lion" Takeshi Inoue (Japan / Rising Sun) vs ISAO (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo)
8th Match – 145 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Hiroyuki Takaya (Japan / Takaya Gundan) vs Ryogo Takahashi (Japan / KRAZY BEE)
7th Match – 145 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Caol Uno (Japan / UNO DOJO) vs Raja Shippen (USA / REIGN MMA)
6th Match – 155 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Kuniyoshi Hironaka (Japan / Master Japan) vs Dong Hyun Kim (Korea / TEAM M.A.D.)
5th Match – 125 lbs & Under 5 min / 3R
Mamoru (Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama) vs Yosuke "Sarutobi No. 2" Saruta (Japan / Reversal Gym Kawaguchi REDIPS)
4th Match – 135 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Kota Onojima (Japan / Combat Workout Diamonds) vs Shoko Sao (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo)
3rd Match – 128 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 2R
Hayato Suzuki (Japan / BRAVE) vs Ryuta Fukuda (Japan / MIBURO)
2nd Match – 145 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 2R
Shigeki Osawa (Japan / Honey Trap) vs Joji Mikami (Japan / Shoot GYM Tokyo)
1st Match – 155 lbs & Under 5 min / 2R
Kazuyuki Sawajiri (Japan / Mach Dojo) vs Juri Ohara (Japan / KIBA Martial Arts Club)
Opening Fight #2 – 145 lbs & Under 3 min / 3R
Tomoya Hirakawa (Japan / Kugeyama Rascal Gym) vs Daiki Kaneko (Japan / Reversal Gym Kawaguchi REDIPS)
Opening Fight #1 – Women's 105 lbs & Under Bout 3 min / 3R
NACHI (Japan / ERUPT) vs Kanna Asakura (Japan / Paraestra Matsudo)
VIP – 50,000 yen
SRS – 30,000 yen
RS – 10,000 yen
S – 8,000 yen
*All tickets – 500 yen more at the door.
Report by Shu Hirata
Photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)