This week’s Friday Fight Facts covers a handful of events from Glory of Heroes MMA cross overs to Pancrase’s historic 300th event.
Glory of Heroes 36
On 20 October at China’s Glory of Heroes 36, two more stand up stars will cross over into MMA. Muay Thai champion Qiu Jianliang and Deng Zeqi. World top ten-ranked Qiu is China National Muay Thai champion, holds the S-1 belt, and was the Glory of Heroes featherweight champ. He will be facing Kenneth Evensen (2-1, Norway). Deng first won a China National Muay Thai title in 2011, and then the WCK belt which he defended, and fought Lerdsila twice, in Las Vegas and Thailand. He will be facing Alexandr Danilov (4-2, Russia) who fought in Wulinfeng last year.
Also on the card are two notable Chinese fighters, grappling ace Cui Liucai and wrestler He Nannan. Cui will be batting 21-year old undefeated jiujitsu standout from Tajikistan, Mukhiddin Kholov. It’s very unusual to see a full-on grappling bout booked in a Chinese promotion and both guys are no joke, so it’s going to be interesting. He Nannan will be fighting a BJJ black belt who coached in Hong Kong, Leandro “Naja” Rodrigues. This will be a good test for the Chinese wrestler’s rather one-dimensional – yet powerful – game.
Glory of Heroes 36 will be streamed live at 19:00 China time on IQYI.
In Korea on Saturday night, NeoFight makes a quick turnaround in its 2018 resurgence with #14. The main event is Japanese Taekwondo champ Norihisa Amimoto versus HEAT champ Ok Rae-Yoon. While Amimoto hasn’t made much of a dent in an MMA career, his Taekwondo chops should impress the Korean crowd. Ok Rae-Yoon has been doing the China and Japan circuits for a while, beating Habiti, Eiji Ishikawa, and Yasuaki Kishimoto, with his only two losses being to UFC prospect Song Yadong and Mongolian journeyman Batmunkh Burenzorig.
Also on the card, entertaining Toshihiro Shimizu – now on a massive win streak in Grachan – will face Lim Jae-Seok prospect Kwon Won-Il, who’s undefeated at 4-0. Plus, Grachan mainstay Shuhei Higashi will fight Korean Zombie protege Kim Min-Woo, and it’s grappling versus sambo as BJJ and wrestling proponent Wakimoto Kohei faces Sochi Sambo Tournament champ Ko Seok-Hyeon.
NeoFight 14 will be aired on IB Sports in Korea at 14:00 Korea time.
One Pride FN 23
Saturday night caps off with the next episode of One Pride FN 23. The strawweight action continues with the entertaining Rudi Hartono back to welcome debutant Sukarjak into the fold. Mardianto and Rhizal Maikel Umboh try to wade their way up through the deep featherweight pool in a ranking fight. At bantamweight, Anton Sulistianang will take on Dede Barabas in an effort to slowly make it into the title picture.
One Pride FN 23 will be streamed live on the TVOne app starting at 22:00 Jakarta, Indonesia time.
On Sunday 21 October, Pancrase holds its historic 300th numbered event. In the main event, Takashi Sato comes back from his recent title challenge loss to Glaico Franca to face New Zealand’s Matt Vaile, owner of the Australian HEX and XFC belts. Former PXC champ Kyle Aguon makes his fourth Pancrase fight against “Hanzo” Tanaka, who KOed Hatsu Hioki then lost a decision to Yoshiki Nakahara but has been out of action for a year because of opponents having issues.
Once JMMA shining star and fan favorite Yoshiaki “Bancho” Takahashi returns to MMA after three years to face former Jungle Fight tournament winner Lucio de Abreu Fernandes of Brazil. Also on the card, former DEEP champ Hiroto Uesako will face Kenichiro Togashi and Alan Yamaniya versus Kintaro is set for their previously missed encounter. Check out the full preview here.
Pancrase 300 will be live streamed on UFC FightPass at 16:15 Japan time.