Senzo Ikeda, the reigning flyweight king of Pancrase, has been added to ONE Championship’s debut event in Japan on 31 March.
Ikeda (12-6-1) has spent the bulk of his professional career with Pancrase, winning the flyweight belt in 2017. He will now join a number of his former Pancrase colleagues on the ONE Championship roster.
While not confirmed, it’s likely he will step up to replace an injured Andrew Leone on ONE’s Flyweight Grand Prix. Leone was due to Danny Kingad in the opening round of the tournament.
Last February Ikeda pulled off a spectacular title defense after four and a half brutal rounds against top-ranked contender Yuya Wakamatsu.
Wakamatsu will welcome Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson to ONE Championship in the opening round of the flyweight GP.
Other quarter-final bouts include DEEP flyweight champion Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, who will meet undefeated Brazilian Ivanildo Delfino.
The signing of Ikeda comes hot on the heels of a new partnership between ONE Championship and Pancrase, which will see closer collaboration, cross promotion and sharing of talent between the two organisations.