PANCRASE “20th Anniversary” features Two Titles, Two Tournaments, Sandro Returns

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PANCRASE will have their 20th Anniversary show on September 29, 2013 at the 5,000-seat Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium. The event features Lightweight and Flyweight Championship defenses, the opening round of both “World Slam” Lightweight and Bantamweight tournaments including foreign powerhouse gym players, and Marlon Sandro returns to Japan against Yojiro Uchimura.

At the end of September, Pancrase will mark an historic occasion as it celebrates its 20th anniversary of promoting MMA events with its 252nd card. Considered the longest continually-running mixed martial arts promotion in history, Pancrase has fostered and launched the careers of many internationally successful fighters like Josh Barnett, Bas Rutten, Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Nate Marquardt, Paul Daley, Riki Fukuda, Satoru Kitaoka, Yuki Kondo, Genki Sudo, Guy Mezger, Maximo Blanco, Minowaman – the list goes on and on. Pancrase began as a revolutionary “hybrid” concept. It has withstood the test of time and now has its eyes set firmly on the future.

In the first of two title defenses, Lightweight King Of Pancrase ISAO Kobayashi takes on number one contender Yoshiaki Takahashi. After ISAO avenged his sole loss in stunning fashion by ousting Koji Oishi for the belt, he successfully defended the title thrice more. Tough-as-nails all-rounder Takahashi will have to cause a big upset to get the belt away. The second title up for grabs features Flyweight KOP Mitsuhisa Sunabe versus number 1 ranked Noboru Tahara. Tahara will have to figure out Sunabe’s flurry flustering early on if he wants any kind of chance to wear the strap.

In a special match, recent Bellator contender Marlon Sandro comes back to his roots in Japan to face Yojiro Uchimura, the currently ranked number one contender. Sandro’s last fight in Pancrase made him the King in 2008’s featherweight division, catapulted him on to being Sengoku’s Featherweight Champion, and then two tournaments contending in Bellator. Unlikely ZST progeny Uchimura has really stepped up to the plate in this match, and being the number one contender for the King Of Pancrase title, he will have a huge reputation to defend.

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Will Noland will take on Shinsho Anzai to determine who will be the challenger for Ryo Kawamura’s title, while the KOP himself takes on Kazuo Takahashi in a fight meant to welcome him back to Pancrase and retire him at the same time. At Pancrase 248, bith men stepped into the ring and said they would retire if they lost. While Takahashi’s was planned, Kawamura bleeds black and red thus echoed his sentiments.

Pancrase 252 launches two new World Slam tournaments in the Lightweight and Bantamweight divisions with the 8-man opening round of both. Top 5-ranked Pancrase fighters will take on international opponents from overseas gyms that include ATT, AKA, Team Extreme and Nova Uniao. The second round is said to be the semifinals and finals in one night of a future competition.

PANCRASE 252 – 20th Anniversary World Slam
September 29, 2013
Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
Tokyo, Japan

第5代王者 Lightweight Championship Defense
ISAO Kobayashi (13-1-4) (坂口道場一族) CHAMPION
Yoshiaki Takahashi 高橋“Bancho”良明 (10-3-2) (パラエストラ八王子 ) ランキング1位 1st ranked

Eraera presents Special match 鰓呼吸 PRESENTS スペシャルワンマッチ 5分3ラウンド
Marlon Sandro マルロン・サンドロ (24-5) (ノヴァ・ウニオン) 5th Champion
Yojiro Uchimura 内村洋次郎 (11-6-2) (イングラム) ランキング1位 1st ranked

スペシャルワンマッチ Special match
Shungo Oyama 大山峻護 (フリー)
TBD Overseas opponent 対戦相手は後日発表(海外選手を予定)

ミドル級 5分2ラウンド Middleweight Match
Ryo Kawamura 川村亮 (15-8-4) (パンクラスism) 第11代K.O.P.・2006年NBTライトヘビー級優勝 11th King of Pancrase
Kazuo Takahashi 高橋義生 (30-26-3) (D-ONEジム) 初代ヘビー級K.O.P. 1st Heavy King of Pancrase

フライ級 キング・オブ・パンクラス・タイトルマッチ 5分3ラウンド Flyweight Title Match
Mitsuhisa Sunabe 砂辺光久 (18-7-4) (TEAM reversaL) 初代王者 Current Champion
Noboru Tahara 田原しんぺー (12-6-1) (K‐PLACE埼玉格闘技道場) ランキング1位 1st Ranked

Middleweight next title challenger
Will Noland ウィル・ノーランド (9-3) (AKA) ランキング1位 1st ranked
Shinsho Anzai 安西信昌 (6-1) (TEAM CLIMB) ランキング3位 3rd ranked

ライト級 5分2ラウンド Lightweight
Takafumi Ito 伊藤崇文 (36-33-13) (パンクラスism) ランキング9位 9th ranked
Yukio Sakaguchi 坂口征夫 (6-6) (坂口道場一族)

▽パンクラスワールドスラム開幕戦 ライト級 Lightweight Tournament round 1

Hiroki Aoki AB (13-6-1)(和術慧舟會 駿河道場/パンクラスライト級3位/日本選抜)
Shinji Sasaki 佐々木信治 (13-6-2)(総合格闘技道場BURST/修斗環太平洋ウェルター級王者/日本選抜)
Hiroki Nagaoka 長岡弘樹 (19-18-12)(総合格闘技道場DOBUITA/パンクラスライト級5位/日本選抜)
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Felipe Olivieri フィリップ・オリビエリ (12-4-1)(ブラジル/ノヴァウニオン/世界選抜)
Richie Whitson リッチー・ウィットソン(11-4)(アメリカ/AKA/世界選抜)
Bogdan Cristea ボグダン・クリスティア (8-4-1)(オランダ/アメリカントップチーム/世界選抜)
ドム・オグラーディー(アメリカ/チーム エクストリーム/世界選抜)

▽パンクラスワールドスラム開幕戦 バンタム級 Bantamweight Tournament Round 1

Shunichi Shimizu 清水俊一 (28-8-10)(総合格闘技宇留野道場/パンクラスバンタム級2位/日本選抜)2nd ranked
Yuki Baba 馬場勇気 (10-3)(ロデオスタイル/パンクラスバンタム級4位/日本選抜)4th ranked
Taichi Nakajima 中島太一 (7-3-1) (パラエストラ東京/パンクラスバンタム級5位/日本選抜)5th ranked
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Marcio Cesar マルセロ・セザール (17-8-3)(ブラジル/ノヴァウニオン/世界選抜)
Joe Pearson ジョー・ピアソン (43-17-1)(アメリカ/チーム エクストリーム/世界選抜)
Sirwan Kakai サーワン・カカイ (9-1)(スウェーデン/アメリカントップチーム/世界選抜)
Daniel Swain ダニエル・スウェイン (10-2) (アメリカ/AKA/世界選抜)

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36 – 33 – 13
vs Yukio Sakaguchi
6 – 6 – 0