PANCRASE has announced a partial card for the first installment of its cage series Bayside Fight in Yokohama. The event will spin off Pancrase ideals into a globally-accepted format of the USA’ Unified Rules and will begin the showcasing of amateur talent. The event will be at the Bayside Yokohama entertainment facility for two reasons: to be in an area where so many of Japan’s MMA teams are located, and to provide an MMA ‘lifestyle’ experience.
In a typical grappler-versus-striker match, Wrestle-Win’s Kenji Nakagi will face Redips’ Kenta Takagi. Neo-Blood MVP from 2012 Nagaki is a student of the Sydney Olympics Silver Medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, Katsuhiko Nagata. Takagi is known for his elbows putting people in the hospital; he’s finished 7 out of his 8 wins by KO/TKO. While both fighters were in Cage Force, out of the two, Tagaki has more cage experience as he’s fought in DEEP’s cage as well.
Tatsuya So drops to Super Flyweight to take on Yuki Ueshima. So’s takedowns and Ueshima’s taedown reversing will likely see the match spend most of the time on the canvas. Neither fighter backs off and this will make for an exciting fight, especially if So proves the new class is more suitable for him.
Announced as the artist performing at the event is Mighty Crown, an international Reggae band based in Yokohama. Mighty Crown Entertainment’s band FireBall won the contest for producing Bayside Fight’s new theme song. Mighty Crown’s Masta Simon says the Pancrase “global” theme is in perfect resonance with with their own ideals: based in Yokohama where Bayside Fight will be, they act locally but think globally.
Bayside Fights 1
September 1, 2013
▼ウェルター級 5分2R Welterweight
Kenji Nagaki (6-3) 永木健二（WRESTLE-WIN）
Kenta Takagi (8-7) 高木健太（PUREBRED川口REDIPS）
▼スーパーフライ級 5分2R Super Flyweight
Tatsuya So (12-8-3) 曹 竜也（そう・りゅうや/闘心）
Yuki Ueshima (8-3) 上嶋佑紀（BRAVE）
▼バンタム級 5分2R Bantamweight
Katsuhiro Sakanaka (3-2-1) 阪中カツヒロ（LOTUS世田谷）
Naohiro Takaoka (6-3) 高岡尚裕（和術慧舟會HEARTS）
Kosuke Terashima (8-3) CORO（和術慧舟會TLIVE）
Gaku Suwazono (2-7) 諏訪園岳（AACC）
Yusuke Kitago (10-8-1) 北郷祐介（和術慧舟會 横浜道場）
Haruki Nakayama (5-5-1) 中山ハルキ（GRABAKA）
Takumi Shimazaki (8-10-3) 島崎 巧（WRESTLE-WIN）
Kishi Matsuura (0-0) 松浦貴志（ALIVE）