Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pancrase Confirms Flyweight Tournament Participants

Pancrase has announced the participants of its first King of Pancrase Flyweight (120 lb.) Tournament. The first round of competition will take place on Pancrase's Impressive Tour 8 card scheduled for August 8. This preliminary round of fighting will consist of two five minute rounds. Three round bouts will be conducted in the finals (date yet to be announced). Semifinal competition is also expected to go down at Impressive Tour 8. However, while participants have been announced, official pairings have not.

Three of the flyweight tournament competitors are ranked among the top 50 flyweights in the world, according to (see card below).

The bracketing format will be a little different. According to, "In this upcoming August show at Differ Ariake, there is going to be two first round bouts. Then after evaluating these two fights, Pancrase would make a decision about the final."

The card will also feature the semifinal round of their lightweight grand prix.

Pancrase: Impressive Tour 8
August 7, 2011
Differ Ariake,
Tokyo, Japan

Pancrase Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinals
Kazuki Tokudome vs. Kota Okazawa
Isao Kobayashi vs. Tomoyoshi Iwamiya

Pancrase Flyweight (120 lb.) Tournament Competitors
Mitsuhisa Sunabe (ranked #11, FightMatrix)
Hiroyuki Abe (ranked #40, FightMatrix)
Takuya Eizumi
Yoshihiro Matsunaga (ranked #25, Fight Matrix)

Non-Tournament Bouts:
Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Motonobu Tezuka
Isao Hirose vs. Seiji Kozuka
Masaomi Saito vs. Nobuki Fujii
Naoki Tajima vs. Hideo Matsui
Koji Nakamura vs. Ryosuke Togashi
Akihito Tanaka vs. Animal Anzai
Tatsuya So vs. Shoko Sato

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