When Smash bought Pancrase, I immediately expected to see Shooto fighters trying to jump ship as we've already seen with fighters like Akihiro Murayama. However, an upcoming battle between Kyoji Horiguchi (Pancrase) and Manabu Inoue (Shooto) at Shooto "8th Round" puts an interesting twist on the situation. Maybe the two organizations will begin to work closer together?
On July 16 the long-reigning King of Pancrase at 132 lbs., Manabu Inoue will enter the Shooto ring against fast-rising prospect Kyoji Horiguchi. Old vs. new. Expect fireworks!!!