Sunday, 23 August 2009
Pancrase have added a flyweight title fight to this card on October 25 in Differ Ariake. The champion Mitsuhisa Sunabe will take on undefeated challenger Isao Hirose. Hirose was the Neo-Blood champion in 2008, and the fighter he defeated in the final, Takuya Eizumi got the title shot before him. Now Hirose is rightly ranked #1 and he has earned his title shot.
Also on the card is Seiya Kawahara, Kawahara fought in the DREAM featherweight GP, now he is back at bantamweight, something that should suit him a lot better. He has already had a shot at the Pancrase title, and is one of the more popular Pancrase fighters, mainly because he tends to finish his fights in spectacular fashion. He is ranked #1, but had his title shot in December last year, and he might have to wait a little more for another one. This time he is taking on Ryota Sasaki, who is on a 4 fight winning streak, but would be the underdog in this fight.
Previously announced on this card was the fight between the bantamweight king of Pancrase and the former Shooto featherweight champion and last year's Cage Force tournament finalist, Masahiro Oishi. This should be a very good fight!
Flyweight King of Pancrase title fight:
Mitsuhisa Sunabe 10-5-3 vs. 6-0-0 Isao Hirose
Bantam: Seiya Kawahara 7-2-0 vs. 4-2-1 Ryota Sasaki
Fly: Takuya Eizumi 5-2-0 vs. 3-2-1 Kiyotaka Shimizu
Bantam: Manabu Inoue 7-5-1 vs. 19-11-7 Masahiro Oishi
Ichiro Kanai 9-10-3
Keiichiro Yamamiya 36-24-9