It’s going to a huge weekend for MMA fans across the Asia region. So cancel your plans and settle in.
Kicking off a massive weekend of combat sports around the region is Shooto, which heads to Korakuen Hall in Tokyo for a decent card. Crazy Bee trained Takahashi Ryogo, currently riding a four-fight win streak, is the poster boy for the event and will face Frenchman Arnold Quero in the featherweight division. Shooto is normally streamed on UFC Fight Pass, but this one is not currently listed on the Fight Pass website. Abema TV in Japan could be worth a shot if Fight Pass doesn’t come through.
The MIMMA 5 tryouts continue throughout this weekend, making a stop at the Paradigm Mall in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Registration for Paradigm Mall stage actually starts today (Friday 12 May) to avoid massive congestion, which typically happens with MIMMA events. Registration is also available online via the MIMMA site, which gets you a priority pass for the Tune Talk booth on Saturday and Sunday.
Rampage MMA Fighting Championship
Still in Malaysia and Rampage MMA Fighting Championship is hosting a 13-fight card at Sabah Top Team in Millenium plaza, Kota Kinabalu. Malaysian heavyweight Tham Yaw Kent is set to face Australian-born Yannis Yokkokis in the main event. The card will feature a few debutants, but shows how much growth there currently is in MMA in Malaysia.
Deep Cage Impact
Saturday night is looking particularly stacked, with Deep Cage Impact 2017 taking place at the Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo. In the main event, reigning DEEP bantamweight champion Takafumi Otsuka steps up to defend his belt against knockout artist Koichi Ishizuka. Otsuka has held the title since early 2014 and brings solid experience, having fought the likes of Bibiano Fernandes, Rafael dos Anjos and Leandro Issa. There are 16 fights on the DEEP card, including two Mongolian fighters who return to the Japanese promotion. The 26-year-old Tsuogookhuu Amarsanaa will face Yuki Okano in the lightweight division, while Baataryn Azjavkhlan will square off against Michihito Abe (15-7-1). The one to watch here is Amarsanaa, who has finished all of his three past opponents with strikes including the Strikeforce / DREAM veteran Daisuke Nakamura.
ALL FC 6&7
Also set for Saturday is ALL FC 6&7 in South Korea, where former ONE Championship title challenger Dae Hwan Kim will compete in a one-night bantamweight tournament that will crown the first-ever ALL FC 135-pound champion.
Back to Tokyo on Sunday and two Grachan is putting two titles on the line for its 29th event. The card will take place at the Differ Ariake in Tokyo where Pancrase and Shooto alumni Fumiya Sasaki will face Tomohiko Hori for the bantamweight title. The co-main event will see Yohei Sakamoto challenge Shigeki Osawa for the promotion’s lightweight title. Again, try Abeam TV for viewing options.
If all this ain’t enough, you can settle in for seven bouts on the Pancrase Sapporo card on Sunday. Unlike most other Pancrase events, this one will not be broadcast on UFC Fight Pass and all promotions for Pancrase point towards Pancrase 287 on 28 May. By all accounts anyway, most people will probably be tuning in for the epic UFC 211 card.
UFC 211: Stipe Miocic vs Junior dos Santos
UFC 211 – Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 goes down Saturday night (Sunday morning in Asia) in Dallas with two title fights. Stipe Miocic goes up against Junior Dos Santos in a must-see matchup amongst heavyweight titans. Also, Joanna Jedrzejczyk tries to defend her title for the fifth time against Jessica Andrade.