Luis “Betão” Nogueira has signed a multi fight deal with Japan’s PANCRASE, the promotion announced today.
He is expected to make his debut with the promotion as early as May 31, 2015 at PANCRASE 267.
Most recently of Bellator fame, Nogueira has racked up a massive 18-3-1 record, defeating such notables as Frank Barca, Alexis Vila, and Rodolfo Marques Diniz. He was the man to dash Hiroshi “Iron” Nakamura’s Bellator dreams in the 2012 Tournament semifinals which sent the grappling stand out back to Japan.
Betao got his start in Shooto Brazil under the training of the Renovacao Fight Team. It was always his decision to be a professional fighter, and after having his first child at just 15 years of age, it was an uphill battle indeed. While his wife supported the family, Nogueira would jump the gate to catch a train and then walk 7 1/2 miles to the gym, a trip which amounted to 3 hours every day. With his first big purse, he bought a house which was basically four walls. It didn’t even have a door. He bought that with his next winnings.
Nogueira’s first loss came during a title shot for the Shooto South American Championship against now former Bellator Champ Eduardo Dantas, another name very familiar to Japanese fans. It would be another three years before he tasted defeat again. He now rides a streak of three wins going into his first bout in Japan.
“Hello Japanese friends. I want to thank God and Pancrase for the opportunity and tell you that soon you’ll watch the best bantanweight in the world. I’m training very hard to show my work to you, the Samurai land that I really want to know!”
Masakazu Sakai, PANCRASE CEO says,
“Top-ranked fighters in PANCRASE are in the world level. I’ll invite well experienced fighters from worldwide to prove it. The time is coming to show the ability of Japanese MMA.”