PANCRASE 245: AKA VS PANCRASE FULL CARD ANNOUNCEMENT

Under the quickdraw hand of the new wild west gunslinger CEO Masakazu Sakai, Pancrase is rolling out its 20th anniversary season in wagon-burning fashion. An entire years’ worth of events has been set, and after the 2013 opening event which sees Pancrase return to numbered events with a massive #244, the following card sees an international exposure long overdue on the Japanese MMA scene. On February 3, Pancrase welcomes American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) to Differ Ariake Arena. Two AKA team members were announced as representing the team: Daniel Swain (7-2) fresh off a win at Canada’s MFC, and KOTC veteran Will Noland (7-3).

Swain will face Tadahiro Harada (10-3-2), Neoblood Tournament winner and undefeated in his last 9 outings. Noland will face Keiichiro Yamamiya, 40-year old Pancrase warhorse with a record that reads like Saeki’s tailoring: 44-28-10. Speaking of warhorses, Yuki Kondo can’t get enough and is back against Seiki Ryo, along with mainstays Kosuke Kubuta, Daisuke Wantanabe and Shoto Sako.

Takafumi Itoh was set to match against Ryuki Ueyama, but it has been called off as Itoh snapped his ACL in training.

PANCRASE #245 – Pancrase versus AKA
February 3, 2013
Tokyo, Japan

#12 – <フェザー級 AKA対パンクラシスト 5分3R> Featherweight
原田惟紘(パラエストラ北九州)TADAHIRO HARADA (10-3-2) vs DANIEL SWAIN (7-2-0) ダニエル・スウェイン(米国/AKA)

#11 – <ミドル級 AKA対パンクラシスト 5分3R> Middleweight
KEI山宮(GRABAKA)Keiichiro Yamamiya (44-28-10) vs Will Noland (7-3) ウィル・ノーランド米国/(AKA)

#10 – <ライト級 5分2R> Lightweight
長岡弘樹(総合格闘技道場DOBUITA)Hiroki Nagaoka (17-18-12) vs Keigo Hirayama (15-11-7) クリスMAN(パラエストラ八王子)

#9 – <ウェルター級 5分2R> Welterweight
窪田幸生(坂口道場 一族)Kosei Kubota (26-36-16) vs Kenta Takagi (7-6) 高木健太(PUREBRED川口REDIPS)

#8 – <ウェルター級・次期挑戦者決定トーナメント決勝戦 5分3R> Welterweight Challenger decider
鈴木槙吾(ALLIANCE)Shingo Suzuki (8-5-3) vs Sojiro Orui (12-6-7) 大類宗次朗(TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A)

#7 – <フライ級 5分3R> Flyweight
江泉卓哉 (総合格闘技道場 武門會) Takuya Eizumi (10-12-3) vs Noboru Tahara (10-6-1) 田原しんぺー(K‐PLACE埼玉格闘技道場)

#6 – <バンタム級 5分3R> Bantamweigth
佐藤将光(坂口道場 一族) Shoko Sato (18-11-2) vs Taichi Nakajima (6-2-1) 中島太一 (パラエストラ東京)

#5 – <ウェルター級 5分2R> Welterweight
近藤有己(パンクラスism)Yuki Kondo (54-27-8) vs Seiki Ryo (9-9-3) 梁正基(スタンド)

#4 – <ウェルター級 5分2R> Welterweight
渡辺大介(パンクラスism)Daisuke Watanabe (19-29-5) vs Shigeaki Kusayanagi (5-4-4) 草・MAX(TEAM CLIMB)

#3 – <フェザー級 5分2R> Featherweight
太田駿平(D-ONEジム)Shunpei Ota (2-0) vs Tomoaki Ueyama (4-4) 上山知暁(U-SPIRITJAPAN町田)

#2 – <フェザー級 5分3R> Featherweight
西野英紀(ガッツマン)Hideki Nishino (4-4-4) vs Naoki Tajima (11-12-1) なおKING(CORE)

#1 – <スーパーフライ級 5分2R> Super Flyweight
古賀靖隆(ロータス世田谷)Yasutaka Koga (5-1-0) vs Yusuke Kitago (10-7-1) 北郷祐介(和術慧舟會 横浜道場)