PANCRASE 255 card announcements: Champ Ishiwatari takes on Chase Beebe


Pancrase 255 just became Pancrase versus Jacksons MMA with the addition of two fighters from the stellar State-side camp. Bantamweight King Of Pancrase Shintaro Ishiwatari will take on former WEC champ Chase Beebe, and Mitsuyoshi Nakai meets Landon Vannata.

Ishiwatari is undefeated in the past two years with excellent wins over Motonobu Tezuka and Caol Uno. Beebe however has not had a good 2013 and needs a win badly. The four-times Illinois State wrestling champion was the WEC’s second Bantamweight Champion. Previously, Ishiwatari and Mizuto Hirota both trained at Jackson’s MMA but at the time Beebe belonged to another team so their paths did not cross. This will be Ishiwatari’s first western opponent. Beebe has previously competed in Japan at DREAM 12 and 16, dropping by submission to Yoshiro Maeda and by KO to Hiroyuki Takaya.

Also announced, Toshihiro Shimizu will face Yutaka Shimamura in an epic battle of entrances. Gregarious Shimizu is brother to Shunichi who was also a Pancrase transitioner then recently signed by the UFC. Guy Delumeau, a top featherweight in Japan with a stumbling last year, gets a shot at an up-and-comer KO artist from Okinawa, “Hulk” Oshiro. These bring the fight card up to 16 matches for the December 8th event.

December 8, 2013
Differ Ariake
Tokyo, Japan


★ バンタム級 /5分3ラウンド ★
Shintaro Ishiwatari (14-4-4) 石渡 伸太郎 (CAVE/第2代王者)
Chase Beebe (24-11-1) チェイス・ビービ(Jackson’s MMA/第2代WEC世界バンタム級 王者 )

★ ウェルター級 /5分2ラウンド ★
Mitsuyoshi Nakai (1-0) 中井光義 (フリー)
Landon Vannata (3-0) ランドン・バンナータ (Jackson’s MMA)

★ フェザー級 /5分2ラウンド ★
Guy Delumeau (17-8-3) ガイ・デルモ (ガッツマン/1位)
Hiroyuki “Hulk” Oshiro (3-0) ハルク大城 (ボスジム/2013年NBT同級優勝)                     
★ バンタム級 /5分2ラウンド ★
Masaya Takita (10-15-4-1) 滝田J太郎 (和術慧舟會 東京道場)
Toshihiro Shimizu (15-14-10) ライダーHIRO (宇留野道場/ハイブリッドファイター)