PANCRASE 258: unveiling the Decagon for the NeoBlood opening round

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Pancrase 258 will take place on May 11, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan in a new cage with new rules. King Ishiwatari and Queen Nakai are featured, with the opening round of the 2014 NeoBlood Tournament.

Inside the new Decagon, three rounds of three minutes each will make for short spurts of action as the Pancrase roster adapts to the cage and new rules. Bantamweight King of Pancrase Shintaro Ishiwatari takes on the world’s tallest flyweight Trevor Ward who steps in on late notice for injured Farkhad Sharipov. “Venus” Rin Nakai puts her undefeated record on the line against Sarah D’Alelio, a grappler from the Cesar Gracie Jiujitsu Academy.

To celebrate the NeoBlood Tournament, the first ever NBT winner Takafumi Itoh graces the card against Ryuki Ueyama. In two Pancrase versus Shooto matches, 2010 NBT winner Motoshi Miyaji will face former Shooto champ Akitoshi Tamura, and Koji Nakamura will meet Shooto Pac Rim Champ Yoshihiro Koyama. Plus, former Bantamweight KOP Challenger Yo ‘The Guillotine’ Saito faces the 2013 Neoblood winner Nobuki Fujii.

Pancrase 258
May 11, 2014
Differ Ariake
Tokyo, Japan

#16 – NeoBlood Tournament Welterweight Opening round
Takashi Sato (2-0) 佐藤天 (TRIBETOKYO M.M.A)
Makoto ‘Mako Dragon’ Kawawa (4-9-3) 川和真/デビュー戦 (禅道会 新宿道場)

#15 – NeoBlood Tournament Lightweight Opening round
Hiroshi ‘Chantamo’ Hayashi (4-0) チャンタモ (ハニートラップ)
Andrew Robert (0-0) アンドリュー・ロバート/デビュー戦 (総合格闘技津田沼道場)

#14 – NeoBlood Tournament Featherweight Opening round
Yutaka Shimamura (4-5-2) 島村裕 (宇留野道場/ハイブリッドファイター)
Kaneaki Watanabe (0-0)渡辺謙明/デビュー戦 (パラエストラ東京)

#13 – NeoBlood Tournament Featherweight Opening round
Juntaro Ushiku (6-2-1) 牛久絢太郎 (和術慧舟會TLIVE)
Gaku Hirayama (0-0) 平山学/デビュー戦 (フリー)

#12 – NeoBlood Tournament Bantamweight Opening round
Akihisa Fukuyama (1-1-2) 福山晄久 (総合格闘技津田沼道場)
Shohei ‘Convoy’ Masumizu (0-1) コンボイ升水 (マルワジム横浜)

#11 – NeoBlood Tournament Flyweight Opening round
Kento Kanabe (3-0) 神部建斗 (ALLIANCE)
Hironobu Otsu (1-1) 大津ヒロノブ (和術慧舟會GODS)

#10 Bantamweight Main Event
Shintaro Ishiwatari (17-5-4) 石渡伸太郎 (CAVE)
Trevor Ward (4-0) トレバー・ワード/初参戦 (Team Warrior Concepts)

#9 – Women’s Bantamweight
Rin Nakai (15-0-1) 中井りん (パンクラスヴィーナス)
Sarah ‘The Monster’ D’Alelio (7-5) サラ・ダレリオ/初参戦 (Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy)

#8 – Lightweight Shooto vs Pancrase
Akitoshi ‘Ironman’ Tamura (17-14-2) 初参戦/田村彰敏 (総合格闘技津田沼道場)
Motoshi Miyaji (9-7) 宮路智之 (パラエストラ松戸)

#7 – Lightweight
Takafumi Ito (38-33-13) 伊藤崇文 (パンクラスism)
Ryuki Ueyama (11-14-5) 上山龍紀 (U-SPIRIT JAPAN町田)

#6 – Lightweight
Koji Nakamura (12-8-3) 中村晃司 (パンクラス大阪稲垣組)
Yoshihiro Koyama (17-7-2) 児山佳宏/初参戦 (パラエストラ松戸)

#5 – Super Flyweight
#3 Daichi Kitakata (9-5-1) 北方大地 (パンクラス大阪稲垣組)
#4 Yuki Yasunaga (9-8-1) 安永有希 (東京イエローマンズ)

#4 – Flyweight
#5 Masakazu Utsugi (6-6-2) 宇都木正和 (パラエストラ古河)
#8 Yukitaka Musashi (4-1-1) 武蔵幸孝 (K-PLACE埼玉格闘技道場)

#3 – Welterweight
#8 Gota ‘Let’s Gota’ Yamashita (7-2) レッツ豪太 (総合格闘技道場コブラ会)
Kenta Takagi (10-7) 高木健太 (リバーサルジム川口REDIPS)

#2 – Bantamweight
#8 Yo ‘The Guillotine’ Saito (13-9-3) 齊藤曜 (和術慧舟會トイカツ道場)
2013 Neoblood winner Nobuki Fujii (10-4-3) 藤井伸樹 (ALLIANCE)

#1 – Featherweight
#7 Shunpei Ota (5-1) 太田駿平 (ドン・キホーテ)
Yutaka Kobayashi (6-16-4) 小林裕 (U-FILE CAMP)