Pancrase 265 names foreigners’ opponents as Yuki Baba, Takashi Sato, and Koji Obata

Pancrase 265 Yuki Baba vs Jesse Gross
Pancrase 265 Yuki Baba vs Jesse Gross

At Pancrase 265 on March 15, 2015, three foreign fighters will be making their debut in Pancrase. Their Japanese opponents have been announced as Yuki Baba, Takashi Sato, and Koji Obata.

 

Baba will face Canadian lightweight fighter Jesse “The Ghost” Gross. Sato will face rangy welterweight striker Vyron Phillips of the US. Obata will take on TJ Laramie, a 17-year old stand out kick boxer and grappler who is hailed as “The next GSP”.

 

The main event being Kazuki Tokudome’s first post-UFC match as he returns to his former stomping grounds of Pancrase to face Shooto Pacific Rim Champ Yoshihiro Koyama. Both Paraestra products will be vying for a chance at the current King’s titleholder ISAO Kobayashi, a rematch which Tokudome would certainly be slobbering for a revenge.

DEEP Champion Satoru Kitaoka will face Akira in the World Slam Lightweight Tournament Final. CORO Terashima is back against Masato Sannai. Yuki Kondo is still in the mix delivering KO madness and this time he’ll face former King Shingo Suzuki.

Top ten rankers “Shian” and Yusuke Ogikubo will meet to climb up the ladder. Former Flyweight King Mitsuhisa Sunabe faces Seiji Ozuka in a climb to return for a shot at Kiyotaka Shimizu’s strap.

At Pancrase 265, the 21st Neo-Blood Tournament will begin. 2014 Neo-Blood Tournament winner Juntaro Ushiku faces top ten ranked Takashi Matsuoka. The first ever Neo-Blood Tournament winner – from 1995 – Takafumi Itoh faces Koji Takeuchi, and both fighters are in their 40s!

 

Pancrase 265
March 15, 2015
Differ Ariake
Tokyo, Japan

Lightweight
Yoshihiro Koyama 児山佳宏 (パラエストラ松戸)
Kazuki Tokudome 徳留一樹 (パラエストラ八王子)

Lightweight
CORO Terashima (和術慧舟會TLIVE)
Masato Sannai 山内慎人 (GUTSMAN)

World Slam Lightweight Tournament Fina
Satoru Kitaoka 北岡悟 (ロータス世田谷)
Akira アキラ (久我山ラスカルジム)

Welterweight
Yuki Kondo 有己空 (パンクラスism)
Shingo Suzuki 鈴木槙吾 (ALLIANCE)

Featherweight
Juntaro Ushiku 牛久絢太郎 (和術慧舟會TLIVE)
Takashi Matsuoka 松岡嵩志 (フリー)

Super Flyweight
Shian Hiroki Yamashita 獅庵 (パラエストラ大阪)
Yusuke Ogikubo 荻窪祐輔 (K-PLACE埼玉格闘技道場)

Flyweight
Mitsuhisa Sunabe 砂辺光久 (reversaL Gym OKINAWA CROSS×LINE)
Seiji Ozuka 小塚誠司 (FREEDOM@OZ)

Lightweight
Takafumi Itoh 伊藤崇文 (パンクラスism)
Koji Takeuchi 竹内幸司 (HLC)

Lightweight
Yuki Yamazaki 山崎悠輝 (パンクラス大阪 稲垣組)
Shunpei Ota 太田駿平 (ドン・キホーテ)

Lightweight
Jesse “The Ghost” Gross
Yuki Baba 馬場勇気 (ロデオスタイル)

Welterweight
Vyron Phillips
Takashi Sato 佐藤 天 (TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A)

Featherweight
TJ Laramie
Koji Obata 小畑公史 (U-SPIRIT JAPAN町田)

Women’s -52.2KG
“Lethal” Lindsay Garbatt
TBA

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