Pancrase 269 sets up Lightweight King ISAO’s drop to 145 vs Will Chope

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Pancrase 269 Featherweight Match ISAO vs Will Chope
Pancrase 269 Featherweight Match ISAO vs Will Chope

Pancrase 269 has added a high-value match to an already stacked card as Lightweight King of Pancrase ISAO makes the drop to 145 to face the world’s tallest featherweight, Will Chope.

Both fighters sit at the top of regional rankings; ISAO is one of Japan’s top lightweights and Chope continues to enjoy finishes over surprising opponents. Even with recent controversies affecting them (Isao’s last opponent Marlon Sandro was vocal on social media about the biased split decision that didn’t go his way, and Chope missed weight in the Rebel FC tournament which gave Miguel Torres a bye to the finals), both fighters will come into this match with their stock remaining relatively high.

ISAO is not only challenging himself with a weight cut, but taking on the rangiest opponent in the world to do it. Chope is getting a huge test as the champ drops down to take him on. I believe that their styles will bring out the best in each other.

At the top of the card will be the massive veteran Shannon Ritch getting his limelight in Japan against the endearing Hikaru Sato. ROAD FC lightweight contender Kume Takasuke has a detached retina and is out of his bout against JMMA stalwart Eiji Ishikawa, so Ishikawa will now meet Chris Man. Yoshiaki Takahashi is a bright star with bad luck who will get the chance to climb back up the rankings against Hiroki Nagaoka.

Check out the card below for more amazing matches, including Mamoru, Eric Prindle, Kenta Takagi, and Yuki Niimura versus Bahktiyar Abbasov.

Pancrase 269
August 9, 2015
Differ Ariake
Tokyo, Japan

Main event Light Heavyweight
Hikaru Sato  vs.  Shannon Ritch

Featherweight
Isao Kobayashi  vs Will Chope

Lightweight
Chris Man  vs.  Eiji Ishikawa

Lightweight
Hiroki Nagaoka  vs.  Yoshiaki Takahashi

Lightweight
Takashi Matsuoka  vs.  Juntaro Ami

Strawweight
Hiroyuki Abe  vs.  Masakazu Utsugi

Strawweight
Tatsuya Takahashi  vs.  Hironobu Otsu

Flyweight
Shingo Yakul  vs.  Go Matsuo

Lightweight
Norimichi Yamada  vs.  Yutaka Kobayashi

Welterweight
Hirotaka Uehara  vs.  Kazuma Maruyama

Middleweight
Yuji Arai  vs.  Bob Armstrong

Featherweight
Yuki Nakahara  vs.  Kyosuke Yokoyama

Bantamweight
Rei Kawahara  vs.  Shuichi Kanda

Flyweight
Toru Ogawa  vs.  Tomoya Tanaka

Strawweight
Kent Kambe  vs.  Tatsuya So

Flyweight
Yusuke Kitago  vs.  Mamoru Yamaguchi

Welterweight
Hiromitsu Miura  vs.  Toshikazu Suzuki

Super Heavyweight
Mitsuyoshi Nakai  vs.  Eric Prindle

Welterweight
Kenta Takagi  vs.  Takashi Sato

Middleweight
Yuki Nimura  vs.  Bakhtiyar Abbasov