Pancrase will hold their final ring event on March 30, 2014 before transitioning to a cage, and it is slowly shaping up. CEO Masakazu Sakai has announced that Leandro “Buscape” Silva has been booked for the event.
Leandro Silva is the latest Team Nogueira fighter to be commissioned to appear in Pancrase events. Following a successful first year under his tenure as CEO, in which Sakai implemented a strategy of “Pancrase versus Foreign Team” events, 2014 seems to continue in an international vein.
Pancrase 257 will take place on March 30 and has been previously announced as the last major Pancrase event to be held in a ring as the promotion sees a modernization to a “global standard” which will include a transition to a cage modeled after new partner WSOF’s decagonal example.
Silva, a black belt under Rocian Gracie, is currently 13-1-1 with a whopping eight submission finishes. His sole loss came in in his sole UFC appearance against Iuri Alcantra’s brother Ildemar Alcantra in a disappointing 3-round UD. A sharp striker with skills on the ground, he will be an interesting lightweight, or possibly welterweight, added to Pancrase’s Brazilian-heavy roster of appearances.