Emi Fujino faces Karen Date at Pancrase 326
Two title fights have been confirmed for Pancrase 326. Emi Fujino will be defending her strawweight title against Karen Date while Yura Naito faces Ryo Kawamura for the vacant middleweight strap.
Fujino (25-12) is coming off a decision defeat to Ayaka Hamasaki at Rizin 30 although she held her own against the best super atomweight in the world. She will be returning to 115lbs to defend the belt she won at Pancrase 311 for the first time.
Karen (4-0) earned her title shot by winning four fights out of four for the venerable Japanese promotion. Last time out she stopped Kotomi Shintani in the opening round at Pancrase 324.
The other title fight on the card is for the vacant middleweight strap. Undefeated prospect Yura Naito faces seasoned veteran Kawamura.
Naito (4-0) has won four fights out of four for Pancrase but has yet to face any top tier opposition. Kawamura (19-10-4) made his debut in 2005 and is a former middleweight King of Pancrase.
Pancrase 326 is set for Belle Salle Takadanobaba in Tokyo. It will be the promotion’s first fight card of 2022.