Four man flyweight tournament set for Pancrase 321
Pancrase looks set to crown a new flyweight champion. The four top 125lbers on the roster will compete for the interim strap in a tournament which gets underway on May 30th.
Pancrase 312 will feature both semi finals of the four man tournament. The division has been on hiatus with regular champion Senzo Ikeda signing for ONE Championship and interim champion Shohei Masumizu taking an extended break.
The semi finals are set for Shinkiba Studio Coast on May 30th. Masatatsu Ueda has been matched with Satoru Enomoto while Toru Ogawa takes on Taiki Akiba.
Ueda (17-5-2) fought for the interim flyweight title at Pancrase 307 but was stopped in the second round by Masumizu. Enomoto (9-3) is riding a five fight winning streak and won the Neoblood flyweight tournament in 2019.
Ogawa (12-8) has steadily alternated wins and losses since 2017. Akiba (11-9-1) has notable wins over Ryuichi Miki and Yusuke Ogikubo.
As previously announced the card will be headlined by a featherweight title fight with Isao Kobayashi putting his belt on the line against Taichi Nakajima. The champion is riding a five fight winning streak while the challenger is coming off a win over UFC veteran Yoshinori Horie.
Meanwhile one of the most experienced fighters in the sport will be in welterweight action. UFC and ONE Championship veteran Yuki Kondo has been matched with Yoshinori Suzuki.
Two of the promotion’s top strawweights will go head to head Ryo Hatta faces Yuta Miyazawa. In the flyweight division multiple time boxing world challenger Raika Emiko meets Nori Date.