Koshi Matsumoto faces Akira Okada at Pancrase 321
As usual the promotion took to Twitter to announce the fight.
— PANCRASE/パンクラス (@_PANCRASE_) March 22, 2021
Matsumoto (21-9-2) is a former Shooto lightweight champion. He made his promotional debut last October and beat Hiroto Uesako by decision at Pancrase 319.
Okada (14-9-3) is coming off an impressive win of his own on the same card. He knocked out UFC veteran Issei Tamura in the second round at Pancrase 319.
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 when Ryo Hatta faces Yuta Miyazawa. In the flyweight division multiple time boxing world challenger Raika Emiko meets Nori Date.
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 also feature both semi finals of the four man flyweight tournament. Masatatsu Ueda has been matched with Satoru Enomoto while Toru Ogawa takes on Taiki Akiba.