Pancrase 316 moved to July 24th
Pancrase 316 has been moved to July 24th. The card at Shinkiba Studio Coast was originally set to take place a few weeks earlier but has been postponed.
The move comes in response to updated regulations in Japan. Audiences are not allowed to attend live events until July 9th, but from July 10th onwards venues can be 50% full with an upper limit of 5,000 spectators.
The event will be headlined by a lightweight bout pitting Yusuke Kasuya against Hiroto Uesako. In the featherweight division reigning champion Isao Kobayashi will take on Akira Okada in a non title fight.
There will be another significant featherweight fight on the card as Issei Tamura has been matched with Shinmare Komori. Both men had originally been booked to fight at the cancelled Pancrase 313 event, albeit not against each other.
Another fight moved from Pancrase 313 pits Jun Doi against Sho Sekihara in the bantamweight division. Meanwhile in the flyweight division multiple time boxing world title challenger Emiko Raika faces former Strikeforce, Deep Jewels and Pancrase title challenger Takayo Hashi.
Having dominated BJJ competitions in Japan for several years Toshiomi Kazama will be competing in the cage for the first time at Pancrase 316. His opponent is Hiroyasu Sakurai (3-1) who is coming off a split decision win over Naoki Shimamura at ONE Warrior Series 8.