Salimkhan Sadulloev will face Tatsuya Saika in a lightweight title fight at Pancrase 312. The bout looks set to headline the promotion’s first card of the year in Tokyo on February 16th.

Sadulloev (8-4) became the interim champion when he stopped Yusuke Kasuya in the second round at Pancrase 308. He has won two fights out of three for the venerable Japanese promotion.

Saika (6-1) is coming off back to back first round stoppage wins. He finished Yutaka Kobayashi at Pancrase 307 and put away Tom Santos at Pancrase 308 to establish himself as one of Japan’s top lightweight prospects.

As previously announced Yoshinori Horie will be fighting again in February following a brief, unsuccessful stint with the UFC. He will face Yojiro Uchimura at Pancrase 312.

Two welterweight veterans will rematch when Yuki Kondo takes on Akihiro Murayama. Meanwhile Ryo Hatta faces Mijikai Nagai in a strawweight fight and Yusuke Ogikubo takes on Satoru Enomoto at flyweight.

Pancrase 312, Tokyo, February 16th
Salimkhan Sadulloev (c) vs. Tatsuya Saika (For Lightweight title)
Yoshinori Horie vs. Yojiro Uchimura (Featherweight)
Ryo Hatta vs. Mijikai Nagai (Strawweight)
Akihiro Murayama vs. Yuki Kondo (Welterweight)
Yusuke Ogikubo vs. Satoru Enomoto (Flyweight)
Hidekazu Fukushima vs. Soo Young Yoo (Bantamweight)