Toshiomi Kazama to compete in Pancrase Neo Blood bantamweight tournament
An eight man Neo Blood bantamweight tournament will get underway at Pancrase 321. The event is set for Shinkiba Studio Coast on May 30th.
The eight fighters competing in the tournament are Toshiomi Kazama, Haruki Kawakita, Ryo Yazawa, Junpei Ueno, Ryosuke Takasugi, Yuki Tashiro, Ryo Tajima and Takuma Uchiyama.
Kazama (3-1) will be the favourite, the submission specialist is riding a three fight winning streak. Tajima is making his pro debut while neither Kawakita (2-2), Yazawa (1-1), Ueno (2-3), Takasugi (2-5), Tashiro (2-7) nor Uchiyama (1-1) has a winning record.
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 321 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.
A featherweight fight between Issei Tamura and Hirotaka Nakada is on the Pancrase 321 card. Also at featherweight the undefeated Kouki Nakagawa makes his promotional debut against Daisuke Endo.