Busy Week Ahead - Pancrase, Shooto, DEEP

Saturday, 22 March 2008

Its been a couple of slow days since the DREAM event. We are still waiting for official word on who will advance (JZ or Aoki) and the last fighter to go into the 2nd round of the DREAM lightweight tournament will be.

Still, the week ahead has some very good events. I will try to get to 2 of these, but will have to see how much time I get.

3/26 Pancrase Shining Tour 2 - Korakuen Hall
http://mmamanjapan.blogspot.com/2008/02/326-pancrase-shining-tour-2.html

Pancrase is putting on a great card on Wednesday. There are fighters and fights on this card, 2 fighters are unbeaten, and it will be interesting to see if they remain that way after Wednesday.

Miki Shida 13-4-2 vs. 10-0-0 Marlon Sandro
Izuru Takeuchi 23-9-6 vs. 12-18-1 Hiromitsu Kanehara
Hikaru Sato 17-17-4 vs. 6-1-0 Gadzhiev Alavutdin
Takafumi Ito 33-26-9 vs. 7-0-0 Hacran Dias
Kenji Arai 12-11-2 vs. 4-3-2 Shinsuke Shoji
Michihisa Asano 5-4-2 vs. 3-4-3 Yuichiro Shirai “Yukito”
Ichiro Kanai 7-9-3 vs. 2-4-3 Takenori Sato
Asaki Honda 4-1-1 vs. 3-6-0 Tomoyoshi Iwamiya

3/28 Shooto - Back to Our Roots 8 - Korakuen Hall
http://mmamanjapan.blogspot.com/2008/03/328-shooto-back-to-our-roots-8-fights.html

This is also a great card from Shooto, "Lion" Takeshi was meant to be on this card, but it looks like he will get his chance in May instead. The return of Bare Yoshida is just one of the highlights on this card. There are in addition to that 2 title fights.

Akitoshi Tamura 11-5-2 vs. 12-7-2 Hideki Kadowaki
Masakatsu Ueda 7-0-1 vs. 5-0-1 Koetsu Okazaki
Baret Yoshida 5-5-1 vs. 14-3-1 Hatsu Hioki
Mamoru Yamaguchi 19-4-3 vs. 6-2-0 Masaaki Sugawara
Tetsu Suzuki 5-5-3 vs. 6-3-1 Hiroyuki Tanaka
Tenkei Fujimiya 7-2-2 vs. Hiroshi Nakamura
Junji Ito 2-1-0 vs. 1-4-1 Hayato Sato

Rookie Lightweight Tournament:
Kenichiro Marui vs. Hiroshige Tanaka

3/29 DEEP Megaton Tournament Round 1 - Shinjuku Face
http://mmamanjapan.blogspot.com/2008/03/329-deep-megaton-gp-match-ups.html

This is a tournament I thought would not get much attention at all, but it is proving to be very popular. There will be some heavy hitting in these fights and I expect them to go all out. It will be fun and very different than what you will see in Shooto.

Muscle Hironuma vs. Mamoru Nakamura
Yusuke Kawaguchi vs. Nobuyoshi Takahara
Yoichi Babaguchi vs. Kintaro Tsurukame
Ken Orihashi vs. Wakamusashi☆Kazuki
Katsuhika Kumano vs. Ariyama Iiitomo
Ryosuke Kojima vs. Shunsuke Inoue
Wakaarashi vs. Muneyuki Suzuki
Tadahiro Hosaka vs. Shunji Kosaka

Opening fight Oyaji MEGATON
Hiroshi Kiyohara VS Yoshihito Takahashi

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