8/27 Pancrase Shining Tour - Main Event Cancelled!

Thursday 21 August 2008

A shocking developement in front of the Neo-Blood Tournement Finals. The main event is cancelled! Even more surprising is the reason, Shinsuke Shoji is retiring from professional MMA just a week before his title fight! There is no other expaination given in his e-mail than, he is retiring for personal reasons...

Pancrase have tried to find a replacement, but been unable to in the short time.
They are offering ticket refunds: TEL 03-5792-0815(11:00~20:00)

A related rumor, Yuki Kondo might compete in the Sengoku Middleweight Tournament. His participation would depend on him not getting injured in this event.

10. King of Pancarase LW: Koji Oishi 16-7-5 vs. 6-3-2 Shinsuke Shoji

The remaining card:
9. MW: Yuki Kondo 48-22-6 vs. 3-2-0 Ryuji Ohori
8. FW: Kenji Arai 12-12-2 vs. 6-4-1 Manabu Inoue
7. BW: Seiya Kawahara 5-0-0 vs. 9-6-5 Kentaro Imaizumi
6. LW: Yuichi Ikari 9-4-3 vs. 6-4-0 Eriya Matsuda
5. WW: Masahiro Toryu 5-3-3 vs. 4-6-0 Tomoyoshi Iwamiya
4. LW: Maximo Blanco vs. 2-4-1 Yuki Yashima

Neo-Blood Finals:
3. Lightweight: Steve Magdaleno 4-0-1 vs. Hiroki Aoki “AB”
2. Featherweight: Yasutomo Tanaka 5-1-3 vs. 1-0-0 Hirotoshi Saito
1. Bantamweight: Takuya Eizumi 1-0-0 vs. 2-0-0 Isao Hirose

Pancrase Gate 2x5min.:
Middleweight: Shingo Suzuki vs Kenji Narita
Lightweight: Shigetomo Takahashi vs. Yuichi Inafuku
Featherweight: Takeshi Egami vs. Junro Kubota


Anonymous,  22 August 2008 at 01:25  

That's pretty weird that he would just retire right before his title fight. I hope Yuki Kondo is in the MW Grand Prix.

Borre 22 August 2008 at 18:39  

Yeah, I think the timing is strange...

Have a feeling Yuki would be in the GP, but have to see how his fight on Wednesday goes.

Anonymous,  23 August 2008 at 02:04  

true, shoji must have been scared of Oishi!! lol

Anonymous,  26 September 2008 at 10:20  

From what I am hearing Shoji, along with Michi Asano and his brother have all "retired" from MMA due to "police pressure" resulting from the marijuana expose involving Kid Yamamoto. This could potential sink his new Krazy Bee gym.

Anonymous,  26 September 2008 at 10:25  

This aftermath is actually a big story that no one has really picked up on. Shoji left Krazy Bee due to the story coming out but his immediate retirement short before the title fight was due to police pressure.

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