Hands up if you like Japanese MMA. If you don’t have your hand raised, shame on you. Go and watch this Lenne Hardt tribute video. When we say ‘MMA is everything’ we really mean it. For example, I woke up this morning trying to rear naked choke my pillow. When I was sure it was out I Jon Jonesed it, dropping it to the floor unconscious and I jumped on the internet to read about MMA and get some fans, or make some plans. Who knows what I actually said, I was too excited reading about Pancrase’s Progress Tour 1 show at Differ Ariake in Tokyo on January 28th where they will hold a one-night tournament to crown the 185lb King of Pancrase alongside a 125lb title fight.
Jordan Breen over at Sherdog.com has reported that in the 185lb tournament, former light heavyweight King of Pancrase Ryo Kawamura will face Yuji Hisamatsu while on the other side of the bracket Ikkei Nagamura takes on Hikaru Sato. The winner of each will fight later in the night for the vacant 185lb crown. For the 125lb title, current King Kiyotaka Shimizu, who is unbeaten in his last seven Pancrase appearances will defend against Seiji Ozuka.
If you are not familiar with these fighters, then hit YouTube where there are plenty of videos to feast your greedy MMA hungry eyes on. Alternatively, check out the hyperlinks above. Later, I’m off to get some flan.