Pancrase, Shooto Matchups Pit Vets Oishi, ‘Hadairo’ Against Young Stars


Can Isao Kobayashi usurp the old guard? | Photo: Taro Irei


Isao Kobayashi will have the chance to avenge the lone loss on his ledger come April when he challenges Koji Oishi for the mantle of lightweight King of Pancrase.

Pancrase officials confirmed Sunday that the title bout will take place April 1 at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, the fourth stop on the Japanese promotion’s 2012 “Progress Tour.” Also added to the card was a 155-pound tilt between ex-welterweight ace Kengo Ura and Takafumi Ito, as well as a minimumweight affair between Naoko Omuro and “Happy” Fukuko Hamada.

Kobayashi, 23, came up on the short end of a narrow unanimous decision against Oishi in their April 2010 No. 1 contender’s bout. Since then, the Sakaguchi Dojo prospect has gone 4-0-1 with an impressive throttling of former Cage Force champ Artur Oumakhanov and three straight wins to run the table in Pancrase’s 2011 lightweight grand prix.

A two-time UFC veteran best known for his 2005 knockout loss at the hands of Nick Diaz, 34-year-old Oishi has not tasted defeat since December 2008, posting a record of 4-0-4 in his last eight starts. Oishi captured Pancrase gold with a May 2011 decision win over Daisuke Hanazawa and has subsequently drawn in two non-title bouts.

Meanwhile, Pancrase rival Shooto announced Saturday that it will send veteran grappler Tetsu “Hadairo” Suzuki up against 21-year-old Krazy Bee slugger Kyoji Horiguchi in a March 10 bantamweight affair at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall.

Both men will look to rebound from recent setbacks: Suzuki was outpointed by Hiromasa Ogikubo in his Jan. 8 bid for the Shooto Pacific Rim 132-pound belt, while Horiguchi suffered the first defeat of his young career when he was edged by former world champ Masakatsu Ueda on the same card.

Other additions to Shooto’s March 10 event will see onetime No. 1 flyweight Shinichi “B.J.” Kojima tangle with South Korean youngster Nam Jin Jo and 2011 rookie champion Michinori Tanaka in a tune-up fight against Jong Hoon Choi.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 views

Isao Kobayashi is one of only a handful of top Japanese fighters to remain out of the clutches of the top promotions and the current lightweight King of Pancrase will be making his featherweight debu read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 20 views

At long last, the ranking of the 20 greatest wrestling matches between future MMA stars comes to an end. The final installment discusses the 1992 NCAA final match between Randy Couture and Mark Kerr. read news >>

  • 17 days ago
  • 67 views

Former UFC lightweight champion, B.J. Penn responds to Mike Dolce's claims that improper training may have led to his loss against Frankie Edgar. UFC every-weight, B.J. Penn is still making waves in read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 views

And standing in his way is the equally heavy-handed Roy Nelson, who would love nothing more than to get closer to his own title shot with a win over "Super Samoan" in his old stomping grounds. Mark H read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 5 views

A heavyweight bout pitting Ruslan Magomedov against Josh Copeland and a featherweight fight between Doo Ho Choi and Juan Manuel Puig have been added to the upcoming UFC Fight Night in Austin, Texas. read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 605 views

Jon Jones dropped a bit of a bombshell at today’s NSAC hearing: His role in an infamous August brawl with Daniel Cormier has cost him a “six-figure” sponsorship with Nike. Check out how he mourned it read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 5 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

Randy Couture may have retired from mixed martial arts fighting, entered the UFC Hall of Fame (as well as become a personality on Spike TV) and gone into the world of acting, but he's not done with c read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 14 views

After a loss in a “Fight of the Year” candidate, UFC featherweight Dustin Poirier went looking for a new home. He found it at Florida’s American Tom Team, but he also found an unexpected mentor in th read news >>