Two more bouts have been added to TRIBE TOKYO FIGHT, which will take place on October 20th at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
Welterweight King Of Pancrase and TRIBE TOKYO MMA fighter Takenori Sato will take on Brazil’s Ismael de Jesus in a 175 pound bout. Sato has dominated Pancrase’s welterweight division for three years, he captured the belt back in February of 2011 and has defended it four times, his last defence was back in May against Shingo Suzuki in a MOTY contender. Sato has been seeking foreign competition for a while now. He had hoped for a bout with Yan Cabral, who submitted Sato’s former trainer Kazushi Sakuraba in DREAM, before Cabral signed with the UFC. His opponent de Jesus holds a 9-4-1 record and has fought for Jungle Fight, Shooto Brazil and Bitetti Combat.
Meanwhile ONE FC flyweight Yasuhiro Urushitani will take on Matheus Nicolau Pereira. Urushitani was scheduled to face Shinichi Kojima for a third time at ONE FC 10 until injury forced him out the bout. Pereira, again hailing out of Brazil, has been fighting since 2010 and has built an 7-1-1 record in those three years.
According to Shu Hirata, Shooto 132-pound champion Kyoji Horiguchi is making his way to the UFC. The 22 year old will be making his debut with the promotion at UFC 166:Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3 on October 19th facing Ultimate Fighter 14 competitor Dustin Pague.
Horiguchi, who fights out of KID Yamamoto’s KRAZY BEE Gym, is one of the biggest prospects to come out of Japan in the last few years. His career is only three years young yet he has already captured championship gold and has an impressive 11-1 record, defeating the likes of Shintaro Ishiwatari, Ian Loveland and Manabu Inoue.
Pague is known for his stint on The Ultimate Fighter 14 in 2011. He has since gone 1-4 with the UFC and desperately needs a win to remain with the promotion.
TRIBE TOKYO MMA and DEEP have teamed together to bring us TRIBE TOKYO FIGHT, headlined by Ryo Chonan’s retirement bout against DEEP welterweight champion Dan Hornbuckle. In a press conference today, TRIBE TOKYO announced a number of exciting undercard bouts:
- Former DEEP bantamweight champion Yoshiro Maeda drops down to 125 to face Shooto Flyweight Mamoru Yamaguchi.
- Yuya Shirai will face Shooto Pacific Rim Champion Akihiro Murayama in a welterweight clash.
- DEEP light heavyweight champion Yoshiyuki Nakanishi will face off against Young “RYO” Choi
- Kenji Osawa returns to take on Seiji Akao in a bantamweight bout.
Also confirmed for the event were Welterweight King of Pancrase Takenori Sato and Yasuhiro Urushitani, their opponents will be announced at a later date.
At today’s press conference, three new bouts were announced for Vale Tudo Japan’s third outing on October 5th.
Added to the card was the return of the legend himself, Hideo Tokoro who is 2-0 in the new VTJ. Tokoro will face off against UFC and WEC veteran Will Campuzano.
ZST champion & ace of the reborn RINGS Naoyuki Kotani will look to extend his 11 fight win streak (all finishes) as he battles Daisuke Hoshino.
And last but not least, Akiyo Nishiura, more commonly known simply as Wicky, will look to snap a three fight losing streak against fellow slugger Shigeki Osawa.
Unfortunately Megumi Fujii’s retirement fight opponent still remains a mystery.