Fourt Japanese fighters with opponents have been announced for the March 31st One FC 3 card at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Tatsuya “The Crusher” Kawajiri will take on Diego Sanchez’s brother (or not, see comments) and King Of The Cage Bantamweight champion Donald Sanchez in a Featherweight bout. Donald faced Hatsu Hioki in Shooto last year in what was Hioki’s last Shooto fight before entering the UFC. Hioki defeated him via submission but Donald is currently on a two-fight winning streak.
Masakazu Imanari will be in a very tough fight as he will face undefeated Filipino fighter Kevin Belingon.
DEEP Welterweight champion Yuya Shirai will battle a fighter who we haven’t seen in a while, Fabricio “Pitbull” Monteiro.
DEEP Light Heavyweight champion Yoshiyuki Nakanishi willl look to take his third in a row against heavy-puncher Melvin Manhoef in a Middleweight bout.
Very nice fights.
Fights have been announced for the April 7th “DEEP Cage Impact 2012 In Tokyo ~Over Again~” event at Differ Ariake.
Former DEEP Bantamweight and Featherweight champion Takafumi Otsuka will look to get back on the winning track against the much-improved Tatsumitsu Wada. Wada went 0-5 in the beginning of his career but the Yoshida Dojo fighter is 7-1-1 (1 NC) in his last ten.
DJ.taiki and TAISHO will both look to continue winning when they cross paths.
The legendary Hiromitsu Kanehara will have a tough time against Yusuke Sakashita.
Tomohiko Hori will take on Seiji Akao, Yuta Watanabe will battle 2011 Shooto Rookie Of The Year Middleweight winner Yuki Okano, SK Absolute’s Hidehiko Hasgawa will face undefeated Toshihiro Shimizu, and Yutaka Ueda will look to get back on the winning track against Yoichi Fukumoto.
Yasuhiro Kawasaki vs. Juri Ohara
Isao Terada vs. Masahito Hisataka
Yutaka Hayashi vs. Isamu Nagase
Yasutaka Ishigami vs Hideki Kiyota
LUIZ vs. Hideto Kondo
Hiroyuki Kobayashi vs. Toshinori Tsunemura
Hiroki Sato vs. Teruhiko Kubo
The first fight for the April 13th “Shoot Boxing 2012 ~Road to S-cup~ act.2” has been announced.
Shoot Boxing legend and three time S-cup winner Andy Souwer will take on former Japanese Boxing champion and Shoot Boxing Japan Super Welterweight champion Satoru Suzuki. Suzuki is a real comeback fighter as he started his Kick career going 0-5 against guys like Masato and Mike Zambidis but has improved to 7-9 with a belt and a victory over Bovy Sor. Udomson in his last fight.
Former Sengoku Featherweight champion Masanori Kanehara is moving down to Bantamweight for the April 8th HEAT 22 cage event where he will take on 11-1 Jake Hattan of the United States.
Also on the HEAT card, a HEAT Kick Rules Heavyweight title fight between champion Hiromi Amada and Japan-based Brazilian Fabiano Cyclone.
Legend FC 8 will take place on March 30th in Indonesia.
Undefeated hometown fighter Fransino Tirta will take on hard-hitting Japanese Yusuke “Bancho” Kawanago to decide the Legend Featherweight champion. Both of them have unanimous decision wins over Chengjie Wu in their last fights.
Top Korean Lightweight Yui Chul Nam will look to win his fourth in a row and capture the Legend Lightweight title when he takes on Mongolian champion Jadamba Narantungalag.
Undefeated Shooto fighter Yusuke Kasuya will battle “The Tornado” Un Sik Song who really needs a win to get back on his once promising track.
One of my personal favorites in “Crazy” Nam Jin Jo will take on the Phillipines’ Agustin Delarmino in what could be a very explosive fight. However, Jo will take on BJ (Shinichi Kojima) in Shooto on March 10th in what should be a very tough fight.
Click here to see the current Legend FC 8 card.
Road FC have uploaded the Final 4 fights on their YouTube channel. Very entertaining fights.
The 7th Road FC event will take place on March 24th and have some Bantamweight tournament quarterfinals.
Kyung Ho Kang will take on Japanese Sengoku participant Shoko Sato, Soo Chul Kim will face Jae Hoon Moon, and fan favorite Jae Hyun So will rematch Min Jung Song.
I believe Kang’s Road FC 006 fight against Andrew Leone was also a Bantamweight tournament quarterfinal match but he might be getting a second shot because the decision in that fight was horrible.
Some participants for the April 13th Shoot Boxing 2012 ~Road to S-cup act.2~ event have been announced.
Andy Souwer, RENA, Satoru Suzuki, Naguranchan Masa M16, and Hiroaki Suzuki are the announced fighters.
Former K-1 Heavyweight champion turned pro Boxer Kyotaro will enter the Boxing ring professionally for the second time on March 6th at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo where he will face 6-1 (5KO) OPBF Heavyweight 9th ranked Korean Jae Chan Kim.
New fights have been announced for the March 9th RINGS return event, RINGS ~reincarnation sairin~ (sairin=second coming).
42 year old RINGS veteran Chris “The Hammer” Haseman will make his RINGS and MMA return against undefeated Russian Gennadiy Kovalev.
Naoyuki Kotani will look to win his sixth in a row against fellow RINGS veteran Ryuki Ueyama.
The Outsider graduate Tatsuya Watanabe will battle ZST and Pancrase veteran Yuichiro Yajima.
Atsushi Ueda won at Battle Genesis Vol. 9 and will look to take his fifth in a row against Russia’s Konstantin Kireev.
And undefeated Australian Brendan O’Reilly will face a yet to be announced opponent.
77kg: Taishin Kohiruimaki vs. Ben Abbott
90kg: Christopher Haseman vs. Gennadiy Kovalev
70.3kg: Naoyuki Kotani vs. Ryuki Ueyama
62kg: Kenichi Ito vs. Jarrett Owen
55kg: Tatsuya Watanabe vs. Yuichiro Yajima
71kg: Atsushi Ueda vs. Konstantin Kireev
73kg: Hisato Ozawa vs. Vitali Krat
65kg: Toshihiro Shimizu vs. Daisuke Maku
77kg: Brendan O’Reilly vs. TBA
Plus three openings fight TBA
More fights for the March 17th ZST.31 event have been announced.
ZST Featherweight champion Masayuki “Little Hong Man Choi” Okude will face RINGS UK’s Dean Reilly in a RINGS rules fight.
The awesome Shunichi Shimizu will take on another RINGS UK fighter in Rob McCrum.
“Former Super High School Student” Tetsuya Yamada had a great 2010 and will start his 2012 campaign on this card against a yet to be announced opponent.
Top grappler and SENGOKU participant Sotaro Yamada will return against Shinichi Taira in a RINGS rules fight.
ZST Featherweight Title (5x5): Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Tetsuya Fusano
65.8kg RINGS Rules: Masayuki Okude vs. Dean Reilly
61.2kg RINGS Rules: Shunichi Shimizu vs. Rob McCrum
75kg RINGS Rules: Tetsuya Yamada vs. TBA
70.3kg RINGS Rules: Sotaro Yamada vs. Shinichi Taira
70.3kg RINGS Rules: Koji Mori vs. Kazuyuki Numajiri
Flyweight ZST Rules: Yusuke Uehara vs. Fumitaka Iizuka
Flyweight ZST Rules: Daiki Miyamoto vs. TBA
More ZST rules fights and a GT-F rules match with lesser known fighters
The rumors are true. Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri will be fighting at ONE FC: War of the Lions in Singapore on March 31. - ONEFCMMA
This week there isn’t anything big in Japan besides the UFC card which I’m sure many other sites have covered extensively.
There’s a Shooto Shooting Disco event on the 25th with Hanzo Tanaka in the main event and a bunch of smaller events (mostly Kickboxing).
Hanzo Tanaka vs. Tsuneo Kimura