VTJ in Osaka is set for June 21 and will be headlined by a bout between two flyweights looking to get their careers back on track after some indifferent results, as former Deep and Pancrase champion Yoshiro Maeda faces Kentaro Watanabe.
Watanabe (10-6) is coming off back-to-back defeats for ONE Championship and PXC, although on both occasions he was unfortunate to find himself on the wrong end of the decision after close and competitive three-round fights.
Despite being just two years the senior of his upcoming opponent, Maeda (31-15-5) is far more experienced and once fought Miguel Torres for the WEC 135-pound title. However, he’s only won once in his last six outings and even that was due to a majority decision.
Also on the card is UFC veteran Motonobu Tezuka (24-9-5), who competes regularly in Japan, clocking up six fights last year. He will be going up against Daisuke Endo (12-7-2) in a bantamweight match-up at the Bodymaker Coliseum.
The last fighter to defeat Tezuka was Takeshi Kasugai (14-4-1), and he’s back in action and looking to bounce back from the disappointment of narrowly missing out in a Road FC title fight. The bantamweight will be taking on Kiyotaka Shimizu (16-10-3) on June 21.
While the VTJ in Osaka card contains its fair share of veterans, there will also be an opportunity to see one of Japan’s up-and-coming young stars in action as undefeated bantamweight Daichi Takenaka (5-0-1) goes up against Pancrase and Shooto veteran Jun Doi (8-2-1).
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