Masakatsu Ueda won his first three fights for ONE FC, but the Japanese veteran came up short in a title match with Bibiano Fernandes last May and has subsequently been given permission to fight for other promotions.
First up for Ueda (18-3-2) is a bantamweight battle with Victor Henry (8-1) at Grandslam 2: Way of the Cage, which will be the Japanese promotion’s second card and is set for Feb. 8 at the Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo.
Henry tasted victory at Grandslam’s inaugural event last year when he defeated Hideo Tokoro by second-round TKO. He is ten years the junior of Ueda, who is a former Shooto champion.
The co-main event sees undefeated flyweight prospect Hayato Suzuki (10-0-2) face one of his toughest challenges yet when he takes on Yusuke Saruta (9-5-2), who outpointed UFC veteran Shunichi Shimizu at Grandslam’s inaugural event.
The card also represents another chance to see Mazakazu Imanari (28-14-2) in action with the leg-lock wizard set to face off against Kenichi Ito (12-12-8) in a featherweight fight between two veterans; the former is 38, while the latter is 39.
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