Scheduled to return to mixed martial arts action at EliteXC: Hawaii on September 15, Nick Diaz will first step into the Shooto ring on Saturday night in Irvine, California.
As Shooto Japan takes steps into the American market with promoter Jason Manly, Diaz will face Shinji Sasaki in a submission grappling match. Sasaki is a training partner of Shinya Aoki, currently the #5 ranked lightweight fighter in the MMAWeekly World MMA Lightweight Rankings.
According to Manly, the fight card also features Tenkei Fujimiya, the #7 ranked featherweight in the world, facing Bao Quach, Gladiator Challenge Lightweight Champion Brian Cobb vs. Kenichiro Togashi and Akiyo “Wicky” Nishiura vs. Joe Camacho.
The fights take place Saturday, August 18 at The No Limits Event Center in Irvine, California with tickets still available.