UFC veteran Michihiro Omigawa looks to continue his recent upturn in form when he takes on fellow featherweight Yoshifumi Nakamura in the main event of Grandslam 3. The event is set for the Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo this Saturday night.
Omigawa (15-14-1) went the distance in all of his five UFC fights but won only one of them. Following his release from the organization in 2012, he dropped decisions to both Tatsuya Kawajiri and Bae Young Kwon, fighting for Dream and Road FC respectively.
The 29-year-old did not fight for over a year following the loss in Korea but he submitted overmatched Pacific Islander Peter Cepeda in 2013 and followed that with a slightly more credible submission win over Kosuke Umeda last year.
Omigawa’s reward for stringing together two straight wins for the first time since 2010 is a match-up with one of Japan’s leading featherweights. Nakamura (18-6) has won eight of his last ten fights and is 12 years the junior of the UFC veteran.
In total there are 24 bouts on the Grandslam 3 card, although the vast majority of fighters have little to no previous professional experience. There will be an opportunity to run the rule over a couple of Japanese flyweight prospects with Takashi Matsuba (3-0-1) and Tetsuo Ishitsuna (3-0-1) both in action.
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