UFC Veteran Nam Phan to Fight for King of Pancrase Title in February

January 11, 2015

Recently released UFC fighters Nam Phan and Will Chope will both be back in action at the Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo on Feb. 1 when they take on Japanese opponents at Pancrase 264.

Phan (20-14) has been rewarded for his submission win over Yuki Baba at Pancrase 261 last year with an immediate title shot and will be facing reigning featherweight King of Pancrase Takumi Nakayama (19-14-6-1) in the main event.

Co-headlining the card will be another 145-pound bout, which pits the well travelled Will Chope (21-7) against Satoshi Inaba (14-8-3) with the latter on a fine run of form having won six out of his last seven fights and the former having won two out of three since his UFC release.

Pancrase is set to introduce a 115-pound title for the first time and Feb. 1 will see four fighters face off for the right to challenge for the inaugural strawweight belt at a later date, as Masakazu Utsugi (7-7-2) faces Yoshihiro Matsunaga (8-10-3) and Takuya Eizumi (14-13-3) takes on Hiroyuki Abe (11-7).

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The card also features 18-year-old flyweight prospect Kento Kanbe (7-0) who will be putting his undefeated record on the line against Yusei Shimokawa (10-10-1), and a featherweight match-up between American Guy Delumeau (19-9-3) and Japanese veteran Akitoshi Tamura (18-15-2).

Pancrase recently announced a broadcast deal with TV Tokyo, which represents the first time in 12 years that the promotion’s events have been televised, although it is not clear whether or not the fights from this particular event will be shown by the free-to-air channel.

Pancrase will also make its fight library available later this year on the UFC Fight Pass digital subscription service.

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