Shooto, Pancrase End Cold War at "Revolutionary Exchanges 3"

Fighters from rival Japanese promotions Pancrase and Shooto stand together in the ring at "Vale Tudo Japan '09" for the announcement of the first inter-promotional clashes on November 23rd. Photo by GBRing.

During intermission at Friday's "Vale Tudo Japan '09," Shooto promoter Sustain revealed plans for what could be a seismic event in Japanese MMA. On November 23rd, "Revolutionary Exchanges 3" will host a planned five "Shooto vs. Pancrase" bouts, marking the end of a seven-year cold war which began with the International Shooto Commission's 2002 revocation of Pancrasists' Shooto licenses. ISC president and Sustain boss Kazuhiro Sakamoto told Sportsnavi that the card has been in the works since spring of this year; indeed, rumors began to surface months ago when it was discovered that "Exchanges 3" will be held at Shooto's "big show" venue, JCB Hall.

The first pair of interpromotional fights to be announced will see Shootors Kotetsu Boku and Shiko Yamashita squaring off with Pancrase veterans Koji Oishi and Takuya Wada in respective 154- and 167-pound bouts. Current welterweight King of Pancrase Wada began his MMA career in Shooto, but defected in 2002 and has largely competed in Pancrase since. UFC veteran Oishi has never entered the Shooto ring.

At "VTJ '09," flyweight King of Pancrase Mitsuhisa Sunabe entered the ring and declared his intention to participate in the November event. Sakamoto has also expressed a desire to see former Sengoku lightweight champion and long-time Pancrasist Satoru Kitaoka fight for Shooto, but with a November 7th bout against Jorge Masvial looming and his New Year's Eve particpation already announced, Kitaoka's dance card could be full.

Previously announced for the November date: a highly anticipated rematch between top-ranked 114-pounders Noboru "Shinpei" Tahara and Rambaa "M-16" Somdet. The winner will be crowned Shooto's first flyweight champion - essentially, the first meaningful 114-pound titlist in mixed martial arts.

Shooto favorite Daisuke "Amazon" Sugie and rising Australian lightweight Gustavo Falciroli will also be in action.

Shooto: Revolutionary Exchanges 3
November 23, 2009
JCB Hall - Tokyo, Japan

Shooto Flyweight (114 lbs.) Championship Bout - 3R x 5 min.

Noboru "Shinpei" Tahara
7-3-1 / STF MMA Dojo
vs.
Rambaa "M-16" Somdet

6-2 / M-16 Muay Thai Style

Takuya Wada

Middleweight (167 lbs.) Bout - 3R x 5 min.

Shiko Yamashita
10-4-3 / Paraestra Sapporo
vs.
Takuya Wada
18-8-10, 1 NC / SK Absolute

Koji Oishi

Welterweight (154 lbs.) Bout - 3R x 5 min.

Kotetsu Boku
14-6-2 / Krazy Bee
vs.
Koji Oishi
19-8-6 / PANCRASEism

Bantamweight (123 lbs.) Class A Bout - 3R x 5 min.

Ryuichi Miki
9-3-3 / Gutsman Shooto Dojo
vs.
Masaaki Sugawara
9-3-1 / Wajutsu Keishukai Duro

Featherweight (132 lbs.) Class A Bout - 3R x 5 min.

So Tazawa
8-4-3 / Gutsman Shooto Dojo
vs.
Shuichiro Katsumura
9-7-3 / Reversal Gym Yokohama

Welterweight (154 lbs.) Class A Bout - 3R x 5 min.

Yoshihiro Koyama
12-3-1 / Paraestra Matsudo
vs.
Tetsuji Kato
19-9 / Trench Tech

Welterweight (154 lbs.) Class B Bout - 2R x 5 min.

Daisuke "Amazon" Sugie
7-6-1 / Alive
vs.
Paolo Milano
8-4-1 / Paraestra Tokyo

Lightweight (143 lbs.) Class A Bout - 3R x 5 min.

Gustavo Falciroli
8-1-2 / Mach 1 Fight Club
vs.
TBA

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