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World Series of Fighting Announces Japanese Expansion with Pancrase Partnership

Written by 5thRound.com Staff
October 29th, 2013
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UFC Middleweight Yushin Okami

Earlier this month, World Series of Fighting announced they had acquired Aggression Fighting Championship, reportedly “Canada’s top MMA organization,” in order to invade our northern neighbors. On Tuesday, the company reported it will now be taking its talents to Japan.

WSOF heads to the Land of the Rising Sun in a partnership with Pancrase, the Tokyo-based group that has promoted mixed martial arts events since 1993. The organization briefly discussed the partnership during Saturday’s WSOF 6 event in Florida.

“Japan has long been a home of top-level martial arts competitions of all types, and I personally have enjoyed some of the best moments of my fighting career there,” World Series of Fighting president Ray Sefo said. “I’m excited to announce this new division with the launch of World Series of Fighting Japan.

“I look forward to working with Pancrase CEO Masakazu Sakai and his team, and together we will produce amazing events for the Japanese fight fans, as well as big opportunities for both Asia-based fighters and MMA fighters around the globe.”

The first World Series of Fighting Japan event is expected to take place in early 2014. Expect for recently signed former UFC middleweight top contender Yushin Okami (pictured) to participate in the show.

All six of WSOF events have taken place stateside. The up-start MMA promotion makes its international debut December 7 with their Canadian show, which is headlined by the light heavyweight shootout between Anthony Johnson and Mike Kyle.

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