WSOF announces second International division this month with Pancrase partnership
(PRESS RELEASE) -- LAS VEGAS (Oct. 29, 2013) - The World Series of
Fighting continues to expand its global footprint with the launch
of World Series of Fighting Japan (WSOF Japan).
World Series of Fighting launches its new Japanese division in a
partnership with the long-running and highly respected Pancrase
organization, a Tokyo-based group that has promoted mixed martial
arts events since 1993 and is widely considered one of the most
historically important organizations in the sport.
"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. The relationship will allow fighters from both
sides of the Pacific Ocean to be featured in fight cards in both
the U.S. and Japan, including recent World Series of Fighting
addition Yushin Okami
(29-8), one of the world's top-ranked middleweights.
The launch of World Series of Fighting Japan marks the second
international branch of the WSOF brand to be announced in the past
month alone, as World Series of Fighting Canada is set for a Dec. 7
debut. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
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