Andy Main-Issei Tamura Unification Bout to Headline Pancrase 282 on Nov. 13
By: Brian Knapp Oct 16, 2016
Featherweight King of Pancrase Andy Main will
meet interim champion Issei
Tamura to unify the 145-pound title in the Pancrase 282
headliner on Nov. 13 at Differ Ariake in Tokyo.
Main will enter the high-stakes clash on a three-fight winning
streak. The 27-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt captured the
featherweight crown a little more than a year ago, when he
submitted Nam Phan with a
fourth-round triangle choke. Main appeared on Season 12 of “The
Ultimate Fighter” reality series, only to be eliminated by eventual
semifinalist Kyle Watson.
He competed in the Ring of
Cage Fury Fighting Championships organizations before putting
down roots in Pancrase.
Tamura, meanwhile, has also rattled off three straight wins. The
Krazy Bee representative claimed the interim featherweight title at
Pancrase 277 on April 24, when he knocked out Juntaro
Ushiku in the third round of their battle. Tamura, 32, went 1-2
during a three-fight stint in the UFC, his knockout of Tiequan
Zhang largely overshadowed by decisive losses to T.J.
Dillashaw and Raphael