Kazuki Tokudome to Defend Lightweight Title Against Takasuke Kume at Pancrase 280
Tokudome will defend his Pancrase
lightweight championship against Takasuke
Kume at Pancrase 280
on Sept. 11 at Differ Ariake in Tokyo.
Tokudome has rattled off four consecutive victories since being
released by the
Ultimate Fighting Championship following consecutive defeats to
Parke, Yui Chul
Nam and Johnny Case.
The 29-year-old judo black belt last fought at Pancrase 277 on
April 24, when he stopped Akbarh
Arreola with first-round punches to retain his lightweight
crown. He boasts 11 finishes among his 16 professional wins.
Tokudome is the sixth man to carry the lightweight King of Pancrase
mantle, along with Isao
Kobayashi, Koji Oishi,
Inoue and Shoji
Kume, 31, will enter the match on the strength of a two-fight
winning streak. He last appeared at Pancrase 277 in April, when he
walked away with a split decision over Eiji
Ishikawa. Kume has secured 11 of his 18 career victories by
submission and has never been finished in his 26-fight career. He
has won 12 of his past 15 bouts, losing only to the aforementioned
Nam (twice) and A-Sol Kwon.
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