Pancrase, one of the world’s longest running MMA promotions, returned to UFC Fight Pass on Sunday, Jan. 31, for Pancrase 275. The show at the Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo was the first to be featured on the UFC’s streaming service in 2016. The 11-fight main card featured the Pancrase debut of UFC veterans Hatsu Hioki and Rodolfo Rubio Perez.
In the main event, decorated Japanese featherweight Hioki returned from his eight-fight UFC stint to take on talented American prospect Kyosuke Yokoyama. Hioki, a Shooto vet, made his Pancrase debut against a fighter who had hit the hottest streak of his career. Hioki had lost five of his last six fights, making for two of the longest losing streaks of his storied career.
In the evening’s co-headliner, former PXC bantamweight champion Yusuke Yachi returned to Japan to defend his home country against The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America season one cast member Rodolfo Rubio Perez.
The rest of the UFC Fight Pass main card featured battles between Japan and Russia, Japan and Mexico, and Japan and Brazil. The fight card featured a bantamweight showdown between Japanese grappling great Masakatsu Ueda and young Mexican prospect Jose Alday. Kenta Takizawa, a 21-year-old Japanese prospect, took on talented Japanese-Brazilian Alan Yoshihiro Yamaniha.
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