Exclusive interview with Daniel Lucena, one of the greatest sports promoters in Brazil

Today we are going to have a chat with this martial arts beast who, in addition to being a professional fighter and fighting teacher, is also the organizer of the Brazilian and International Martial Arts Championship, one of the most traditional tournaments in Latin America, held in the city of Santa Isabel, in the interior of the state of São Paulo.

Mestre Daniel Lucena is a versatile athlete, having started his experience in martial arts with Kung Fu and continuing with Sanda (Chinese Boxing). Later, he started practicing Kickboxing and Jiu-Jítsu.
The athlete won numerous Kung Fu, Full Contact, Light Contact and Jiu-Jitsu championships.

He currently boasts 7th thuen degrees in Kung Fu, 6th dan in Kickboxing and 5th degree in Jiu-Jitsu, in addition to being a specialist in Massotherapy.

As a sports director, Daniel Lucena is an honorary director of the Shaolin International Martial Arts Association (ASIAM) and Vice President of the International Martial Arts Union of America (UIAMA).

UIAMA is recognized in several countries by the main martial arts federations and has members in 15 countries. The purpose of the entity is to unite several styles of martial arts in a single organization, holding seminars and national and international championships, based on the recognition of athletes, teachers and masters.

Check out the exclusive interview below:

1) Master, what led you to have martial arts as your primary segment of life? Have you had any other professional experience outside of sports?

Daniel Lucena : Since I was 6 years old through the encouragement of my older brother - Luiz Vieira de Lucena, Duda - who was a boxer, in other words, a 'boxer' and fought in several tournaments and when he got home he put on gloves boxing him on me along with my other brothers.
And for another reason, this health, since I had “bronchitis”.
Yes, I had experience in politics as Secretary of Sports and Leisure of Santa Isabel-SP, which is my city. Because it is very rewarding to be able to act and can help in the area you know (martial arts) and you end up learning more along with other sports.

2) Have martial arts always been present in your life? Tell us how the idea of ​​organizing championships with different styles of martial arts and contact sports came up?

Daniel Lucena: Always. Since I was a kid, I watched fight movies on TV and once I said (still in my childhood) that one day I would bring together different modalities and masters together in a championship and so I did in 1989, in a disco, with the participation of 5 gyms in that that was my first martial championship.

3) With the current success of MMA and martial arts championships, did you imagine that your events would become traditional and tournaments of debut and passage for athletes that today are big names in the sport?

Daniel Lucena: I, in particular, never imagined that our championship would stand out as much as it stands today. But we see that the work with the purpose of uniting other modalities in a single event was in the taste of the great masters and today our oldest tournament is already 30 years old, thanks to God.

4) In which countries does your association currently have representatives?

Daniel Lucena: Our Shaolin CT today is present in several states in Brazil and in several countries around the world that are already added to our team. These are: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Spain, Japan, China and England.

5) We know about your versatility as an athlete. What are your main titles and disputes?

Daniel Lucena: My titles will tell you a few.
Brazilian Full Contact Champion (the fastest knockout in Brazil in this modality: 10 seconds).
World Champion in Kickboxing and Jiu-Jitsu by UIAMA.
World Jiu-Jitsu champion in 2007 by CBJJE.
Pan American Jiu-Jitsu champion (senior category) by CBJJE.
Vice-Champion of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by CBJJ.
Brazilian Champion of Professional Sanda by CBKFS.
European champion of fights (Sanda) and forms in the Basque Country.
Brazilian Vice-Champion of Total Portuguese Contact by CCTP.
In addition to other titles....

6) Do you currently have a new project? Tell us.

Daniel Lucena: Our new project is to make us grow more with various federations and confederations, which will continue with improvements for athletes, where we can join together so that we also have martial arts classes within schools showing and teaching their philosophy and discipline modalities.

7) What message do you leave for practitioners of martial arts and contact sports in general?

Daniel Lucena: The message that I leave is for you to run behind and make your dreams come true, because only then will you be able to say that you have pursued your goals. Or they may say that they have not yet succeeded, but that they have not yet given up on their goals. Plant goodness and you will reap its fruits.
Hugs to all of the CT Shaolin team, from the beginning student to the most graduated student.
Hugs to my family for always being by my side. Without forgetting the entities that today work in partnership with us.

* Interview given to collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa on 08 / 04 / 2020 | Connection Japan
Photo: Mestre Daniel Lucena, fighter and one of the biggest promoters of sporting events in Brazil, built his career in Santa Isabel-SP and in several countries around the world. ( Credits | Courtesy : Daniel Lucena personal collection | Disclosure ).

Dana White promises to organize international UFC fights on a private island

UFC 249, to be held on April 18, 2020, has been giving a lot to talk about.
The main card will feature a fight for the interim lightweight belt involving Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje, but the show's “top secret” location has given rise to much speculation.

However, UFC President Dana White gave an interview yesterday to reveal that in the short term, the events will take place in the same location (not yet revealed).

- “I hid this place (which will host UFC 249) for two months. We are setting up a store there. We will promote fights every week ”.- he said, during his recent conversation with TMZ.

Rumors in the US suggest that the next four UFC events could be held at Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Lemoore, California. The resort is owned and operated by the Tachi-Yokut tribe, and is not necessarily subject to regulation by the State Athletic Commission of California.

The arena was once home to the WEC and has also hosted a number of regional MMA events previously. But it is good to remember that this information is not confirmed yet.

On the other hand, the president also stated that he already has a private island guaranteed to promote future events, not least because he may not be able to take all the international fighters to compete in the US.

- “I have a private island that I guaranteed. We are installing the infrastructure now and we will start the fights with international athletes. We have our own planes to take everything that will be needed to the island ”.- White told TMZ, still on Monday.

In addition to taking place behind closed doors (without an audience), White said that precautions will be taken for the next editions of the show.

- “Everyone will be tested and tested and tested. Let's make sure that athletes are healthy, healthy athletic commission, healthy judges, referees, my production staff and everyone there is healthy. We will ensure that everyone is safe before, during and after the fights. ”- he explained.

The top hat is optimistic, because when you have the financial support of ESPN and Endeavor, anything is possible.

But when asked about additional details and the exact location of UFC 249, Dana just said:

- "The location of UFC 249 is ESPN." - White said.

But what about you, dear reader? On which island do you think the next UFC editions will take place? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 07 / 04 / 2020
Photo: Dana White makes a sensational revelation about the UFC's upcoming fights. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Ultimate Fighting Championship | Endeavor | ESPNMMA | TMZ Sports ).

The MMA show “Road to ONE: 2nd” will be held on April 17th in Japan

The Executive Committee of Shooto Professional MMA Japan changed the date of “Road to ONE: 2nd”, which was scheduled for 12/4. With the postponement, the tournament will be on 17/4 (Friday). The event was scheduled to be held at New Pier Hall, but now the location has also changed.

The show was moved to Shibuya and will take place at "Shibuya TSUTAYA O-EAST".

Shibuya (区 谷 区Shibuya-ku ) is a special wing in Tokyo, Japan, and an important commercial and business center, home to the two busiest railway stations in the world, Shinjuku Station and Shibuya Station.

The slogan for “Road to ONE: 2nd” will be “Is it true or not now?”

The tournament will be broadcast 'live' exclusively on AbemaTV's combat channel.

Last year, Road to ONE: 'Century' was co-promoted by Shooto and Pancrase. The card consisted of a mix of Muay Thai and MMA fights and featured names such as Kleber Koike Erbst and Kiyotaka Shimizu.

The "Road to ONE: 2nd" card will have the fight between "Shinya Aoki and Tomoshige Sera" as the 'main event'.

Shinya Aoki has been active in the rings and cages in Japan and abroad as one of the best mixed martial artists in the world for more than 15 years.
He is the former Shooto, Dream and ONE Championship lightweight champion and was last seen strangling Honorio Banario in ONE: 'Century' part II last October.
In addition, he goes beyond the structure of a mere fighter and carries out his own activities, such as setting up his own company.
Also a writer, Aoki has published articles and editorials on websites and newspapers specializing in sports and has released “Não Leia o Ar” (Gentosha) and “Instinto Forte”.

His opponent, Tomoshige Sera, is a Jiu-Jítsu black belt and Quintet veteran.

Also on the show will be fighter Tsukuru Midorikawa, WKBA world middleweight champion and veteran of the Rebels and Knockout, who had already been hired to compete on a RISE card this month.
Midorikawa is expected to compete in a Muay Thai fight, but his opponent's identity has not yet been released.

In addition, it was also decided that the event will take place without an audience.
This change was announced in order to more faithfully comply with the government's request, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, to prevent crowds of onlookers and prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Also as part of these measures, devices will be used to check body temperature (thermography) at the entrance to the event site, wash and disinfect hands with alcohol and free distribution of mineral water and gargle cups for fighters and employees, such as ensuring security for them as much as possible as promotion employees.

The use of masks will also be required by all those present, including fighters and referees, except during fights, in the case of athletes.

“Road to ONE: 2nd” is organized by the Shooto Executive Committee, ONEChampionship, AbemaTV, TRIBE TOKYO MMA and Sustain Co. Ltd.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 06 / 04 / 2020
Photo : The main event of “Road to ONE: 2nd” will be the duel between 'Shinya Aoki and Tomoshige Sera'. ( Credits | Courtesy : Professional Shooto MMA Japan | ( C ) ONE Championship | AbemaTV ).

The “CHAKURIKI 6-Branko Cikatic Memorial” tournament will be held on May 17th in Osaka

Dojo Chakuriki Japan has announced that it will host an event in memory of the first world heavyweight champion of the K-1 White Cikatic (Croatia), who died on Sunday, March 22.

The “CHAKURIKI 6-Branko Cikatic Memorial-” tournament will be held on May 17 (Sunday), with limited distribution over the Internet.

In the 'main event', the names of Hiromi Amada (a veteran K-1 first class fighter) are already confirmed, who will fight Kazuki Irida (Dream Gate champion) in a heavyweight duel in Kickboxing.

Other interesting fights on the program have also been settled.

Professional fighter Shogun Okamoto challenged Tenshoyama to a fight under the rules of kickboxing for the first time in his career.

Shinya Aoki, Rocky Kawamura and Yoshiaki Fujiwara will also participate in professional wrestling matches (Telecatch).

Nobu Hayashi, representative of Dojo Chakuriki Japan, will participate in a special fight with mixed rules (boxing rules for the 1st Round, Kickboxing rules for the 2nd Round) with PRIDE veteran and boxing champion Yosuke Nishijima.

In the only MMA fight on this 'card', Shunichi Shimizu faces Daiki Yahiro in a confrontation valid for the bantamweight category.

All fighters from Dojo Chakuriki Japan who agreed to participate in the tournament are unanimous in “doing their best” to honor Mr. White Cikatiki - one of the main responsible for the success of K-1, where he participated in many 'cards' - as well as send their condolences to Mr. White's family.

In time.... Due to the spread of the new coronavirus ( Sars-Cov-2 ), the virus responsible for the Covid-19 disease, none of the employees or fans of Dojo Chakuriki Japan can attend Branco's funeral or deposit the flowers in the in front of the tomb of the Croatian fighter.

Address: 2 Chome-151-1 Hamadera Motomachi, Nishi Ward, Sakai, Osaka 592-8343, Japan

9th fight: (Main Event) Kickboxing (Heavyweight) - 3R 3min (+1R Extension)
Hiromi Beloved X Kazuki Irita

8th fight: Kikcboxing - 3R 3min (without extension)
Shogun Okamot X Tenshoyama

7th fight: MMA (cock weight) - 2R 5min (no extension)
Shunichi Shimizu X Daiki Yahiro

6th fight: Pro Wrestling - 1 round of 30min
Yoshiaki Fujiwara X Takahisa Matsumoto
* Second special / Toshio Fujiwara

5th fight: Pro Wrestling - 1 round of 30min
Shinya Aoki vs Satoru Suzuki

4th fight: Mixed Rules (1st Round of Boxing and 2nd Round of Kickboxing)
Nobu Hayashi X Yosuke Nishijima

3th fight: Pro Wrestling - 1 round of 15min
Rocky Kawamura X Takahiro TaBaba

2nd fight: Pro Wrestling - 2R 5min (without extension)
Yu Iizuka X Tadashi Sano

1st fight: Kickboxing (Middleweight) - 3R 3min (without extension)
Ryugi Tatsuyoshi X HIROKI

(* the 'card' is subject to change)

SERVICE: Tournament date and time around the world

Japan Time May 17, 2020 (Sun) 19:00 pm-

Croatia Time May 17, 2020 12: 00-

Netherlands Time May 17, 2020 12: 00-

Germany Time May 17, 2020 12: 00-

Brazil Time May 17, 2020 07: 00-

Russian Time (Moscow) May 17, 2020 13:00 pm -

Tournament broadcast URL:

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* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 03 / 04 / 2020
Photo : The “Branco Cikatic Memorial” will be a tournament held without public and with exclusive distribution on the internet. (Courtesy | Credits: Dojo Chakuriki Japan | Disclosure).

Major outbreak in Thailand linked to Muay Thai events

A Muay Thai event held on March 6 in Thailand may be one of the causes of a major outbreak of the new coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2), the virus responsible for the disease Covid-19, in that country. Currently, 72 of the first 322 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in Thailand can be linked to a trio of Muay Thai shows, one of which took place at Lumpinee Stadium and had about 5.000 fans on March 6, according to Gulf News.

The event was held despite an order three days earlier for all sporting events to be postponed or canceled.

Among the people who came to the stadium that night and contracted Covid-19 are high-ranking celebrities, politicians and military officers, as well as referees, coaches, fighters and even the fight announcer. As of March 23, the number of infections linked to the stadium had exceeded 130 people.

Lumpinee Stadium is owned and operated by the Thai army, which recently announced it would start an investigation.

Rajadamnern Stadium - another sacred temple of Muay Thai in the home country of the 'art of eight weapons' - also continued to host events after the cancellation order.

Preventive measures, adopted in different parts of the world, to combat the spread of the new coronavirus have led many promoters to modify their plans outlined for the next events, postponing them, in order to resume their activities as soon as possible after the deceleration of the outbreak.

Those prosecutors who insist on “rowing against the tide” and looking for solutions to 'circumvent' the measures to fight the spread of the disease, should be held responsible, if it is proven that their activities contributed to the increase in contamination.

The good news is that the world of promoting martial arts events in the country should be restarted in the second half, similar to the world trend.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 01 / 04 / 2020
Photo: The Thai army will launch an investigation into how Lumpinee Stadium has triggered a series of cases of the new coronavirus. (Courtesy | Credits: Lumpinee Stadium | Disclosure).

News at upcoming MMA events in Japan and South Korea

Gradually, MMA promotions are being restarted in Japan.

The relatively new Japanese promotion WARDOG CAGE FIGHT (existing since 2014 and owned by Akihiro Nagai) will hold three more events in that year 2020, on April 26 (Sunday), July 26 (Sunday) and October 25 (Sunday), all in Osaka city.

After having held an edition in January in partnership with GRACHAN (WARDOG CAGE FIGHT24 x GRACHAN43), the franchise closed with a new sponsor.

- “We will continue to work hard to establish new paths in the combat sports sector with MARION APPAREL, who became our first main sponsor.” - commented Yuki Kakihara, representative of the WARDOG.

Other promotions are also expected to hold their next shows within a 'months' radius.

Professional Shooto Japan will promote Shooto 0329 on March 29, at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo.

Pancrase 313 and Pancrase 314 will be held at Shinkiba Studio Coast on April 12, while Pancrase 315 will be held on May 31, at the same location.

'Deep Jewels 29' and 'Deep 95 Impact' will also promote a double 'card' on May 6, also at Korakuen Hall.

HEAT (based in Nagoya, Aichi), will also promote a tournament in May. The date will be announced shortly.

A series of precautionary measures will be taken by prosecutors due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2), the virus responsible for the Covid-19 disease.

Among these, the verification of body temperature at the entrance to the event site, the installation of disinfectants in various places in the gym, the free distribution of mineral water and gargle glasses, as well as alcohol for disinfecting hands.

In addition, there will be a decrease in the seats offered for sale to allow a relatively safe distance between the audience present.

The public will also be instructed to enter their name, address and contact information at the time of entry and to prepare for any emergencies during the event.

Remembering that Japan and South Korea already adopt social surveillance protocols, as well as having a smaller population, they have technology for this, something that most other countries around the world do not have. That's why the latter have to put into practice the protocols of social isolation, which - yet - is not the case in the land of the Rising Sun.

Speaking of South Korea, Road FC (one of the most traditional MMA shows in that country) announced the postponement of their tournament scheduled for April 18th. Promoters decided to reschedule the show for the month of June, at the recommendation of the government. In addition, the franchise has already acquired new sponsors for its upcoming events.

Other promotions such as TOP FC and DOUBLE G have also rescheduled their upcoming shows.

The good news is that the MMA world in South Korea is expected to restart in May, similar to the world trend.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 25 / 03 / 2020
Pictured above: Yuki Kakihara, WARDOG representative announced three more events for this year. Promotion is owned by Akihiro Nagai. ( Courtesy | Credits ( C ) WARDOG | MMA Planet ).

Below: The WARDOG CAGE FIGHT 'flyer'. ( Courtesy | Credits ( C ) WARDOG | Tapology ).

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RIP Branko Cikatić, first K-1 world champion

K-1 legend Branko Cikatić passed away on Monday morning (23 March) in Solin, Croatia. We learned about this through news published on social media and specialized websites. He was 65 and had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. His health had been weakened since 2018, when he suffered a pulmonary embolism. Then he started to deal with several other health problems and got around only with the help of a walker.

In September 2018, Dojo Chakuriki Japan (branch of the famous kickboxing gym, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands) announced that it had started raising funds to cover the costs of its treatment. Branko was very famous in Japan.

Cikatić was born on October 3, 1954 in Croatia. He practiced kickboxing at Chakuriki Gym in the Netherlands and worked as a 'Kickboxer' mainly in countries on the European continent.

Cikatić became the first champion in the history of K-1, the main 'stand-up' tournament in the world in the 90s and 2000s. The heavyweight athlete had to beat the Changpuek Kiatsongrit fighters on the same night (Thailand), Masaaki Satake (Japan) and Ernesto Hoost (Hoalnda) to win the title on April 30, 1993, date of the inaugural edition of the K-1. That was also the Croatian Tiger's first visit to Japan.
Branko also participated in the first “PRIDE” tournament held at Tokyo Dome, on October 11, 1997, when he fought with Ralph White under the rules of 'Pancrase'. The fight ended in 'No Contest', meaning no result (Cikatić kicked White while he was on the ground).

In March 1998, the main fight for “PRIDE.2” was Mark Kerr Vs Branko Cikatić. Fighting under MMA rules, Branko was again disqualified after breaking the rules and holding onto the ropes when Kerr attempted a takedown. The Croatian also hit several illegal elbows in the American.

In his next fight at “PRIDE.7” Cikatić lost via submission to fellow 'Kickboxer' Maurice Smith, who preferred to fight on the ground.

Branko Cikatić's curriculum at Kikcboxing consists of 87 wins (82 knockouts), 9 losses, 1 draw.

Shortly before the end of his sporting career, Cikatić tried acting, playing a villain in the 1997 movie 'Sky Spider', starring Anna Nicole Smith.

After retiring as a fighter, he ran a security company in his native Croatia.

Among his students we can highlight the also legendary Mirko Cro Cop.

In April 2017, Cikatić came to Japan with some of his students who fought at Pancrase and, in November of the same year, brought his disciple Antonio Pratibat to fight on the new K-1.
Pratibat became the first heavyweight champion of the new K-1, to the delight of Cikatić, who has always been delighted with the achievements of his students.

Your family, friends and loved ones are extremely sad, as well as the entire martial arts and contact sports community.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 24 / 03 / 2020

Photo : Branko Cikatić, winner of the first K-1, died at dawn on Monday. The fighter also competed in “PRIDE”. ( Courtesy | Credits : ( C ) K-1 Group | ( C ) M-1 Sports Media | Gong kakutogi ).

Adriano “The Rock” Balby will be able to fight boxing 'without gloves' at Bare Knuckle FC

Today's biggest promotion for 'no gloves' or “Bare Knuckle Boxing”, the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) continues to work hard to adapt to the current reality.

There are already "multiple options on the table": big television deals, bigger venues, new fighter hires and more.

President David Feldman and his team are also developing new content that will keep fans entertained as the pandemic of the new coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2), the virus responsible for Covid-19 disease, intensifies in the United States.

And while awaiting the return of normalcy, Bare Knuckle FC continues to contact fighters with a view to having them in their 'squad' for future fights.

One of these is the Brazilian Adriano “The Rock” Balby, who was sought after by the event, due to his history in mixed martial arts and his power to knock out.

For those who still do not know, the manauara has the experience of having fought in five different weight categories (120, 110, 93, 84 and 77 kg) and is an international MMA champion, with titles won on three continents.

Adriano Balby accumulates a 'record' of more than 20 fights in MMA, although his record on the website 'Sherdog' points to only 16-03-0. Among his recently won titles is that of the welterweight champion (category up to 77 kg) of the “REBEL FC” event played in China.

Balby has been active in MMA competitions since 1998, when the fights were fought with virtually no rules, no gloves and no weight limit, that is, still in the format of the old 'Vale Tudo', so he believes that he will have no difficulties to adapt to the rules of "Bare Knuckle Boxing" or boxing 'without gloves' and promises to knock out his debut in this event that only grows and where Brazilian fighters are migrating.

Despite the postponement of BKFC 12 (which was originally scheduled for April 11) and BKFC 13 (scheduled for May 16), it was recently announced that BKFC 11 (which should have been held on March 14), now it should be promoted on the 20th of June.

Even if the pandemic advances in the United States and only starts to fall in July, August or "maybe even later", the show can still be rescheduled once again.
What is certain is that as soon as the crisis disappears, the promotion will get back on track and the growth of this new combat sport will continue.

Adriano Balby will be able to fight now on this 'card' of BKFC 11.
Then he will join names like Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Thiago “Pitbull” Alves, Brazilians who are already part of the 'squad' of fighters from BKFC, a company that is synonymous with boxing sport 'without gloves 'just like the UFC is for MMA at the moment.

Other renowned names in the franchise are Cuban Hector Lombard, who accumulates stakes in the biggest MMA promotions in the world, such as UFC, Bellator and PRIDE, among others, and American Bobby Lashley, ex-Strikeforce and ex-Bellator, in addition to current WWE star.
The fighter, who competes in both MMA and Pro Wrestling, has already announced that he will fight in BKFC in 2021.

Therefore, we can only wait, as BKFC will make its return to the sports industry in the relatively near future.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 22 / 03 / 2020
Pictured above: The fighter Adriano Balby was contacted by the BKFC to fight in the USA. ( Credits | Courtesy : Adriano Balby's Personal Collection | Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship ).

Below: The 'flyer' of BKFC 11, which should be held on June 20th. ( Credits | Courtesy : Kevin Smith | Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship ).

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Pancrase will promote three MMA events in Japan in April and May

Pancrase 315 is set for the Shinkiba Studio Coast in Tokyo, Japan, on May 31. The card will feature a fight in the middleweight category that will place the sixth in the "ranking" of the category Yuta Nakamura against Masayuki Kikuiri, who will return for the first time in 10 months.

Nakamura (22-23-3) is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt. He's coming from a five-game winning streak, including a decision win over Ikkei Nagamura at Pancrase 310. He has also won five consecutive titles at GLADIATOR, Taiwan RFC, Korea NeoFight and at Pancrase itself.

Kikuiri (4-1-1), on the other hand, won four consecutive victories against Hiroe Uehara, Hiroshi Takahashi, Yutaka Kobayashi and Kusama MAX from October 2017, but saw his perfect professional history spoiled in 2019, when he was defeated by Yusuke Kasuya in Pancrase 304 and then tied with Yasuaki Kishimoto in Pancrase 307.

But before Pancrase 315, we will have two more Pancrase shows.

Pancrase 313 and Pancrase 314 are scheduled to take place - also - at Shinkiba Studio Coast on April 12th. The first was postponed due to concerns about the pandemic of the new coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2), the virus responsible for the Covid-19 disease, but with the resumption of tournaments, promoters decided to merge the two 'cards'.

Pancrase 313 will be "headed" by a dispute for the interim lightweight title between Genpei Hayashi and Tatsuya Saika. The card will also feature a fight between veterans Issei Tamura and Suguru Nii.

Pancrase 314 announced a fight between Mitsuhisa Sunabe and Adam Antolin, valid for the “provisional title” of the strawweight. Meanwhile, Yusuke Kasuya faces Hiroto Uesako in a lightweight fight.

Pancrase 315
31 May 2020
Shinkiba Studio Coast
Tokyo, Japan

Yuta Nakamura vs Masayuki Kikuiri (Middleweight)

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 19 / 03 / 2020
Photo: Yuta Nakamura and Masayuki Kikuiri will fight in the middleweight division during Pancrase 315, on May 31st. ( Courtesy | Credits : (C) Pancrase | Disclosure ).

WLC's pioneering attitude should be followed by other fighting promotions around the world

As the pandemic of the new coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2), the virus responsible for Covid-19 disease, spreads to more and more countries, including the United States, virtually all major sports leagues have postponed their upcoming games and matches , including the NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA Tour, NCAA's March Madness, XFL and MLS, among others.

As the saying goes: “What happens in the United States is reflected all over the world” and subsequently, the world of mixed martial arts followed suit, with dozens of MMA promotions postponing their events due to the virus.

There was still a recent statement by U.S. President Donald Trump advising against events that had more than 10 people gathered in an enclosed space, so it was impossible for sports organizations to keep the events planned. Now, the example is being followed in some countries around the world, at least apparently.

Before that, however, a move that went unnoticed was the decision of the World Lethwei Championship to postpone the WLC: 'Khmer Kingdom' three weeks ago, which initially would be the first international event of the promotion and when the thought of the sporting world was yet to be realized your events 'behind closed doors'. The promotion was questioned by the attitude at the time.

Although Myanmar had no confirmed cases at the time, WLC organizers decided that the most prudent thing to do, especially with international teams and fighters, would be to postpone what was one of the most anticipated martial arts events this year.

Speaking to reporters to announce the cancellation, WLC President Zay Thiha explained how he came to the difficult decision.

- “We are socially responsible for our actions and caution and safety must be the number one priority. Although it is difficult, it is the right decision. ”- he explained.

Once unpopular with Lethwei fans, the decision has now proved to be a smart move.

Lethwei is considered to be one of the most brutal martial arts in the world. The modality makes use of takedowns, fists, elbows, knees, feet and even headbutts, an important weapon in the arsenal of a Lethwei fighter. This is why it is also known as “The Art of 9 Limbs”.

The WLC promotion has revolutionized Lethwei's ancient Burmese martial art, with innovations in its events to show it to the world, which combine Lethwei's historical traditions with 'live' entertainment, pyrotechnic effects, fighter tickets, music and dancers.

The WLC has already produced events across Myanmar, with shows being held in cities like Hpa-an, Yangon, Naypitaw and Mandalay. The franchise had grandiose plans for that year 2020 that included global expansion, such as promoting events in countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Japan and even the USA.

It is imperative to maintain your confidence in difficult times, but fighting event promoters will have to wait a little longer for them to return to their activities.

On Monday, United States President Donald Trump returned to speak out and said the number of Covid-19 cases in the country should begin to drop in July, August or "maybe even later".

In Brazil, the Government of São Paulo estimates that the coronavirus outbreak should last “from four to five months”. However, the restrictive measures adopted by the state administration, such as the suspension of classes and the restriction of events, should not be applied throughout this period.

- “We understand that this epidemic and this wave will last from 4 to 5 months, which is not to say that restrictive measures will necessarily last that long. The decision will be made by a group of extremely experienced researchers and scientists, together with the secretary of state and governor. ”- said David Uip, Coordinator of the Coronavirus Contingency Center of São Paulo.

It is necessary to remember that the sport of mixed martial arts is still a business, but it is much more than that.

Sport can be a great unifier, where the tension and conflict of race, religion, politics and other current issues can be forgotten, allowing athletes to come together for the common love of sport. However, in times of crisis, sports organizations also have a responsibility and fighters are increasingly mentioning their hopes of avoiding infection and staying safe.

Remembering that social distance and hand washing will be good for everyone in the long run.

As Max Holloway, a former UFC featherweight champion, put it:

-“The faster we can reduce the spread, the faster we will return to our normal life.”-commented Max, in a 'post' on his Instagram.

It is appropriate to follow the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) and avoid crowds while we await the return of normalcy, as sport is a representation of the hopes and dreams of millions and millions of fans worldwide and if everyone does their part , then the show can continue.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 18 / 03 / 2020
Photo: The attitude of the WLC brings the sensitivity of the precautions against the coronavirus. (Courtesy | Credits: World Lethwei Championship | Disclosure).

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