Pancrase flyweight king Senzo Ikeda has joined the ONE Championship flyweight grand-prix, dealing with Danny Kingad at Sunday’s ONE event in Tokyo, and now he ’s not the sole real Pancrase title holder hoping to earn a jump to another promotion.
ONE announced earlier this month it has partnered with Pancrase, opening doors such as “Pancrase’s best athletes to progress into ONE and compete in the international platform,” the company announced.
This ’s everything Rafael Silva was hoping for.
Ten months after, the Brazilian had than four minutes to apply Kenta Takizawa to be the undisputed title holder.
”I heard some discussion that the winner of this fight would fight for ONE next,” Silva told MMA Fighting. “Pancrase got this partnership with ONE now and so they said that every Pancrase champion would fight ONE. I don’t even know what they are going to accomplish, basically will really for at ONE next, but it’s pretty trendy. ”
”Every MMA athlete dreams of competing to get a Western promotion,” he also continued. “My dream is to fight in Japan because I adored watching Pride, and thank God I had the opportunity to fight for a trendy promotion just like Pancrase and acquire a name there. We’ll see exactly what goes on now. ”
”It’d be very trendy,”” Silva said. “I know Bibiano along with his story, he’s a tough guy. I really believe that I ’m at exactly the same degree of everyone there, so let’s see what goes on. ONE is just a big promotion and it has been growing a lot lately. If everything goes right, it’d really be wonderful to fight the best there and attempt to win a different buckle. ”
Silva, 30-6 as an expert mixed martial arts fighter, now has won eight bouts since departing Bellator in 2015.