Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Kikuyo Ishikawa to appear on PANCRASE's return to Okinawa

Kikuyo Ishikawa, MIYOKO
PANCRASE announced today they are returning to the Okinawa Gymnasium on Apr. 21. Their last show in Okinawa was on May 20, 2012. This show will be co-promoted by Sakaguchi Family Dojo owner Yukio Sakaguchi. The one match announced for this show will be an Athena match in the Strawweight division scheduled for two five minute rounds. Kikuyo Ishikawa will face MIYOKO. Ishikawa is an Okinawa native so I don't know if this will be the main event but it should be high on the card. Ishikawa trains at Groundslam which is also the training home of Roxanne Modafferi. Her record is 8-3 and her last fight was a win over Tomo Maesawa on the Dec. 15 JEWELS show. She also won over Shino VanHoose on the last PANCRASE Okinawa show. MIYOKO trains at Grabaka. Her record is 3-5-1 and her last fight was a loss to Celine on the Sept. 15 JEWELS show. She also won a split decision win over Ishikawa on the Mar. 19, 2010. So Ishikawa will be looking for redemption in front of her home town fans. I noticed that current Flyweight King of PANCRASE Mitsuhisa Sunabe is also on this show. He is also an Okinawa native and was on last year's PANCRASE Okinawa show. I expect him to be in the main event. Also announced for this show is pro wrestler and MMA fighter Kyoko Kimura. She trains at Sakaguchi Family Dojo. I'll have more on her when her opponent is named...if she's doing MMA. Veteran All Japan and DDT pro wrestler NOSAWA was announced for this show. As far as I can tell, he's never done MMA. So they could be doing some crazy hardcore pro wrestling with NOSAWA and Kyoko. We shall see.

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