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One Championship teams up with Japan’s Pancrase

Asian mixed martial arts promotion the One Championship has entered into an exclusive partnership with Japan-based martial arts organisation Pancrase.

The agreement will seek to create a pathway for Pancrase’s leading athletes to progress into One Championship and compete on the global stage.

One Championship said the deal is in line with a partnership it struck earlier this year with Japanese organisation Shooto. Through this arrangement, Shooto’s most talented prospects are given the chance to join One Championship.

One Championship chairman and chief executive Chatri Sityodtong said: “We are fully committed to developing Japan’s martial arts ecosystem from the amateur up to the professional level.

“Our partnership with Pancrase once again marks the world’s top martial arts organisations coming together to create a new era of martial arts in Japan.”

Through the agreement, all Pancrase world champions will be given the chance to compete in One Championship. Athletes from Pancrase’s developmental Neo-Blood Tournament will also receive the opportunity to fight in the One Warrior Series.

Additionally, promising young talent from Pancrase will be selected to train at Evolve in Singapore for a year as part of the arrangement.

Pancrase president Masakazu Sakai added: “We believe that this partnership is the start of a long-term relationship with One Championship, and we look forward to shaping the future of martial arts both in and outside Japan together.”