A second women’s matchup has been added to the April 1st Pancrase Progress Tour 4 card in Tokyo, Japan. Pro wrestler Kyoko Kimura returns to the promotion for her third mixed martial arts bout and faces South Korean kickboxer Sung Eun Kim. The fight was officially announced on Monday.
The latest addition joins a previously announced women’s clash between 105-pound rivals Naoko Omuro and “Happy” Fukuko Hamada on the card. Omuro and Hamada will face off in a rematch from their first meeting in August 2007, where Omuro earned a second-round submission victory.
Kimura (1-0-1) looked to be a prospect in the making after winning her MMA debut against the much more experienced Megumi Yabushita in November, but the “deathmatch” wrestler was unable to carry the momentum into her next fight. In January, she engaged in a lacklustre bout with former Valkyrie title contender Mizuho Sato that ended in an uninspiring Unanimous Draw. She now faces Kim (0-0-0), who brings a kickboxing background into her Pancrase debut. Kim was most recently defeated in dominant fashion by Kozue “Azuma” Nagashima in a kickboxing match at Jewels: “16th Ring” in September.
Omuro (12-8-4) has lost just once in her past seven bouts and she has never been finished during her career, which spans ten years and includes fights against most of the top female fighters at or below 106 pounds. At a Greatest Common Multiple event on August 19, 2007, Omuro forced Hamada (7-6-1) to submit to an armbar midway through round two. The bout marks the only time that Hamada has ever been finished. Hamada reigned unbeaten through three fights in 2011 and each of her past four wins has come inside the distance. She looks to avenge the 2007 loss when she faces Omuro next month.
Pancrase Progress Tour 4 takes place on April 1st at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan.