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Japanese organization Pancrase will begin streaming its events live on UFC Fight Pass starting next month.
UFC officials this week announced that Pancrase 270 will be the first show to air via the company’s subscription-based streaming service. The card will feature a featherweight championship main event between current “King of Pancrase” Nam Phan and onetime “Ultimate Fighter” contestant Andy Main, as well as appearances by welterweight ace Gota Yamashita and once-beaten bantamweight prospect Victor Henry.
A further three Pancrase shows are expected to stream live on UFC Fight Pass before the end of the 2015, including Pancrase 271 on Nov. 1. UFC announced in January that it had acquired the rights to stream the company’s fight library; last month, Pancrase 269 was recorded as a test broadcast for the streaming service.
Founded in 1993, Pancrase is one of MMA’s longest-running organizations. Its ring has featured the likes of Bas Rutten, Semmy Schilt, Ken Shamrock, Evan Tanner and numerous other future stars of the sport from Japan and abroad.