Long-running Japanese league Shooto and sister organization Vale Tudo Japan will live-stream at least five shows on UFC Fight Pass in 2016.
Broadcast schedules for both promotions were announced Wednesday during a press conference in Tokyo.
Shooto will make its Fight Pass debut this Saturday, April 23, when “Fight & Mosh” emanates live from Maihama Amphitheater in Urayasu, Japan. Two world titles will be on the line, with Masaaki Sugawara making the first defense of his 125-pound belt against Hiromasa Ogikubo, plus Koshi Matsumoto and Yuki Kawana vying for the vacant 155-pound mantle.
Following Saturday’s card, Shooto will return with events on July 17 and Nov. 12, both set to take place at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
Vale Tudo Japan, whose bouts are contested in a cage instead of Shooto’s traditional ring, will have a pair of events streamed on Fight Pass this summer. “VTJ in Osaka” takes place June 19 at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, while “VTJ 9th” on Sept. 19 will see the organization return to its birthplace of Chiba prefecture.