WSOF Launches Japanese Branch, Announces Partnership with Pancrase

By Mike Whitman Oct 29, 2013
WSOF head Ray Sefo is eager to expand. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com



World Series of Fighting will head to Japan in early 2014, as the Las Vegas-based organization recently announced the launch of its newest international branch in partnership with long-running Japanese promotion Pancrase.

“Japan has long been a home of top-level martial arts competitions of all types, and I personally have enjoyed some of the best moments of my fighting career there,” WSOF President Ray Sefo stated in a release. “I’m excited to announce this new division with the launch of World Series of Fighting Japan.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the organization’s expansion into Canada, during which WSOF acquired the Alberta-based Aggression Fighting Championship. WSOF’s first trip to Canada will take place Dec. 7, when Anthony Johnson and Mike Kyle headline WSOF 7 from PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia.

No bouts have been announced for WSOF’s first Japanese foray, though the promotion hinted that recent signee Yushin Okami will play a role in the organization’s latest expansion.

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