Matt Vaile to face former title challenger Takashi Sato at Pancrase 300

With a 10-1 start to his professional career, New Zealand’s Matt “The Viper” Vaile will step-up to face Japanese fighter Takashi Sato on the historical Pancrase 300 card next month.

The card, which will take place at the Studio Coast Arena in Tokyo on October 21, will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

In his last outing, the 27-year-old added the Hex Fight Series welterweight title to his XFC strap – a title he has defended a record four times. With wins against the likes of highly regarded regional fighters Andrew Mills, Brogan Anderson and Kitt Campbell, Vaile’s lone blemish came at the hands of former UFC fighter Ben Alloway two years ago.

A win for Vaile in Sato’s hometown will make a big statement in the promotions welterweight division as the Kiwi will continue to make a claim for a UFC call-up.

His opponent, 28-year-old Takashi Sato will come into the bout on the back of a loss, having lost to Brazilian Glaico Franca in a Pancrase welterweight title fight back in July. The gruelling bout looked to be going in Sato’s favour, especially after a dominant third round where he had Franca hurt but credit to his opponent who recovered to secure the back and the neck, to get the submission victory.

With a combined 15 KO’s & TKO’s, both these fighters will be looking for the finish.

It will be a monumental night for the Japanese promotion who will be celebrating their 300th main show. Despite being named Pancrase 300, the promotion has also held over 40 events under various other names since 1993.

Fight Card:

  • Takashi Sato vs. Matt Vaile (New Zealand)
  • Kyle Aguon vs. Hiroshige Tanaka
  • Kenichiro Togashi vs. Hiroto Uesako
  • Shohei Masumizu vs. Taiki Akiba
  • Takaaki Nara vs. Yuta Nakamura
  • Kohei Kuraoka vs. Noriyoshi Wada
  • Satoshi Miyokawa vs. Yuta Miyazawa
  • Katsuyuki Hironaka vs. Tatsuki Okano
  • Kento Mizutani vs. Yohei Misawa
  • Yuma Kitamura vs. Hiroki Otani
  • Toshihiro Taguchi vs. Takuya Saito
  • Katsushi Kojimi vs. Ang Shin

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Started Martial Arts training after watching Mr Miyagi and Daniel-son in Karate Kid back in 1987. By the time MMA arrived many years later, I was hooked. Coverage of local MMA was via scarce posts on forums like the Underground and Sherdog. I embarked on covering the sport in 2002 and since then have written thousands of articles for both print and online media, before branching out and starting Fight News Australia in 2010. Outside the site, I dream of riding in an F1 car.