HEAT revealed majority of the fight cards for the upcoming November event at Differ Ariake.
HEAT MMA rules welterweight champ Lee Gyu Myung is injured and relinquished the belt because he can't defend title for a while.
The new champion will be decided between Kiichi "Strasser" Kunimoto and someone else which will be announced in a later date.
Masato Sannai who switched from Shooto to Pancrase earlier this year, is now signed with HEAT and will fight in a bantamweight bout.
However just like "Strasser" his opponent will be decided in a later date.
HEAT revealed six fight cards but four of them, including Kunimoto and Sannai, has no set opponent which means this announcement was pretty much about Kunimoto's title fight and signing of Sannai.
Kunimoto fought for the King of Pancrase title fight earlier this year but lost via unanimous decision. Then he wanted to change his environment and signed with HEAT. Just got back into the W column with a solid win over Segon Won Son, and now he is getting a title shot. In Japan, its not so common for a fighter to be able to fight two title fights in one year at two different promotions, therefore, this is actually a historical opportunity for "Strasser" Kiichi.
November 18th, 2012
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Doors Open - 15:30
Fight Starts - 16:00
Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):
HEAT MMA Rules Welterweight Championship 5 min / 5R
Kiichi "Strasser" Kunimoto (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai) vs. TBA
MMA Rules Bout 5 min / 3R
Masato Sannai (Japan / GUTSMAN) vs. TBA
MMA Rules Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Koji Yoshida (Japan / Freelance) vs. Kenjiro Takahashi (Japan / Mach Dojo)
MMA Rules Light-heavyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Shoma Shibisai (Japan / Team New Japan) vs. Yuhei Fukuda (Japan / Freelance)
Kick Boxing Rules Heavyweight Bout 3 min / 3R (Ext. 1R)
Prince Ali (Iran / Shimura Dojo) vs. TBA
Kick Boxing Rules Heavyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Jairo Kusunoki (Brazil / Shimura Dojo) vs. TBA
SRS - 20,000 yen / RS - 15,000 yen / S - 9,000 yen / A - 7,000 yen / B - 5,000 yen
*500 yen more at the door.
Report by Shu Hirata