“King of Pancrase” onBodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat
For Immediate Release
September 27, 2007
Yoshiki Takahashi’s heavy hands and aggressive fighting style have earned him the reputation of being Japan’s biggest brawler. Strange perhaps, considering the Chiba native was better known for his wrestling skills before embarking on a decorated career in mixed martial arts.
“I was actually recruited by a Japanese pro-wrestling organization called Fujiwara-gumi,” recalls the 37-year-old fighter. “But I decided instead to follow Pancrase co-founder Masakatsu Funaki into MMA.”
Now in his thirteenth year as a professional Takahashi can feel proud about what he has accomplished. In 2001, he became the first heavyweight “King of Pancrase” under full MMA rules. Josh Barnett, Bas Rutten, and Ken Shamrock have all held this esteemed title.
However, success hasn’t always been easy to come by for Takahashi. As a natural 215-pound light-heavyweight, he has often fought well above his weight class at the request of promoters eager to capitalize on his popularity. Giving up major pounds to opponents like Igor Vovchanchyn and Heath Herring means Takahashi’s professional record (28-20-3) carries defeats uncharacteristic of a fighter with his ability.
Yoshiki TakahashiNeedless to say, this Japanese warrior will be anxious to add a win to his record when he squares off against Mark Burch this Tuesday, October 2 at 9 p.m. and midnight EST when Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat continues in Canada on The Score Television Network.
Unlike Takahashi, Mark Burch has fought for Bodog Fight before, losing to Mario Rinaldi by decision in the inaugural series. That loss is one of only two defeats in nine fights for the 37-year-old from Portage, Indiana.
Coincidentally, Burch earned a victory over Serbian fighter Miodrag ‘Pele’ Petkovich, who will take on Arizona’s Kellen Flukiger in other Bodog Fight action.
The 35-year-old Petkovic, who now fights out of Chicago, has an MMA record of 13-5-1, while the 26-year-old Flukiger is a former All-American wrestler making his pro MMA debut.
Don’t miss Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat, airing Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 p.m. and midnight EST in Canada on The Score. The Score
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