Jesus is Lord fighter and local Destiny MMA champion Robby “Supernatural” Ostovich is scheduled for a lightweight “tryout” bout at PANCRASE 266 in Tokyo on April 26th.
“I’m very excited to compete for the Pancrase fans of Japan in my debut, Also having an opportunity to represent My Lord Jesus, Hawaii and Jesus Is Lord Gym is a dream come true. I will be ready to perform to the best of my ability worthy of such a great organization.” - Robby "Supernatural" Ostovich.
Ostovich (3-1-0) is slated for a 155 pound match up against Japanese fighter Keigo Hirayama (18-15-7). Ostovich has been climbing the lightweight ranks since his amateur debut in 2011. After a 8-2-0 amateur career complete with multiple belt titles, the native of the Oahu west side made his leap to the professional arena in 2013.
“Japanese do not have any stereotypes of how Hawaiian fighters fight. Of course we have seen BJ Penn, but as far as the difference styles of fighting go, we will let Robby show us on April 26th.”- Masakazu Sakai, PANCRASE CEO.
The Japanese MMA promotion PANCRASE has teamed up with one of Hawaii’s longest running MMA schools in a partnership designed to increase exposure for fighters across the islands. Jesus is Lord has agreed to promote PANCRASE MMA throughout Hawaii, which will include holding tryout competitions and recruiting professional fighter for the promotion. Successful bouts could hold the opportunity for multi-fight contracts with the promotion.
“I'm very happy to announce that PANCRASE has made a new partnership deal with the legendary Hawaiian MMA gym, Jesus Is Lord. Hawaii has many gifted young fighters and I hope to see many of them fight in PANCRASE and go on to become champions. I look forward to working in close cooperation with Robert (Ostovich), getting PANCRASE broadcast on local television in Hawaii, as well as recruiting Hawaiian fighters for future events there.” - Masakazu Sakai, PANCRASE CEO.
HISTORY OF PANCRASE
Though the premier Japanese Mixed Martial Arts promotion “PANCRASE” was first established in 1993, the origin of the warrior spirit it conveys is founded in the ancient Greek sport of “pankration” which was introduced into the Olympics in 648 B.C.
This ancient event has been adapted into a modern-day athletic competition for martial artist of all disciplines to show their skills in the increasingly popular combat sport known as mixed martial arts or MMA.
The original format of the promotion, upon its inception at the hands of professional wrestlers Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki, lent itself more toward a professional wrestling format before transitioning to the rule set adopted in 2000 to align more with other MMA organizations. Rather than the traditional title of “champion,” top ranked fighters are dubbed the “King of PANCRASE.” Some such previous royalty includes former UFC fighters Ken Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Frank Shamrock, Josh Barnett and Guy Mezger. The promotion plans to add “Queens of PANCRASE” to their roster in the near future.
Most athletes come in to the PANCRASE cage with skills derived from a number of marital arts and combat sports, some of the most popular of which include; wrestling, judo, jiu jitsu, muay thai, kickboxing, karate and boxing to name a few. Matches between evenly sized opponents can be won by knockout, submission, referee stoppage or judges decision according to the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts.
For more information contact: Bob Ostovich – Jesus Is Lord Head