The agreement provides fighters from both organizations opportunities to fight in the U.S. and Japan.
“It’s an honor to be able to partner with Pancrase, one of MMA’s most storied promotions,” Invicta president Shannon Knapp said in a press release. “In addition to all past and present ‘Kings and Queens of Pancrase,’ pioneers and contemporary stars alike have passed through the Pancrase organization at one time or another. Through our talent-sharing agreement, we hope to be able to capitalize on the wealth of female fighters being developed by both Invicta and Pancrase in a mutually beneficial way.”
Pancrase was formed in 1993, with hall-of-fame fighters such as Ken Shamrock and Bas Rutten as former competitors.
“From this partnership, the world’s best fighters from Invicta will get an opportunity to fight in Pancrase, and at the same time, Japanese fighters will get to experience fighting Invicta fighters that are at the world level,” Pancrase president Masakazu Sakai added. “In addition, Japanese fighters would get a chance to fight in Invicta. This might open the door for fans in Japan to see Japanese fighters under the Invicta contract, such as Mizuki and Takayo Hashi to fight in Japan as well. Both Invicta FC and Pancrase are currently on UFC Fight Pass and by exchanging fighters we are looking to increase opportunities for fighters to compete more often.”
Terms for the deal were not disclosed.