King of Pancrase Shintaro Ishiwatari has announced that he will be welcoming Caol Uno back to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts at an as of yet named Shooto event on September 30 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Ishiwatari (13-4) is currently on a five-fight unbeaten streak, which saw him crowned the Bantamweight King of Pancrase in December of last year against Manabu Inoue. The champion then defended his title on two occasions, taking unanimous decision wins over Tashiro Nishiuchi and Nobutaka Hiyoshi. Ishiwatari found a level of notoriety in 2008 when Kazuhiro Ito locked up an armbar on him, the man from Osaka then lifted him into the air, slamming him face first onto the mat, knocking him unconscious and making the front page of Break.com.
A pioneer in lightweight MMA, Uno (26-15) has tasted victory just once since 2008. “Uno Shoten” retired last September after being separated from consciousness by a head kick from perennial Japanese featherweight Takeshi “Lion” Inoue at DREAM 17. Uno now looks to find new life at bantamweight, his second drop in weight in as many years. Uno holds notable career victories over Mitsuhiro Ishida, Hideo Tokoro, Din Thomas, Yves Edwards, and Hideo Tokoro. Uno also once challenged for the UFC Lightweight Title, going to a draw with B.J. Penn in 2003.