Top level talent keeps on pouring in from all over the globe – With Japanese veteran Hiroyuki Takaya joining European Fighting Challenge, another must-see bout has been added to the organization’s inaugural event in Espoo, Finland on October 1st, as Takaya faces Iraqi/Kurdish Alan Omer in a featherweight collision.
Takaya, a former WEC, Shooto, K-1 Hero’s and DREAM veteran has been around the block and fought a veritable Who’s Who of fighters in the lighter weight classes in Japan and the US. October 1st will be the first time the 39-year-old Japanese superstar competes in Europe. A professional since 2003, with a record of 21 wins, 11 losses and 2 draws, Takaya has seen it all inside the cage, as the former DREAM featherweight champion’s past opponents include the likes of Gilbert Melendez, Hatsu Hioki, Genki Sudo, Leonard Garcia and Cub Swanson. Never one to shy away from a brawl, “Streetfight Bancho” earned his nickname due to his experience in street fights, and 14 of his 21 pro wins have come by way of KO/TKO. Takaya is riding a 5-fight unbeaten streak that he will look to extend against Alan Omer.
Even though Omer, originally from Erbil, Iraq, fighting out of Stuttgart, Germany, is over a decade younger than his opponent, his resume is equally impressive. Omer’s 18-5 record includes 6 KO/TKO and 10 submission wins, 12 of those finishes coming in the first round, and he is a UFC veteran to boot. Furthermore, Omer was the inaugural BAMMA featherweight champion. Fireworks are practically guaranteed when Takaya and Omer face off, as both men are fast starters who go for the finish rather than playing it safe.
About European Fighting Challenge:
EuroFC is a new, All-European MMA promotion that offers premier MMA in the best European venues, in European prime time. The promotion aims to grow the European MMA market by speaking to both die-hard MMA fans and more casual consumers. The first three EuroFC events will take place in Espoo, Finland (October 1st, 2016); Prague, Czech Republic (February 11th, 2017); and Copenhagen, Denmark (May 6th, 2017). For more information on the organization, the fighters, the events and the venues, go to http://www.euro-fc.com/