The MLW Middleweight Championship will once again be defended outside of the promotion in early-2022.
On Thursday morning, Major League Wrestling (MLW) announced that Middleweight Champion Yoshihiro Tajiri will be defending his title against highly-regarded British contender Jody Fleisch at the World Pro Wrestling (WPW) event scheduled for Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Cheltenham Town Hall in Cheltenham, England.
The 2/19 interpromotional match will mark the second time that “The Japanese Buzzsaw” has put his MLW Middleweight Championship on-the-line outside of MLW, as the ECW Original successfully defended the belt against Atsuki Aoyagi at the All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) event back on November 28, 2021 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
MLW.com released the following announcement regarding the Tajiri-Fleisch bout for the 2/19 WPW show in England:
Tajiri to defend title in UK
Britain’s top ranked Jody Fleisch set to challenge for the title
Following his historic win over Atsuki Aoyagi to retain the World Middleweight Championship, Yoshihiro Tajiri has lined up another high profile title defense.
Cesar Duran has fast tracked another interpromotional championship bout, this time with the champ defending in the United Kingdom against top ranked British grappler Jody Fleisch. World Pro Wrestling will host the high profile title bout.
This marks the second international title defense by the World Middleweight Champion, with All Japan Pro Wrestling hosting the first title bout.
MLW.com has confirmed cameras will be rolling for this historic championship bout in the event a title change occurs.
In speaking with the “Japanese Buzzsaw,” Tajiri informed MLW.com that his goal as champion is to defend the world championship against the top ranked wrestlers of each country.
Will Tajiri continue his impressive reign as champion? Will Fleisch be crowned the first British world champ in MLW? Find out Saturday, February 19th.
Tajiri to defend title in UK https://t.co/tcCpu5qBGU
— MLW (@MLW) December 30, 2021
WRESTLING NEWS REACTION & DISCUSSION
* For late-breaking WWE & AEW news & rumors, follow our social media reporter on Twitter @MattBoone0709
* Follow the official eWrestling account on Twitter @eWrestlingCOM
* Follow the official eWrestling Facebook page at Facebook.com/eWrestlingCOM
* Chat with other fans about this article in the official eWrestling Disqus feed below, or at Disqus.com/home/forums/http-ewrestling-com