Sunabe retains Pancrase strawweight title in Tokyo

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PANCRASE 295
Date: 2018.4.15
Place:STUDIO COAST
Start 16:00 / End 20:10
URL: http://www.pancrase.co.jp/data/result/2018/0415.html
https://youtu.be/YFuagvkp8hA
UFC Fight pass: https://www.ufc.tv/video/pancrase-295

PANCRASE295 took place on 15th April 2018 at FULL HOUSE of STUDIO COAST.

Strawweight King of PANCRASE Mitsuhisa Sunabe, with 15 wins in a row. He took on former SHOOTO world champion Shinya Murofushi for his second defending fight. Murofushi has solid striking technique and at this fight his skill afflicted champ Sunabe. After the first round three judges made round score for 3-0 to Murofushi. By the second round, Murofushi put in a solid striking display and secured a standing front choke. But Sunabe fell forward to the mat with holding Murofushi’s face. Murofushi almost fainted with this impact and Sunabe pound him out. Sunabe made the large reversal.

After the fight Sunabe thanked to the challenger Murofushi and his over 140 cheer team from his hometown Shizuoka Prefecture near Mt.Fuji and declared his ambition…

“I will be PANCRASE-KING!”

At 6th fight and semi final fight Koyomi Matsushima from PANCRASEism Yokohama and Isao Kobayashi from NEVER QUIT (ONE Championship fighter Koji Ando’s gym) had a fight as a deciding fight for interim feather weight King of PANCRASE. Matsushima made 3 wins in a row and he wants to fight at UFC. Once Kobayashi fought at Bellator and also he wants to fight oversea.

Both are skilled MMA fighters and they fought high-level MMA fight. But unfortunately Matsushima’s illegual knee kick hit Kobayashi’s face at the end of 1st round and the fight was forced to stop. After this fight Kobayashi became the interim champ but the doctors found his eye socket was broken… 🙁

Satoru Kitaoka returned PANCRASE with 1 and half years absence with 3 RIZIN fights. He had 2 lose in a row at RIZIN so he really wanted to have a WIN, a winning. He has a strong character and it is so attractive. Recently Japanese internet TV station AbemaTV made TV program about his fighting life…It’s title is “ONE DAY”. It’s approx 20 min YouTube movie and made with Japanese language but we can feel how his life is… Please check it. (https://youtu.be/a4cUp1pdx8s) The oppornent Taras Sapa has nick name “The REDATOR” and 13 wins with 7 submissions.

In the fight Kitaoka tackled and got take down quickly near cage-wall. After that he passed and got side position… and got heel hold smoothly. Sapa didn’t do anything.

After the fight he appealed that “Please meet me this summer at RIZIN!”

7th Fight (Straw Weight King of PANCRASE Title Match: 5min x 5R)
Mitsuhisa Sunabe (Reversal Gym Okinawa CROSSxLINE) VS Shinya Murofushi (SUBMIT MMA)
Sunabe won by TKO at 2R 4’11”.
*Sunabe got 2,000,000- SKB Coin (Virtual Currency) as WIN-BONUS with King of PANCARSE fight!
For more info about SKB Coin… http://www.skb-coin.jp/news/

6th Fight (Interim Feather Weight King of PANCRASE Title Match: 5min x 5R)
Koyomi Matsushima (PANCRASEism Yokohama) VS Isao Kobayashi (NEVER QUIT)
Kobayashi won at 1R 4’34”. (By Matsushima’s illegal knee kick to the head of grounded oppornent.)

 

 

They are Amateur MMA Fighters (belong to JMMAF) and they won Gold medal at world amateur MMA competition last month.

 

5th Fight (Light Weight: 5min x 3R)
Satoru Kitaoka (PANCRASEism Yokohama) VS Taras Sapa (Swarm Street Fighters)
Kitaoka won by Heel Hold at 1R 4’44”.
*Kitaoka got ¥150,000- as WIN-BONUS with International-Fight!

4th Fight (Feather Weight: 5min x 3R)
Yojiro Uchimura (INGRAM) VS Juntaro Ushiku (K-Clann)
Ushiku won by 2-1/Decision.

3rd Fight (Straw Weight: 5min x 3R)
Suguru Hayasaka (CORE QUEST KUSIRO) VS Tatsuya So (Tou-shin)
SO won by Neck Lock at 1R 2’07”.

2nd Fight (Light Weight: 3min x 3R)
Shigeaki Kusayanagi (TEAM CLIMB) VS Masayuki Kikuiri (NEVER QUIT)
Kikuiri won by KO at 3R 2’34”.

1st Fight (Light Weight:3min x 3R)
Takashi Matsuoka (PANCRASEism Yokohama) VS Makoto Fukaya (Wajyutsu Keishu-Kai HEARTS)
Matsuoka won by TKO at 2R 1’10”.