PANCRASE 289 took place on 20 August 2017 at FULL HOUSE of Differ Ariake. The event included the Flyweight King of PANCRASE Title fight to decide the challenger for strawweight King of PANCRASE (Current Champ: Mitsuhisa Sunabe) and [PANCRASE VS DEEP] (A promotion competition with five fights and winner for each fight will get prize from AbemaTV.
There is an Ecosystem of MMA industry in Japan. RIZIN is the top scale promotion and PANCRASE, DEEP and SHOOTO are the middle scale promotion. Especially the competition between PANCRASE and DEEP is so hard. PANCRASE CEO Sakai-san and DEEP CEO Saeki-san made this special fighting plan and this plan was executed on this event. The 5 fights are as follows.
* Tomohiro Adaniya (DEEP) VS Yusuke Ogikubo (PANCRASE)
* Jyuri Ohara (DEEP) VS Kyosuke Yokoyama (PANCRASE)
* Ariya “Monkey” Shibata (DEEP) VS Yuki Yasunaga (PANCRASE)
* Toshiaki Kitada (DEEP) VS Kenta Takizawa (PANCRASE)
* Ryuta Sakurai (DEEP) VS Hikaru Sato (PANCRASE)
Challenger for King of PANCRASE Senzo is a unusual MMA fighter. Just tricky like a Bluce Lee. Too much feinting to the oppornent. Never groung fighting. Turned over from pro-boxing with 8 fight – eight wins. And recently six wins on seven fights. On the other hand champion Mamoru is a typical MMA fighter with good striking, wrestling and ground fight skill. So this fight was like a different martial arts fight in an early days. Finally Senzo dominated all 5×5 rounds and became a champ.
Shin’ya Murofushi from SHOOTO is also a total fighter like Mamoru and the opponent fighter Ozuka is also like Senzo using many feinting. (from same gym. FREEDOM@OZ) The fight was a bloody one with Murofushi’s solid strike to Ozuka’s face. With this winning Murofushi got the title shot of Straw-weight King of PANCRASE against Mitsuhisa Sunabe.
Koyomi Matsushima who changed the base gym from AACC to Satoru Kitaoka’s PANCRASEism Yokohama has been wishing to fight at UFC strongly and he got the chance to fight against the former UFC fighter Yusuke Kasuya. So Matsushima and we audience would be able to check his current MMA-advance to compete at UFC thru this fight. (I think PANCRASE is one of the strong critical path to world MMA includes UFC.) Thru this fight Matsushima dominated stand-battlefield and ground-battle field and he won. After the fight he appealed that he likes to become a champ but he really wanna fight at UFC softly but strongly.
14th Fight (Flyweight King of Pancreas Title Match: 5min x 5R)
Mamoru (Shooting Gym Yokohama) VS Senzo (FREEDOM@OZ)
Senzo won by 3-0/Decision.
13th Fight (Strawweight: 5min x 3R)
Shinya Murofushi (SUBMIT MMA) VS Seiji Ozuka (FREEDOM@OZ)
Murofushi won by 2-1/Decision.
*Murofushi got the right to fight the title-shot! (VS Mitsuhisa Sunabe)
12th Fight (Featherweight: 5min x 3R)
Koyomi Matsushima (PANCRASEism Yokohama) VS Yusuke Kasuya (Sogo Kakuto-GI Dojo CROWM)
Matsushima won by 3-0/Decision.
11th Fight (Welterweight: 5min x 3R)
Kenta Takagi (Reversal GYM Kawaguchi REDIPS) VS Takashi Sato (TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)
Sato won by TKO at 1R 3’57”.
10th Fight (Featherweight: 5min x 3R)
ISAO (Sakaguchi Dojo ICHIZOKU) VS Kyle Aguon (SPIKE22)
Aguon won by 2-1/Decision.
PANCRASE CEO Sakai-san and DEEP CEO Saki-san never shook hands in public because this completion was draw and will continue for future. Abe and Kondo appealed to fight at UFC next month.
9th Fight (PANCRASE VS DEEP- 5th and Final Match/Middle Weight: 3min x 3R)
Hikaru Sato (PANCRASE Mission) VS Ryuta Sakurai (R-BLOOD)
Sakurai won by TKO at 2R 0’23”.
*PANCRASE got 2 wins, DEEP got 2 wins and 1 No contest.
So -PANCRASE VS DEEP- Competition was DRAW.
8th Fight (PANCRASE VS DEEP- 4th Match/Bantam Weight: 5min x 3R)
Kenta Takizawa (Reversal GYM Tokyo Standout) VS Toshiaki Kitada (PARAESTRA Chiba)
Takizawa won by TKO at 2R 0’46”.
7th Fight (PANCRASE VS DEEP- 3rd Match/Fly Weight: 3min x 3R)
Yuki Yasunaga (Tokyo Yellowmans) VS Ariya “Monkey” Shibata (BLOWS)
Shibata won by 3-0/Decision.
6th Fight (PANCRASE VS DEEP- 2nd Match/Feather Weight: 3min x 3R)
Kyosuke Yokoyama (KRAZY BEE) VS Jyuri Ohara (KIBA Martial Arts Club)
No Contest due to low-blow to Ohara at 2R 2’45”.
5th Fight (PANCRASE VS DEEP- 1st Match/Fly Weight: 3min x 3R)
Yusuke Ogikubo (K-PLACE Saitama Kakutogi-Dojo) VS Tomohiro Adaniya (Toh-shin)
Ogikubo won by 3-0/Decision.
4th Fight (Bantamweight: 5min x 3R)
Nobuki Fujii (ALLIANCE) VS Richard Vaculik (Gracie Humaita/Australia)
Fujii won by Choke Sleeper at 1R 3’42”.
*Fujii got ¥150,000- as WIN-BONUS with International-Fight!
3rd Fight (Flyweight: 5min x 3R)
Masatatsu Ueda (Ogata Dojo) VS Tohru Ogawa (TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)
Ueda won by 2-1/Decision.
2nd Fight (Strawweight: 5min x 3R)
Hiroaki Ijima (GUTSMAN) VS Ryo Hatta (STRIPLE OHANA)
Ijima won by 3-0/Decision.
1st Fight (Featherweight:3min x 3R)
Takashi Matsuoka (PANCRASEism Yokohama) VS Kouta Kondo (Hybrid Wrestling Yamada-Dojo)
Kondo won by 2-1/Decision.