Sunabe defends strawweight belt, looks beyond Pancrase

Mitsuhisa Sunabe retains his Pancrase strawweight title.

Pancrase 283 took place on 18 December 2016 at the Differ Ariake in Tokyo.

Strawweight King of Pancrase Mitsuhisa Sunabe, who has not recorded a loss since August 2011, took on Daichi Kitakata from Inagaki-Gumi in Osaka and is described “the masterpiece” of Inagaki-Gumi.

At the end of first round Kitakana’s solid striking split Sunabe’s left eye. After receiving the green light from medical staff, Sunabe stepped up a gear to win the bout.

Former Bellator fighter and King of Pancrase Isao returned to Pancrase after more than a year away to meet former WEC fighter and DREAM featherweight Champion Takaya.

During the fight ISAO’s jabs and left low kicks were effective to Takaya, he has strong fist and wants to fight with close distance.

Matsushima, a newcomer to Pancrase, took on former Sengoku champion and featherweight king of Pancrase. Early of the 1st round Matsushima threw karate-style kicks from long distance and tackled him to the cage-side.

But cool-headed Marlon confirmed to use elbow attack to the referee and struck his elbow to the Matsushima’s side-head many times. And Matsushima downed… it was the end. Marlon Sandro could revenge his frustration of his last loss.

Main Event (Straw Weight Title Match:5min x 5R)Mitsuhisa Sunabe (Reversal Gym OKINAWA CROSSxLINE) VS Daichi Kitakata (PANCRASE Inagaki-Gumi)
Sunabe won by Rear-choke at 2R 0’48”.

Sunabe defends champion-belt, continues 15 win streak. Subane also received ¥1,000,000 as win bonus.

Rin Nakai also announced she will face Kanako Murata at the Rizin NYE show and disclosed her New fight costume and sponsor’s character “Hani-ton-kun” (Honey Toast boy).

New clobber: Rin Nakai will return for Rizin NYE show.

Semi Final (Featherweight:5min x 3R)
ISAO (Sakaguchi Dojo Ichizoku) VS Hiriyuki Takaya (Takaya Gundan)
ISAO won by 3-0/Decision.

10th Fight (Featherweight:5min x 3R)
Koyomi Matsushima (AACC) VS Marlon Sandro (NOVA UNIAO)
Marlon won by TKO at 1R 2’51”.

9th Fight (Feather Weight:5min x 3R)
Yojiro Uchimura (INGRAM) VS Hanzo Tanaka (Shooting GYM Yokohama)
Tanaka won by 3-0/Decision.

8th Fight (Flyweight:5min x 3R)
Takeshi Kasugai (Shimura Dojo) VS Rogerio Bontorin (Team Gile Ribeiro)
NO CONTEST due to Rogerio’s missed weight by 3.6kg.

7th Fight (Flyweight:3min x 3R)
Ryuichi Miki (CAVE) VS Takahiro Furumaki (PARAESTRA Hachioji)
Furumaki won by 3-0/Decision.

6th Fight (Flyweight:3min x 3R)
Yusuke Ogikubo (K-PLACE Saitama Kakutogi-Dojo) VS Yuya Wakamatsu (TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A)
Wakamatsu won by 2-1/Decision.

5th Fight (Lightweight:5min x 3R)
Joao Batista Yoshimura (TS GYM) VS Genpei Hayashi (Wajyutsu Keishu-kai IGGY HAND’S GYM)
This fight was cancelled due to Yoshimura’s missed weight by 10.8kg. 10.8kg!!!
PANCRASE declared that PANCRASE will NEVER offer to Yoshimura.

WATCH: Weigh-in tentions

4th Fight (Fly Weight:3min x 3R)
Seiji Ozuka (FREEDOM@OZ) VS Yuya Kodama (Wajyutsu Keishu-kai Toikatsu Dojo)
Ozuka won by TKO at 2R 1’34”.

3rd Fight (Bantam Weight:3min x 3R)
TSUNE (Reversal Gym Shinjyuku Me,We) VS Ryo Yamaguchi (PANCRASEism Yokohama)
TSUNE won by 3-0/Decision.

2nd Fight (Bantam Weight:3min x 3R)
Daiki Gojima (GUTSMAN) VS Mizuki Sakamoto (Sogo-Kakutogi Uruno Dojo)
Gojima won by TKO at 3R 2’09”.

1st Fight (Feather Weight:3min x 3R)
Takashi Matsuoka (PANCRASEism Yokohama) VS Motoshi Miyaji (PARAESTRA Matsudo)
Wakamatsu won by TKO at 3R 2’52”.