Muay Thai Gorilla “T-98” takes the KO at Pancrase 301

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IMMAF Bantamweight Silver Medalist Reo Yamaguchi at Pancrase 301. Photo: Ryuto.

There were a few big finishes at Pancrase 301, there was also Muay Thai. For the first time Pancrase was headlined by Muay Thai fight as part of a new partnership with Rise.

Former Rajadamnern stadium champion Takuya “T-98” Imamura took on former J-Network and Bigbang titleholder Ichiyo Morimoto and boy did they put on a show. After almost five epic rounds, the fight ended as Imamura knocked down Ichiyo Morimoto with just three seconds remaining in the final round.

The co-main saw Salimkhan Sadulloev finish top-ranked lightweight Akira Okada with a spinning back elbow. With the win Sadulloev moves to 6-3, with all five of his previous coming inside the opening round.

Japanese strawweight Ayaka Miura (7-2) also locked in her third consecutive win for Pancrase, with a decision victory over Tarciara Santos (2-3).

Also in attendance was Reo Yamaguchi, a Silver Medalist of IMMAF 2018, who thanked Pancrase for his support. Yamaguchi was one of just several medalists in the 2018 IMMAF Amateur World Championships and despite some speculation about his move to a professional MMA career, Yamaguchi said he has ambitions to remain with IMMAF and rise to become Gold Medal Champion.

13th Fight (70kg Kickboxing Rule: 3min x 5R)
T-98 (Crosspoint Kichijyoji) VS Ichiro Morimoto (Regrus Ikebukuro)
T-98 won by TKO at 5R 2’18”.

Muay Thai
Muay Thai: Takuya Imamura def. Ichiyo Morimoto
TKO (three knockdowns) at 2:58 of R5

Lightweight
Salimkhan Sadulloev def. Akira Okada
KO (spinning back elbow) at 0:19 of R2

Strawweight
Ayaka Miura def. Tarciara Santos
Unanimous decision

Strawweight
Anthony Do def. Ryo Hatta
TKO (strikes) at 2:08 of R3

Featherweight
Yuki Nagai def. Tatsunori Yotsuya
Unanimous decision

Featherweight
Yoshinori Horie def. Masaya Takita
TKO (strikes) at 3:58 of R1

Bantamweight
Yoko Higashi def. Sheindel Salomon
TKO (doctor stoppage) at 1:32 of R1

Strawweight
Tatsuya So def. Hiroaki Ijima
TKO (doctor stoppage) at 4:38 of R3

Featherweight
Juntaro Ushiku def. Kota Kondo
Unanimous Decision

WelterWeight
Kunio Nakamura def. Masaru Fujiwara
TKO, doctor stoppage after R1

LightWeight
Kosuke Kindaichi def. Takashi Matsuoka
KO (strikes) at 2:59 of R1

BantamWeight
Daiki Gojima def. Tadahiro Harada
TKO (Punches) at 1:24 of R3

Middleweight
Ikkei Nagamura def. Yuji Arai
Submission (armbar) at 2:14 of R2

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