Pancrase 295: Sunabe remains Strawweight King of Pancrase

Mitsuhisa Sunabe celebrates his title defense. Photo: Akihito Tatematsu.

Pancrase 295 took place on 15 April 2018 at Studio Coast.

Strawweight King of Pancrase Mitsuhisa Sunabe, with 15 wins in a row, took on former Shooto world champion Shinya Murofushi for his second title defense.

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 his challenger Murofushi and his massive team of 140 fans from his hometown Shizuoka Prefecture – all of whom where in attendance.

“I will be Pancrase King,” he screamed.

The 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 now has three wins in a row and he wants to fight at UFC. Once Kobayashi fought at Bellator and also he wants to fight overseas.

Both are skilled MMA fighters and they fought high-level MMA fight. But unfortunately Matsushima’s illegal 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 to Pancrase after more than a year away from the promotion. He has three RIZIN fights, but lost two. The opponent Taras Sapa has nick name “The REDATOR” and 13 wins with 7 submissions.

In the fight Kitaoka tackled and got take down quickly near the cage. 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.”

Pancrase 295 results and photos

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 Pancrase fight

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”.