Sunday, September 4, 2011

Pancrase Impressive Tour 8 Results & Leftovers

Takumi Nakayama is the new interim Featherweight King of Pancrase following a unanimous decision victory over Tomonari Kanomata. The Pancrase 145 lb. title was previously held and vacated by Marlon Sandro who currently fights for Bellator. After the win Nakayama took to the center of the ring where he expressed his desire to face the outgoing champion, Sandro.

As quoted in
“This belt has so much history, I’m happy to have it. But, it has the title ‘interim’ attached to it. I want to erase that part, so please let me face Marlon Sandro.”
Don't expect Sandro to answer that request. The Brazilian fighter appears to be right at home with Bellator, as he just made a Featherweight Tournament Final run. Fighting in the U.S. had been a long-time goal for Sandro who hasn't fought for Pancrase since winning the title in 2008.

Also, undefeated female fighter Rin Nakai remains flawless after fighting British fighter Danielle West to a draw. The ruling brings Nakai's unbeaten record to 10-0-1. West came into the bout with a humble 3-2 record, but as Nakai herself described it, "I haven’t had a fight that competitive before..." (Sherdog). So, either Nakai just had a bad day, the 15 lb weight difference truly played a factor, Danielle West is just that good, or this bout was an expose of how poor Nakai's previous competition has been. The solution: bring Rin Nakai to the U.S. (Strikeforce) -- Ronda Rousey, Cris 'Cyborg' Santos, Amanda Nunes, Julia Budd -- point blank, period.

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Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling
Pancrase: "Impressive Tour 9"
September 4, 2011
Differ Ariake,
Tokyo, Japan

Yusuke Kitago def. Kotaro Kazama via TKO (Punches) R1 2:06
Taichi Nakashima def. Isao Takatsu via TKO (Punches) R1 4:57
Joshua Robison vs. Toshikazu Suzuki ruled a Draw
Coro Coro def. Hiroyuki Tamura via Submission (Guillotine Choke) R2 1:33
Shiro Wakamatsu def. Shun Fukazawa via Decision (Unanimous)
Akihito Hara def. Kensaku Kaneko via Decision (Majority)
Junya Nishikawa def. Dari Rukuku via Decision (Unanimous)
Chikara Shimabukuro def. Go Yamanaka via Decision (Unanimous)
Keigo Hirayama def. Ryosuke Togashi via TKO (Punches) R1 1:20
Yuki Yasunaga def. Toshiteru Ishii via TKO (Punches) R1 4:45
Naoko Omuro vs. Kayo Nagayasu ruled a Draw
Shingo Suzuki def. Akihiro Yamazaki via Submission (Heel Hook) R1 4:01
Rin Nakai vs. Danielle West ruled a Draw
Naoyuki Kotani def. Katsuya Inoue via Submission (Armbar) R1 1:44
Tashiro Nishiuchi vs. Masahiro Oishi ruled a Draw
Shungo Oyama def. Jeong Gyo Park via KO (Punch) R1 0:11
Takumi Nakayama def. Tomonari Kanomata via Decision (Unanimous)

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