Pancrase – Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 2

 October 14, 1993 The Tsuyuhashi Sports Center, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.

This event follows the inaugural Pancrase event by only three weeks and features nine of the ten fighters that were involved last time out. The fights below, plus thousands of others are available on UFC Fight Pass. If you would like to sign up for a subscription (which I heartily recommend) you would be greatly supporting MMA Flashback by clicking on the banner above.

The only new addition to the card is Dutchman Joop van de Ven, who is facing Katsuomi Inagaki. Van de Ven drops Inagaki with the first straight right he throws and follows up with some slaps that echo around the arena. The Dutchman is clearly the stronger man and is getting the edge in both the striking and grappling exchanges. There’s a break as van de Ven forgets to open his hand and lands a punch and as they restart, both men are landing heavy shots. Inagaki attempts to throw van de Ven but ends up on the bottom back mounted. Several times the fighters get tangled up in the ropes and the referee restarts them standing. van de Ven seems to be struggling with the language barrier and the rules. Following a restart, Inagaki unloads a barrage that puts van de Ven down. He seems fairly compos mentis on the ground while receiving his count and it looks like he decides he’d rather just not bother anymore and give it up as a bad life choice.

BasNext up is Takaku Fuke against El Guapo; Bas Rutten, who has a big “R” drawn on each hand to remind him to relax, as in theory, there’s a 10 minute time limit on the bout and he doesn’t want to blow out too soon. He opens up with a front hick which doesn’t quite connect, and Fuke charges in for a takedown. Bas attempts a guillotine, but has no guard and can’t hold on. Fuke pops out, briefly mounts, then rolls for an arm bar. Bas reaches out for the ropes which causes a standing restart (each fighter gets a maximum of 5 of those in a bout, but loses points for it). They go straight back to the canvas, and again, Bas attempts a guillotine from the bottom, but again without guard, so Fuke pulls out. He again attempts to grab an arm, but this time fails and as they get back to their feet, eats a knee to the face from Bas. They clinch and Bas brings up another knee to the liver. It shuts Fuke down and he rolls up into a foetal while the referee counts down to 9. He attempts to spring to his feet at 10, but his body won’t let him and he collapses back to the floor. Two in a row for El Guapo.

FunakiOur third fight is Pancrase co-founder Masakatsu Funaki, who lost to Ken Shamrock in the previous event’s headliner. He’s facing Ryushi Yanagisawa, himself coming off a loss to Bas Rutten. The pair exchange sledge hammer roundhouse kicks to the body, with Yanagisawa coming off worst and ending up on his back taking a count. They re-engage on the feet and Funaki is having the better of it. As Yanagisawa covers up, Funaki reaches down and grabs a leg, taking the fight to the ground. He works for an ankle lock and as he starts cranking, Yanagisawa reaches for the ropes which gets them stood back up, but only briefly. Fugaki has the fight straight back down, and this time cranks a knee bar so far, Yanagisawa can almost taste his boot when he’s tapping. Great fight.

The penultimate bout is Vernon White against undoubtedly the most intense looking dude on the card; Minouri Suzuki. After exchanging kicks, the fight briefly goes to the ground, but White grabs the ropes to get a stand up. Back on their feet, White starts to grow in confidence, throwing a variety of spinning kicks, so Suzuki takes him to the ground where he clearly has the advantage. There’s another stand up when White manages to find the ropes with his feet. Following a third standing exchange punctuated by a huge spinning head kick by White, they go back to the ground, and in a transition to a possible arm attempt, Suzuki manages to catch White’s head in a leg scissor and almost snaps his neck before getting the tap. Not a submission you’ll see very often.

kenThe main event is Ken Shamrock vs Kazou Takahashi. Compared to the other fast fights, this one is a back and forth marathon, with both men having success standing and grappling. Ken maybe has a slight edge, being a little heavier handed and a little stronger on the ground, but Takahashi has his successes too. Half way through the bout, Ken secures an arm triangle from the bottom and reverses Takahashi, who reaches out for the ropes with a foot and the referee breaks them for a stand up. Before he can prise Ken off, Takahashi is asleep. The referee gives Takahashi a little time to wake up, then issues Ken a yellow card warning for holding on after the instruction to break. On the next ground exchange, Ken almost secures the same arm triangle choke, but again, the ropes save Takahashi.  Ken follows up by felling Takahashi with a clean straight right hand, but Takahashi makes the count. Ken starts to become steadily more dominant from this point on, both striking and grappling. Takahashi throws everything he has into a knee bar attempt, but from 50/50 position comes off worst and almost loses his own leg. The referee restarts them on their feet after getting caught up in the ropes, but Takahashi looks like he’s struggling to stand. Ken batters Takahashi striking, and when they go to the ground again, he’s straight to work on a heel hook which gets a quick tap. Excellent work by Ken and a really good showing by both fighters.

Event Highlights

Minouri Suzuki’s leg scissors submission, Ken Shamrock being a boss and Bas Rutten being awesome as always.



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