Too bad. Here is the fighter who defeated Satoru Kitaoka, a former Sengoku lightweight champion and the winner of the very first Sengoku lightweight GP, back in January of this year.
Sure that was a welterweight bout but we all know both Kitaoka and Katsuya Inoue actually belong to the lightweight category. However since Inoue won that fight, he was chosen to fight in DREAM but faced Nick Diaz in the welterweight bout and got demolished. On the other hand, Kitaoka went on to compete in the Sengoku lightweight GP, ended up winning the whole thing, and captured a right to fight Takanori Gomi for the inaugural 70 kg U under belt.
Yes all the credit should go to Kitaoka for winning, and beating Gomi in less than two minutes at the title fight. However it’s ironic that Inoue is the one who won that fight earlier this year to determine who would go to the "major leagues" and Inoue won but that forced him to stay at the welterweight division.
After Inoue lost in DREAM he finally went down to the lightweight category, and immediately, started to kick ass in Pancrase. Defeating UFC vet Koji Oishi to capture the lightweight King of Pancrase title, he then defended against Daisuke "13" Hanazawa, then went on to fight Mizuto Hirota to a draw in Cage Force. And everyone knows that Hirota went on to fight Kitaoka, winning in a decision, and now Hirota is the champion in Sengoku.
Two fighters Ioue fought this year, became Sengoku lightweight champions, but Inoue just never got a call from Sengoku. Then in the August Pancrase show, Inoue faced MAKISHI (Maximo Blanco) to defend his King of Pancrase title but fell short to this wrestler from Venezuela.
MAKISHI actually dominated Inoue from the beginning. MAKISHI was able to shoot in, easily taking Inoue to the floor, basically controlling with ground and pound. On top of this, at the end of 1st round, MAKISHI was hurt but landed a stiff right hook, then in the beginning of the second round, Inoue was backed off with a hard right body shot. Inoue really couldn’t do anything.
MAKISHI sometime threw Capoeira kicks but overall the fighter under the Sengoku contract was calm and cautious. However, suddenly at the last 30 seconds mark in the second round, MAKISHI exploded. Inoue got hit with a hard left hook and that put him against the ropes, he then got hit again with a hard right hook by MAKISHI, and he was down on the floor. MAKISHI chased Inoue with a couple more punches and it was all over.
Now MAKISHI is the new King of Pancrase and because of this loss, Inoue, probably won’t get a call from Sengoku.
After defeating Kitoka, and taking Hirota to a draw, Inoue, now lost another opportunity. On the contrary, MAKISHI, now with a win over "the man who defeated Kitaoka" now has the right to compete in the top level of Sengoku’s lightweight category.
Anyone can guess that since he is managed by Sengoku, MAKISHI would go and fight in Sengoku very soon.
Unfortunately for Inoue, he became a classic case of a victim of the "wrong timing" and now would have to win at least a couple more times in Cage Force or Pancrase or Shooto (or Vale Tudo Japan) shows to keep his hope of fighting in the "major leagues" alive.
Saturday, August 8th, 2009
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
Yuki Kondo (Japan / Pancrase-ism) vs. Kim Ki-Beom (Korea / Pancrase Korea MMAchoman)
Winner: 1R 1’52" Yuki Kondo by TKO (kick to the body and punches)
11th Match – Middleweight King of Pancrase Title Match 5 min / 3R
Izuru Takeuchi (Japan / SK Absolute) vs. Takenori Sato (Japan / Laughter 7)
Winner: 3R Draw (29-29, 28-27, 29-29)
10th Match – Lightweight King of Pancrase Title Match 5 min / 3R
Katsuya Inoue (Japan / Wajiu-tsu Keishukai RJW) vs. MAKISHI (Venezuela / SENGOKU)
Winner: 2R 4’38" MAKISHI by TKO (punches on the ground)
Koji Oishi (Japan / Pancrase-ism) vs. Felipe Olivieri (Brazil / Nova Uniao)
Winner: 2R 5’00" Koji Oishi by Decision (20-19, 20-20, 20-19)
Kenji Arai (Japan / Pancrase-ism) vs. Takumi Murata (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai A-3)
Winner: 2R 5’00" Kenji Arai by Decision (20-19, 20-19, 20-19)
Masahiro Toryu (Japan / Pancrase-ism) vs. Kousei Kubota (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo Family)
Tomonari Kanomata (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji) vs. Tashihiro Nichiuchi (Japan / Nova Uniao Japan)
Winner: 2R Draw (20-19, 20-20, 19-19)
Kenichi Serizawa (Japan / RJW Central) vs. ERIYA (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo)
Winner: 1R 2’02" ERIYA by TKO (soccer kicks)
Hirotaka Tomiyama (Japan / Pancrase P’s LAB Yokohama) vs. ISAO (Japan / TEAM Sakaguchi Dojo)
Winner: 1R 4’58" ISAO by TKO (punches)
3rd Match – Neo Blood Tournament Featherweight Final 5 min / 2R
Shigeyuki Uchiyaama (Japan / GRABAKA Gym) vs. Akira Saito (Japan / Paraestra Sendai)
Winner: 2R 5’00" Shigeyuki Uchiyama by Decision (20-18, 20-19 , 20-19)
2nd Match – Neo Blood Tournament Bantamweight Final 5 min / 2R
Ryota Sasaki (Japan / BAD ASS 13) vs. Nobuhiro Yoshitake (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi)
Winner: 2R 5’00" Ryota Sasaki by Decision (19-19, 20-19, 20-19)
1st Match – Neo Blood Tournament Flyweight Final 5 min / 2R
Yuichirou Yajima (Japan / Zendokai Headquarters – Team ZST) vs. Kiyotaka Shimizu (Japan / SK Absolute)
Winner: 2R 5’00" Kiyotaka Shimizu by Decision (19-20, 19-20, 20-20)
Asaki Honda (Japan / Pancrase P’s LAB) vs. Shingo Suzuki (Japan / ALLIANCE)
Winner: 1R 0’42" Shingo Suzuki by Submission (rear naked choke)
Juntaro Ami (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai A-3) vs. Flavio Tanaka (Japan / Nova Uniao)
Winner: 1R 0’42" Juntaro Ami by Submission (achilles lock)
Keigo Hirayama (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji – Team ZST) vs. Junichi Ota (Japan / GOKITA Gym)
Winner: 2R 5’00" DRAW (0-0)
Hideo Matsui (Japan / Karate do Zendo-kai Nagano Branch) vs. Yusuke Kawanago (Japan / Akimoto Dojo Revolution)
Winner: 2R 4’46" Yusuke Kawanago by KO (flying knee)
Shoko Sato (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo) vs. Ryo Saito (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai TLIVE)
Winner: 1R 1’40" Shoko Sato by TKO (punches)
Toshihiro Shimizu (Japan / Uruno Dojo – Team ZST) vs. Daisuke Tsujita (Japan / Akimoto Dojo Revolution)
Winner: 2R 1’04" Toshihiro Shimizu by Submission (rear naked choke)
PIC: With this right hook MAKISHI floored Katsuya Inoue to capture The King of Pancrase title at the lightweight category.