In the headliner of Pancrase 269 ISAO scored takedowns in all three rounds and defeated Will Chope via unanimous decision.
Right from the beginning, ISAO never allowed Chope to utilize a reach advantage. Former lightweight King of Pancrase closed in, pushed UFC veteran to the cage for a takedown. ISAO struggled a bit for first two minutes or also but after he was able to take the top, dropped a very effective elbows and punches in the first round, he looked very comfortable rest of the fight.
After the fight ISAO told the fans, "I wanted to finish him, I was looking for KO or submission win….but I couldn't do it."
The Pancrase debut fight of the former Shooto world champion Mamoru was the co-main of the show.
Mamoru face a veteran from Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Yokohama Dojo named Yusuke Kitago. Although Kitago's best chance was in grappling and ground battles, for the entire three rounds, these two engaged in a striking battle. Or, the other way to describe this fight is, Mamoru didn't allow Kitago to take this fight to the ground.
In the first round, Mamoru landed bunch of kicks to the leg, and a left hook that backed off Kitago. Mamoru also dictated the pace in the clinch, landed series of knee shots.
The second round was all Mamoru. Dictated the pace left kick to the body followed by right-left combinations. Kitao tried to counter with left jab and left kick to the legs but in the process, took a bunch of kicks to the body.
The final round was basically the same. Mamoru controlled the fight with his hands and kicks to the body. There weren't so many significant strikes landed but Mamoru certainly landed more strikes than Kitago.
Sunday, August 9th. 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
The Main Event – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
ISAO (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo) vs Will Chope (USA / Jaggauernut Fight Club)
Winner: 3R ISAO by Decision (30-27, 30-27 30-27)
Co-Main Super-flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yusuke Kitago (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai Yokohama Dojo) vs Mamoru (Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama)
Winner: 3R Mamoru by Decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29)
9th Match – Light-heavyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Hikaru Sato (Japan / Pancrase MISSION) vs Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch (USA / Team Cannon)
Winner: 1R 1'36" Hikaru Sato by Submission (armbar)
8th Match – Open-weight Bout 3 min / 3R
Mitsuyoshi Nakai (Japan / Freelance) vs Eric Prindle (USA / Team Death Clutch)
Winner: 2R 0'40" Eric Prindle by TKO (g n p)
7th Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yoshiaki "Bancho" Takahashi (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji) vs Kenichiro Togashi (Japan / Paraestra Hiroshima)
Winner: 2R 4'52" Kenichirou Togashi by Submission (triangle choke)
6th Match – Featherweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Issei Tamura (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs Hikaru Hasumi (Japan / Paraestra Tochigi)
Winner: 3R Issei Tamura by Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
5th Match – Middleweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuki Niimura (Japan / TEAM CLIMB) vs Ryan Bigler (USA / Spike)
Winner: 1R 3'12" Yuki Niimura by TKO (knee strike from muay thai clinch followed by g n p)
4th Match – Light-Flyweight Title Qualifier Tournament Final 5 min / 3R
Hiroyuki Abe (Japan / Dragon Tail) vs Masakazu Utsuki (Japan / Paraestra Furukawa)
Winner: 3R Hiroyuki Abe by Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
3rd Match – Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kenta Takagi (Japan / Reversal Gym Kawaguchi REDIPS) vs Takashi "Ten" Sato (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)
Winner: 1R 2'27" Kenta Takagi by KO (right hook)
2nd Match – Lightweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Eiji Ishikawa (Japan / GRABAKA) vs. Keigo "Chris MAN" Hirayama (USA / Paraestra Hachiouji)
Winner: 3R 2'44" Keigo "Chris MAN" Hirayama by Submission (guillotine choke)
1st Match – Flyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Kento Kanbe (Japan / ALLIANCE) vs Tatsuya So (Japan / Toushin)
Winner: 3R Kento Kanbe by Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Report by Shu Hirata
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