TUF Season 12 Winner, Jonathan Brookings, scored a big win over the current King of Pancrase at 135 lbs division, Shintaro Ishiwatari, in the headliner of Pancrase 262 held at Differ Ariake.
This was Brookins' first fight in the land of rising sun but he showed no sign of fatigue from traveling. Instead, Brookins displayed his cage savvy.
In the first round, Brookins pushed Ishiwatari to the cage, landed elbows and punches, scored take downs. Ishiwatari was able to score a take down as well but just couldn't keep the top position.
Second round was basically the same. In the final round, Ishiwatari, who was, at this point, obviously behind in judges' score cards, went for a big move. From the standing position, Ishiwatari jumped for armbar, however, Brookins crushed Ishiwatari to the mat, got on the back, and went for a rear naked choke.
This was in deep. In fact Brookins thought a veteran from team CAVE submitted. That's why Brookins screamed, "He tapped!" but the referee told him to go on, and meanwhile, Ishiwatari escaped.
From there, Ishiwatari tried to come back but couldn't land anything significant.
Two out of three judges gave to Ishiwatari for the third round but overall all three judges gave to Brookins by unanimous decision.
Ishiwatari was hoping win this fight and use this win to to get a fight against the current DEEP bantamweight champion Takafumi Otsuka in the NYE show at Saitama Super Arena. However this loss probably changed everything. Which means, more than likely, no fight on NYE and, back to the drawing board for Ishiwatari.
A 25-year old Andy Main had no trouble finishing WEC veteran Akitoshi Tamura. Yes this happens a lot in an sports, but it was actually bit sad to see a 34-year old Tamura getting beat by a good looking young prospects.
Tamura was trying to set the pace with kicks to the legs but Main never backed off. He pushed Tamura to the cage, scored a take down, quickly got on the back mount. Locked a figure-four around Tamura's body and landed heavy leathers.
In the second round, Main pressured Tamura to the cage again, landed a left punch to the body followed by the left hook to the head. Tamura buckled but in desperation, shot in for a take down. But Main sprawled, crushed Tamura to the mat, then got on the half-mount. From there, Main landed few punches, then got on the mount position and unleashed more punches to finish the fight.
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
The Main Event – Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Shintaro Ishiwatari (Japan / CAVE) vs Jonathan Brookins (USA / Gracie Barra Orlando)
Winner: 3R Jonathan Brookins by Decision (28-29, 27-30, 28-29)
Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Akitoshi Tamura (Japan / Tsudanuma Dojo) vs Andy Main (USA / Pure MMA – Hybrid Fighter)
Winner: 2R 4'34" Andy Main by TKO (referee stoppage – g n p)
Featherweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Hiroyuki "Hulk" Oshira (Japan / ) vs Koji Nakamura (Japan / Pancrase Osaka Inagaki-gumi)
Winner: 3R Hiroyuki "Hulk" Oshiro by Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Welterweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Youichiro Sato (Japan / Gracie Barra Tokyo) vs So MAX (Japan / TEAM CLIMB)
Winner: 3R 2'16" Youichiro Sato by Submission (rear naked choke)
PANCRASE vs DEEP Super-flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Yuki Yasunaga (Japan / Tokyo Yellow Man's) vs Naoyuki Kato (Japan / SPLASH)
Winner: 3R Yuki Yasunaga by Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
PANCRASE vs DEEP Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Satoshi Inaba (Japan / Akimoto Dojo jungle junction) vs Kosume Umeda (Japan / R-BLOODE)
Winner: 3R Satoshi Inaba by Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
PANCRASE vs DEEP Middleweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Bob Armstrong (New Zealand / ALIVE) vs Hideto Tatsumi (Japan / Freelance)
Winner: 3R Hideto Tatsumi by Decision (26-30, 27-30, 27-30)
Report by Shu Hirata
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