Kiyotaka Shimizu defended his King of Pancrae titles six times. More than anyone in the history of Pancrase. Yet when he fights in the other promotions such as DEEP and Shooto he usually goes home with L. However, on December 31st last year, in the big DEEP DREAM show, he won by knocking out Yuya Shiba. Finally, Shimizu was able to show the fans that he is not just tough on his own turf. And, he is from team TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A. so this was the fight where Shimizu had a home-cage advantage.
For Yusaku Nakamura, this was his first fight at 125 lbs.
Prior to this fight, Nakamura's 12 out of 13 pro MMA fights were in DEEP so this fight is basically "Pancrase vs DEEP". Also, a striker originated from Nippon Kempo is currently was on a three-fight win streak going into this fight, just like Shimizu.
So, this was a fight between Japan's top flyweights. A very good match-up.
Not much happened in the first round. Shimizu probably took this round because of the left hook and leg kicks he landed a the end. But Nakamura took over from the second round. A 28-year old from team Alpha Male Japan started to land left inside kicks and right hooks. Nakamura didn't throw so many strikes but he was precise.
In the final round, when Shimizu stepped in for a right hook, Nakamura perfectly countered with a right hook of his own, and scored a clear knock down. Shimizu stood back up quickly but his nose was completely busted so the doctor had to step in which probably left a bad impression on judges.
Shimizu didn't give up till the end though. He was able to land a solid right high kick to Nakamura's neck at the end of the fight but it was bit too late.
This one looked like a convincing win for Nakamura yet one judge still scored 29-28 for Shimizu.
However two others scored 29-28 for the other way so Nakamura extended his win streak to four by defeating the current King of Pancrase at 125 lbs division.
TTF CHALLENGE 04
Sunday, April 5th, 2015
At Esforta Arena Hachiouji, Tokyo, Japan
The Main Event – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Kiyotaka Shimizu (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.) vs Yusaku Nakamura (Japan / Team Alpha Male Japan)
Winner: 3R Yusaku Nakamura by Decision (29-28, 28-29, 28-29)
Co-Main – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Eiji Ishikawa (Japan / GRABAKA) vs Daisuke Nakamura (Japan / Yugetsu-do)
Winner: 3R Eiji Ishikawa by Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
6th Match – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Sota Kojima (Japan / Yoshida Dojo) vs Isao Yoshida (Japan / North King Gym)
Winner: 3R Sota Kojima by Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
5th Match – Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Takahiro Komaki (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji) vs Kenta Hattori (Japan / STG Kobe)
Winner: 2R Takahiro Komaki by Decision (20-18, 20-18, 18-20)
4th Match Welterweight Bout 5 min / 2R
TAKASHI (Japan / North King Gym) vs Hiroshi Takahashi (Japan / Souten-juku)
Winner: 2R Hiroshi Takahashi by Decision (18-20, 18-20, 18-20)
3rd Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Suguru Nii (Japan / Mach Dojo) vs Mateus Irie Nechio (Brazil / Purebred Omiya)
Winner: 1R 2'36" Suguru Nii by Submission (leg scissor choke)
2nd Match – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Toshihiro Komiya (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji) vs Iyori Akiba (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.)
Winner: 2R Iyori Akiba by Decision (18-20, 18-20, 18-20)
1st Match – Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R
Kosaku Yanai (Japan / Reversal Gym Tokyo Stand Out) vs Shinichi Maeno (Japan / Gracie Barra)
Winner: 2R + Ext R Shinichi Maeno by Decision (19-19, 19-19, 19-19 / 9-10, 9-10, 9-10)
Report by Shu Hirata
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