PANCRASE – 05/25/2008: ‘Hanazawa Wins But ADCC Qualifier Hanai Explodes With Frustraion!’

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World Pancrase Create Presents ‘PANCRASE 2008 SHINING TOUR’
Sunday, May 25th, 2008 at Azeria Taisho, Osaka, Japan

Complete Results:

The Main Event – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 2R

Daisuke "13" Hanazawa (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai – Freestyle Academy) vs. Takefumi Hanai (Japan / Twist)
Winner: 2R Daisuke "13" Hanazawa by Decision (20-18, 20-18, 20-18)

5th Match – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 2R

Kenji Takeshige (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs. Soyu Tanabe (Japan / Renshi Juku)
Winner: 1R 3’34" Soyu Tanabe by KO (left hook)

4th Match – Middleweight Bout 5 min / 2R

Masahiro Toryu (Japan / Pancrase-ism) vs. Shuji Morikawa (Japan / Team Crowd)
Winner: 1R 3’36" Masahiro Toryu by Tapout (guillotine choke)

3rd Match – Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 2R

Koji Hasegawa (Japan / Pancrase Inagaki-gumi) vs. Kenji Shimada (Japan / P’s LAB Tokyo)
Winner: 1R 1’58" Kenji Shimada by KO (left hook)

2nd Match – Welterweight Bout 5 min / 2R

Strasser Kiichi (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai – Freestyle Academy) vs. Yu Shiori (Japan / Wajiu-tsu Keishu-kai TEAM VAMOS)
Winner: 2R Strasser Kiichi by Decisioin (20-19, 20-19, 20-19)

1st Match – Neo Blood Tournament Bantamweight Semi-final 5 min / 2R
Punchy Yamauchi (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai) vs. Isao Hirose (Japan / Strapple)
Winner: 2R Isao Hirose by Decision (19-20, 20-20 / Hirose, 20-20 / Hirose)

Week before this Pancrase Osaka show, Daisuke "13" Hanazawa’s boss at Cobra-kai, Dokonjonosuke Mishima defeated "10th Degree in Leg Locks" Masakazu Imanari to capture the DEEP featherweight crown. And on this day, the number two of the Cobra-kai, Hanazawa, faced "A Real 10th Degree in Leg Locks" Takefumi Hanai.
From the beginning of the first round, Hanazawa immediately clinched, pushed Hanai to the corner then picked up both legs for the take down. From there, Hanazawa just controlled the ground game, landed small punches to the side of the head. After four minutes of the ground game, the referee finally stood them up. Hanazawa shot in but this time, Hanai went for a guillotine but bell prevented him for sinking the choke around the neck.

Second round was pretty much the same. Only in the beginning both exchanged few strikes. Hanazawa landed a punch, and Hanai’s knee buckled. From there Hanai jumped guard and Hanazawa, again, on the top, this time with half-mount, then just like the first round, started to throw small punches to the side of the head. Frustrated Hanai screamed, "Hey my leg is open, so why not go for the side mount!" But Hanaazawa kept a tight half-mount continued throwing small punches. Then Hanai again, yelled at Hanawaza, "Hey! Why don’t go for the mount!" The referee yelled at Hanai, "Shut up!" and this entire sequence gave a bad impression to the judges. The fight remained at the same position till the end and all judges gave an edge to Hanazawa.

In back stage, Hanai exploded with frustration, "As a professional, I don’t know about that tactic. If you want to just pinned down the opponent to win, then he can do this at the amateur fights. I have a day job so I am ‘Sunday MMA fighter’ but when the customers are paying to see the fight, I don’t think they are having fun looking at the fighter just thinking about winning, just pinning the opponent on the ground. If I am losing the fight then I wanted to fight the fight where I can’t even walk out of the ring after the fight. "

On the other end, Hanazawa quickly countered to Hanai, "I understand his frustration but I think he ought to study more about the MMA."

Report and photo by Hideo Ida (

PIC: Daisuke "13" Hanazawa (top) controlled the entire fight but ADCC Qualifier Takefumi Hanai criticized opponent’s tactic.

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