The headliner of Pancrase 266 can be described as "controversial" because this was a close fight.
In the first round, Marlon Sandro scored a knock down with a left jab followed by a right straight. It didn't look like ISAO was hurt but it was a clear knock down. Also, Sandro scored a take down as well.
Sandro also scored another take down in the second round. Sandro even took the back for a moment too. ISAO also did score with solid elbow shots but Sandro also countered with his right straight punches.
In the final round, Sandro unleashed a left high kick but ISAO countered with barrage of punches. Sandro took this for a while but shot in for another take down. From there Sandro kept the top position for a while. Eventually ISAO escaped and the fight got back on their feet. ISAO landed few shots but majority of time were spent on Sandro pushing a 26-year old to the cage.
This was a hard fight to score because neither of them really had a decisive advantage. However, simply, the number of takedowns and one knock down in the first round should have given Sandro an advantage but two of the three judges saw the fight differently. Two judges scored the bout 29-28 and ISAO won via split decision.
When the scoring was announced, Sandro looked somehow detached but his corner man, Leo Santos, raised both hands expressing that he is not happy with judges' decision.
In the co-main, a 37-year old Hiroyuki Takaya showed that he still got the mileage left in his gas tank.
He faced a veteran, Guy Delumeau, from team GUTSMAN.
From the beginning Takaya pushed the pace with his strong hands. Delumeau was able to take him to the ground in the second, however, in the final round, Takaya pressured American with right and left combinations and finally landed a left hook to the chin. Delumeau went down and when Takaya chased him with few more shot the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
The Main Event – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
ISAO (Japan / Sakaguchi Dojo) vs Marlon Sandro (Brazil / Nova Uniao)
Winner: 3R ISAO by Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Co-Main – Featherweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Hiroyuki Takaya (Japan / ) vs Guy Delumeau (USA / GUTSMAN)
Winner: 3R 4'11" Hiroyuki Takaya by TKO (referee stoppage – left hook)
6th Match – Lightweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Takasuke Kume (Japan / ALIVE) vs Taisuke "Goten" Okuno (Japan / CAVE)
Winner: 3R Takasuke Kume by Decision (30-27, 30-28, 30-26)
Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Let's Gota (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai) vs Martin Sano (USA / Nick Diaz Academy)
Winner: Let's Gota by DQ (Sano missed the weight)
5th Match – Welterweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Akihiro Murayama (Japan / GUTSMAN) vs Daniel "Ninja" Roberts (USA / Cesar Gracie)
Winner: 3R Akihiro Murayama by Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
4th Match – Welterweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Youichirou Sato (Japan / Gracie Barra Tokyo) vs KAZZ (Japan / GRABAKA)
Winner: 3R Youichirou Sato by Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
3rd Match – Super-Flyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Atsushi Yamamoto (Japan / Freelance) vs Yusuke Kitago (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishu-kai Yokohama Dojo)
Winner: 3R Atsushi Yamamoto by Decision (3-27, 28-29, 30-27)
2nd Match – Featherweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Jun Doi (Japan / MIBURO) vs Hikaru Hasumi (Japan / Paraestra Tochigi)
Winner: 1R 0'41" Jun Doi by Submissino (rear naked choke)
1st Match – Lightweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Keigo Hirayama (Japan / Paraestra Hachiouji) vs Robby Ostovich (USA / Jesus is Lord)
Winner: 3R Keigo Hirayama by Decision (29-28, 28-29, 28-28) *Hirayama wins under the "must chose winner" rules.
Report by Shu Hirata
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