In the headliner of Pancrase 285, Nazareno Malegarie overwhelmed UFC veteran Issei Tamura and became new Pancrase champion at 145 lbs & under.
This was all Malegarie from the very start.
Argentinian pressured Tamura the landed a solid left hook. Tamura backed off. Malegarie pushed Tamura to the cage then landed another left hook. Tamura wobbled and Malegarie took him down. And from there Malegarie got the back-mount and finished the fight with a rear naked choke.
This was, hands down, no doubt, a complete domination by Malegarie.
The new champ is expected to defend title against either number one ranked Hatsu Hioki or number two ranked Marlon Sandro later in the year.
In the co-main, a 39-year old challenger Mamoru edged out the champion Miki Ryuichi and became the new Pancrase champion at 125 lbs & under.
For all fiver rounds, these two engaged in the striking battle.
The former Shooto world champion was just more effective than Miki.
Not just only punches, elbow strikes, low kicks, and body kicks but also Mamoru was able to land more significant strikes with tricky combinations like left body kick followed by spinning back fist.
After winning the first and the third round, Mamoru was under control.
In contrary, Miki became bit too anxious. Shot in several times in the fourth round but Mamoru was able to defend all of them. Miki sort of tried to force too much in this round.
Miki did come back in the fifth round though, but it was just too late.
Two judges did give Miki the final round but in overall Mamoru won via split decision and became new Pancrase flyweight champion.
Sunday, March 12th, 2017
At Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
The Main Event – Pancrase Featherweight Title Bout 5 min / 5R
Issei Tamura (Japan / KRAZY BEE) vs Nazareno Malegarie (Argentina / Team Tavares)
Winner: 1R 2’50” Nazareno Malegarie by Submission (rear naked choke)
10th Match – Pancrase Flyweight Title Bout 5 min / 5R
Ryuichi Miki (Japan / CAVE) vs Mamoru (Japan / shooting Gym Yokohama)
Winner: 5R Mamoru by Decision (47-48, 48-47, 47-48)
9th Match – Bantamweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Victor Henry (USA / CSW-HF) vs Masakatsu Ueda (Japan / Paraestra Tokyo)
Winner: 3R Masakatsu Ueda by Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
8th Match – Flyweight Bout 5 min / 3R
SENZO (Japan / FREEDOM@OZ) vs Tateki Matsuda (Japan / Team Sityodtong)
Winner: 3R SENZO by Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
7th Match – Women’s Strawweight Bout 5 min / 3R
Ayaka Miura (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.) vs Magdalena Sormova (Czech Republic / Penta Gym Prague)
Winner: 3R Ayaka Miura by Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
6th Match – Welterweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Yuki Kondo (Japan / Pancrase-ism Yokohama) vs Takaaki Nara (Japan / Hakkei Gym)
Winner: 3R Takaaki Nara by Decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30)
5th Match – Flyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Yuya Wakamatsu (Japan / TRIBE TOKYO M.M.A.) vs Yuki Uejima (Japa / BRAVE)
Winner: 1R 2’49” Yuya Wakamatsu by TKO (referee stoppage – g n p)
4th Match – Bantamweight Bout 3 min / 3R
TSUNE (Japan / Reversal Gym Shinjuku Me, We) vs Daiki Gojima (Japan / GUTSMAN)
Winner: 3R TSUNE by Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
3rd Match – Strawweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Suguru Hayasaka (Japan / CORE QUEST KUSIRO) vs Hiroaki Iijima (Japan / GUTSMAN)
Winner: 3R Hiroaki Iijima by Decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29)
2nd Match – Bantamweight Bout 3 min / 3R
HULK Oshiro (Japan / Voss Gym) vs J-taro Takita (Japan / Wajiutsu Keishukai Tokyo Dojo)
Winner: 3R HULK Oshiro by Decision (30-27, 39-38, 30-27)
1st Match – Featherweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Satoshi Inaba (Japan / Akimoto Dojo jungle junction) vs Kazushi Sugiyama (Japan / TURNING POINT MMA/HF)
Winner: Kazushi Sugiyama by Decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29)
report by Shu Hirata
photo courtesy of Bout Review (www.boutreview.com)