4/27 Pancrase - Shining Tour 3 - PICTURES

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Some pictures from the Pancrase event on Sunday. I really think Pancrase have put on some good events this year and this was no exception.




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The opening fight was a very exciting grappling fight. Both fighter's name was Shimizu, and unfortunately I was unable to work out who won. It was a back and forth sort of fight with both fighters having very good arm-bar attempts. This was the decider though.









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The second fight was a Neo-Blood Tournament fight. SK Absolute's Tanaka was too strong for Tezuka and won a victory by rear-naked choke.













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The fight between Saito and Shimizu was a close decision. Also a very exciting fight in the Neo-Blood Tournament.













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Both fighters had good submission attempts.














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Steven Magdaleno enters the ring.

















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His fight was very close, but despite injuring his knee early in the first round, he was the better fighter. The injury seemed to have everyone fooled... Umpires, doctors and Sherdog all seemed to think he had injured his ankle. Steven was happy about that, as it allowed him to continue the fight.










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In the end, Steven won a decision. I think he will be a fighter to look out for in this tournament.
















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In a very one sided affair, Daisuke Watanabe decided not to listen to his corner in the last 20 seconds of the fight. It was amazing to watch as Ohori managed to pull a submission victory from a fight he had taken a beating throughout the first 9 minutes. Watanabe was left with egg on his face as he was forced to exit the ring with a loss.









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Sweden's Matti Makela took on the experienced "Pink Typhoon" Hisamitsu. Hisamitsu knew he had to get this fight to the ground, and was able to do just that. Once on the ground the Swed was busy defending and Hisamitsu finished the fight in the last seconds of round 1.











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And yes... He is a bit eccentric














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The new fighter from SK Absolute Russia, Curbanov Djamal took on the experienced Katsuya Inoue.













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These Russians from SK Absolute like to go for the big KOs. This time he was not successful and the fight ended in a draw.

















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The Irie sisters presenting the belt before the first title fight of the night.
















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Takuya Wada took on IFL fighter Jason Palacios in the title fight of the night. Wada was the better fighter on the ground and managed to get a decision victory.

















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The Irie sisters do a very good job as the ring girls for Pancrase.

















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This is Yumi Irie.

















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Wada got to pose with the girls after a deserved victory.

















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Pancrase presented the Pancrase fighters that will participate in Sengoku 2. Josh Barnett, Ryo Kawamura and Satoru Kitaoka.















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From the fight between Kei Yamamiya and Yuki Kondo. This was how the who fight was... Yamamiya was backing away from Kondo, and that was enough for the judges to give the nod to Yamamiya... I think I was not the only surprised person in the room...

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