On Sunday, March 12, Pancrase returned to Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan for Pancrase 285.
In the evening’s main event, former UFC fighters collided when Japan’s Issei Tamura tangled with Argentina’s Nazareno Malegarie for the featherweight King of Pancrase title. Malegarie had won four straight since getting cut by the UFC including wins over former DREAM champion Hiroyuki Takaya and Pancrase mainstay Guy DeLumeau. Tamura won the interim title when he defeated Japanese prospect Juntaro Ushiku at Pancrase 277.
In the night’s co-main event, former two-division Shooto world champion Mamoru Yamaguchi fought current flyweight King of Pancrase and former Shooto world champion Ryuichi Miki. A legend of Japanese MMA, Yamaguchi reigned as one of the best flyweights in the world long before the UFC ever added the division. Yamaguchi wa on a two fight winning streak leading into the contest. Miki had his three-fight win streak snapped when he dropped a non-title affair against Takahiro Furumaki in his most recent outing.
The event aired live at 1 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.