On Sunday, April 15, Pancrase held its 295th event from Studio Coast in Tokyo, Japan.
In the night’s main event, King of Pancrase strawweight titleholder Mitsuhisa Sunabe defended his title against former Shooto world champion Shinya Murofushi. The three-division King of Pancrase champ, Sunabe, has now won 16 fights in a row under MMA rules. Sunabe last defended his title at Pancrase 283 against Daichi Kitakata in December of 2016. The former Shooto 2006 rookie champion, Murofushi, had won back-to-back fights against Rildeci Dias and Seiji “Oz” Ozuka.
In the night’s co-main event, former King of Pancrase lightweight champ and Bellator veteran Isao Kobayashi attempted to win a second divisional title when he took on 25-year-old Koyomi Matsushima for the interim featerweight title.
Also, DEEP lightweight champion Satoru Kitaoka took on Wu Lin Feng veteran Taras “The Predator” Sapa, who has won four straight.
The event aired live at 2 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.
Mitsuhisa Sunabe def. Shinya Murofushi by TKO (slam). Round 2, 4:11 – for strawweight title
Isao Kobayashi def. Koyomi Matsushima by DQ (knee to grounded opponent). Round 1, 4:30 – for interim featherweight title
Satoru Kitaoka def. Taras Sapa by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 4:44
Juntaro Ushiku def. Yojiro Uchimura by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Tatsuya So def. Suguru Hayasaka by submission (neck crank). Round 1, 2:08
Masayuki Kikuiri def. Shigeaki Kusayanagi by knockout (right hook). Round 3, 2:34
Takashi Matsuoka def. Makoto Fukaya by TKO (punches). Round 2, 1:10
Andre Barquero Morera def. Tatsuya Watanabe by technical submission (triangle choke) Round 1, 2:04
Toshihiro Taguchi def. Yasutaka Kato by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:47
Takuya Saito def. Taroh Kotobuki by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:39
Darani Date def. Hanbyo Oniyama by TKO (head kick). Round 2, 0:13
Yosuke Nomura def. Yuma Kitamura by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Yuichi Ohashi def. Yusei Tashiro by submission (armbar). Round 1, 1:57
Kiyoshiro Akasaki def. Tatsuki Okano by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 2:21