On Sunday, May 20, Pancrase held its 296th event from the Shinkiba Studio Coast in Tokyo, Japan.
In the night’s main event, Masakatsu Ueda fought Rafael “Morcego” Silva for the interim King of Pancrase title. In their first meeting, Silva took home a unanimous decision over three rounds. Silva, a former Bellator bantamweight tournament winner, lost to the current champion Shintaro Ishiwatari in his most recent bout. However, Silva was riding a six-fight winning streak prior to his failed title bid. Ueda had won four straight fights since losing to Silva in 2016.
In the evening’s main card action, ROAD FC $1 million tournament quarterfinalist Tom Santos took on long-time Shooto fighter Kenichiro Togashi, former King of Pancrase welterweight titleholder Akihiro Murayama fought 25-year-old prospect Takaaki Nara, and surging bantamweight Taiyo Hayashi put his three-fight winning streak on the line against UFC veteran Shunichi Shimizu.
The event aired live at 1:30 a.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass and Ameba TV (Japan).