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).

Rafael Silva def. Masakatsu Ueda by unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 50-45) – bantamweight title
Emi Fujino def. Sharon Jacobson by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Tom Santos def. Kenichiro Togashi by TKO (right hook). Round 1, 3:43
Akhirio Murayama def. Takaaki Nara by submission. Round 1, 0:48
Nobui Fujii def. Alan Yoshihiro Yamaniha by unanimous decision (30-27×3)
Hiroaki Ijima def. Daichi Kitakata by submission. Round 2, 0:46
Kunio Nakamura def. Kenta Takagi by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:07
Shunichi Shimizu def. Lin Daiyang by unanimous decision (29-28×3)
Atsushi Ueda def. Hiroshi Takahashi by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

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Zach Aittama became a fan of martial arts at an early age. Hooked on the sport after one experience, Zach started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai as a teenager. Watching the sport only increased his interest, building a fascination for combat sports around the globe. Years of training and amateur bouts later, Zach continues to train while working and attending school full-time. Zach started writing for Fight Sport Asia in 2014 and joined the Combat Press staff in July of 2015.

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