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Pancrase 290 Recap and Results: Hiroyuki Takaya with the Comeback Knockout

Pancrase 290 took place at the Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo on 8 October, 2017.

Pancrase 290 was an event that did not have a title fight for the headlining bout in some time. But that did not matter when the night was full of impressive knockouts and upsets that shook up many of the divisions. In addition to this chaos, Pancrase announced during an intermission that a partnership deal has been reached with Invicta FC to allow their fighters to compete in both promotions.

Hiroyuki Takaya Sleeps Hatsu Hioki

Although Hioki was knocked out cold in his last fight less than five months ago, he showed no fear and slung leather with precision. He caught Takaya with clean uppercuts that had him backing up and trying to gain equilibrium.

As more and more punches landed, Hioki gained confidence then boom! Takaya lands a counter right that froze his opponent on contact. After a few punches on the ground, the fight was over.

“Streetfight Bancho” jumps to the front of the line in the featherweight division with this powerful display of violence. It will be difficult to deny him a number one contender bout against the likes of Kyle Aguon.

Yuki Nakahara Dominates and Upsets Hiroshige Tanaka

The first and second round was a back and forth brawl between these two top featherweights. Nakahara got the better of the exchanges with more solid punches landing and control on the ground.

Nakahara went into the final round up two rounds to none and basically played it safe. He defended well against the clinch work of Tanaka and smoothly cruised to the decision victory.

Tanaka loses his title shot while Nakahara wins his sixth fight in a row and most likely sets himself up for a title-eliminator bout against Hiroyuki Takaya or Kyle Aguon. It will be interesting to see what happens with the division since the featherweight King of Pancrase Nazareno Malegarie is on the shelf recovering from knee surgery.

Yuya Wakamatsu Becomes a Flyweight Contender

Shohei Masumizu started off in the first round attacking with his wrestling but Wakamatsu defended well and kept the fight competitive. However, when they got to the second frame, Wakamatsu turned it up and continuously threw the straight right hand. Midway through, he dropped Masumizu against the cage with a solid punch and then swarmed him with about ten unanswered strikes prompting the referee to stop the fight.

Wakamatsu wins his ninth fight in a row, therefore, putting him in position for a title shot. There are not many contenders with such an impressive record and being a knockout artist can propel him into a showdown with flyweight King of Pancrase Senzo Ikeda.

Viviane Araujo Gomes Takes Out “The Zombie”

Even though Gomes came in as the underdog, she pushed forward and battered Ayaka Miura with punches throughout the whole first round. Miura tried to stand and trade but was met with barrages and ate too many to the right eye.

By the time the bell rang at the end of the first round, her eye was swollen shut and the left one seemed to be damaged as well. The doctors came in to inspect the eye yet it was the referee that called the fight.

Gomes, who is known to be a submission specialist, gets a huge knockout victory in her promotional debut and showed that she can also take out a grappler on the feet.

Miura, on the other hand, is finished for the first time in her career and has the momentum she created derailed completely.

Toru Ogawa Makes Teeth Fly

Ogawa dominated this on the feet with relative ease. In the first round, he frequently connected with the left hand and had Atsushi Yamamoto’s face all bloodied. He also knocked him down and had him on queer street a number of times while defending takedowns well.

The second was more of Yamamoto trying for takedowns but failing badly. On one telegraphed attempt, Ogawa launched a knee flush on the skull of his adversary. Immediately after that strike landed, Yamamoto’s tooth flew out of the cage and he was done deal.

Ogawa has been a top ten flyweight for the last couple of years and this performance exhibits his abilities perfectly. He should be considered as one of the frontrunners to challenge for the title in the near future.

Hiroyuki Tetsuka Mauls Sergei Kulik

This matchup was highly anticipated by the Japanese faithful. Sambo technician Kulik debuted against the hard-hitting Tetsuka and it was not a good night for the Ukrainian.

For the first four minutes, they stood and threw combos without much damage being done. Then, in the last minute, the action commenced when Tetsuka caught Kulik with a short left hook that wobbled his foe. He got him to the ground and tried for a choke but released it.

They eventually got back to their feet and Kulik ate a counter right to the jaw while rushing in and immediately fell to the mat. Luckily, there were only a few seconds left so he was saved by the bell.

Kulik went into the second still feeling the effects of the punches he absorbed. At the midway point, Tetsuka leaped forward with a combination that collapsed Kulik and it was all over after a few more strikes.

Tetsuka is a knockout machine with all his wins coming by destruction. He is in a peculiar spot in the welterweight division since he does not have the best record but threatens any fighter in the top ten.

Credit to Bestrafer7 and Jolassanda for the gifs and clips of the event.

Listed below are the complete results of Pancrase 290.

-Official Results-

Event: Pancrase 290
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Place: Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan

Featherweight Main Event
Hiroyuki Takaya defeats Hatsu Hioki
TKO (Punches) at 1:11 of Round 1

Featherweight Co-Main Event
Yuki Nakahara defeats Hiroshige Tanaka
Unanimous Decision

Lightweight Match
Yusaka Inoue defeats Keigo Hirayama
KO (Knee) at 2:03 of Round 1

Strawweight Match
Daichi Kitakata defeats Daniel Lima *missed weight
Unanimous Decision

Featherweight Match
Juntaro Ushiku defeats Satoshi Inaba
Unanimous Decision

Lightweight Match
Yutaka Kobayashi defeats Shigeaki Kusayanagi
Unanimous Decision

Lightweight Match
Akira Okada defeats Akihiro Gono
Unanimous Decision

Women’s Strawweight Match
Viviane Araujo Gomes defeats Ayaka Miura
TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1

Bantamweight Match
Shunichi Shimizu defeats Daiki Gojima
Split Decision

Flyweight Match
Toru Ogawa defeats Atsushi Yamamoto
KO (Knee) at 1:15 of Round 2

Flyweight Match
Yuya Wakamatsu defeats Shohei Masumizu
TKO (Punches) at 2:53 of Round 2

Welterweight Match
Hiroyuki Tetsuka defeats Sergei Kulik
TKO (Punches) at 2:45 of Round 2

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John Hyon Ko is an Asia-based combat sports journalist as well as the host and producer of Kumite Radio.