Pancrase 1996 DVD VHS
HYBRID WRESTLING PANCRASE Tapes Videos


Pancrase PPV 4/13/96 taped 1/28/96 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-2 hr. Q=VG-Ex

Inakagi vs. DeLucia, Funaki vs. Yanagisawa, Frank Shamrock vs. Suzuki-Shamrock wins King of Pancrase, more!

Pancrase PANCRASE TOUR 1996 TRUTH 3 & 4 Commercial Tape 4/7/96 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 10min. Q=Master

Jason Delucia vs. Kiuma Kunioku 15:00

Frank Shamrock vs. Osami Shibuya 15:00

Bas Rutten vs. Katsuomi Inagaki 14:07

Ranking Tournament 1st Round:

Guy Mezger vs. Takaku Fuke 10:00

Manabu Yamada vs. Leon Dijk 2:53

Vernon White vs. Yoshiki Takahashi 10:00

Ryushi Yanagisawa vs. Larry Papadopoulos 3:21

Ranking Tournament Semifinals:

Guy Mezger vs. Manabu Yamada 6:14

Ryushi Yanagisawa vs. Vernon White 12:47

Ranking Tournament Final: Guy Mezger vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa 12:21

Pancrase Brawl In Budokan PPV 6/14/96 taped 5/16 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-2hr. Q=TV Master

Funaki vs. Smisl, Mezger vs. Suzuki, Rutten vs. Frank Shamrock, more!

Pancrase Kings of Pancrase PPV 8/16/96
-1hr 45min. Q=TV Master

Ken Shamrock vs. Yusuke Fuke

Ken Shamrock vs. Matt Hume

Tournament Final: Ken Shamrock vs. Manabu Yamada

Minoru Suzuki vs. Katsuomi Inagaki

Minoru Suzuki vs. Todd Medina

Ken Shamrock vs. Minoru Suzuki

Bas Rutten vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa

Bas Rutten vs. Jason DeLucia

Minoru Suzuki vs. Bas Rutten

Frank Shamrock vs. Vernon "Tiger" White

Frank Shamrock vs. Minoru Suzuki

Frank Shamrock vs. Bas Rutten

Pancrase TRUTH TOUR '96 Commercial Tape 9/7/96 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-1 1/2hr. Q=Master

Satoshi Hasegawa vs. Jong Wang Kim 3:40

Takafumi Ito vs. Osami Shibuya 10:00

Katsuomi Inagaki vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya Decision 10:00

Manabu Yamada vs. Kiuma Kunioku 8:29

Yuki Kondo vs. Frank Shamrock 12:43

Vernon White vs. Kazuo Takahashi 19:43

Jason Delucia vs. Minoru Suzuki 4:58

Guy Mezger vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa 20:00

King of Pancrase Title Match: Bas Rutten vs. Masakatsu Funaki 17:05

Pancrase Tokyo Tough PPV 11/3/96 taped 9/7/96 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-2hr. Q=VG-Ex

Takafumi Ito vs. Osami Shibuya 10:00

Manabu Yamada vs. Kiuma Kunioku 8:29

Yuki Kondo vs. Frank Shamrock 12:43. Kondo puts himself on the map, scoring a major upset in one of the best Pancrase matches of the year

Vernon White vs. Kazuo Takahashi 19:43

Jason Delucia vs. Minoru Suzuki 4:58

King of Pancrase Title Match: Bas Rutten vs. Masakatsu Funaki 17:05. Super bout that's the best in the history of the company. Somewhat one-sided, but very dramatic as Funaki absorbs a tremendous amount of punishment, showing great heart and fighting spirit in taking the beating.

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase 10/19/96 TRUTH 7 taped 10/8/96 Nagoya Tsuyuhashi Sport Center
-1hr 55min. Q=Gd

Minoru Suzuki vs. Takafumi Ito

Kuima Kunioku vs. Guy Mezger

Katsuomi Inagaki vs. Satoshi Hasegawa

Ryushi Yanagisawa vs. Semmy Schilt

Osami Shibuya vs. Vernon "Tiger" White

Yuki Kondo vs. Jason Delucia

Bas Rutten vs. Manabu Yamada

Pancrase Hybrid Hour 11/15/01 TRUTH 7 taped 10/8/96 Nagoya Tsuyuhashi Sport Center
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Katsuomi Inagaki vs. Satoshi Hasegawa

Ryushi Yanagisawa vs. Semmy Schilt

Kuima Kunioku vs. Guy Mezger

Minoru Suzuki vs. Takafumi Ito

Osami Shibuya vs. Vernon "Tiger" White

Yuki Kondo vs. Jason Delucia

Bas Rutten vs. Manabu Yamada

Pancrase TRUTH TOUR '96 9 Commercial Tape 11/9/96 Hyogo Kobe Fashion Mart Atrium Plaza
-1hr. Q=Master

Kim Jong Wang vs. Takafumi Ito 2:11

Kiuma Kunioku vs. Satoshi Hasegawa 6:32

Yoshiki Takahashi vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya 7:12

New Champion Decision Tournament Semifinal: Jason Delucia vs. Osami Shibuya 11:45

New Champion Decision Tournament Semifinal: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Yuki Kondo Submission 1 1:43

Pancrase TRUTH TOUR '96 10 Commercial Tape 12/15/96 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-1hr 10min. Q=Master

Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Wes Gassaway 10:00

Takaku Fuke vs. Jong Wang Kim 2:09

Semmy Schilt vs. Osami Shibuya Decision 10:00

Ryushi Yanagisawa vs. Jack McGlaughlin 0:51

Kiuma Kunioku vs. Frank Shamrock 20:00

Guy Mezger vs. Yuki Kondo Decision 20:00

KING OF PANCRASE Tournament Final: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Jason Delucia 7:49

Pancrase 1997 ALIVE TOUR 2 Commercial Tape 2/22/97 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-1hr 25min. Q=Master

Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Takafumi Ito 15:00

Satoshi Hasegawa vs. Serge Narsisyan 15:00

Takaku Fuke Haygar Chin 3:46

Ryushi Yanagisawa vs. Paul Lazenby 12:39

Osami Shibuya vs, Jong Wang Kim 0:58

Yuki Kondo vs. Guy Mezger 20:00

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Semmy Schilt 5:47

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase 4/6/97 taped 3/22 Nagayo Aichi-ken Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=1st Gen

Ito vs. Hasegawa

Kiuma vs. Haygar Chen

Yamamiya vs. Yanagisawa

TAKA feature building up his Pancrase debut

Bas vs. Shibuya

Takahashi vs. Schilt

Funaki vs. Lezenbee

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase 5/10/97 taped 4/27 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=1st Gen

TAKA Michinoku vs. Yamamiya

Fuke vs. Paul Lezenbee

Satoshi Hasegawa vs. Yoshiki Takahashi

Delucia vs. Ito

Shibuya vs. Leon Dijk

Yanagisawa vs. Paul Varelans

Rutten vs. Kunioku

King of Pancrase: Funaki vs. Kondo-Kondo wins King of Pancrase

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase 6/15/97 taped 5/24 Kobe
-1hr 55min. Q=1st Gen

Ito vs. Kim Jong Wan

Yamamiya vs. Kunioku

Schilt vs. Fuke

DeLucia vs. Takahashi

Kondo vs. Gary Myers

Suzuki vs. Sutton-Suzuki's return from injury

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase 7/1/97 taped 6/18 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55 min. Q=1st Gen

Hasegawa vs. Lazenbee

Shibuya vs. David Moore

Ito vs. Godsey

Yanagisawa vs. Les Johnston

Delucia vs. Kunioku

Suzuki vs. Singh

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase 7/12/97 taped 6/30 Fukuoka Hakata Starlanes
-1hr 55 min. Q=1st Gen

Satoshi Hasegawa vs. Alex Andrade. Andrade's Pancrase debut. Mainly standup with the kickboxer Andrade controlling the match.

Osami Shibuya vs. Brian Gassaway. Gassaway's Pancrase debut.

Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Guy Mezger. Very technical with lots of subtle movement and positioning.

Bas Rutten vs. Takaku Fuke. One sided

Funaki vs. Wesley Gassaway. Funaki walk over

Non Title: Kondo vs. Schilt. Basically a stalemate with Kondo unable to get leverage on the much larger opponent and Schilt lacking the mat game to put Kondo in real danger

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase 8/1/97 NEO BLOOD TOURNAMENT taped 7/20/97 & 7/21/97 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=1st Gen

7/20/97 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

NEO BLOOD Tournament Round 1:

Satoshi Hasegawa vs. David Moore R1 3:57

Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Haygar Chin R1 2:24

Kosei Kubota vs. Jong Wang Kim R1 2:45

Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Les Johnston R1 4:07

Kickboxing Exhibition Match: Bas Rutten vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa

Leon Dijk vs. Takafumi Ito R2 1:05

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Osami Shibuya R1 9:30

7/21/97 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

NEO BLOOD Tournament Semifinal: Satoshi Hasegawa vs. Ikuhisa Minowa Decision R2 3:00

NEO BLOOD Tournament Semifinal: Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Kosei Kubota 10:00

Jason Godsey vs. Yuki Kondo R1 8:17

NEO BLOOD Tournament Final: Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Satoshi Hasegawa TKO (Knees) 1 5:50

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase 8/97 taped 8/9 Osaka Umeda Stella Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=1st Gen

Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Yuki Kondo. Ok match. Minowa was really over matched, but he squirmed his way out of some compromising situations.

Kosei Kubota vs. Takaku Fuke. Uneventful

Kiuma Kunioku vs. Satoshi Hasegawa. Good technical bout.

Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Osami Shibuya. Very even bout, but not particularly exciting. Ok.

Highlights of Ryushi Yanagisawa's kickboxing match from 7/25

Highlights of the Top 5 Pancrase Bouts Thus far in 1997

5. Bas vs. Kunioku 4/27/97 Tokyo Bay NK Hall

4. Delucia vs. Takahashi 5/24/97 Kobe Fashion Mart

3. Funaki vs. Semmy Schilt 2/22/97 Tokyo Bay NK Hall

2. Yamamoto vs. TAKA 4/27/97 Tokyo Bay NK Hall

1. Delucia vs. Kunioku 6/18/97 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase 9/18/97 PANCRASE ALIVE TOUR 1997 taped 9/6 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Takafumi Ito vs. Takaku Fuke. All on the mat and mainly positioning.

Kosei Kubota vs. Ikuhisa Minowa. Clip.

Kim Jong Wang vs. Chris Chalmers. Clip. Kim actually wins.

Yoshiki Takahashi vs. Jason Godsey. This was edited down, but it looked pretty good because both men went at it hard and it was pretty even throughout.

Kiuma Kunioku vs. John Lober. Good fairly even bout. Lober got the best of it by a little, but he clearly wasn't familiar with the rules and it cost him.

Ranking Bout: Osami Shibuya (#7) vs. Bas Rutten. Very dull for a Bas match. Basically just posturing.

Ranking Bout: Minoru Suzuki vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya. Very good bout that was mostly contested on their feet. Yamamiya scores the "upset."

Ranking Bout: Masakatsu Funaki (#1) vs. Guy Mezger (#4). It was just a matter of who would make a mistake first.

KING OF PANCRASE TITLE MATCH: Yuki Kondo vs. Jason DeLucia. Good long match.

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase 11/13/97 ALIVE PANCRASE TOUR 1997 taped 10/29 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=1st Gen

Satoshi Hasegawa vs. Kosei Kubota. Highlights

Takafumi Ito vs. Ikuhisa Minowa

Yoshiki Takahashi vs. Kim Jong Wan. Kim was not surprisingly, really outclassed.

Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Tra Telligman. Pretty even.

Osami Shibuya vs. John Lober. Highlights

Guy Mezger vs. Kiuma Kunioku. This seemed to be a theme match because it was almost all standup. Obviously, that gave Guy the advantage. Good bout.

Yuki Kondo vs. Leon Dijk. Kondo had no problem taking Dijk down and mounting him, but he couldn't really mount an offensive. Dijk was dominated, but at the same time he was never in any real trouble. Good long bout.

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase #28 12/6/97 ALIVE PANCRASE TOUR 1997 10 taped 11/16 Kobe Fashion Mart
-1hr 55min. Q=1st Gen

Kousei Kubota vs. Omar Bouiche. Kubota was superior technically, but he telegraphed his submissions and could never lock one in

Takaku Fuke vs. Satoshi Hasegawa. Good action. Interesting to watch. Fuke has fallen so far he's clearly worse than Hasegawa.

Ranking Bout: Osami Shibuya (#8) vs. Ikuhisa Minowa. Shibuya controlled this until the very end.

Keiichiro Yamamiya (#9) vs. Takafumi Ito. Almost all standing, but nothing happened when they were on their feet.

Masakatsu Funaki (#1) vs. Jason Godsey (#10). Vintage Funaki, looking for the opening, baiting the opponent to create it, then seizing the opening for the win.

Yuki Kondo (5th KOP) vs. Yoshiki Takahashi. Good bout with a lot of striking. Looked more like a "typical" shoot than a Pancrase bout.

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase #29 1/3/98 ALIVE PANCRASE TOUR 1997 11 taped 12/20/97 Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect

Kosei Kubota vs. Takafumi Ito. Good Pancrase style bout with both men always working and trying submissions.

Kim Jong Wan vs. Kiuma Kunioku. Kiuma tried to shoot and he caught Kim's kick on the way in, but Kim then put him in a guillotine choke. Kiuma had too much pride to tap to a guy with Jong Wan's record, but he couldn't escape so he was choked unconscious and the ref had to stop the bout. BIG upset!

Osami Shibuya vs. Igor Zinoviev. Even match, but not interesting because neither were able to mount any kind of an offensive.

Satoshi Hasegawa vs. Guy Mezger (#3). Guy was clearly superior and pretty much dominated. Hasegawa refused to submit and you could hear guy saying to him, "Come on man, I'm going to break your arm (if you don't tap)." In his post match interview, Guy said he was about to let go of the hold because he didn't want to have to break Hasegawa's arm.

Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Jason Delucia (#2). Minowa broke the gentleman's agreement of not hitting on the ground so Delucia kind of lost control and threw several open hands from the mount before Minowa reversed him.

John Lober vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa (#6). Yanagisawa accidentally breaks Lober's leg with an ankle lock.

Keiichiro Yamamiya (#9) vs. Bas Rutten (#7).

King of Pancrase Title Match: Yuki Kondo vs. Masakatsu Funaki. Not much of a match. Kondo made a mistake, and Funaki, as usual, doesn't let you get away with that. Funaki wins KOP.

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase #30 1/24/98 ADVANCE PANCRASE TOUR 1998 #1 taped 1/16/98 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Satoshi Hasegawa vs. Ikuhisa Minowa. Hasegawa was the better of the two, but certainly not dominant.

Katsuomi Inagaki vs. Kim Jong Wan. Inagaki wasn't really impressive, but you don't have to be against Jong Wan.

Kosei Kubota vs. Kiuma Kunioku (#4). Kunioku tried a lot of submissions from his back. Kiuma was far superior and was probably carrying Kubota because it looked like he could have choked him out a couple times if he wanted to.

Jason Delucia (#2) vs. Takafumi Ito. Delucia was always in control.

Ranking Match: Keiichiro Yamamiya (#9) vs. Osami Shibuya (#8). Good even match, although not incredibly exciting.

Ranking Match: Jason Godsey (#10) vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa (#6). Godsey tried to shoot in, but Yanagisawa KO'd him with a brutal knee lift.

Semmy Schilt vs. Minoru Suzuki (#5). Suzuki was too much for Schilt on the ground, but after Schilt escaped from a udehishigigyakujujigatame, Schilt came back and KO'd him.

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase #31 2/19/98 ADVANCE PANCRASE TOUR 1998 #2 taped 2/6/98 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Tony Rojo vs. Kim Jong Wan. Short nothing match.

Satoshi Hasegawa vs. Semmy Schilt. Schilt should have won this match as he's better than Hasegawa by a pretty wide margin, but he made a one dumb mistake and that's one more than you are typically allowed in this league.

*Yokohama dojo (Minoru Suzuki's boys) vs. Tokyo dojo (Masakatsu Funaki's boys)

Ryushi Yanagisawa (Yokohama) vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya (Tokyo). Basically a stalemate.

Kiuma Kunioku (Yokohama) vs. Yuki Kondo (Tokyo). Good, highly competitive Pancrase style match. They worked hard, but neither came close to winning.

Osami Shibuya (Yokohama) vs. Yoshiki Takahashi (Tokyo). Good match. Takahashi was "in control" most of the time, but Shibuya was working from the bottom.

Takafumi Ito (Yokohama) vs. Takaku Fuke (Tokyo). Fuke has fallen so low that even Ito has his way with him. Fuke mainly fought defensively. He was able to stave off submissions, but he isn't able to get much offense in these days.

Katsuomi Inagaki (Yokohama) vs. Masakatsu Funaki (Tokyo). Yokohama dojo had already clinched the victory, so it didn't matter that the final match was a huge mismatch. Funaki toyed with Inagaki for a few minutes before putting him away.

Pancrase ADVANCE Pancrase Tour 1998 3 & 4
Commercial Tape 3/1/98 Kobe Fashion Mart Atrium Plaza & 3/18/98 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=Near Perfect 1st Gen

Kosei Kubota vs. Haygar Chin

Takafumi Ito vs. Kim Jong Wan

Takaku Fuke vs. Katsuomi Inagaki

Jason Delucia vs. Satoshi Hasegawa

Ranking Sen: Kiuma Kunioku (#4) vs. Osami Shibuya (#8)

Ranking Sen: Minoru Suzuki (#5) vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya (#9)

3/18/98

Minoru Suzuki vs. Kosei Kubota

Daisuke Ishii vs. Justin McCully

Takafumi Ito vs. Katsuomi Inagaki

Yoshiki Takahashi vs. Leon Dijk

Ranking Sen: Guy Mezger (#3) vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa (#5)

Masakatsu Funaki (King of Pancrase) vs. Semmy Schilt

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase #33 3/28/98 ADVANCE 1998 PANCRASE TOUR #4 taped 3/18/98 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-2hr. Q=TV Master

Kousei Kubota vs. Minoru Suzuki. Suzuki hasn't fallen so far that Kubota can give him a fight. Just wait until 1999 though(:.

Jason McCulley vs. Daisuke Ishii. Ishii's debut. Only thing notable was Ishii getting cut from a kick to the head.

Katsuomi Inagaki vs. Takafumi Ito. Interesting match. Inagaki was not surprisingly the better of the two on their feet, while Ito was not surprisingly the better of the two on the mat. They went back and forth on the mat a lot. Inagaki knocked Ito down with a nasty kick. Ito was close to getting a submission, but time ran out on him and he lost on points. Good technical match.

Leon Dijk vs. Yoshiki Takahashi. Not surprisingly there was a lot of striking here. These guys fought in Pancrase terms like they didn't like each other much, but striking is their forte so there was non of that gentleman's agreement stuff here. Takahashi actually suplexed Dijk at one point.

Ranking Bout: Ryushi Yanagisawa (#5) vs. Guy Mezger (#3). Dull match with Mezger dominating on the mat but never coming close to a submission.

Masakatsu Funaki (6th KOP) vs. Semmy Schilt. Funaki dominated on the mat. Most of the bout was standup though and it wasn't the most exciting standup because they were a little too far away from each other and neither guy would shoot in or move forward. Schilt was very tentative when it came to striking and Funaki was too quick for him, so when Schilt threw a strike Funaki would simply back out of the way. Schilt's open hand strikes did open up a cut above Funaki's right eye which was dripping blood.

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase #34 5/9/98 ADVANCE PANCRASE TOUR 1998 taped 4/26 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan-2hr. Q=TV Master

Adrian Serrano vs. Kiuma Kunioku. Good even bout.

Ranking Bout: Semmy Schilt vs. Jason Godsey (#10). Schilt kneed Godsey when he predictably shot in, which caused a disgusting cut. Godsey was bleeding like crazy, so the doctor stopped it.

Satoshi Hasegawa vs. Ikuhisa Minowa. Clip

Osami Shibuya vs. Takaku Fuke. Clip

Tony Rojo vs. Minoru Suzuki. Mainly a bunch of dancing around. Neither deserved to win. Bad and boring.

Ranking Bout: Jason Delucia (#2) vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa (#5). Good technical bout, but not particularly exciting.

Ranking Bout: Keiichiro Yamamiya (#6) vs. Yuki Kondo (#1). Very hard fought. Good technical bout. Yamamiya showed continued improvement.

KING OF PANCRASE TITLE MATCH: Funaki (6th KOP) vs. Guy Mezger (#3). Funaki was supposed to be really sick. I don't know if that is true, but I do know he didn't seem to have anything tonight. He went a hard fought 30 minutes, but he lacked his usual power and speed. Funaki was cut above his eye early. Guy mainly used his power to dominate Funaki. Guy wins King of Pancrase.

Pancrase Pancrash! Pancrase 7/6/98 ADVANCE 8 taped 6/21/98 Kobe Fashion Mart
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Jason Godsey vs. Kim Jong Wan. As usual, Kim was easy prey.

Semmy Schilt (#7) vs. Guy Mezger (7th KOP). Controversial match. Schilt caught Guy with a big knee lift when he was shooting in and then hit him with 2 palm strikes. Guy was definitely knocked silly, but clearly he was fine to continue. Clearly to everyone but the ref that is, as he stopped the match claiming Guy didn't put his arms up in fighting pose. Guy was shocked and pissed. In the post match, Guy said he told the ref he wasn't hurt so he didn't even want a count, which is why he figured he didn't have to raise his hands.

Minoru Suzuki vs. Takaku Fuke. Fuke actually wins on points due to catching Suzuki with one lucky shot that put Suzuki down. I've been saying Fuke should retire for ages, so if there was any doubt about whether Suzuki should retire, this erases it.

Kosei Kubota vs. Ikuhisa Minowa. Typical even Pancrase match.

Daisuke Ishii vs. Takafumi Ito. Ishii had a big size advantage, but Ito has a lot of experience on him. Ito also had the better speed and technique. Thus, it made for a good match. Competitive and hard fought.

Yoshiki Takahashi vs. Katsuomi Inagaki. Mainly standup. Takahashi was really cocky, but he wasn't getting the job done. A lot of action, but hardly anything that was attempted worked/landed.

Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa. Intense bout. Started out hot, but died from there.

Pancrase Pancrash! 10/8/98 ADVANCE PANCRASE TOUR 1998 taped 9/14 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
-1hr 45min. Q=1st Gen

Manabu Yamada vs. Katsuomi Inagaki

Satoshi Hasegawa vs. Jason Delucia (#4)

Ranking Match: Evan Tanner vs. Kiuma Kunioku (#6)

Ranking Match: Yuki Kondo (#2) vs. Osami Shibuya (#7)

Bas Rutten vs. Kengo Watabe. Watabe's debut

Minoru Suzuki vs. Yoshiki Takahashi

Ranking Match: Masakatsu Funaki (#1) vs. Semmy Schilt (#5)

King of Pancrase Title Match: Guy Mezger vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa (#3)

Pancrase 1998 ADVANCE TOUR 12 Commercial Tape 12/19/98 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-2hr. Q=Master

10/4/98 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Yuki Kondo vs. Daisuke Ishii 2:38

Jason Godsey vs. Kengo Watanabe 1:28

10/26/98 Tokyo Korakuen Hall

Omar Bouiche vs. Minoru Suzuki 0:45

Kiuma Kunioku vs. Masakatsu Funaki 15:00

12/19/98

Minoru Toyonaga vs. Daisuke Ishii

Jason Delucia vs. Manabu Yamada

Ranking Match: Minoru Suzuki (#10) vs. Osami Shibuya (#9)

Ranking Match: Ryushi Yanagisawa (#5) vs. Evan Tanner (#8)

No Rule Special Match: Kengo Watabe vs. John Lober

No Rule Special Match (Vale Tudo Rules): Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Jeremy Horn

No Rule Special Match: Masakatsu Funaki vs. John Renken

King of Pancrase Title Match: Guy Mezger vs. Yuki Kondo (#1)

Pancrase King of Pancrase Title Match 4/99
-30min. Q=1st Gen

Highlights of probably all the previous King of Pancrase Title Matches 12/19/98 Tokyo Bay NK Hall King of Pancrase Title Match: Guy Mezger vs. Yuki Kondo

Pancrase Masakatsu Funaki The Road to Millennium ~The Ten Best Fights~ Commercial Tape
-2 1/2hr. Q=Near Perfect. 2 DVDs

9/7/96 Tokyo Bay NK Hall, King of Pancrase Title Match: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Bas Rutten

12/16/96 Tokyo Nippon Budokan, King of Pancrase Tournament Final: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Jason Delucia

2/22/97 Tokyo Bay NK Hall: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Semmy Schilt

4/27/97 Tokyo Bay NK Hall, King of Pancrase Title Match: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Yuki Kondo

9/6/97 Tokyo Bay NK Hall: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Guy Mezger

12/20/97 Yokohama Bunka Taiikukakan: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Yuki Kondo

7/26/98 Aomori Kenei Taiikukan: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Osami Shibuya

10/26/98 Tokyo Korakuen Hall: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Kiuma Kunioku

12/19/98 Tokyo Bay NK Hall: Masakatsu Funaki vs. John Renken

9/18/99 Tokyo Bay NK Hall: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Tony Petarra

11/27/93 Tokyo Bay NK Hall: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Maurice Smith

*I have a limited number of additional 1st gen VHS available*

Pancrase 2000 TRANS TOUR DVD 4/30/00 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-1hr 45min. Q=TFDVD

Kosei Kubota vs. Massive Ichi

Takaku Fuke vs. Daisuke Watanabe

Hikaru Sato vs. Michael Sa Jin Kwok

Minoru Suzuki vs. Sean Daugherty

Osami Shibuya vs. Hiroshi Ota

Jason Delucia vs. Bob Stines

Kiuma Kunioku vs. Shone Carter. This was the best fight on the show because it was pretty even, but wasn't at a loss for action.

KING OF PANCRASE Title Match: Semmy Schilt vs. Yoshiki Takahashi. Takahashi's strategy was to keep it in standup and try to knock Schilt out, but Schilt has a huge reach advantage and wouldn't let Takahashi get close enough. Takahashi always had to lunge in with his strikes, so he couldn't get much on them and was also more succeptible to counter punching. When Takahashi would "take Schilt down" (it was more like Schilt would just go down and use his size to try to take the dominant position), Schilt would always wind up in a controlling position either by reaching around Takahashi's body or getting a reversal. Schilt wouldn't be much if he was a foot smaller, but you have to give him credit for knowing how to use his size to win him the match.

*Replica package available*

Battle Station Pancrase 5/30/02 Pancrase 2002 SPIRIT TOUR taped 5/11 Osaka Umeda Stella Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Hikaru Sato vs. Takaku Fuke. Sato controlled most of the fight, but neither came close to finishing. Fuke is too experienced to fall for anything, but the younger guys are physical superior not to mention healthier. Sato did a nice headlock takedown and somersault guard pass. 2R.

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Kenji Arai. Even to the point of stalemate. The last minute was good because they knew they needed something to pull out the win, but otherwise it was uneventful. 2R.

Yoshiro Maeda vs. Mikio Takeuchi. Maeda was an energetic risk taker. He ran the ropes and tried a high knee. Takeuchi seemed to control him most of the time though. 1:50 of 10:00.

Yoshitomi Mishima vs. Masao Ando. Mishima was able to get mount and try to finish, but Ando got on top when he tried for the arm bar. However, Maeda triangled him. 2:34 of 7:22

Kei Yamamiya vs. Ichiro Kanai. Whole match was standup with an efficient and effective Yamamiya picking the debuting Kanai apart. Yamamiya looked really good mixing up his punches and throwing them all in combination. Enjoyable match. 3:51

Kengo vs. Tomohiko Hashimoto. Kengo wanted to strike from a distance, while Hashimoto wanted to fight from the clinch. These conflicting styles made it an interesting fight since there was action and both had some success. Hashimoto caught Kengo's kick, tripped him up, and did a German suplex. He actually tried to make it a rolling German, but Kengo blocked the 2nd. Unfortunately, Hashimoto had no ground defense to the point he didn't seem to know the guard. Still, it was a good short match. 4:17

Eiji Ishikawa vs. Osami Shibuya. Pretty good match. As usual there wasn't much damage done, but it was more offensive minded than typical Pancrase with a few chances taken. Ishikawa is a good striker that controlled standup. Shibuya lost the first round and was losing the second, but he got a headlock takedown and was punching away. Ishikawa got a takedown later in the round though, and showed some good ground punching. 2R

Akihiro Gono vs. Kosei Kubota. Gono was the better striker and wouldn't let Kubota get him down. He would go to the ground when the opportunity presented itself though, at one point having Kubota's back and landing regularly. They opened up in the third round, with Kubota knowing it was now or never and Gono making sure rather than shutting it down. Kubota wound up taking a lot more punishment in this round, but his desperation made the fight. 3R

Battle Station Pancrase 6/26/02 Pancrase 2002 SPIRIT TOUR taped 5/28 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Jason Godsey vs. Hideki Tadao

Pancrase Shodai Welterkyu Oza Kettei Tournament Ikkaisen

Yohei Ota vs. Hiroki Nagaoka

Koji Oishi vs. Yoshimitsu Warita

Hideaki Iwasaki vs. Kiuma Kunioku

Kenichi Sato vs. Takumi Yano

Yuki Sasaki vs. John Glover

Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Mitsuyoshi Sato

Battle Station Pancrase 8/22/02 Pancrase 2002 SPIRIT TOUR taped 7/28 Tokyo Korakuen Hall day show
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Yohei Tagami vs. Taku Aramaki

NEO BLOOD TOURNAMENT Ikkaisen

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Hiroyuki Nozawa

Kenji Arai vs. Minoru Ozawa

Hidetaka Monma vs. Kazuki Okubo

Masashi Suzuki vs. Sen Nakadai

Pancrase Shodai Welterkyu Oza Kettei Tournament Junkessho

Takafumi Ito vs. Hiroki Nagaoka

Kiuma Kunioku vs. Koji Oishi

Kengo vs. Cobra

Yuki Kondo vs. Yoshinori Momose

Battle Station Pancrase 8/23/02 Pancrase 2002 SPIRIT TOUR taped 7/28 Tokyo Korakuen Hall night show
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

NEO BLOOD TOURNAMENT Junkessho

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Kenji Arai

Hidetaka Monma vs. Masashi Suzuki

Mitsuhisa Sanabe vs. Masahito Wachi

Daisuke Watanabe vs. Takao Yamamoto

Nathan Marquardt vs. Seiki Ryo

Kei Yamamiya vs. Mitsuyoshi Sato

NEO BLOOD TOURNAMENT Kesshosen: Hidetaka Monma vs. Satoru Kitaoka

Pancrase Shodai Welterkyu Oza Kettei Tournament Kesshosen: Kiuma Kunioku vs. Takafumi Ito

Battle Station Pancrase 9/13/02 Pancrase 2002 SPIRIT TOUR taped 8/25 Osaka Umeda Stella Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Yoshinobu vs. Miki Shida

Takaku Fuke vs. Kenichi Serizawa

Yuki Sasaki vs. Koji Oishi

Yuji Hoshino vs. Kosei Kubota

Yoshiki Takahashi vs. Hideki Tadao

Osami Shibuya vs. Akihiro Gono

Pancrase Hybrid Hour 10/22/02 PANCRASE 2002 SPIRIT TOUR taped 9/29 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Masakazu Imanari vs. Yuji Oba

Katsuhisa Fujii vs. Hiroya Takada

Kazuo Misaki vs. Kousei Kubota

Osami Shibuya vs. Mitsuyoshi Sato

KEI Yamamiya vs. Eiji Ishikawa

Ron Waterman vs. Kengo

Yuki Sasaki vs. Alex Stiebling

Kiuma Kunioku vs. Hiroki Nagaoka

Pancrase Hybrid Hour 11/28/02 PANCRASE 2002 SPIRIT TOUR taped 10/29/02 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Hiroyuki Nozawa vs. Minoru Ozawa 2R

Miki Shida vs. Takahiro Sanehara 2R

Kenji Arai vs. Takehiro Kato 2R

Hikaru Sato vs. Susumu Yamasaki 2R

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Taro Minato 2R

Koji Oishi vs. Juan Ayala 3R

Chris Lytle vs. Yuji Hoshino R1 2:09

Izuru Takeuchi vs. Nate Marquardt 3R

Pancrase Hybrid Hour 12/12/02 PANCRASE 2002 SPIRIT TOUR 8 taped 11/30/02 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Yushin Okami vs. Sen Nakadai 2R

Mitsuhisa Sunabe vs. Masahiro Watanabe R2 1:17

Kazuo Misaki vs. Masaya Kojima R1 4:40

Takafumi Ito vs. Takuya Wada Decision 3R

Ricardo Almeida vs. Osami Shibuya R1 3:25

Sanae Kikuta vs. Eduardo Pamplona 3R

Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Yuki Sasaki 3R

Minoru Suzuki vs. Jushin Thunder Liger R1 1:48

Pancrase TV 2/11/03 PANCRASE 2003 HYBRID TOUR 1 taped 1/26/03 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Shigeyuki Umeki vs. Yohei Tagami 2R

Yushin Okami vs. Hikaru Sato 2R

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Hiroki Nagaoka 2R

Koji Oishi vs. Takuya Wada 2R

Eiji Ishikawa vs. Ichiro Kanai 2R

Daisuke Watanabe vs. Hidetada Irie R1 4:18

Kazuo Misaki vs. Joe D'Arce R2 4:51

Yuki Kondo vs. Gabriel Vella 2R

Pancrase TV 3/12/03 PANCRASE 2003 HYBRID TOUR 2 taped 2/16/03 Osaka Grand Cube
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Yoshiro Maeda vs. Shigeyuki Umeki R2 1:49

Yuji Hoshino vs. Takaku Fuke 2R

Kengo vs. Koji Okuyama 2R

Hidehiko Hasegawa vs. Kosei Kubota R2 3:05

Kenichi Serizawa vs. Roland Fabre R1 2:58

Akihiro Gono vs. Chael Sonnen 2R

Ricardo Almeida vs. Ikuhisa Minowa 3R

Pancrase TV 4/8/03 PANCRASE 2003 HYBRID TOUR 3 taped 3/8/03 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Naoki Seki vs. Kenji Arai R1 1:20

Jun Ishii vs. Jason Godsey R2 1:51

Kazuo Misaki vs. Yuji Hisamatsu 2R

Yuki Kondo vs. Sumio Koyano R1 3:58

Middleweight King of Pancrase Title Match: Nathan Marquardt vs. Izuru Takeuchi R1 1:29

Pancrase TV 10/21/03 2003 HYBRID TOUR 10th Anniversary taped 8/31/03 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-3hr. Q=TV Master. 2 DVDs

Osami Shibuya vs. Toru Yano R2 2:35

Ricardo Almeida vs. Kazuo Misaki 3R

Yuki Sasaki vs. Heath Sims 3R

Akihiro Gono vs. Nilson de Castro R1 0:29

Catch Wrestling Rule: Minoru Suzuki vs. Takashi Iizuka

Crosley Gracie vs. Kiuma Kunioku 3R

Sanae Kikuta vs. Elvis Sinosic 3R

Openweight KING OF PANCRASE Title Match: Josh Barnett vs. Yuki Kondo Submission R3 3:26

Pancrase TV 3/9/04 PANCRASE 2004 BRAVE TOUR 2 taped 2/15/04 Osaka Umeda Stella Hall
-1hr 55min. Q=TV Master

Yohei Tagami vs. Naoji Fujimoto R1 3:03

Daisuke13 Hanazawa vs. Takuo Miyata 2R

Yuji Oba vs. Satoshi Watanabe 2R

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Tadahiro Hosaka 2R

Takafumi Ito vs. Yuji Hoshino 3R

Yoshiro Maeda vs. Alexandre Soca R2 0:25

Pancrase LIVE SPECIAL 2004 BRAVE TOUR 10 11/7/04 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-3hr 40min. Q=TV Master. 2 DVD s

Hiromitsu Miura vs. Yun Seob Kwak R1 0:54

Katsuya Inoue vs. Satoru Kitaoka 3R

Akihiro Gono vs. Tim McKenzie R2 2:53

Ryuta Noji vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa 3R

Sanae Kikuta vs. Ice Man R1 2:14

Middleweight King of Pancrase Decision Match: Nathan Marquardt vs. Kazuo Misaki 3R

1st Superheavyweight King of Pancrase Decision Match: Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Ron Waterman 3R

Yuki Kondo vs. Evangelista Cyborg 3R

Pancrase Hybrid Hour 1/22/05 2004 BRAVE TOUR 10 taped 11/7/04 Tokyo Bay NK Hall
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Note: some bouts may be edited

Hiromitsu Miura vs. Yun Seob Kwak R1 0:54

Katsuya Inoue vs. Satoru Kitaoka 3R

Akihiro Gono vs. Tim McKenzie R2 2:53

Ryuta Noji vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa 3R

Sanae Kikuta vs. Ice Man R1 2:14

Middleweight King of Pancrase Decision Match: Nathan Marquardt vs. Kazuo Misaki 3R

1st Superheavyweight King of Pancrase Decision Match: Tsuyoshi Kosaka vs. Ron Waterman 3R

Yuki Kondo vs. Evangelista Cyborg 3R

Pancrase Hybrid Hour 6/1/05 2005 SPIRAL TOUR 4 taped 5/1 Kanagawa Yokohama Bunka Taiikukan
-1hr 50min. Q=TV Master

Note: some bouts may be edited

Daizo Ishige vs. Hiroki Nagaoka 2R

Takumi Yano vs. Ippo Watanuki R2 3:48

Hidehiko Hasegawa vs. Naoki Seki R1 1:59

Daisuke Watanabe vs. Yuya Shirai 2R

Minoru Suzuki Exhibition Match

Ryuta Noji vs. Jin Chul Oh R1 1:44

Welterweight King of Pancrase Title Match: Katsuya Inoue vs. Kenji Arai R2 4:30

Middleweight King of Pancrase Title Match: Nathan Marquardt vs. Izuru Takeuchi R3 2:19

Pancrase 2006 BLOW TOUR 10 2006 Special Night 12/2/06 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Note: some bouts may be edited

Yukito vs. Kenta Nakamura 2R

Koji Yoshimoto vs. Yuki Yamasawa 2R

Shoji vs. Taku Aramaki R1 3:36

Artur Oumakhanov vs. Yuji Miyazaki R1 1:03

Tatsuya Mizuno vs. Yasuaki Miura R1 1:47

Takuya Wada Yoshirock T R1 4:22

Manabu Inoue vs. Kenji Shimada 2R

Mu Bae Choi vs. Masayuki Kono R2 1:36

Yuichi Nakanishi vs. Izuru Takeuchi 3R

Pancrase 2006 BLOW TOUR 11 12/10/06 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Note: some bouts may be edited

Miki Shida vs. Daichi Fujiwara R1 0:36

Masahiro Toryu vs. Nobuhiro Tsurumaki R1 1:16

Kanako Takeshita vs. WINDY Tomomi R3 2:08

Koji Oishi vs. Hiroyuki Nozawa R1 4:53

Hikaru Sato vs. Sviatoslav Matanov 2R

Takafumi Ito vs. Eriya Matsuda 2R

Ryo Kawamura vs. Nilson de Castro 3R

Daizo Ishige vs. Kenji Arai 3R

Yuki Kondo vs. Ian Nai R1 1:30

Pancrase 2007 RISING TOUR 1 2/4/07 Osaka Umeda Stellar Hall
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Note: some bouts may be edited

Punch Yamauchi vs. Takashi Hasegawa 2R

Yuichi Miyagi vs. Red Slayer Guy 2R

Akihiko Mori vs. Yuji Miyazaki R1 2:34

Kenji Takeshige vs. Jinzaburo Yonezawa R1 4:27

Daisuke Hanazawa vs. Animal R2 3:03

Masahiro Toryu vs. Kiichi Kunimoto 2R

Naoji Fujimoto vs. Mitsuhisa Sunabe 2R

Yoshiro Maeda vs. Manabu Inoue R1 4:36

Pancrase 2007 RISING TOUR 2 2/28/07 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Note: some bouts may be edited

Masaki Yanagisawa vs. Michihisa Asano 2R

Yoshirock T vs. Shinsuke Shoji R2 2:06

Daisuke Watanabe vs. Tomoyoshi Iwamiya R2 0:58

Hikaru Sato vs. Rikuhei Fujii 2R

Next Heavyweight Title Challenger Decision Match: Thiago Silva vs. Tatsuya Mizuno R1 4:29

Artur Oumakhanov vs. Takafumi Ito 3R

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Gustavo PC 3R

Pancrase TV 2007 RISING TOUR 3 3/18/07 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Note: some bouts may be edited

Asaki Honda vs. Seiki Ryo 2R

Yuji Hoshino vs. 2R

Eriya Matsuda vs. Takumi Yano R1 1:30

DJ.taiki vs. Kentaro Imaizumi 2R

Alavutdin Gadzhiyev vs. Ichiro Kanai R1 1:05

Ryo Kawamura vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara R3 1:36

Pancrase TV 2007 RISING TOUR 4 4/27/07 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 50min. Q=Perfect

Note: some bouts may be edited

Shoji Maruyama vs. Kenji Takeshige R1 2:28

Takuya Wada vs. Sotaro Yamada 2R

Miki Shida vs. Manabu Inoue 3R

Hyung Suk Choi vs. Yukio Sakaguchi R1 1:51

Izuru Takeuchi vs. Daisuke Watanabe 3R

Bryan Rafiq vs. Hikaru Sato R2 2:16

Yoshiro Maeda vs. Danny Batten 3R

Pancrase TV 2007 RISING TOUR 5 5/30/07 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Michihisa Asano vs. Yuki Yamasawa 2R

Daichi Fujiwara vs. Yuichiro Shirai 2R

Ichiro Kanai vs. Kozo Urita R1 3:50

DJ.taiki vs. Jameel “The Sergeant” Massouh R2 4:50

Eriya Matsuda vs. Kenji Arai R1 0:23

Katsuya Inoue vs. Koji Oishi R2 2:45

3rd Heavyweight King of Pancrase Decision Match: Assuerio Silva vs. Tatsuya Mizuno R2 2:08

Fabio Silva vs. Ryo Kawamura R2 3:44

Pancrase 2007 RISING TOUR 8 10/14/07 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Note: some bouts may be edited

Hayato Shimizu vs. Yuki Yamasawa 2R

Michihisa Asano vs. Tatsuya So R1 0:30

Asaki Honda vs. Yukio Sakaguchi R1 0:52

Kenji Arai vs. Takaichi Hirayama 2R

Kenji Takeshige vs. Kentarou Abe R2 2:27

Takuya Wada vs. Hyung Kwang Kim 2R

Manabu Inoue vs. Jin Suk Jung R2 1:47

Yuki Kondo vs. Yuji Sakuragi 3R

Pancrase 2007 RISING TOUR 9 11/28/07 Tokyo Korakuen Hall
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Note: some bouts may be edited

Shinsuke Shoji vs. Wataru Takahashi R1 0:52

Takuya Wada vs. Seiki Ryo Decision 2R

Michihisa Asano vs. Tomoki Murayama 2R

Tatsuya Mizuno vs. Masayuki Kono R1 3:28

Marlon Sandro vs DJ.taiki 3R

Middleweight King of Pancrase Title Match: Izuru Takeuchi vs. Yuichi Nakanishi 3R

Pancrase 2007 RISING TOUR 10 12/22/07 Tokyo Differ Ariake
-1hr 50min. Q=Near Perfect

Note: some bouts may be edited

Tatsuya So vs. Hayato Shimizu R2 3:30

Yuichi Ikari vs. Takumi Yano R1 1:51

Miki Shida vs. Jameel Massouh 2R

Alavutdin Gadzhiyev vs. Masahiro Toryu R1 0:57

Kenji Arai vs. Mike Kwok R1 1:17

Catch Wrestling Rule: Josh Barnett vs. Hikaru Sato R1 4:27

Shoji vs. Takafumi Ito 3R

Kei Yamamiya vs. Ryo Kawamura 3R

Pancrase Classics #1 The Lion's Den 6/27/14
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

Truth 6 6/25/96: Bas Rutten vs. Jason DeLucia 8:48. You'd expect Bas to dominate the standup, but DeLucia's awkward kung fu style with the right leg forward side stance was giving him trouble. DeLucia controlled the distance with his right side kick and used the left palm to set up the right middle kick. I expected DeLucia's strategy to focus on the ground game, but while he had a takedown into mount the one time he tried only to have the ref stand them up, DeLucia was content not to pursue the ground any further since he was doing well enough on his feet standing toe to toe and slugging it out. Bas kept getting in carded for closed fist punches to the face, complaining to DeLucia that he should admit they were all legal, but eventually turned the fight with a good punch combo to the body for a knockdown that DeLucia greatly exaggerated. Bas kept punching the liver for three more quick knockdowns to finish the fight. This was mostly enjoyable stuff, but DeLucia's histrionics putting over the finishing sequence really killed it for me. Above average match.

Alive 7 6/30/97: Satoshi Hasegawa vs. Alex Andrade 10:00. Quite the mismatch as Andrade had about 35 pounds on Hasegawa, and the size combined with some understanding of spacing and takedown defense allowed him to bully Hasegawa in standup. Hasegawa was all about setting up the takedown, but they fought at such a distance early on it was difficult for him to get on Andrade's legs no matter how many diversionary strikes he put out. Andrade began to time Hasegawa's lunges, dropping him with a short left palm then started to come forward and attack with more palms while Hasegawa was clearing the cobwebs. Andrade progressively closed the distance, starting to punish the body, but as he looked ready to finish, Hasegawa dropped for a takedown and Andrade knocked him silly with an illegal soccer kick for a red card. Hasegawa got enough recovery time to go the distance, but really took an almost unanswered beating in the 2nd half. Average match.

King of Pancrase Tournament 2nd Round 12/16/94: Frank Juarez (Frank Shamrock) vs. Manabu Yamada 8:38. A great display of UWF style mat gambling with both men showing no real interest in securing or defending positions, but rather just diving at any submission possible, risk and odds be damned. The advantage changed so frequently, and through some of the most absurd moves such as a headlock takedown by Yamada and the Ken Shamrock WWE ankle lock finisher by Frank, that any fan of old school shoot wrestling would have to love it. This endless Volk Han style submission scramble finally ended in the only way that seemed fitting, with Yamada winning the battle of dueling leg locks. I understand the logic and of course need for defense, but for show, nothing beats the old ground stuff where no one worried about holding a position. Excellent match.

Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 3 11/8/93: Vernon "Tiger" White vs. Katsuomi Inagaki 22:04. White was basically just a very athletic and light on his feet taekwondo black belt at his point, so Inagaki was taking him down at will. Inagaki kept working Kimura's and arm triangles from the scarf position, but they were always so close to the ropes the ref would stand up, forcing him to start all over. Once Inagaki got a little tired he inexplicably began to engage in a standup fight with White, particularly allowing White way too much distance that even resulted in an impressive hook kick. Inagaki had a few good flurries when he got in on White, but White was too fast, dynamic, and diverse with his striking, and his conditioning edge played a bigger and bigger part as time went on. Though Inagaki was mostly getting battered and bloodied, this was some good, hard nosed toe-to-toe standup action. White put Inagaki down with almost a series of chops, but ultimately it was his body work that was ruling the day, and really taking the gas from an already drained and fading Inagaki. White bent Inagaki in half with a front kick and then followed with a crushing soccer kick while Inagaki was hunched over defenseless. Inagaki somehow got up, but was so beat up and exhausted the ref soon stopped it, giving White the first win of his career.

Truth 5 5/16/95: Minoru Suzuki vs. Guy Mezger 7:59. Suzuki willingly engaged in a kickboxing match with Mezger, fighting the whole match at distance where he quickly and handily got picked apart. After getting knocked down once with a right/left palm combo and beat up in the corner, Suzuki finally tried to change it up jumping for an armbar, but Guy saw it coming and Suzuki bizarrely wound up knocking himself out hitting the canvas. Though Mezger was making a good name for himself, he had yet to break through the top tier in Pancrase with his losses coming to Funaki, Suzuki, & Bas. Thus, this was a shocking loss for Suzuki at the time even though it was a theme match, but ultimately turned out to be the beginning of the end of his career as a top fighter as he proceeded to lose to Kondo, White, & DeLucia, and never again had a win over a serious contender. Average match.

Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 2 10/14/93: Wayne Shamrock (Ken Shamrock) vs. Yoshiki Takahashi 12:23. Takahashi began to garn his reputation for never giving up with this first of many fights where he's woefully outclassed, but through heart and willpower somehow just keeps coming back for a further beating. I liked the intensity of this match, though more at the outset when Takahashi was fresh. As the match progressed, the predictable outcome became more and more obvious, but Takahashi refused so adamantly to believe it that you at once felt bad for him and were in awe of his sheef masochism. It was actually pretty competitive in standup, but Takahashi would put most of his effort into going against his lesser disadvantage, taking Shamrock down only to be almost immediately reversed and consistently out grappled. I was sure Shamrock had Takahashi when he swept with an arm triangle, but apparently Takahashi got a foot on the ropes (off camera) before his lights went out, and Shamrock wound up with a red card for not breaking quickly enough. Shamrock soon had it again, but this time much closer to the ropes, so Shamrock wound up jacking Takahashi's jaw with a palm strike knockdown on the restart. There were some inspired moments on the mat with Takahashi, in particular, recklessly diving at leg locks only to have Shamrock respond with a much better version, which ultimately damaged Takahashi's knee & ankle because he simply refused to tap. Finally, Shamrock got one of the deepest, most brutally angled heel hooks you'll ever see right in the center & even Takahashi couldn't take any more pain for the sake of it. Good match.

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