Pancrase Classics DVD

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

Truth 6 6/25/96: Bas Rutten vs. Jason DeLucia 8:48. Although Bas never pulled his punches, this was the most obvious work on this edition of Classics because it was marred by overexaggerated cornball pro wrestling selling at the crucial moments. That being said, it was a good story match where the strategy of DeLucia, utilizing his awkward kung fu style with the right leg forward side stance, gave Bas enough trouble to allow him to more than hold his own in standup against the beast. 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 shattered the illusion. 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 the Ken Shamrock WWE ankle lock finisher by Frank, that any fan of old school shoot wrestling would have to love it. This beautiful, endless Volk Han style submission scramble finally ended in the only way that seemed fitting to those with a pro wrestling mindset, with Yamada winning the battle of dueling leg locks. I understand the logic and of course need for defense in a real fight, but for show, nothing beats the old ground stuff where they kept transitioning to be entertaining rather than locking down a position to be safe. 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. Good match.

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.

Pancrase Classics #2 7/4/14 King of Pancrase
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

Breakthrough 11 12/18/99: Kiuma Kunioku vs. Lane Andrews 14:44. A far more modern match than anything seen on last week's episode. There was a much higher level of legitimacy (they certainly appeared to be entirely on their own doing a shoot) and the change to gloves allowing for head strikes made it now finally seem like UFC in a wrestling, but freed of the old restrictions and limitations, suddenly the strategy and smarts were greatly increased, and we saw that these guys were, if anything, ahead of their time in terms of the way they looked to answer their opponents techniques. All this, unfortunately, didn't make this an entertaining fight though. Kiuma was content to win through the least possible risk, if not effort, tying Andrews up against the ropes, waiting for the moment to trip him up, and then laying on him in side mount just continuing to hold Andrews close and put his weight on him. Kiuma all of a sudden began striking aggressively to back up an ill advised mount attempt in the ropes that resulted in the ref standing them up. Kiuma just backed Andrews into the ropes again and tripped him up though, and this time mounted before Andrews was so far under the ropes and gambled to get the armbar finish in the last 30 seconds rather than just taking the decision win. Poor match.

Road To The Championship 2 7/6/94: Ken Shamrock vs. Matt Hume 5:50. A really fun work that was mainly an elongated scramble with a few stiff exchanges mixed in. They never stayed in a position for more than a few seconds unless someone was working a submission. Pancrase unfortunately never seemed to get the genius of Hume, a true natural fighter, but you'll notice he's suddenly undefeated once he starts doing shoots in America, including handing Pat Miletich his first loss. Although both were highly impressive, despite all Shamrock's shoot style experience in UWF & PWFG, Hume often actually looked the better of the two, especially in terms of instinctiveness and cleverness as well as skill. An early highlight saw Shamrock fail to respond to a level change, so Hume made a point of getting in on the waistlock and hitting a belly to belly suplex. It was tactics like this that set this apart, as although some or all of it wasn't on the level, Hume imposed the sort of realistic, strategic chain of events you'd never see from guys like Nobuhiko Takada who didn't actually understand MMA. Shamrock tended to get the better of Hume because he was the bigger name, and he probably had 40 pounds on him. Shamrock was the harder hitter in standup, but I liked the spot where Shamrock hit a high kick, so Hume answered with a low kick/high kick combo. The best near finish saw Hume throw Shamrock with the koshi gurma, but Shamrock immediately rolled him and transitioned into an armbar that would have finished had Hume not been so close to the ropes. Refusing to be detered, Shamrock hit an overhead belly to belly and floated over into a Kimura for the win. Very good match.

Truth 2 3/2/96: Bas Rutten vs. Guy Mezger 19:36. Although Mezger is a 6th dan black belt in Karate, he had far vaster knowledge of the ground game than Bas did at this point, and opted to try to take Bas out of his element at every opportunity, which is to say endlessly. Mezger was passing guard at will, though Bas occasionally reguarded, but couldn't do a thing with the position and Bas would just explode to his feet or the ref would give him the Kimbo standup so he could get back to landing a few heavy body shots and set up the wash, rinse, repeat. Mezger had to roll into a kneebar to finally get Bas in trouble, but Bas countered with an ankle lock. They appeared to do the wash, rinse, repeat of this too, but finally changed something up with Bas finishing with a nasty heel hook. The standup was intense with some particularly powerful shots from Rutten, but the majority was on the ground with Mezger just thinking about going for an armbar, but never actually attempting it. For the time period, Mezger had an impressive match and got over in defeat, but it looks really lame now to see a guy get over a dozen mounts and never even threaten. Average match.

Alive 4 4/27/97, King of Pancrase Title Match: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Yuki Kondo 15:12. Funaki cemented the shooting stardom of his young protege Kondo, passing the title to him just 14 months into his career so he could at least finally replace Suzuki as the #2 native in the company, if not hopefully soon ascend past Funaki himself. I really liked the movement in this match, both on the feet with all the feints, and on the ground with all the passes and reguards. One of the things that made Funaki so beautiful to watch is he had all the composure and confidence in himself of Takada, but also mixed that with being one of the greatest athletes to ever step into the ring and a teachers mentality that showed not only full belief that he knew his stuff, but also that he was going to lead you through it in the most effortless of manners. Funaki, who has to have 30 pounds on Kondo, is always the one making the fight, pressing forward in standup and taking the top on the ground, but Kondo is always right there with him, drawing him in so he can counter but never giving an inch of intimidation. The fight then, really, is Funaki's action vs. Kondo's reaction, whether Kondo can withstand Funaki's lead or parry it. Kondo came on after 10:00, beginning to attack in standup and work from the top on the ground. Kondo would always essentiall do a double guard pass to end up on the side to fish for the armbar, and finally he locked it, extending Funaki's arm for over 15 seconds in full puroresu tradition before Funaki decided to tap. Good match.

Truth 1 1/28/96, Interim King of Pancrase Title Decision Match: Frank Shamrock vs. Minoru Suzuki 22:53. Slower paced, more patient long match with a lot of time devoted to setting up the attacks, most of which were ultimately thwarted through a position change. These were very similar in standup, moving and bouncing almost identically. Suzuki tended to dictate, but Shamrock had the most active bottom game in early Pancrase, making his opponent work and think rather than just laying there waiting to be attacked as so many others were doing at this time. There was a nice segment where he bucked Suzuki off of mount, turned to his knees and rolled into a kneebar when Suzuki took his back. Later Frank failed on the kneebar, but the attempt still allowed him to reguard. A bit too much of the forearm to the face sort of tactics for my tastes, but that ultimately set up Frank's kneebar finish after faking the armbar. Above average match.

Pancrase Classics #3 7/11/14 Submission Fighters
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 3 11/8/93: Ryushi Yanagisawa vs. Andre van den Oetelaar 15:51. A ground fighting theme match where kickboxer Yanagisawa showed less than no interest in engaging in standup with boxer van den Oetelaar, just diving for the single leg right away. The problem was Andre was clearly the better wrestler, even having a better bottom and submission game. Andre had Yanagisawa under pressure some early, but Yanagisawa had superior conditioning, and began to control the grappling game in the 2nd half, eventually winning the battle of footsies with a heel hook. This wasn't a very interesting match as it was mostly patient matwork where they were looking for something, but generally didn't even seem to know what, and just shifted from one appendage to another hoping something would somehow work out. Below average match.

4th Anniversary Show 9/6/97: Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Kosei Kubota 10:00 + 3:00. These two were very hungry, and even on the ground were willing to beat each other up with open hands, with Kubota actually even suffering visible damage with a mouse under his eye. Kubota had the better takedown game, but Minowa didn't seem to mind, as he was so comfortable off his back, sporting the best guard we've seen so far in the classics. Minowa was slightly more experienced having debuted in '96, whereas Kubota was in just his 4th fight, but these two were very evenly matched. There's a definite difference in the level of realism in the '97 matches so far in the classics, looking more toward modern MMA where positioning and patience take precedence over offense and taking risks to make something happen, but this would definitely be the pick so far for one that may have been legit if we surmise that Minowa was just going along with the takedowns because he's so comfortable on his back. One judge ruled for Minowa even though he was mostly on the bottom because he did a better job getting submission attempts, but it wound up being a majority draw. Above average match.

Truth 10 12/15/96, King of Pancrase Title Decision Match: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Jason DeLucia 7:49. Both employed the right foot forward stance despite being righties. It was mainly a standup match, and it was pretty even until Funaki actually got a knockdown kicking DeLucia's shin, with DeLucia once again way overdoing the selling again, as well as and the subsequent hobbling. Funaki then went all out attacking the shin, and Funaki would just flop to the canvas with every shot. DeLucia did manage to grab Funaki twice and pull guard, but couldn't finish on the mat, and once they were stood up Funaki finally kicked the knee out to become the 4th King of Pancrase. Average match.

1996 Neo-Blood Tournament 7/22/96: Frank Shamrock vs. Manabu Yamada 12:44. I enjoyed the spectacle of their 12/16/94 match a lot more, but they exchanged that for realism and brutality. This was one of the toughest matches to figure out what was going on, as it started out looking like a more realistic and modern work with more emphasis on positioning and more patience in going for submissions, which were mostly used to transition into the opponent's control. However, Shamrock began getting nasty with the ground and palm, and Yamada wasn't happy he actually got hurt twice, ultimately getting a big shot in on Shamrock in standup. There were definitely aspects of this match, especially some of the striking containing an intent and aggression not seen in any of these other matches, but there also seemed to be a story of Shamrock getting closer and closer with the rear naked choke until he made it good. It's weird that the rear naked choke has played such a small part in these classics matches so far, as it's the highest success rate submission of the current century so you'd think it would have been a staple from the outset, but very few guys were getting the hooks in, much less flattening the opponent out, and Frank was the first to employ the body triangle. They were focusing on this move to set it up as the finish all night, but as Shamrock was also the first to do damage with open hand ground strikes, crushing Yamada's nose with a straight down palm and later getting yellow carded for cutting him in between the eyes with another, they seemed to lose the plot and want to kick each other's asses before finally getting back to it. Good match.

Road To The Championship 3 7/16/94: Ken Shamrock vs. Bas Rutten 16:42. A wrestler vs. striker match that wasn't that entertaining because it was 99% wrestler, but they did tell the logical stories here with Shamrock just grounding Bas after 10 seconds of ferocious standup. Shamrock eventually gave up a dominant position for a leglock only to have Bas just grab the ropes for the standup. Thus, after taking him right back down again, Ken dragged Bas to the center before applying the heel hook, but again Bas made it to the ropes. Bas appeared to tap to a neck crank, but perhaps was just trying to alert the ref that his foot was on the ropes. Shamrock was the dominant wrestler of the era because he had the rare combination of size and movement, but mainly because he understood how to use his weight and leverage to hold positions. Still a neophyte on the mat, Rutten was only able to get to his feet through a rope escape, and then Shamrock would just use his momentum against him, closing the distance when Bas fired away then taking him back down. Shamrock was limiting Bas's breathing all fight, and when Bas finally turned out of mount and tried to stand, Shamrock yanked him back down with a rear naked choke for the immediate tap. Average match.

Breakthrough 11 12/18/99: Nate Marquardt vs. Genki Sudo 13:31. A 20-year-old Marquart made his Japanese debut here at lightweight (this was a lot of testerone ago...) after going 6-0 in Colorado, showing a dominant if only for control top game all fight. Sudo was game, and was going for submissions whenever he could open something up, mostly trying for triangles, while showing an excellent guard that Marquart couldn't pass or really get anything going from. Marquart was well on his way to riding himself to a decision, but tried to finish with a neck crank with 90 seconds left, and Sudo showed why everyone has abandoned the neck crank, quickly countering into an armbar for the surprise comeback win. This wasn't overly entertaining, but the most modern match so far as both men truly understood and displayed a mastery of the effective grappling positioning and defense. Average match.

Pancrase Classics #4 7/18/14
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

Alive 3 3/22/97: Kiuma Kunioku vs. Haygar Chin. 7:44. A fun ground match where Kiuma employed a no risk, no reward game, generally being in control because his skill greatly exceeded that of his opponent, but constantly changing positions and attacking submissions even well against the odds of maintaining control. Kunioku began to catch Chin as the fight progressed, but Chin was always too close to the ropes until he finally got the armbar. Chin really brought very little to the table, but Kunioku had him scrambling to defend the whole time, so this was entertaining stuff if you don't mind it being one-sided. Above average match.

Breakthrough 11 12/18/99: Kazuo Takahashi vs. John Cronk 7:59. I was quickly missing the old partially pro wrestling version of Pancrase as Takahashi got Cronk down and spent the entire fight in Cronk's guard, sporadically hitting him. Cronk wasn't moving, wasn't trying anything from the bottom, and wasn't even taking much punishment, but suddenly tapped after a Takahashi headbutt. Poor match.

Advance 1 1/16/98: Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Osami Shibuya 17:31. Shibuya didn't seem to mind if he wound up on his back, so he'd take a chance and Yamamiya would wind up being in control the entire match. Shibuya wasn't getting anything going from his back, and you figured it would be Yamamiya that eventually found an opening, then that it would be a draw, but not that Yamamiya would try for a kneebar but have Shibuya counter with a ankle hold for the win. Average match.

4th Anniversary Show 9/6/97: Yuki Kondo vs. Jason DeLucia 27:22. High level, back and forth contest. DeLucia looked great at the outset, and was trying a lot of at least very modern if not ahead of their time techniques, but Kondo began to outgrapple him. There was a really nice spot where DeLucia nearly got a belly down armbar when Kondo bucked, but Kondo ultimately took took the top. Generally though, it was Kondo who would get the takedown then lose position going for the armbar, while DeLucia would then give it back going for a leg lock or working from the scarf position. They kept attacking, but the worst aspect of this fight was they kept using the same attacks. Ultimately, Kondo was the better wrestler and had the superior cardio. Above average match.

King of Pancrase Tournament 1st Round 12/16/94: Matt Hume vs. Minoru Suzuki 10:00. Hume is by far the guy I'm most impressed with going back and looking at these matches that I didn't realize was a major talent at the time. His fluidity is so far above almost everyone else, and he just seems so much more modern than these other guys, always coming up with things no one else was doing at the time. I loved his side sweep for the forearm choke. What really impressed me about Hume is though he's supposed to be a muay thai guy, he still bases his style on movement, mainly drawn from his karate background. Look how well he moves laterally to set up his kicks, and compare his general striking movement and angling that's karate based years before Lyoto Machida made it famous to that of the much more stationary and predictable Suzuki. Also, Hume's catch wrestling style incorporates his amateur wrestling background far more offensively than the typical wrestler, really using it as a transition to his intended attack, as a means rather than an end. I suppose I should talk about Minoru since he's the one that won the fight on lost points, but Hume really outclassed him from a technical perspective. Good match.

Pancrash! 3 4/21/94: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Takaku Fuke 6:55. Super entertaining bout that was essentially one lengthy, back and forth, perpetual motion, catch wrestling sequence. The few strikes had impact, but essentially it's chaining together a series of pro wrestling grappling counters at a really high level into a larger sequence. I loved that they pretty much took no breaks, and almost felt it was beneath them to hold a position unless it was a locked submission. Funaki put on a super little show here, and I don't remember Fuke looking this good against anyone else. Very good match.

Pancrase Classics #5 7/25/14 The Lion's Den
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

Alive 6 6/18/97: Jason DeLucia vs. Kiuma Kunioku 18:51. DeLucia had the big advantage in standup, doing particularly well when he was coming forward, and quickly swelling Kunioku's right eye shut with his palm strikes. Kunioku was generally the better ground fighter, but neither kept a position for any length of time, and it generally wasn't because they were diving for submissions as usual, though Kunioku was certainly the more daring in that department. The stoppage here was ridiculous. Not that Kunioku's eye wasn't in bad shape, but they made him fight that way for 3/4 of the fight and then stopped it just before the 20:00 time limit expired even though he hadn't taken any new damage. Average match.

Road To The Championship 2 7/6/94: Vernon "Tiger" White vs. Remco Pardoel 14:24. A lengthy squash match. Remco was just too big and strong for Tiger, manhandling him and mauling him. White had the striking skills, but Pardoel was just so much bigger that, at worst, he would walk through a kick or two in order to grab White and get back to bullying him. White did do a better job of staying on the outside momentarily and landing a few shots as the fight progressed, but Remco would quickly cut him off, take him down, and put a submission on. White was only hanging on because Remco took him down against the ropes, therefore White would rope escape once Remco locked a submission. White appeared to break his right hand late in the fight. Finally, Pardoel squashed White with yet another takedown and just had so much weight on him he actually made the forearm choke work. Below average match.

1996 Neo-Blood Tournament Final 7/22/96: Pete Williams vs. Yuki Kondo 20:00. Williams showed a very well rounded skill set for just his third fight. I thought Williams would have the advantage in standup & Kondo would have the advantage on the ground, but it was a very competitive, back and forth match where neither had a decided advantage. Kondo landed some sharp strikes too, a both had several submission attempts. Williams were mainly kneebar attempts, but Kondo wasn't fooled the first time, and then was ready for it. Kondo won the fight, but this was in no way decisive. Above average match.

Eyes of Beast 6 11/4/95: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Frank Shamrock 10:31. Really slick work by two of the greats. These guys were just rolling all over the place diving after submissions. Some of the most effortless work you'll find. Funaki had tapped Frank to a leg lock earlier in the Eyes of Beast series on 3/10/95, so Frank got his revenge here. I was a bit surprised it ended when and how it did, with Funaki suddenly caught and tapping because he didn't want to kick Frank in the face and apparently didn't have any other answers. Good match.

Pancrash! 3 4/21/94: Ken Shamrock vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa 7:30. A squash match where Shamrock was just too powerful for Yanagisawa. He gave a singleminded performance here, hitting the belly to belly suplex into the mount and working for an arm triangle. When Yanagisawa finally rope escaped, Shamrock repeated the sequence. Finally, Yanagisawa just decided to drop to the mat rather than getting tossed, and was able to quickly reverse, but he started playing footsies with Ken, and he was quickly screaming from a nasty heel hook that finished it. Above average match.

Pancrase Classics #6 8/1/14
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

1/17/97: Semmy Schilt vs. Guy Mezger

7/23/96 1996 Neo-Blood Tournament Round 2: Yuki Kondo vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya

9/16/98: Evan Tanner vs. Kiuma Kunioku

6/12/95: Takaku Fuke vs. Frank Shamrock

12/16/94 KOP Tournament: Maurice Smith vs. Ken Shamrock

9/1/95 KING OF PANCRASE Title Match: Minoru Suzuki vs. Bas Rutten

Pancrase Classics #7 8/8/14 Strikers vs. Grapplers
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

Vernon "Tiger" White vs. Yoshiki Takahashi

Guy Mezger vs. Osami Shibuya

Bas Rutten vs. Frank Shamrock

Minoru Suzuki vs. Semmy Schilt

Evan Tanner vs. Leon Van Dijk

9/21/93: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Ken Shamrock

Pancrase Classics #8 8/15/14
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

Kosei Kubota vs. Jong Wong Kim

Yoshiki Takahashi vs. Omar Bouiche

Alex Cook vs. Katsuomi Inagaki

Ryushi Yanagisawa vs. Oleg Taktarov

Minoru Suzuki vs. Remco Pardoel

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Semmy Schilt

Chris Lytle vs. Daisuke Watanabe

Frank Shamrock vs. Yuki Kondo

Pancrase Classics #9 8/22/14 UFC Champions & Title Challengers
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

Alive 2 2/22/97: Guy Mezger vs. Yuki Kondo

Evan Tanner vs. Ikuhisa Minowa

Maurice Smith vs. Minoru Suzuki

Frank Shamrock vs. Takafumi Ito

Bas Rutten vs. Kiuma Kunioku

Ken Shamrock vs. Yoshiki Takahashi

Pancrase Classics #10 8/29/14
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

Alive 2 2/22/97: Paul Lazenby vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa

Eyes of Beast 5 6/13/95: Vernon "Tiger" White vs. Manabu Yamada 10:26

Pancrash! 3 4/21/94: Matt Hume vs. Katsuomi Inagaki

Truth 6 6/25/96: Yuki Kondo vs. Minoru Suzuki 15:00

Breakthrough 4 4/18/99: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Ebenezer Fontes Braga 15:00

Pancrase Classics #11 9/5/14
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

Yoshiki Takahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki

Eddy Millis vs. Sanae Kikuta

Evan Tanner vs. Justin McCully

Jason DeLucia vs. Ryushi Yanagisawa

Yuki Kondo vs. Semmy Schilt

Ken Shamrock vs. Larry Papadopoulos

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Bas Rutten

Pancrase Classics #12 9/12/14 King Of Pancrase Tournament Survival Four 12/16/94 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan & Survival One 12/17/94 Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

note: some matches digested

12/16/94 King Of Pancrase Tournament 1st Round

Minoru Suzuki vs. Matt Hume. Good match. Both men were in control some of the time, trying submissions. Hume gave Suzuki a lot more trouble than I expected.

Jason Delucia vs. Thomas Puckett

Christopher Deweaver vs. Manabu Yamada

Bas Rutten vs. Frank Jaurez (Shamrock). Frank was better than I expected. He was often in control. Bas got some nice strikes in, but Frank was able to negate much of his striking ability by taking him down, where Frank was the better of the two.

Wayne Shamrock vs. Alex Cook

Maurice Smith vs. Yusuke Fuke

Vernon White vs. Leon Dijk

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Robert Bjornethun

2nd Round

Jason Delucia vs. Minoru Suzuki

Frank Jaurez vs. Manabu Yamada. Typical Frank match where they are constantly working on the mat. The advantage changed several times.

Maurice Smith vs. Wayne Shamrock

Vernon White vs. Masakatsu Funaki


Katsuomi Inagaki vs. Gregory Smit

Scott Bessac vs. Larry Papadopoulos. This is the only time I've ever seen someone in the guard get a KO from a punch to the stomach. Unreal.

King Of Pancrase Tournament Semifinals

Minoru Suzuki vs. Manabu Yamada. Really good technical match. They were always working.

Masakatsu Funaki vs. (Ken) Wayne Shamrock. Shamrock was just running through everyone in this tournament.

Tournament Final: (Ken) Wayne Shamrock vs. Manabu Yamada. Shamrock was always in control. Yamada's defense was good, but he had no chance for offense.

Pancrase Classics #13 10/24/14
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

Kiuma Kunioku vs. Kosei Kubota

Vernon "Tiger" White vs. Andre van den Oetelaar

Daiju Takase vs. Daisuke Ishii

Kazuo Takashi vs. Jason DeLucia

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Semmy Schilt

Minoru Suzuki vs. Larry Papadopoulos

Maurice Smith vs. Bas Rutten


Pancrase Classics #14 10/31/14
-1hr 10min. Q=Perfect

Advance 1 1/16/98: Jong Wang Kim vs. Katsuomi Inagaki

Pancrase Classics #16 5/29/15
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

9/29/02: Ron Waterman vs. Kengo Watanabe

Pancrase Classics #17 6/5/15
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

9/24/00: Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Brian Gassaway

Pancrase Classics #18 6/12/15
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

10/8/96: Guy Mezger vs. Kiuma Kunioku

10/31/00: Yoshinori Kawasaki vs. Satoru Kitaoka

6/25/04: Takafumi Ito vs. Heath Sims

11/30/02: Ricardo Almeida vs. Osami Shibuya

12/16/04 KOP Tournament: Maurice Smith vs. Takaku Fuke

11/7/04: Yuki Kondo vs. Evangelista Cyborg

3/25/02: Nate Marquardt vs. Kazou Misaki

Pancrase Classics #20 6/26/15
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

11/7/04: Yoon Seob Kwak vs. Hiromitsu Miura

2/16/03: Yoshiro Maeda vs. Shigeyuki Umeki

11/30/03: Ron Waterman vs. Jimmy Ambriz

3/31/00: Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Paulo Filho

10/2/05: Carlos Condit vs. Satoru Kitaoka

7/27/07: Jose Aldo vs. Shoji Maruyama

Pancrase Classics #21 7/3/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

8/23/06: Rob Emerson vs. Kenji Arai

12/4/03: Keith Jardine vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya

7/23/00: Shonie Carter vs. Yoshinori Kawasaki

7/23/00: Chris Lytle vs. Taro Obata

7/25/04: Ed Herman vs. Kazuo Misaki

8/23/06: Nate Diaz vs. Koji Oishi

Pancrase Classics #22 7/10/15
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

7/29/06: Riki Fukuda vs. Yuji Sakuragi

7/30/07: Jameel Massouh vs. Daiki Hata

9/29/02: Kiuma Kunioka vs. Hiroki Nagaoka

7/7/96: Evan Tanner vs. Kosei Kubota

9/6/97: Bas Rutten vs. Osami Shibuya

10/29/02: Nate Marquardt vs. Izuru Takeuchi

Pancrase Classics #23 7/31/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

5/17/03: Yoshiro Maeda vs. Mitsuhisa Sunabe

3/25/06: Hacran Dias vs. Takafumi Ito

5/30/07: Assuerio Silva vs. Tatsuya Mizuno

8/27/06: Paul Daley vs. Satoru Kitaoka

9/6/97: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Guy Mezger

11/30/03, Light Heavyweight King of Pancrase Title Match: Sanae Kikuta vs. Yuki Kondo

10/25/06: Carlos Condit vs. Tatsunori Tanaka

Pancrase Classics #24 8/7/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

10/31/00: Genki Sudo vs. Craig Oxley

Pancrase Classics #25 8/14/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

12/20/97: Kosei Kubota vs. Takafumi Ito

Pancrase Classics #26 8/21/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

7/31/06: Yuji Sakuragi vs. Aslan Dzeboev

Pancrase Classics #27 8/28/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

9/18/99: Kazuo Takahashi vs. Osami Shibuya

Pancrase Classics #28 9/4/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

10/31/00: Genki Sudo vs. Craig Oxley

Pancrase Classics #29 10/2/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

4/30/00: Shonie Carter vs. Kiuma Kunioku

Pancrase Classics #30 10/9/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

12/1/01: Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Hiroshi Shibata

Pancrase Classics #31 10/16/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

8/27/06: Poai Suganuma vs. Kestutis Arbocius

Pancrase Classics #32 10/23/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

10/31/00: Johnny Huskey vs. Katsuhisa Fuji

7/27/07: Fabricio Nascimento vs. Katsuya Inoue

12/4/00: Magomed Ismailov vs. Ikuhisa Minowa

2/26/07: Gustavo Picone vs. Satoru Kitaoka

9/14/98: Yuki Kondo vs. Osami Shibuya

9/24/00: Nate Marquardt vs. Kiuma Kunioku

Pancrase Classics #33 10/30/15
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

9/29/13: Sirwan Kakai vs. Taichi Nakajima

11/28/07: Masayuki Kono vs. Tatsuya Mizuno

8/27/06: Henry Miller vs. Seiji Ogura

12/4/00: Denis Kang vs. Kei Yamamiya

4/30/00: Minoru Suzuki vs. Sean Daugherty

10/12/04: Yushin Okami vs. Eiji Ishikawa

Pancrase Classics #34 11/6/15
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

9/16/06: Masayuki Kono vs. Daniel Lyons

Pancrase Classics #35 11/13/15
-1hr 40min. Q=Perfect

10/5/02: Masayuki Kono vs. Aslan Dzeboev

5/1/06: Jin Chul Oh vs. Ryuta Noji

6/26/00: Omar Bouiche vs. Jason DeLucia

7/25/02: Kenji Arai vs. Satoru Kitaoka

7/27/07: Hikaru Sato vs. Riki Fukuda

12/1/01: Daisuke Watanabe vs. Sanae Kikuta

4/12/03: Ricardo Almeida vs. Yuki Sasaki

MPW 8/18/96: Gran Hamada & Jushin Thunder Liger & Gran Naniwa vs. Dick Togo & TAKA Michinoku & Shoichi Funaki

Pancrase Classics #36 11/20/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

3/17/13: Nobuhiro Yoshitake vs. Shintaro Ishiwatari

Daniel Swain vs. Tomonari Kanomata

Jason Delucia vs. Bob Stines

Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Sumio Kotano

Tatsu Sasaki vs. Atsushi Yamamoto

Yuki Kondo vs. Brian Gassaway

12/4/00: Nate Marquardt vs. Kiuma Kunioku

NJ 12/27/87: Antonio Inoki vs. Vader

Pancrase Classics #37 12/4/15
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

11/28/07: Juntaro Ami vs. Akihiro Ono

6/22/04: Masakazu Kuramochi vs. Koji Oishi

10/12/04: Osami Shibuya vs. Seong Hee Kim

117/04: Webster Dauphiney vs. Sanae Kikuta

4/12/03: Takuya Wada vs. Satoru Kitaoka

11/30/02: Masaya Kojima vs. Kazuo Misaki

9/24/00: Chris Lytle vs. Shonie Carter

Pancrase Classics #38 12/11/15
-1hr 25min. Q=Perfect

6/1/08: Junior Santos vs. Izuru Takeuchi

5/19/13: Rin Nakai vs. "Boom Boom" Brenda Gonzales

12/31/13: Takashi Sato vs. Joe Proctor

8/27/06: Yoshiro Maeda vs. DJ Taiki

3/8/03: Kazuo Misaki vs. Yuji Hisamatsu

5/13/01, King of Pancrase Title Match: Nate Marquardt vs. Masaya Kojima

Pancrase Classics #39 12/18/15
-1hr 25min. Q=Perfect

4/30/00: Osami Shibuya vs. Hiroshi Ota

7/27/07: Ki Seok Choi vs. Yukio Sakaguchi

2/3/13: Daniel Swain vs. Tadahiro Harada

9/29/13, Pancrase World Slam Lightweight Tournament: Daniel Swain vs. Hiroki Nagaoka

7/25/04: Kobus Huisaman vs. Ryuta Noji

6/25/00: Ichio Matsubara vs. Sanae Kikuta

6/22/04: Nate Marquardt vs. Eiji Ishikawa

Pancrase Classics #40 1/15/16
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

7/25/04: Ryusuke Uemura vs. DJ Taiki

7/31/03: Yoshiro Maeda vs. Miki Shida

7/28/02: Kiuma Kunioku vs. Takafumi Ito

10/2/05: Hikaru Sato vs. Po'ai Suganuma

5/13/01: Denis Kang vs. Osami Shibuya

11/7/04: Nate Marquardt vs. Kazuo Misaki

Pancrase Classics #41 2/12/16
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

10/4/03: Takumi Yano vs. Kenji Takeshige

3/17/13: Jorge Patino vs. Isao Kobayashi

7/29/02: Terrance Crampton vs. Kengo Watanabe

7/25/04: Fabio Leopoldo vs. Yuki Sasaki

4/30/00: Semmy Schilt vs. Kazuo Takahashi

2/16/03: Yuki Kondo vs. Gabriel Vella

Pancrase Classics #42 2/19/16
-1hr 25min. Q=Perfect

3/31/01: Tim Lajcik vs. Kengo Watanabe

3/25/02: Koji Oishi vs. Satoru Kitaoka

7/31/05: Takumi Murata vs. Daiki Hata "DJ. taiki"

1/26/03: Hidetada Irie vs. Daisuke Watanabe

12/21/02: Chris Lytle vs. Izuru Takeuchi

12/21/02: Yuki Kondo vs. Tsuyoshi Kurihara

Pancrase Classics #43 2/26/16
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

3/15/03: Jason Godsey vs. Jun Ishii

10/30/01: Hikeaki Iwasajo vs. Hikaru Sato

10/2/05: Yuji Sakuraga vs. Hideki Tadao

3/23/97: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Paul Lazenby

5/13/01: Yuki Sasaki vs. Ikuhisa Minowa

7/27/03: Nate Marquardt vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya

Pancrase Classics #44 3/4/16
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

10/25/06: Koji Oishi vs. In Seok Kim

7/25/04: Joe D'Arce vs. Hiromitsu Miura

10/4/03: Satoshi Watanabe vs. Yoshiro Maeda

3/11/03: Yuji Hisamatsu vs. Kazuo Misaki

5/14/96: Bas Rutten vs. Frank Shamrock

Pancrase Classics #45 3/11/16
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

2/16/03: Kosei Kubota vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa

7/26/94: Matt Hume vs. Manabu Yamada

12/4/00: Yuji Hoshino vs. Shonie Carter

11/30/02: Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Yuki Sasaki

12/1/01, King of Pancrase Middleweight Title Match: Nate Marquardt vs. Kiuma Kunioku

Pancrase Classics #46 3/25/16
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

9/16/06: Akihiro Ono vs. Yukio Sakaguchi

2/3/13: Sojiro Orui vs. Shingo Suzuki

7/28/02: Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Mitsuyoshi Sato

9/25/02: Kazuo Misaki vs. Kosei Kubota

2/23/97: Masakatsu Funaki vs. Semmy Schilt

10/2/05: Carlos Condit vs. Satoru Kitaoka

Pancrase Classics #47 4/8/16
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

8/31/03: Toru Yano vs. Osami Shibuya

6/25/00: Daisuke Ishii vs. Omar Bouiche

5/24/97: Yoshiki Takahashi vs. Jason DeLucia

10/12/04: Hidehiko Hasegawa vs. Koji Oishi

7/22/96: Yuki Kondo vs. Semmy Schilt

12/21/02: Nate Marquardt vs. Kiuma Kunioku

Pancrase Classics #48 4/22/16
-1hr 25min. Q=Perfect

7/28/02: Masashi Suzuki vs. Sen Nakadai

10/29/02: Takahiro Sanehara vs. Miki Shida

5/30/07: Fabi Silva vs. Ryo Kawamura

5/18/03: Flavio Luiz Moura vs. Akihiro Gono

10/4/03: Yuji Hisamatsu vs. Nate Marquardt

9/18/99: Kiuma Kunioku vs. Yuki Kondo

Pancrase Classics #49 5/13/16
-1hr 25min. Q=Perfect

9/29/13: Felipe Oliviera vs. Hiroki Aoki

10/29/02: Takehiro Kato vs. Kenji Arai

10/2/05: Kestutis Arbocius vs. Kazuo Takahashi

5/30/07: Koji Oishi vs. Katsuya Inoue

12/20/97: Keiichiro Yamamiya vs. Bas Rutten

5/8/03: Nate Marquardt vs. Izuru Takeuchi

Pancrase Classics #50 5/22/16
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

9/29/13: Rin Nakai vs. Tara LaRosa

7/27/07: Satoru Takadaya vs. Tadasuke Yoshida

10/4/03: Daisuke Hanazawa vs. Takafumi Ito

9/24/00: Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya

12/18/99: Sanae Kikuta vs. Minoru Suzuki

3/18/95: Frank Shamrock vs. Masakatsu Funaki

Pancrase Classics #51 6/22/16
-1hr 30min. Q=Perfect

7/29/04: Ippo Watanuki vs. Yuji Oba

9/16/06: Daniel Acacio vs. Ryo Kawamura

5/1/05: Yuya Shirai vs. Daisuke Watanabe

12/31/13: Daiki Yamaishi vs. Kento Kanbe

12/21/02: Manao Kumagai vs. Kenji Arai

4/18/99: Chris Lytle vs. Osami Shibuya

1/19/94: Minoru Suzuki vs. Ken Shamrock

Pancrase Classics #52 10/5/16
-1hr 25min. Q=Perfect

11/30/02: Kunihiro Watanabe vs. Mitsuhisa Sunabe

10/12/04: Hidetaka Monma vs. Takafumi Ito

3/5/02: Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Yoshinori Momose

9/25/13: Marlon Sandro vs. Yojiro Uchimura

4/18/99: Yuki Kondo vs. Semmy Schilt

Pancrase Classics #53 12/18/16
-1hr 35min. Q=Perfect

3/26/08: Hikaru Sato vs. Alavutdin Gadjiev

Tadasuke Yoshida vs. Shinsuke Shoji

Jun Ishii vs. Kengo Watanabe

Andy Main vs. Hiroki Aoki

Pete Williams vs. Osami Shibuya

Semmy Schilt vs. Ikuhisa Minowa