*for a brief overview of the rules and history of Pancrase go here.
October 14th 1993
Pancrase - Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 2
The second ever Pancrase event. 'Pancrase 2', if you will. Not even 30 days later, and Pancrase puts on its second event with many of the same fighters from Pancrase 1.
Fight #1 Katsuomi Inagaki def Joop van de Ven via 4:48 TKO (leg kicks and palm strike)*
Inagaki and van de Ven (or as Pancrase called him Joop V-D-Ven, they used those middle circles instead, which I don't have on my keyboard, like a floating period instead of a hyphen) engaged in a striking battle mixed in with a few grappling exchanges.
The ref stood them up very, very quickly each time it hit the ground. This favored Inagaki as he had a variety of strikes versus the predominantly boxing game of V-D-Ven. Inagaki landed two vicious leg kicks, while taking one back. One more and a palm strike and Joop was down and refused to answer the 10 count. You can see him with a visible limp afterwards.
Fight #2 Bas Rutten def. Takaku "Yusuke" Fuke via 2:03 TKO (knee to the body)
Bas held a standing guillotine, and while falling, landed a devastating knee to the liver. This fight would have been stopped immediately in today's MMA. Conversely, Fuke was given 10 seconds to recover, and was able to get back to his feet, but ref still called the fight off. Prompting Fuke to crumble to the canvas once again in agony.
With that said. Rutten's grappling consisted of holding on to a guillotine for dear life and was easily handled on the ground. If it wasn't for the pro wrestling escape rule, Rutten was extremely close to getting tapped by an armbar. He seemed unsure of how to defend.
Fight #3 Masakatsu Funaki def. Ryushi Yanagisawa via 1:35 SUB (kneebar)
Both fighters were coming off one sided defeats in their last fight, but Funaki proved he was much better, and an all-around fighter. Beating Yanagisawa up with powerful kicks, and hooking palms. He showed one of the first examples of punching to set up a takedown. Yanagisawa covered up from the strikes, so Funaki grabs "a snatch single, head outside, and he instantly runs the pipe". (Shout out to beautiful Coach Michael Riordan)
Fight #4 Minoru Suzuki def. Vernon White via 2:36 SUB (crooked head scissors)* shout out to KJ Gould for the correction on my correction of Sherdog
White just had no idea what to do. He was worried about the armbar, and didn't even try bucking Suzuki off or anything. I'm not too familiar with Suzuki, but he's a bad man (fighting style and the look). Certainly, a one of many great forgotten fighters.
Check out this pretty cool story about Vernon White saving some dude from an ass-whooping. This happened apparently a few months before his pro debut.
It took me a little bit to digest the craziness in this fight, in particular, the "escape" rule. Shamrock locked in an arm-triangle, Takahashi put his leg on the rope, and the ref tries to get Shamrock to let go. He doesn't. Holding on a few more seconds. When he lets go, Takahashi is asleep. He wakes up and they start the fight again, giving Shamrock a red and yellow card. I don't even think those cards did anything, like a slap on the wrists.
The Escape Rule sort of plays the role of 'being saved by the bell', but if you're asleep at the bell today, the fight is stopped. They don't wait for you to wake up and start the next round.
The fight was definitely mostly Shamrock, but Takahashi hit some huge takedowns and went for many of his own submission attempts. "Submission over position". However, by the end it was difficult to watch. The ref was definitely not "protecting the fighter" whatsoever.
It might be a lack of understanding at the time, but Takahashi's leg was clearly a mess after Shamrock applied a heel hook before Takahashi used his 3rd escape. Then, he gets knocked down. Shamrock lands a right hand to the solar plexus. He is BARELY holding a single leg, and the ref tells him to fight on despite Takahashi collapsing to the mat. A few minutes later and Shamrock finally puts him out of his misery.
Shamrock, Rutten and Suzuki improve to 2-0. Funaki picks up his first victory in dominating fashion. Vernon White and Yanagisawa both mount no offence in 4 fights, each moving to 0-2. Shamrock was 29. Rutten, 28. Suzuki, 25. Funaki, Takahashi, Inagaki, and Fuke were 24. White and Yanagisawa were 21. Joop never fought for Pancrase again, and only has one more recorded fight.
5 more finishes (2 TKO, 3 SUB) and another 100% finish rate. Extending the finishes to 10 straight and 100% rate after two events. We are at 4 TKO, 6 SUB and no decisions.
*Not the official Sherdog entry, but I watched the fight, and this is what it is