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Official Pancrase Rankings - June 2009

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Pancrase released their updated rankings on Friday:

Official Pancrase Rankings
Updated: June 7, 2009

Openweight - no change
10th Openweight King of Pancrase
Josh Barnett (24-5 / CSW)

Heavyweight (93kg - 120.2kg) - no change
4th Heavyweight King of Pancrase
vacant

Light Heavyweight (83.9kg - 93kg) - no change
4th Light Heavyweight King of Pancrase
Ryo Kawamura (10-4-2 / PANCRASEism)

#1: Keiichiro Yamamiya (35-24-9 / GRABAKA)

Middleweight (77.1kg - 83.9kg) - no change
7th Middleweight King of Pancrase
Izuru Takeuchi (25-10-6 / SK Absolute)

Interim Middleweight King of Pancrase
Yuki Kondo (49-23-6 / PANCRASEism)

#1: Takenori Sato (9-5-4 / Laughter7)
#2: Ichiro Kanai (9-10-3 / PANCRASEism)

Welterweight (70.3kg - 77.1kg)
4th Welterweight King of Pancrase
Takuya Wada (18-8-9 / SK Absolute)

#1: Tomoyoshi Iwamiya (6-8 / Takada Dojo)
#2: Masahiro Toryu (6-4-4, 1 NC / PANCRASEism)
#3: ↑ Hiroyuki Nozawa (6-4-2 / Stand)

- Jason Palacios was removed from the rankings due to inactivity, so Nozawa moves from #4 to #3.

Lightweight (65.8kg - 70.3kg)
2nd Lightweight King of Pancrase
Katsuya Inoue (18-6-4 / Wajyutsu Keisyukai RJW)

#1: Koji Oishi (18-8-6 / PANCRASEism)
#2: ↑ Satoru Kitaoka (25-8-9 / PANCRASEism)
#3: Daisuke "13" Hanazawa (12-11-5 / Cobra Kai MMA Dojo)
#4: Hiroki "AB" Aoki (2-2 / Wajyutsu Keisyukai Suruga)
#5: Maximo "Makishi" Blanco (2-2-1, 1 NC / Yoshida Dojo)

- Satoru Kitaoka returns to the rankings, taking Yukio Sakaguchi's spot at #2.

Featherweight (61.2kg - 65.8kg)
1st Featherweight King of Pancrase
Marlon Sandro (14-0 / Nova Uniao)

#1: Jameel Massouh (21-5 / Freestyle Academy)
#2: Masaya "J-Taro" Takita (9-11-2 / Wajyutsu Keisyukai Tokyo)
#3: Masanori Kanehara (13-5-5 / Team ZST)
#4: Kenji Arai (13-13-3 / PANCRASEism)
#5: ↑ Tashiro "Akai" Nishiuchi (11-5-9 / Nova Uniao Japan)

- "Akai" enters the rankings at #5 with his June 7th win over Takumi Murata.

Bantamweight (58.0kg - 61.2kg) - no change
1st Bantamweight King of Pancrase
Manabu Inoue (7-5-1 / U.W.F. Snakepit Japan)

#1: Seiya Kawahara (7-2 / P's Lab Yokohama)

Flyweight (58.0kg)
1st Flyweight King of Pancrase
Mitsuhisa Sunabe (9-5-3 / freelance)

#1: ↑ Isao Hirose (6-0 / Strapple)
#2: Takuya Eizumi (5-2 / Bumonkai MMA Dojo)

- Former #1 ranked Sunabe becomes the first Flyweight King of Pancrase, defeating Eizumi who stays at #2.
- Hirose moves from #3 to the vacant #1 slot with his unanimous decision win over Keiji Nakamura.

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