Pancrase 1996 Neo-Blood Tournament Round 2

Pancrase 32, also known as the 1996 Neo-Blood Tournament Round 2, was a memorable event in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA). Taking place on July 23, 1996, at the iconic Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, the event featured six intense bouts that showcased the skills and determination of the fighters.

The main event of the evening was a heavyweight clash between Masakatsu Funaki and Takafumi Ito. Funaki, a seasoned fighter with a record of 24-5-0, was a formidable opponent. His opponent, Ito, was a rising star in the MMA world. The fight was a thrilling display of skill and strategy, with Funaki defeating Ito via submission at 2:01 of Round 1. This victory further cemented Funaki’s reputation as a dominant force in the MMA world.

Another notable fight of the evening was between Keiichiro Yamamiya and Satoshi Hasegawa. Yamamiya, who was making his professional debut, won the fight by split decision. Despite this being his first professional fight, Yamamiya showed great promise and would go on to have a long and successful career in Pancrase.

The tournament also featured a fight between Yuki Kondo and Pete Williams. Kondo, who had a record of 5-0-1, faced off against Williams in a 10-minute round plus overtime. Kondo emerged victorious, further improving his impressive record.

The 1996 Neo-Blood Tournament Round 2 was a significant event in Pancrase’s history. It showcased the talents of both seasoned fighters and newcomers, providing fans with an evening of thrilling MMA action. The event also highlighted the growth and development of Pancrase as a leading MMA promotion, setting the stage for many more exciting events in the years to come.


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