Pancrase 334: Genpei Hayashi Triumphs in Welterweight Championship Main Event

Pancrase 334, a thrilling mixed martial arts (MMA) event, took place on Sunday, June 4, 2023, at the New Pier Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event was packed with 15 intense fights, each showcasing the striking, grappling, and ground fighting skills that MMA is known for.

The main event of the evening was the Pancrase Vacant Welterweight Championship, a high-stakes match between Genpei Hayashi and Akihiro Murayama. Both fighters are well-known in the MMA community, with impressive records and a reputation for delivering exciting performances.

Hayashi, who hails from Shizuoka, Japan, entered the cage with a professional record of 12 wins, 11 losses, and 1 draw. On the other hand, Murayama, fighting out of Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan, boasted a record of 23 wins, 12 losses, and 9 draws. Despite the difference in their records, both fighters were equally determined to claim the vacant welterweight title.

The fight was a grueling five-round battle, with both fighters showcasing their skills and determination. Hayashi and Murayama traded blows, executed strategic grappling maneuvers, and displayed their ground fighting prowess. The fight was a testament to the fighters’ endurance and willpower, as they pushed through each round, giving their all to secure the championship title.

In the end, it was Hayashi who emerged victorious, defeating Murayama via a unanimous decision after five rounds. This victory elevated Hayashi’s record to 13 wins, 11 losses, and 1 draw, and marked a significant milestone in his MMA career as he claimed the Pancrase Vacant Welterweight Championship.

Pancrase 334 also featured other notable fights. Harumasa Yachi, a rising star in the bantamweight division, defeated Kazuki Itaya by unanimous decision after three rounds. Yachi, who fights out of Ishikawa, Japan, maintained his undefeated record, climbing to 4 wins with no losses.

In another exciting match, Seiichiro Ito defeated Taiki Akiba via a first-round submission, showcasing his superior grappling skills. Ito’s victory improved his record to 16 wins, 4 losses, and 2 draws.

Pancrase 334 was a testament to the spirit of MMA, showcasing the skill, determination, and resilience of its fighters. The event was a thrilling spectacle for fans and a significant event in the MMA calendar, particularly for Genpei Hayashi, who emerged as the new Pancrase Welterweight Champion.


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