Pancrase 340 Celebrates 30 Years

Pancrase, one of the pioneering promotions in mixed martial arts, commemorated its 30th anniversary with Pancrase 340, a landmark event that took place on December 24, 2023, at the Yokohama Budokan in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. The event was a testament to the enduring legacy of Pancrase in the world of MMA, featuring a total of 14 bouts that included high-stakes championship clashes and the beginning of an Atomweight Queen of Pancrase title tournament.

The main event spotlighted the Welterweight King of Pancrase title fight, a highly anticipated bout that saw challenger Ryuichiro Sumimura claim victory over the reigning champion Genpei Hayashi with a knockout at 2:09 of the fifth round. This victory not only earned Sumimura the prestigious title but also improved his professional record, signaling his rise as a dominant force in the welterweight division.

In the co-main event, the Interim Flyweight King of Pancrase title was up for grabs as Seiichiro Ito faced off against Naoki Arikawa. Ito showcased his grappling prowess by securing a technical submission with a rear-naked choke at 3:05 of the second round, crowning him the new Interim Flyweight King of Pancrase and advancing his record further in the flyweight rankings.

The event also featured the Pancrase Vacant Bantamweight Championship, where a technical submission via an arm-triangle choke decided the victor in the first round, marking another highlight of the evening.

The Pancrase 340 card was a blend of knockouts, submissions, and tactical battles that went the distance, reflecting the diverse skill sets and fighting styles that have become synonymous with Pancrase events. The fighters displayed heart and determination, leaving everything in the cage and providing fans with a memorable night of action.

As Pancrase continues to build on its storied history, Pancrase 340 served as a fitting celebration of the promotion’s 30-year journey, honoring the past while setting the stage for the future of MMA. With new champions crowned and contenders rising through the ranks, Pancrase remains a cornerstone of the sport, fostering talent and delivering the kind of excitement that keeps fans coming back for more.

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