Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 6

Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 6, held on November 4, 1995, was a memorable event in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA). The event took place at the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in Yokohama, Japan, and featured a total of eight MMA bouts.

The main event of the evening was a thrilling encounter between Bas Rutten and Maurice Smith. Rutten, known as “El Guapo,” was a formidable competitor with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses going into the fight. His opponent, Maurice Smith, was a rising star in the MMA world, despite having a less impressive record of 1 win and 3 losses.

The fight was a showcase of Rutten’s superior grappling skills. He managed to secure a submission victory over Smith in the first round, using a rear-naked choke to end the fight at 4:34. This victory further solidified Rutten’s reputation as one of the top fighters in Pancrase.

Another notable fight of the evening was between Minoru Suzuki and Todd Medina. Despite his significant size disadvantage, Suzuki demonstrated his exceptional grappling skills by submitting Medina with an armbar in the first round. This victory was a testament to Suzuki’s resilience and technical prowess, proving that size isn’t everything in MMA.

The event also featured a knockout victory by Kazuo Takahashi over Osami Shibuya. Takahashi ended the fight in the first round with a series of palm strikes, demonstrating the effectiveness of striking in MMA.

Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 6 was a significant event in the history of Pancrase and MMA as a whole. It showcased the skills and talents of some of the top fighters of the time, providing fans with an evening of thrilling action. The main event, Rutten vs Smith, remains a memorable encounter in the annals of MMA, highlighting the importance of grappling skills in the sport.


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