Akihiro Murayama picked up a win on Sunday, defeating Masayuki Kikuiri in the main event of Pancrase 320. The fight headlined a large card put on by the regional Japanese MMA promotion at the Studio Coast in Tokyo, Japan.
Taking a unanimous decision win, Murayama earned his second victory of the year.
“[Kikuiri] is tall with long reach, so he was a bit difficult to handle, but during the fight I figured out the distance, so then it went well,” said Murayama in a post-fight interview.
Murayama’s other win in the year came in February, defeating MMA veteran Yuki Kondo.
Kikuiri entered the fight on a hot streak from earlier in the year, defeating Yuta Nakamura and Kenta Takagi in previous months.
Kindaichi Wins In Return
Kosuke Kindaichi won in his return in the co-main event, taking a split decision victory over Kenichiro Togashi. The fight was Kindaichi’s first back since 2018.
He picked up his previous win streak in the fight, now sitting on a six-fight string of consecutive wins.
Neo Blood Finalists
Pancrase crowned their annual “Neo Blood Tournament” winners on the card. Winners in the finals of the tournament were Tatsuhiko Iwamoto, Rui Imura, Kenji Yamanaka and Keito Yamakita.
Bout 21: Yuto Kimura def. Hiroaki Harukawa via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 4:27)
Bout 20: Yota Tatsunari def. Darani Date via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 0:25)
Bout 19: Ryousuke Takasugi def. Seio Date via Decision, Split
Bout 18: Kisa Miyake def. Ryo Yazawa via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 17: Toshiomi Kazama def. Nobuaki Yamamoto via Submission, Armbar (RD 1, 4:08)
Bout 16: Yusei Kawakita def. Takuya Takahashi via Submission, Armbar (RD 2, 1:05)
Bout 15: Akihiro Murayama def. Masayuki Kikuiri via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 14: Kenichiro Togashi def. Kosuke Kindaichi via Decision, Split
Bout 13: Masatatsu Ueda def. Kohei Sugiyama via Decision, Split
Bout 12: Ryo Hatta def. Tatsuki Ozaki via Submission, Front Choke (RD 1, 1:39)
Bout 11: Ryo Asami def. Yusaku Hayashi via Submission, Front Choke (RD 1, 1:12)
Bout 10: Yoko Higashi def. Nao Murayama via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 9: Yuki Kosaka def. Jun Doi via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 8: Yura Naito def. Yuji Arai via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 0:17)
Bout 7: Yusuke Ogikubo def. Tatsuyuki Nakamura via Decision, Split
Bout 6: Takafumi Ato def. Yusuke Uehara via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 5: Kazuma Murayama def. Kota Shirakawa via Submission, Triangle Choke (RD 1, 1:32)
Bout 4: Tatsuhiko Iwamoto def. Yuto Inoue via Submission, Triangle Choke (RD 2, 1:45)
Bout 3: Rui Imura def. Shuhei Noyama via Submission, Triangle Choke (RD 1, 1:40) (2020 Neo Blood Tournament Final)
Bout 2: Kenji Yamanaka def. Satoshi Date via Decision, Split (2020 Neo Bloog Flyweight Tournament Final)
Bout 1: Keito Yamakita def. Taiga Tanimura via Decision, Unanimous (2020 Neo Blood Strawweight Tournament Final)