Perhaps sensing the bout was falling away from her, Huang stepped on the gas at the start of round three. She backed up Yamaguchi and diversified her striking attack, but still got tagged by the heavy-handed Japanese competitor. Yamaguchi would rush forward with looping punches, but Huang remained on point with her strikes.
About 90 seconds into the frame, Yamaguchi caught another leg kick and took “Lady GoGo” to the floor. She advanced to side control, pinned down an arm, and threw short punches. The Japanese athlete even fired a knee to the head, but Huang remained active and got back to her feet.
Huang continued to fire and stuff takedowns till the end. She may not get the win, but she has clearly improved her craft.
The two were waiting for the other to make a costly mistake, as each queen dodged each other’s strikes. Eventually, Yamaguchi stepped in with a punch, and although it did not land, it served as a clever set-up to hit the takedown.
Despite this, the action did not remain on the canvas for long. Huang scrambled to her feet, teased some combos, and whipped the leg kick. She whipped one too many again, as the Japanese athlete caught the kick, took her down, and continued to frustrate "Lady GoGo.”
Jenny Huang took the center of the Circle, showed good movement, and threw the cross and leg kicks. Yamaguchi retaliated with a rocket of an overhand right, to let “Lady GoGo” know she isn’t intimidated.
Huang may have gotten too excited with the kicks. Yamaguchi caught one, took her down, and quickly went for the rear-naked choke. “Lady GoGo” scrambled out, but the hometown hero got top position. While Huang was active in the guard, Yamaguchi still found ways to land her shots.
Yosuke Saruta defeats Daichi Kitakata via knockout at 0:59 of round two
Pancrase 2, Shooto 2 - the rivalry rages on!
Saruta picked up right where he left off in round one. The Shooto Strawweight World Champion took his foe down, held his arms on the ground, and then swung a massive right hand at his face, which put Kitakata’s lights out. He evened the score for Shooto!
Yosuke Saruta easily landed a takedown and stuffed Daichi Kitakata against the fence as if he were going for a modified arm-triangle choke. He flattened him against the mat and from half guard, patiently picked his shots.
He moved Kitakata even closer towards the fence, where he continued to tire him with top pressure and methodically strike. Towards the end of the frame, Saruta let his foe up, but not without throwing a solid punch for good measure.
Danny Kingad lost to Demetrious Johnson earlier at ONE: CENTURY PART I, but backstage, he expressed his gratitude to the legend. He said, "DJ is my idol. Fighting DJ is a big achievement. When I heard that DJ signed for ONE, I wanted to face him because we’re in the same division. Everyone starts from the bottom, and now I’m here fighting DJ. Now, I can say that somehow I am [on a par] with DJ.
Shoko Sato defeats Rafael Silva via TKO at 4:30 of round two
Pancrase 2, Shooto 1
Sato demonstrated his striking early, as he connected with some kicks and some short boxing combinations. However, Silva was determined to bring the action back to his world — the ground. He hit a quick takedown, but again, the Japanese athlete sprung back up and found himself stuck in the body lock once more.
In a repeat from the opening stanza, Sato defended well, and he snuck in punches and elbows when the opportunity was presented. He escaped, drove a knee into Silva’s head when he stood up, and assaulted him with rights and lefts against the fence until the referee waved off the bout.
Shoko Sato started the contest with a fierce leg kick, but when he rushed in for the takedown, Rafael Silva turned the tables on him, took his back, and held him against the fence. He quickly brought the Japanese competitor to the ground, but he sprung back up and was stuck in Silva’s body lock of a spiderweb.
The Brazilian got low for another takedown, but Sato defended very well. He neutralized the grappler, and snuck punches and elbows in when he could. When Silva resorted to a single-leg, Sato escaped and grazed him with a knee to end the round.
Hiroyuki Tetsuka defeats Hernani Perpetuo via unanimous decision
Pancrase 2, Shooto 0
Although Hernani Perpetuo appeared to engage more, Hiroyuki Tetsuka just barreled forward with a variety of punches to the head and body. Despite flicking the Japanese warrior with a high kick, Tetsuka grabbed a single leg and finally brought the action to the canvas.
The Brazilian maintained a high guard at first, but Tetsuka tightened up his approach, moved his rival towards the Circle’s fence, and began his assault on the canvas. He chipped away with punches to the head and body, as well as elbows when the opportunity presented itself. From the looks of it, Pancrase could go up 2-0.
Hiroyuki Tetsuka took control of the Circle and bounced forward with combos, but Perpetuo clipped him with a massive right hook. The Japanese athlete went for a takedown, but was stuffed, forcing the bout to stay upright.
Perpetuo continued to move around and held a relatively high guard, forcing his foe to try harder to break through. The Pancrase Welterweight World Champion then went more to the body and still utilized the inside leg kick in an attempt to disturb the Brazilian’s rhythm.
Both men marched forward with shots at the end of the frame, giving fans even more reason to get hyped.
Hiroyuki Tetsuka is coming out swinging! The Japanese heavy hitter is throwing hard punches and crackling his Brazilian nemesis with lightning, but Hernani Perpetuo is wearing it well.
Perpetuo is beginning to maintain a healthy distance, forcing the Japanese powerhouse to enter the pocket. Tetsuka is connecting with the lead inside leg kick and dodging his rival’s single shots, but some are getting through. The Japanese welterweight is closing the distance towards the end of the frame and throwing wild shots, but alas, the round has come to a close.
Takasuke Kume defeats Koshi Matsumoto via unanimous decision
Pancrase 1, Shooto 0
Takasuke Kume bounced forward with a combination, but then shot Koshi Matsumoto against the fence and connected with a takedown. He unloaded some knees to head and the body, and then jumped on his opponent’s back, put in his hooks, and once again, he tried to cinch up the rear-naked choke.
Kume unloaded punches and elbows to coerce his countryman to surrender his neck, but Matsumoto refused. In fact, the Shooto Lightweight World Champion stood up to try and wiggle him off, but Kume hung tight and continued to look for the opening to finish. It never came, as the bell rang, but it appears as if Pancrase may take the lead in this series.
The roles soon reversed. When Takasuke Kume reached for the takedown, Koshi Matsumoto went over top of him, took his back, and worked towards a rear-naked choke of his own. Kume defended well to prevent his opponent from wrapping his arm underneath his chin, but was unable to shake off his dreadful predicament. It was a methodical battle of hand-fighting, but Kume survived the round.
The action was fierce from the start. Both men traded early and also engaged in the clinch. Following a brief pause in the action, Takasuke Kume hit a double-leg takedown, took the back, elbowed Koshi Matsumoto, and tried to lock in a rear-naked choke. In the process, he softened up his rival with elbows, and then he transitioned to an armbar. Before he could secure it, the bell rang to end the frame.