Saturday, Dec 01, 2001
“pancrase 2001 Proof Tour”
"PANCRASE 2001 PROOF TOUR"
Yokohama Culture Gymnasium(Kanagawa,Japan)
live gate: 5,100
From Susumu’s Gallery:
Susumu’s Gallery Update
Susumu’s Gallery has just added 2 Shooto events held on November 25th and 26th.
Warriors Quest 3: "Punishment In Paradise"
Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii – December 1, 2001
By Chris Onzuka – Chris@onzuka.com
The Warriors Quest crew tries to improve upon every event, not only with the fights, but with the fight spectacle. This time they had three giant video screens set up, laser light shows and shooting mists for the fighter entrances. The Warriors Quest Champions, Jhun and Cooper also had a very cool intro video. The judges would have an easy night as only one fight went to the regulated time limit. However elite referee and always cordial, Larry Landless had his work cut out for him, good thing he was flown in for the event. The preliminary bouts were all submissions and the main events all technical knock outs, both sets of results separated by a majority decision. It looked almost too organized for such an unpredictable sport. The Hawaii team, which consisted of mostly Jesus Is Lord team (or former JIL members), edged out the mainland team, which consisted of mostly Eugene Jackson’s Gladiators Academy members 5-4. This is probably directly attributable to fair matchmaking. Brennan Kamaka always states that he likes to make matches that both fighters have equal opportunities to win. The earlier fights seem to fly by, but the normally bloodthirsty crowd loved the David Yeung-Bao Quach fight that went to a decision. The main events held some surprises. Local star Niko Vitale seemed to be dominating Sean Gray until Gray got to his knees picked up Vitale on his back and jumped backwards. This must have knocked the wind out of Vitale and Gray took advantage of it.
Ron Jhun, who recently came off of a very questionable referee stoppage at the WFA, proved again that he is a top gun, a machine gun that is (sorry, I just had to do that) in the 185lb division. Why isn’t the UFC calling? Jhun would make an incredible addition to that UFC’s thinly populated 185lb division. And finally, Jeremy Bennett had an interesting strategy against Bradda Cooper, which he did not exactly get to fully utilize. After being very successful defending Cooper’s punches earlier, Cooper slipped one in and staggered Bennett to the canvas. One of Bennett’s corner men, UFC vet, Eugene Jackson, thought that Bennett was knocked out and quickly reacted by throwing in the towel, calling an end to the bout. Bennett obviously did not see the towel and was surprised when referee Landless stopped the bout. Bennett was disappointed with the result but was very respectful and accepted the decision like a true competitor.
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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