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Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling is a mixed martial arts organization founded in Japan in 1993 by Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... For the fighting styles that combine different arts, see hybrid martial arts. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Masakatsu Funaki is a well-known Japanese professional wrestler who performed in New Japan Pro Wrestling, PWFG, as well as the UWF and its later incarnation, the UWFi. ... Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki Minoru, 鈴木 実; stage name 鈴木みのる) is a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. ...


Its founders were pro wrestlers with particular skill in the art of catch wrestling and they founded Pancrase as essentially a professional wrestling promotion consisting of shoots rather than works. As such, it had a rule-set more similar to that of professional wrestling than those used in contemporary fighting organizations such as Shooto. Just as in professional wrestling, closed-fists to the face were illegal and submission holds had to be broken when a competitor made it to the ropes. However, beginning in 1998, it began adopting a rule set more in line with other mixed martial arts organizations, with most fights transitioning to the new ruleset by 2000. The name Pancrase is taken from Pankration, a sport in the ancient Olympic games. Catch wrestling is a popular style of wrestling. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In professional wrestling, a shoot refers to any unplanned event – that is, the event is real and not staged. ... In professional wrestling, a work is slang for a staged event (that is, one that enforces kayfabe). ... Shooto logo ISC logo This article deals with the martial arts organization, for the baseball pitch, see gyroball. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... For the fighting styles that combine different arts, see hybrid martial arts. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Pankration was an ancient sport introduced in the Greek Olympic games in 648 BC. Many historians believe that, although Pankration was not one of the first Olympic sports, it was likely the most popular. ... The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ...


Per its custom, its champions are named King of Pancrase rather than the title of Champion.

Contents

History

In 1993 Masakatsu Funaki, Minoru Suzuki, Yusuke Fuke and others from the shoot-style Fujiwara Gumi wrestling promotion left that company, apparently in opposition to mentor Yoshiaki Fujiwara cooperating with leagues like Universal Lucha Libre and W*ING, where showmanship was the rule. These men formed Pancrase (the name and rule set being suggested by Karl Gotch), which would focus on pure shoot style wrestling with few gimmicks and no predetermined outcomes. The first King Of Pancrase Open Weight champion was Ken Shamrock, famous for his exploits in the Ultimate Fighting Championship circuit and who had previous experience in the Newborn UWF and Fujiwara Gumi. Over the years, Funaki and Suzuki took turns holding the title alongside other big names, such as Bas Rutten, Frank Shamrock and Guy Mezger. Masakatsu Funaki is a well-known Japanese professional wrestler who performed in New Japan Pro Wrestling, PWFG, as well as the UWF and its later incarnation, the UWFi. ... Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki Minoru, 鈴木 実; stage name 鈴木みのる) is a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. ... Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Group (Purofesshonaru-resuringu Fujiwara-Gumi, プロフェッショナルレスリング藤原組) was a shoot style professional wrestling promotion based in Japan, operating from 1991 to 1995. ... Yoshiaki Fujiwara (藤原喜明 Fujiwara Yoshiaki) is a Japanese professional wrestler who has worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE, and UWF. // Fujiwara was the first graduate of the New Japan Pro Wrestling dojo (Mr. ... Universal Lucha Libre (Universal Pro-Wrestling until 1991; Federación Universal de Lucha Libre afterwards) was a professional wrestling promotion in Japan from 1990 to 1995. ... Categories: American professional wrestlers | Professional wrestling stubs ... Ancient Greek wrestlers (Pankratiasts) Wrestling is the act of physical engagement between two unarmed persons, in which each wrestler strives to get an advantage over or control of his opponent. ... Ken Shamrock (born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick on February 11, 1964 in Macon, Georgia) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. ... This article covers the organization itself. ... The original Japanese-based Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) was a Japanese professional wrestling promotion from 1984 to 1986, formed by wrestlers who had left New Japan Pro Wrestling. ... Sebastiaan Bas Rutten (born February 24, 1965) is a Dutch mixed martial arts fighter and color commentator. ... Frank Shamrock (born Frank Alisio Juarez III on December 8, 1972 in Santa Monica, California) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. ... Guy Mezger (January 1, 1968 in Houston, Texas) is an American martial artist who competed in professional combat sports ranging from full-contact karate, kickboxing, and boxing, but is most recognized as a mixed martial arts fighter (retired from competition 01-25-05). ...


Today, Pancrase recognizes King of Pancrase titles in the super heavyweight, heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, and welterweight divisions, with plans to award new lightweight and featherweight champions in the future. The open weight title has been recently restored and is held by Josh Barnett, who also competes in PRIDE. Minoru Suzuki also has stopped competing for Pancrase and is currently performing in many Japanese pro-wrestling organizations. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Pride is the name of an emotion which refers to a strong sense of self-respect, a refusal to be humiliated as well as joy in the accomplishments of oneself or a person, group, nation or object that one identifies with. ...


Rules

Old rules

Aside from the traditional grappling rules (e.g., no biting, no eye-gouging) the rules were formerly as follows:

  • No elbows to the head (neither while standing nor on the ground).
  • No closed-fist strikes to the head (neither while standing nor on the ground).
  • No knees to the head on the ground.
  • No kicks/stomps to the head on the ground.
  • If a participant gets too close to the ropes, he is stood back up on the feet. (as opposed to PRIDE's recentering in the middle of the ring)
  • Non-title matches consist of one 15 minute round; Title matches consisit of one 30 minute round.
  • If a participant is caught in a submission and taps out, (whether unable to reach the ropes or not) it is a loss.
  • Five "escapes" are given to each fighter at the start of every match. An escape can be used when caught in a submission near the ropes, in which case the participant can grab them, be stood back on the feet and have one point deducted. Once a participant has used all of his escapes, it is a loss.
  • For knockouts, a ten-count similar to boxing and kickboxing is used. If the participant is unable to answer the ten-count, it is declared a TKO and that fighter has lost the match. However, if the participant is able to answer the ten-count, the fight resumes and one point is deducted.
  • If, at the end of regulated time, neither fighter has submitted, been knocked out, or lost all their points, a decision is rendered based on who lost fewer points. If neither fighter lost any points, or both lost the same number of points, the fight is declared a draw.
  • In the 1994 King of Pancrase tournament, the rules were slightly different, in that the first round had one 10 minute round and three rope escapes, and the finals had one 20 minute round with three rope escapes.
  • For a short period of time when Bas Rutten was the King of Pancrase, heelhooks were banned because of the frequency of injuries.

Present-day rules

Today, Pancrase uses mixed martial arts rules similar to the ones in PRIDE FC and Shooto. Pride logo PRIDE or PRIDE Fighting Championships is a mixed martial arts organization based in Japan. ... Shooto logo ISC logo This article deals with the martial arts organization, for the baseball pitch, see gyroball. ...


Current King of Pancrase champions

Division Champion
Openweight Josh Barnett (tenth Openweight Champion)
Super Heavyweight none, vacated by Tsuyoshi Kosaka 1/24/2006
Heavyweight Assuerio Silva
Light Heavyweight Yuki Kondo (third Light Heavyweight Champion)
Middleweight Yuichi Nakanishi (sixth Middleweight Champion)
Welterweight Daizo Ishige (second Welterweight Champion)
Lightweight Vacant
Featherweight Yoshihiro Maeda (first Featherweight Champion)

Below is a list of King of Pancrase Champions at each weight class. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tsuyoshi TK Kosaka (March 6, 1970-) is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter. ... Assuerio Silva (June 18, 1974 in Mossoro, Brazil) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, most recently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pancrase. ... Yuki Kondo (Japanese: 近藤有己) (July 17, 1975) is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter. ...

Former KOP Title Holders

Masakatsu Funaki is a well-known Japanese professional wrestler who performed in New Japan Pro Wrestling, PWFG, as well as the UWF and its later incarnation, the UWFi. ... Ken Shamrock (born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick on February 11, 1964 in Macon, Georgia) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. ... Sebastiaan Bas Rutten (born February 24, 1965) is a Dutch mixed martial arts fighter and color commentator. ... Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki Minoru, 鈴木 実; stage name 鈴木みのる) is a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. ... Sanae Kikuta (born September 10, 1971Nerima, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese mixed martial arts performer. ... Kiuma Kunioku is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently fighting at welterweight. ... Tsuyoshi TK Kosaka (March 6, 1970-) is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter. ... Frank Shamrock (born Frank Alisio Juarez III on December 8, 1972 in Santa Monica, California) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. ... Yuki Kondo (Japanese: 近藤有己) (July 17, 1975) is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter. ... Nathan Joel Marquardt (born April 20, 1979 in Lander, Wyoming) is an American mixed martial artist. ... Ricardo Almeida is a retired mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) grappler from Hamilton, New Jersey. ... Sem Schilt (born October 27, 1973 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch kickboxer, mixed martial artist and Seido Kaikan karate fighter as well as World Champion[1] in the 2005 and 2006 K-1 Grand Prix tournaments in Japan. ... Guy Mezger (January 1, 1968 in Houston, Texas) is an American martial artist who competed in professional combat sports ranging from full-contact karate, kickboxing, and boxing, but is most recognized as a mixed martial arts fighter (retired from competition 01-25-05). ... Katsuya Inoue , August 10, 1979 -), is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter. ...

Other notable fighters

Ikuhisa Minowa (Japanese:美濃輪育久, born January 12, 1976 in Gifu Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter. ... Akihiro Gono (born October 7, 1974 in Tokyo, Japan; alternatively transliterated Akhiro Gouno) is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter. ... Jason DeLucia is an American mixed martial arts fighter. ... Izuru Takeuchi is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter, currently competing in the middleweight division. ... Joseph Jahanithin Diesel Riggs (born September 23, 1982) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. ...

See also

PRIDE Fighting Championships (PRIDE or PRIDE FC for short) was a mixed martial arts organization based in Japan. ... Puroresu is Japanese professional wrestling, as seen in FMW, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and All Japan Pro Wrestling. ... ISFA logo Shootfighting is a combat sport and martial art, with competitions governed by the International Shootfighting Association (ISFA). ... Shooto logo ISC logo This article deals with the martial arts organization, for the baseball pitch, see gyroball. ... This article covers the organization itself. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Pankration was an ancient sport introduced in the Greek Olympic games in 648 BC. Many historians believe that, although Pankration was not one of the first Olympic sports, it was likely the most popular. ... BodogFight is a reality television series and mixed martial arts competition, originating from Costa Rica, and created and produced by entertainment mogul Calvin Ayre, and his Bodog. ...

External links

  • Pancrase Website (JP)
  • Pancrase Website (US)
  • Pancrase event results at sherdog
Professional mixed martial arts organizations
North American promotions: UFC | WEC | Elite XC | IFL | Strikeforce | King of the Cage | Rumble on the Rock | Icon Sport | TKO | EFC | MFC | Cage Fury FC | IFC | Combate Extremo | Gracie FC | FFC | Art of War
Asian promotions: PRIDE Fighting Championships | HERO'S | Pancrase | ZST | DEEP | Spirit MC | Cage Force | Art of War (China) | Smackgirl
European promotions: Cage Rage | Cage Warriors | Finnfight | FFA | OC
Other promotions: BodogFight
Defunct promotions: IVC | RINGS | WFA | UFO
Sanctioning bodies and networks: Shooto | International Sport Combat Federation | WWCN | North American Boxing Council

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Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling is a mixed martial arts organization founded in Japan in 1993 by Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki.
The first King Of Pancrase Open Weight champion was Ken Shamrock, famous for his exploits in the Ultimate Fighting Championship circuit and who had previous experience in the Newborn UWF and Fujiwara Gumi.
In the 1994 King of Pancrase tournament, the rules were slightly different, in that the first round had one 10 minute round and three rope escapes, and the finals had one 20 minute round with three rope escapes.
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