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Yuki Kondo and Kiyotaka Shimizu Retain King of Pancrase Titles

Yuki Kondo and Kiyotaka Shimizu both retained their King of Pancrase titles and Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday. For the former, it wasn't in the fashion that one would hope.

Kondo fought to a draw with the third-ranked Yuji Hisamatsu, circling backward for three rounds and occasionally throwing a cautious strike in a snoozer. Hisamatsu pressed forward but his striking was too unpolished to phase Kondo who responded with counter body kicks and straight punches but neither fighters was at all effective. All three judges ruled it a draw, and the sponsors who were quite literally asleep at ringside, ruled it a bore.

Kiyotaka Shimizu was much more impressive in his retention, staying in the pocket and striking with Isao Hirose. It was battle of fine slips and counters and Shimizu was constantly better by the slightest of margins and was good enough to open a gaping wound over Hirose's eye to get the doctor stoppage in the second. Pancrase 2010 Passion Tour at Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan

Middleweight King Of Pancrase Title Fight
Yuki Kondo drew Yuji Hisamatsu

Flyweight King Of Pancrase Title Fight
Kiyotaka Shimizu def. Isao Hirose by TKO (Doctor Stoppage), Round 2, 3:06

Isao Kobayashi drew Tomoyoshi Iwamiya
Tashiro "Akai" Nishiuchi def. Ho Leung Kim Submission by (Arm-Triangle Choke), Round 1, 4:01
Keitaro Maeda def. Seok Mo Kim by Unanimous Decision
Yuta Nakamura def. Kosei Kubota by TKO (Punches) Round 1, 2:08
Ryo Saito def. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa by TKO (Soccer Kicks), Round 1, 4:31

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