Daiki Nakada got back in the win column with a win over Kisa Miyake on Sunday. Their featherweight fight headlined Pancrase 331 which was part of a double header being put on by the long running Japanese promotion.
Nakada was returning to action for the first time since losing a decision to Takahiro Ashida at Rizin 39. Miyake came into the bout on the back of a second round finish of Mayo Komori.
Miyake enjoyed an advantage in terms of both height and reach but Nakada closed the distance right away and attacked with punches and low kicks. He succeeded in catching a front kick but couldn’t take his opponent down.
Miyake grappled and pushed Nakada into the cage, he finally got the fight to the ground and found himself in top position but Nakada was able to keep him in his guard before working his way up.
Once the fighters were standing Miyake chased after him and pushed him into the cage. They exchanged strikes, and Nakada uncorked a left cross to the body followed by left and rights hooks before attempting a takedown.
It was a close round but the second stanza started to swing Nakada’s way when the referee paused the fight so that the doctor’s could check on Miyake’s eye which looked badly swollen. He got the all clear to continue and completed a single leg takedown.
Moment later Nakada was back on his feet and landing more punches. Miyaka tried to get the fight to the ground but found himself trapped in a guillotine choke.
He was able to reverse the position and looked set to finish the round on top. But Nakada still had the guillotine locked in and with just one second remaining in the round the referee called off the contest as Miyaka slipped into unconsciousness.
The finish came at the 4:59 mark and left many in the crowd confused, thinking that the round had ended. But it soon became apparent that Nakada had choked his opponent out
Miyaka is sure to have come away with some regrets as his record slips to 7-4. By contrast Nakada has a lot of momentum behind him after two second round stoppage wins in quick succession and he moves up to 6-4.
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In the co-main event veteran boxer Emiko Raika (12-9-1-1) squeezed past Fumika Watanabe (0-1) by the narrowest of margins. She beat the debutant by split decision to register a first win since 2019.