Pancrase 319 commenced on Sunday afternoon at Studio Coast in Tokyo in front of a live audience. Two experienced Japanese lightweights headlined the show and put on a very technical back and forth affair with Koshi Matsumoto edging out Hiroto Uesako.

Uesako flew out the gate and rocked his opponent within the first 30 seconds of the fight. Matsumoto retreated and was able to recover while remaining elusive.

Matsumoto then dipped under a punch and completed a takedown yet Uesako popped back up immediately. Uesako was able to work the jab while dancing around constantly.

Koshi Matsumoto takes down Hiroto Uesako

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Superman punch

Although Matsumoto was winging right hands and barely missing multiple times, the low kicks worked for him throughout the first frame and must have looked good in the eyes of the judges.

In the second stanza Uesako again started fast and connected with a beautiful superman punch. Matsumoto looked to score with right hands but nothing was landing flush for the former Shooto lightweight champion.

Matsumoto was able to score with inside calf kicks which had a cumulative effect on his Uesako. He continued to apply pressure, mixing up the low kicks with crisp jabs.

Koshi Matsumoto punches Hiroto Uesako

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Fiery pace

Neither fighter showed any sign of fatigue in the final round as they kept up the fiery pace Continuing with a more aggressive approach, Matsumoto had the former Deep featherweight champion on the back foot.

Meanwhile Uesako would explode forward in short bursts. They ended the fight in the clinch against the fence, trading knees from close quarters.

The decision win went to Matsumoto who improves to 21-9-2. Uesako drops to 16-10 after suffering a third straight defeat.

Koshi Matsumoto 2 1

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Best of the rest

The co-main event was also a closely contested bout with Takeshi Kasugai (26-7-1)  scoring a split decision win over Toshinori Tsunemura (14-11-4). Both fighters were very cautious through the three round affair.

There were two highlight-reel knockouts earlier in the night.

Akira Okada (14-9-3) stepped up against the former featherweight King of Pancrase Issei Tamura (13-11) and starched him in the second round after some competitive exchanges on the feet. The 33-year-old earns the biggest win of his career and snaps a four-fight losing streak.

Pancrase 319, Tokyo, October 25th
Koshi Matsumoto def. Hiroto Uesako via Decision (Unanimous)
Takeshi Kasugai def. Toshinori Tsunemura via Decision (Split)
Akira Okada def. Issei Tamura via Knockout (Punch) in Round 2
Tokitaka Nakanishi def. Hiroshige Tanaka via Decision (Unanimous)
Ryo Asami def. Masaya Takita via Decision (Unanimous)
Masahide Hiraoka def. Sho Sekihara via Referee Stoppage (Cut) in Round 1
Yutaka Kobayashi def.Yuki Kondo via Decision (Unanimous)
Yuta Miyazawa def. Hiroaki Ijima via Knockout (Punch) in Round 2
Kodai Murata def. Shuichi Kanda via Decision (Unanimous) in Round 3
Yasuhiro Kawamura def. Ryuki Kaneda via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round 1
Rui Imura def. Shinsuke Matsubara via Submission (Armbar) in Round 1
Kenji Yamanaka def. Kohei Maeda via Decision (Unanimous)
Satoru Date def. Soichiro Umekawa via Knockout (Spinning Backfist) in Round 2
Taiga Iwasaki def. Makoto Kawawa via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round 1
Kunta Hashimoto def. Kiyoshiro Akasaki via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round 1
Keito Yamashita def. Tomoki Otsuka via Decision (Unanimous)