Suguru Nii secured the vacant featherweight title with a submission victory over Shinsuke Kamei at Pancrase 337 in Tokyo on Sunday. The Rizin veteran is currently riding a four-fight winning streak, all with consecutive stoppages.
In the opening round Kamei initiated the action by pressing forward with a right hand, attempting to trap Nii against the cage while unleashing combinations involving left jabs, high and low kicks.
Nii responded with a single-leg takedown attempt, which Kamei successfully evaded while trying to take his back. He shook him off and landed a kick, followed up with a clean takedown,
Nii transitioned into side control and started delivering hammer fists. He then grabbed hold of the 26-year-old’s head, targeting his arm with punches and elbow strikes to Kamei’s body.
Nii later attempted a scissor choke on Kamei’s right arm, but Paraestra Hachioji’s fighter managed to get back to his feet. As they returned to a standing position, both fighters exchanged powerful strikes.
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Kamei rocked Nii with a potent right hand followed by a well-placed uppercut from his right elbow. Nii responded by grappling and executed a slick neck throw, bringing his opponent to the ground. He secured the ‘kesagatame’ position but the round ended before he could sink in a submission.
In the second round, Kamei initiated a one-two combination after a right low kick. Nii charged forward with a flurry of punches, with his left and right hooks consistently finding their mark. However, Kamei retaliated with a well-timed right cross that staggered the Rizin veteran.
This moment spurred Nii into action, allowing him to maneuver behind his opponent, seize the left arm, and execute a takedown. He then transitioned into a scissor choke position, securing a brutal submission as he squeezed with his thighs and yanked Kamei’s left arm for leverage.
It marked Nii’s tenth submission win of his career as his record improved to 16-12 and he is crowned as the new featherweight King of Pancrase. Kamei’s record slips to 6-4.
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In the co-main event, Ryuichiro Sumimura knocked out Hiroshi Fujita. The welterweight veteran is now on a three-fight winning streak and has extended his record to 22-8-1.