Silva narrowly takes win over Victor Henry, Rin Nakai set for RIZIN

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Rafael Silva took a narrow decision win over Victor Henry at Pancrase 282, setting the scene for a shot at bantamweight King of Pancrase Shintaro Ishiwatari.

The unanimous decision did not got down well with the audience, but all in attendance agreed it was among the best bouts of the evening. Silva, a former Bellator champion now gets the nod to challenge Ishiwatari for bantamweight title.

Rin Nakai returned for an impressive TKO win against Charlene Watt, who took the fight on late notice when Priscila de Souza was released four days before the event. But Nakai fought with her ground-and-pound technique earning a second round stoppage.

Nakai was typically aggressive in her approach, particularly with her elbow strikes, and the win will secure her a slot at at RIZIN’s historic New Years Eve event.

In a scene that harks back to the PRIDE-era, RIZIN commentator Nobuhiki Takada stepped into Pancrase Decagon for the first time to ask Nakai if she was ready to challenge Kanako Murata on the NYE card.

“Yes I can. I want to do it,” she said. Rin Nakai vs Kanako Murata is now officially set for RIZIN NYE. Boom.

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For her third MMA fight, pro wrestler Syuri Kondo took on Sharma Devaiah from Philippines, but the bout ended quickly after Syuri delivered her opponent a barrage of strikes.

Main Event (bantamweight)
Rafael Silva def. Victor Henry
Unanimous Decision

Flyweight bout
Rin Nakai def. Charlene Watt
TKO (Ground & Pound) at 3:43 of R2
Nakai picked up ¥350,000 win bonus

Strawweight bout
Syuri Kondo def. Sharma Devaiah
TKO (Ground & Pound) at 3:38 R1
Syuri picked up ¥100,000 win bonus

Bantamweight bout
Kenta Sakuma def. Kenta Takizawa
Unanimous Decision

Welterweight bout
Daichi Abe def. Kenta Takagi
Unanimous Decision

Featherweight bout
Takuya Saito def. Yuta Tezuka
TKO at 1:02 R3

Bantamweight bout
Yasuhiro Kawamura def. Masahide Hiraoka
Kawamura won by 3-0/Decision.

Strawweight bout
Shota Yamada def Keisuke Tamaru
Unanimous Decision

Bantamweight bout
Masakatsu Ueda def. Hidekazu Fukushima
Unanimous Decision

Flyweight bout
SENZO def. Yuki Yasunaga
Unanimous Decision

Lightweight bout
Hiroki Nagaoka def. Chris Man
Unanimous Decision

Flyweight bout
Toru Ogawa def. Hiroaki Ijima
Unanimous Decision

Lightweight bout
Ken’ichiro Togashi def. Shohei Yamamoto
Unanimous Decision

Strawweight bout
Teppei Maeyama def. Little
Unanimous Decision

Bantamweight bout
Nobuyuki Fujii def. Toshihiro Komiya
Unanimous Decision