In what has been a weird turn of events at Pancrase Saturday, Rin Nakai has become the promotion’s first bantamweight Queen by defeating Danielle West by unanimous decision.
At the weigh-ins Friday, West came in 1.2 kg (2.6 pounds) over, but was able to re-weigh at 1 kg (2.2 pounds). West would blame not having an extra day in Japan to help cut weight as part of the problem. After some negotiation, West gave up $1000 of her purse and if she won the match, would not gain the title. Pancrase officials also took the extra step that knees and the guillotine choke would not be available to West, but would be to Nakai.
Nakai would win the first 2 rounds of their fight Saturday, with West taking round 3. In the end, the scores were 30-30, 29-28, & 29-28. Although this would have been a majority decision, but in Japan, each judge must decided a winner. The undecided judge ruled in favor of Nakai. Nakai becomes Pancrase’s first Bantamweight Queen by unanimous decision, improving her record to 13-0-1.
We are hearing video will be posted in the next few days of the match.