Ten-year veteran Naoko Omuro defeated rival “Happy” Fukuko Hamada for a second time tonight in one of two women’s bouts at Pancrase Progress Tour 4 in Tokyo, Japan. Omuro defeated Hamada by second-round TKO, finishing her one second faster than in the pair’s first meeting back in 2007.
Also on the card, professional wrestler turned mixed martial artist Kyoko Kimura earned her second Pancrase victory with a quick stoppage of South Korean kickboxer Sung Eun Kim. Kimura, who made her MMA debut in November, needed just 61 seconds to dispatch of Kim in a one-sided bout.
Omuro (13-8-4) and Hamada (7-7-1) first faced off at a Greatest Common Multiple event on August 19, 2007, where Omuro forced Hamada to submit to an armbar at 2:18 of the second round. Until tonight, that bout marked the only time that Hamada had ever been finished in her lengthy career. Hamada looked to avenge the loss in tonight’s rematch, but it was not to be. After a competitive opening round, Omuro landed a series of punches to Hamada’s eye in round two. Time was called and the bout was waved off due to an injury to Hamada’s eye from the strikes. The official time of the TKO stoppage was 2:17 of the second round; one second faster than the bout in 2007.
Kimura (2-0-1) made an instant name for herself in her November Pancrase debut after upsetting fellow pro wrestling veteran Megumi Yabushita, but after a lacklustre Draw in January, her momentum halted. Kimura got back on the winning track tonight with a dominant victory over the debuting Kim (0-1-0). Kimura landed a series of punches that forced the referee to intervene on Kim’s behalf 61 seconds into round one. Kimura is expected to return to Pancrase on May 20th at Progress Tour 6, which is set to take place in Okinawa, Japan. An opponent has not yet been announced.