Bas Rutten vs Ryushi Yanagisawa Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 1
Dutch kickboxer Bas Rutten took on Japanese striker Ryushi Yanagisawa at the original Pancrase event. Taking place two months before UFC 1, using hybrid rules that prohibited closed-fist strikes to the face, there was a real sense of the unknown at the opening bell. Rutten won inside a minute via a shocking palm-strike. Yanagisawa was hospitalized for two days, and Rutten’s career-long reputation as a terrifying striker was forged.