Number 1: Bas Rutten vs Ryushi Yanagisawa
Tue, Sep 21, 1993
Number 1: Bas Rutten vs Ryushi Yanagisawa
Sep 21, 1993
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.
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