The Kengan Association vs. Purgatory Tournament is a series of matches between two major players in the Japanese underground martial arts industry: the Kengan Association and Purgatory. It's held to determine which organization will absorb the other in their upcoming merger.
The tournament was originally intended to be a series of 13 matches to be held in a year's time. Toyoda Idemitsu proposed extending it to 50 matches, to be held in a month's time, but Nogi Hideki eventually negotiated it back to 13 matches, to be held in six months. For unknown reasons, on the Kengan Association's request, the tournament was postponed a further month.
The contest follows Purgatory's rules:
- Knock Down: If a gladiator fails to get back up before the count of 10 of the referee, they lose.
- Ring Out: If any part of a gladiator's body ends up outside the ring, the gladiator will lose the match.
- No Kill: If a gladiator causes his opponent to die, he will be disqualified.
Up until the ninth match, the tournament has one additional rule: there is no set order for the matches. One side sends their fighter into the ring for each match, with the other team sending their fighter in response. The team that picks first is supposed to swap every three matches. After a deal was struck between Chairman Nogi Hideki and Toyoda, this rule was eliminated.
Another rule of the tournament forbids the gladiator to hit a downed opponent while the referee is counting.
Some matches have an additional rule, only valid for those matches.
- Time: This rule was introduced in the fourth match. A spotlight, which becomes part of the match, will shrink its boundaries as time goes on. The fighter needs to push their opponent out the bounds within five minutes from the match's start to win. If the time's up and there's no clear winner, the match will be a no contest. The Knock-Down rule is not in effect for this match, and both teams were supposed to send their fighters simultaneously.
"The Thai God of War"
|Carlos Medel wins by Ring Out|
Kengan Association 0 - 1 Purgatory
"The Roving Death"
|Falcon wins by Submission|
Kengan Association 0 - 2 Purgatory
"The Beast of Destruction"
|Julius Reinhold wins by Knockout|
Kengan Association 1 - 2 Purgatory
"The Eighth Fang of Metsudo"
"The Traitor Fang"
|Misasa wins by Knockout|
Kengan Association 2 - 2 Purgatory
"The Dragon King"
"The Hawk of Ordos"
|Gaoh Ryuki loses by Disqualification|
Kengan Association 2 - 3 Purgatory
"The Fifth Fang of Metsudo"
"The Centipede of the Three Demon Fists"
|Kanoh Agito wins by Knockout|
Kengan Association 3 - 3 Purgatory
"The King of Slaughter"
|Kure Raian loses by Disqualification|
Kengan Association 3 - 4 Purgatory
"The Killing Throw"
"The Gentle King"
|Hayami Masaki wins by Knockout|
Kengan Association 4 - 4 Purgatory
|Nicolas Le Banner
"The Grim Reaper of Paris"
Kengan Association 4 - 4 Purgatory
"The Serpent of the Three Demons Fists"
|Liu Dongcheng wins by Ring Out|
Kengan Association 4 - 5 Purgatory
"The King of Combat"
"The Silent Nightmare"
|Ohkubo Naoya wins by Submission|
Kengan Association 5 - 5 Purgatory
- Round Five: Naidan Mönkhbat provoked Gaoh Ryuki into killing him. Ryuki is disqualified.
- Round Seven: Kure Raian brutally killed Alan Wu. With the circumstances deliberated on, Raian is disqualified.
- Round Nine: The match between Akoya Seishu and Nicolas Le Banner is stopped by the referee, with Lolong Donaire intervening on her behalf. Round Nine is declared a No Contest.
|Martial Arts||Formless · Gaoh Style · Inaba Style · Kaiwan Style · Koei Style · Kure Clan Style · Niko Style (Possessing Spirit) · Raishin Style|
|Kengan||Bodyguards (Extermination Force · Fang of Metsudo) · Guardians · Kengan Annihilation Tournament · Members (Ashura/Omega) · Kengan matches · Referees|
|The Public Spehere||Rokushin Kaikan · Rokushin Kaikan Tournament|
|The Underground||Heavenly Wolves · Inaba Clan · Kengan Association VS Purgatory Tournament · Kure Clan · Mikazuchi Clan · Underground Martial Arts Industry (Bishamon · Death Fight · Heroic Tales · Kengan matches · Purgatory (Three Demon Fists)) · Worm · Wu Clan|
|The Inside||The Black Messengers · Tokita Niko|