Masakatsu Funaki
Funaki as the GHC National Champion in October 2022
BornMasaharu Funaki (船木 優治, Funaki Masaharu)
(1969-03-13) March 13, 1969 (age 55)
Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Other namesMasaharu Funaki
The Last Samurai
Yomigaetta Samurai("Modern Day Samurai")
Hybrid Wrestler
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight209 lb (95 kg; 14 st 13 lb)
StyleBoxing, Catch Wrestling, Muay Thai, Koppo, Kendo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s)Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Karl Gotch
Years active1993–2000, 2007–2012 (MMA)
1985–1993, 2009–present (Professional wrestling)
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission34
By decision1
By knockout3
By submission8
By decision2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Masaharu Funaki (Japanese: 船木 優治, Funaki Masaharu, born March 13, 1969) is a Japanese actor, mixed martial artist and professional wrestler known professionally as Masakatsu Funaki (船木 誠勝, Funaki Masakatsu), who has previously wrestled in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi (PWFG), Newborn UWF (UWF), and Wrestle-1 (W-1). He is also the co-founder of Pancrase, one of the first mixed martial arts organizations and non-rehearsed shoot wrestling promotions (following five years after the inception of Shooto but predating America's Ultimate Fighting Championship). Funaki was also Pancrase's biggest star; Josh Barnett described him as the "symbol of Japan", Frank Shamrock labeled Funaki "the golden boy" of Pancrase, and Guy Mezger called Funaki "hands down the smartest and most skilled fighter in Pancrase next to Ken Shamrock".[1][2]

Not only the organization's co-founder and most popular fighter, Funaki was also one of Pancrase's most successful fighters to date, scoring submission victories over numerous MMA champions such as Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Semmy Schilt, Guy Mezger, Yuki Kondo, Minoru Suzuki, and Bas Rutten through the course of his Pancrase career. He is the only fighter in mixed martial arts to hold wins over both Shamrock brothers and Bas Rutten, and was the first man to win the King of Pancrase title twice.

Funaki is widely considered to be one of the greatest Japanese fighters in mixed martial arts history.[3] ranked him as the #1 mixed martial artist in the world for the years 1996 and 1997, and also had him ranked as a top 4 pound for pound fighter from 1993 to 1998.[4]

Early life

The son of a movie theater owner, Masaharu Funaki was exposed to martial arts films at an early age. He idolized Bruce Lee above all others, but also eagerly watched the films of Sammo Hung and Sonny Chiba. His father would ultimately abandon young Funaki and his family.

Professional wrestling career

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (1985–1989)

Instead of entering high school, he applied to New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), who sent him to the New Japan dojo. He was in the same class as Keiichi Yamada (better known as Jyushin Thunder Liger), Keiji Mutoh, Shinya Hashimoto, Minoru Suzuki, Masahiro Chono, and Chris Benoit. The New Japan Dojo had a reputation for being particularly harsh on its trainees, both mentally and physically, with the intent of only graduating the very best of each class. However, Funaki stunned the New Japan trainers with his athleticism, timing and natural talent for submission grappling. Along with the former Highschool Wrestler Minoru Suzuki, Funaki formed a strong bond with the dojo's head grappling instructor, Yoshiaki Fujiwara. Funaki debuted as a junior heavyweight at the age of 15; a record for the youngest debut in NJPW.

After debuting for New Japan on March 3, 1985, in a losing effort against three-year veteran Tatsutoshi Goto,[5] Funaki did not receive a push from the promotion, stuck in the junior heavyweight division during a time when NJPW owner Antonio Inoki decided to shift the focus of the company towards the heavyweight division. Funaki did, often teaming with fellow wrestler Akira Nogami have many memorable matches with Yoji Anjo and Tatsuo Nakano belonging to UWF and became the first person to take the Shooting Star Press from Yamada. In 1988, he was sent on a learning excursion to Europe, competing in the Catch Wrestling Association (CWA) in Austria and Germany and for All Star Wrestling (ASW) in England in 1989 where "Flying" Funaki and "Fuji" Yamada were a tag team.[6]

When New Japan top draw Akira Maeda became so frustrated with backstage politics that he shoot kicked Riki Choshu and broke his eye socket, and was subsequently suspended for refusing to go on an excursion to Mexico, Maeda left NJPW to form the Newborn UWF promotion. Funaki, seeing an opportunity to shine and showcase his talents, wanted to follow. Maeda negotiated the acquisition of Funaki's contract, along the contracts of friend Minoru Suzuki and mentor Yoshiaki Fujiwara for an undisclosed amount of money.

Newborn UWF and Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi (1989–1993)

In Newborn UWF, Funaki became a top draw for the promotion acting as a nemesis to Akira Maeda. When Newborn UWF folded in December 1990, Funaki decided to sign with mentor Fujiwara's new Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi (PWFG) promotion. Funaki left PWFG in 1993 to form the mixed martial arts promotion Pancrase. Around the same time, Funaki was scouted by K-1 executive Kazuyoshi Ishii to compete in their '93 GP tournament, but he declined, having set his sights on MMA.[7]

Mixed martial arts career


Funaki's MMA career began when he founded Pancrase along with Minoru Suzuki. Funaki went on to defeat Bas Rutten, Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Minoru Suzuki, and Guy Mezger, among others. Frank Shamrock said, "Funaki was like a mad scientist. He took the idea of submissions to an even higher level than the rest of the Japanese contingent. He had this insatiable desire to learn more and push his body harder. And as an entertainer he understood the need to entertain."[8]

This realization for the need to entertain often resulted in Funaki (along with Minoru Suzuki) "carrying" some of their opponents during fights. In essence, in order to entertain the crowd, Funaki and Suzuki would occasionally give their opponents opportunities to create drama before finally finishing them off. Josh Barnett said, "when you're that good, you can have a guy thinking he's doing so much better than he expected and have no idea that they're just letting you last like a cat playing with a mouse."[8] Frank Shamrock added, "I know for a fact those guys (Funaki and Suzuki) were light years ahead of everyone else, and they were so good that they would go towards entertainment before they finished a match."[8] However, this did backfire on Funaki on at least one occasion. In a match against Jason DeLucia, Funaki allowed Delucia to catch him in a kneebar in order to create drama and planned on using a rope escape once Delucia had the submission locked in. Unfortunately, Funaki mistakenly allowed himself to get too far from the ropes and was forced to tap out.

Pancrase (1993–1999)

Funaki debuted in the main event of Pancrase's first show, taking on apprentice and training partner Ken Shamrock. Although Funaki led the pace of the match earlier with strikes, Shamrock captured his back, took him down and eventually submitted him with an arm triangle choke, winning the fight. The victory elevated Shamrock to star status and launched the MMA career of both men. Masakatsu got his first victory at the next event, showing his submission skills by catching Ryushi Yanagisawa first in a heel hook and later in a kneebar in under two minutes for the victory. He would then face Dutch fighter Cees Bezems, who threw illegal closed-fisted punches during the match. In response, Funaki executed a takedown and submitted him with a top wrist lock; after the tap out, Funaki again locked in the hold as revenge, and had to be restrained by the referee. Funaki closed the first four Pancrase events with a win against Kazuo "Yoshiki" Takahashi, overwhelming him with palm strikes and knees to the face for the KO.

Opening 1994, Funaki faced another Dutch martial arts exponent in the form of Bas Rutten. Masakatsu led him to the ground and sieged Rutten's guard, and after the Dutchman got distracted after an accidental illegal strike, Funaki caught his leg and executed a toehold, making his opponent submit. Later in the year, Funaki got his revenge against Ken Shamrock just days before the latter's participation in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, choking him out with a rear naked choke. In December, Funaki took part in the tournament for the first King of Pancrase title. He submitted Todd Bjornethun at the first round with a sequence of yoko-tomoe-nage into mount to armbar, and then faced Vernon White in a longer match, with Funaki making a wide usage of triangle chokes and sweeps in order to get a top wrist lock. Finally, Funaki faced Ken Shamrock for a third time at the finals, but although Masakatsu was able to fend Ken off for several minutes, he was mounted and submitted with an arm triangle choke, the same hold Shamrock had used in their first match.

In 1995, after taking revenge on Jason DeLucia by defeating him via submission, Funaki was pitted against Frank Shamrock, Ken's adoptive brother and next rising star of the company. Funaki again showed his newfound affinity for working from the bottom, fending Frank off from his guard and catching him in a triangle choke/kimura combination for a rope escape, before finishing him with a toehold. Funaki's next match would be an upset loss to former Shooto fighter Manabu Yamada, in which Yamada flipped over a mount and caught Funaki in a heel hook for the finish. Funaki bounced back against Pancrase rookie Guy Mezger in a back and forth match, which saw Mezger dominating the action with kicks, strikes and pressure until Funaki clamped an achilles lock to get the win.

Funaki's last high level bout in 1995 would be a rematch with Frank Shamrock. Funaki mocked Frank, keeping his hands low and even throwing a flying spinning heel kick in an instance, but he was caught in a choke and forced to spend a rope escape before returning the favor with a triangle armbar. Funaki got the advantage in points with a rolling toehold, but he then was shockingly forced to tap out in a leglock exchange, losing the match. In his biography, Shamrock claims to believe that Funaki took a dive and allowed himself to be defeated in order to build Frank's popularity.[9]

At Pancrase 1996 Anniversary Show, Masakatsu challenged King of Pancrase Bas Rutten in what is considered to be one of the greatest fights in Pancrase history. Funaki came close to finishing the match earlier with an ankle lock, but Rutten miraculously escaped and continued to fight. Funaki made a wide usage of the knee-on-stomach and mount positions to initiate leglock attacks, but the Dutchman countered every time and eventually pushed Masakatsu away from him, after which Funaki threw an illegal kick to Rutten, who was on his knees. Rutten proceeded to knock Funaki down with a palm strike, and then completely broke his nose with a second palm strike. Stunned, Funaki tried to stand up with Rutten, only for Bas to capitalize with his famed striking game. Rutten knocked him down twice with palms and knees, and then landed a lengthy, unanswered string of strikes, until a knee to the face finally downed Funaki.

Funaki departed from Pancrase after a win over Tony Petarra in September 1999 due to accumulated injuries and, according to fellow Pancrase fighter Bas Rutten, being burnt out from the hectic Pancrase schedule.

Fight against Rickson Gracie and retirement (2000)

Despite Funaki's body being very broken down from injuries, he returned for a fight against the legendary Rickson Gracie at Colosseum 2000 held at the Tokyo Dome. The show was almost canceled due to Rickson trying to change the rules to make knees and strikes to the head illegal, but the problems were overcome and the show continued.[10] The event was broadcast to 30 million TV Tokyo viewers. There was no championship title at stake and Rickson got the majority of his demands, with elbows and knees to the head being rendered illegal standing or on the ground.[10][11]

Funaki walked to the ring in samurai attire with a samurai sword which garnered a roaring excitement from the Japanese announcers and crowd. Funaki and Rickson clinched to the corner, where Funaki appeared to have secured a guillotine choke. Funaki then took Rickson down, relinquishing the choke as they hit the mat and landing a hammer-fist to Rickson's face before standing up. They traded kicks to no effect, until some well timed kicks from Gracie blew out Funaki's injured knee. They clinched again, but Funaki's injury rendered him unable to wrestle correctly, and he was taken down by the Brazilian grappler, who promptly mounted him. Masakatsu looked stunned while Rickson bloodied his face with ground and pound, and finally Gracie forced his way into a rear-naked choke. Funaki refused to submit to the hold, passing out before the referee intervened.

Funaki then retired from mixed martial arts competition, he had a retirement ceremony in Pancrase in late 2000.

K-1 and DREAM (2007–2008)

On December 31, 2007, Funaki came out of retirement to fight Kazushi Sakuraba, who had just defeated Funaki's apprentice Katsuyori Shibata. Appropriately, their bout took place in the main event of K-1's year end Dynamite!! show, which garners more TV viewers each year than any other televised mixed martial arts event in Japan. The two fighters exchanged colorful entrances at the arena, Funaki wearing a long robe and mask patterned after the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri during his entrance to the ring.

Once in the match, Sakuraba was able to sneak in a double leg takedown after Funaki committed heavily to a missed right cross. Funaki closed guard around Sakuraba before opening it up to spin for a kneebar, and for a moment Funaki appeared to secure Sakuraba's leg, but he was thwarted by a combination of Sakuraba's submission acumen and their position against the ring ropes. Sakuraba then maneuvered to Funaki's back, only for the Pancrase founder to roll back into the guard position. Breaking away momentarily from the grappling contest, Sakuraba stood up and began to assault Funaki's legs with a series of kicks, which Funaki answered with an upkick of his own, cutting Sakuraba's eye. Kazushi then returned himself to the ground, where Funaki immediately attempted to sweep him, but Sakuraba blocked the attempt and secured a double wristlock, eventually forcing Funaki to submit.

Funaki signed a contract with Fighting and Entertainment Group's MMA promotion, DREAM. On April 28, 2008, Funaki participated in DREAM's first ever Middle-weight Grand Prix. Funaki was matched against Kiyoshi Tamura at the opening round of the Dream 2: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 First Round in Saitama, Japan. After a hard opening exchange between the two, Funaki was staggered by a punch and pulled guard on Tamura, from where he was pounded to an eventual TKO at 57 seconds of Round 1. This was his first TKO stoppage loss since September 14, 1998, when he was knocked out with a body blow by Semmy Schilt. With the loss, Funaki was eliminated from the Middle-weight Grand Prix.

After losing twice in a row since his comeback to the MMA ring, Funaki was determined to prove that he was still a worthy competitor of the sport and participated again in the promotion's middleweight division. At the Dream 6: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round event that took place on September 23, 2008, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, Funaki was matched with one of his former Pancrase students, "Minowaman" Ikuhisa Minowa. In the opening seconds of the first round of the match, Funaki came at his former charge with a series of kicks, practically forcing Minowa to catch one of the kicks. Funaki capitalized immediately, leaping directly into a heel-hook. Minowa escaped the hold, but Funaki maintained control of his leg and immediately attacked with a heel-hook from the cross-body position, forcing his protege to tap at 52 seconds of the first round.

Fighting Network Rings (2012)

Masakatsu Funaki was scheduled to face Russian fighter Magomedkhan "Volk Han" Amanulayevich Gamzatkhanov in a fight resembling the Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling format for the Fighting Network Rings (RINGS) organization. The fight ended in a draw, with Volk Han announcing his retirement afterwards.

Return to pro wrestling

All Japan Pro Wrestling (2009–2013, 2015–present)

Funaki in November 2010

In August 2007, Funaki and Keiji Mutoh discussed the possibility of Funaki returning to regular professional wrestling in Mutoh's company, All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW). On August 31, 2009, Funaki signed a one-year contract with All Japan, following a tag team victory with Mutoh against Minoru Suzuki and Masahiro Chono.

On January 3, 2010, Funaki and Mutoh won the World Tag Team Championship from Suzuki and Taiyo Kea. On March 21, Funaki defeated Suzuki in a cage match at All Japan's Sumo Hall show.

On January 4, 2012, Funaki made a special appearance for New Japan at Wrestle Kingdom VI in Tokyo Dome, where he teamed with Masayuki Kono to defeat the Seigigun team of Yuji Nagata and Wataru Inoue.[12] During the match, Nagata broke Funaki's orbital bone, sidelining him from in-ring action for an estimated six months.[13] Funaki returned to the ring on June 17, 2012.[14] On July 29, he defeated the man who had injured him, Yuji Nagata, in a grudge match to become the number one contender to the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship.[15] On August 26 he defeated Jun Akiyama in a match that lasted less than five minutes to become the 45th Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion.[16] He lost the title to Suwama on March 17, 2013.[17] In June 2013, Funaki announced his resignation from All Japan in the aftermath of Nobuo Shiraishi taking over as the new president and Keiji Mutoh leaving the promotion.[18] Funaki's final match for the promotion took place on June 30 and saw him and his Stack of Arms partners Koji Kanemoto and Masayuki Kono, who were also leaving All Japan, lose to Akebono, Osamu Nishimura and Ryota Hama in a six-man tag team match.[19]

After becoming a freelancer, Funaki returned to All Japan on November 11, 2015, teaming with Kendo Ka Shin to defeat Suwama and Hikaru Sato. Funaki periodically shows up in All Japan for tag team matches but has not expressed a will to contend for titles again.

Wrestle-1 (2013–2015)

On July 10, 2013, Funaki was announced as part of Keiji Mutoh's new Wrestle-1 (W-1) promotion.[20][21][22] During the promotion's inaugural event on September 8, Funaki teamed with Masayuki Kono in a tag team match, where they were defeated by Katsuyori Shibata and Kazushi Sakuraba. Following the match, Kono turned on Funaki, hitting his mentor with a steel chair.[23] Funaki and Kono faced off in a singles match at Wrestle 1's second show on September 15, where Kono was victorious with help from Kazma Sakamoto and Ryoji Sai.[24][25] A rematch between the two took place on October 12 and saw Funaki emerge victorious.[26] On March 2 at Kaisen: Outbreak, Funaki defeated Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) representative Bobby Roode in an interpromotional match, after which he challenged Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle to a match.[27] At Wrestle-1's July 6 event, Funaki defeated Pro Wrestling Zero1 (Zero1) representative Kohei Sato to win the World Heavyweight Championship.[28] He lost the title back to Sato on September 19.[29] Three days later, Funaki entered the Wrestle-1 Championship tournament, defeating Tajiri in his first round match.[30] The following day, Funaki defeated Akira to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.[31] Prior to the semifinals of the tournament, Funaki entered a storyline, where his former rival Tajiri came to his aid to help him prepare for his match.[32] On October 8, Funaki was eliminated from the tournament in the semifinals by Masayuki Kono, after Tajiri turned on him.[33][34] In June 2015, it was announced that Funaki would be leaving Wrestle-1 and going freelance following his contract expiring at the end of the month.[35] His final match for the promotion took place on June 20.[36]

Freelancing (2015–present)

Funaki wrestled his first match as a freelancer on August 18, 2015, at a Masahito Kakihara cancer benefit show, where he and Minoru Suzuki defeated Mitsuya Nagai and Takaku Fuke.[37] On September 18, Funaki won his first title since becoming a freelancer, when he defeated Real Japan Pro Wrestling (RJPW) wrestler Super Tiger to win the Legend Championship.[38] He lost the title to Daisuke Sekimoto on December 9,[39] before regaining it on June 23, 2016.[40] On September 10, Funaki lost the Legend Championship to Shinjiro Otani.[41] On January 9, 2017, Funaki and Yukio Sakaguchi defeated Konosuke Takeshita and Mike Bailey at a DDT Pro-Wrestling (DDT) event to win the promotion's KO-D Tag Team Championship.[42] They lost the titles to Danshoku Dino and Yoshihiro Takayama in their third defense on April 29.[43] Funaki Wrestled at NOAH – DESTINATION 2021 BACK TO BUDOKAN! on 2/12/21 in a losing effort versus Kenoh for the GHC National Title.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie Fei Long
1996 The Hard - Bounty Hunter Tyron
2001 ShootFighter Tekken Seiko "Oton" Miyazawa
2009 Baton Hades


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle Tankai
2001 Electric Dragon 80.000 V Narrator
2001 Shadow Fury Takeru
2003 Shin karate baka ichidai 2 Kung Fu Fighter
2004 Devilman Jinmen
2004 Godzilla: Final Wars Kumasaka
2004 Shinsetsu Tiger Mask Satoru Sayama/Tiger Mask
2004 Rikidōzan Masahiko Kimura
2006 Like a Dragon: Prologue Kazuma Kiryu

Video games

Year Title Notes
1991 Fire Pro Wrestling 2nd Bout
1991 Super Fire Pro Wrestling
1992 Super Fire Pro Wrestling 2
1993 Fire Pro Wrestling 3: Legend Bout
1993 Super Fire Pro Wrestling III: Final Bout
1993 Super Fire Pro Wrestling III: Easy Type
1994 Super Fire Pro Wrestling Special
1995 Super Fire Pro Wrestling X
1995 Gekitou Burning Pro Wrestling
1996 Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium
1994 Funaki Masakatsu no Hybrid Wrestler: Tōgi Denshō
1997 Virtual Pro Wrestling 64
2000 Virtual Pro Wrestling 2: Ōdō Keishō
2007 Wrestle Kingdom 2

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

  • King of Pancrase (2 times)
  • 1996 King of Pancrase Championship Tournament Winner
  • 1994 King of Pancrase Championship Tournament Semifinalist

Professional wrestling

  • Bakuha-ō Championship (1 time)[45]
  • Match of the Year Award (2010) vs. Minoru Suzuki on March 21[46]
  • Best Tag Team Award (2009) with Keiji Mutoh[47]

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
54 matches 39 wins 13 losses
By knockout 5 3
By submission 33 8
By decision 1 2
Draws 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 39–13–2 Volk Han Draw (majority) Rings/The Outsider: Volk Han Retirement Match December 16, 2012 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 39–13–1 Ikuhisa Minowa Submission (heel hook) Dream 6: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round September 23, 2008 1 0:52 Saitama, Japan
Loss 38–13–1 Kiyoshi Tamura TKO (punches) Dream 2: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 First Round April 29, 2008 1 0:57 Saitama, Japan
Loss 38–12–1 Kazushi Sakuraba Submission (kimura) K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! December 31, 2007 1 6:25 Osaka, Japan
Loss 38–11–1 Rickson Gracie Technical submission (rear naked choke) Colosseum 2000 March 26, 2000 1 12:49 Tokyo, Japan Special rules: no knees or elbows to head standing up or on ground
Win 38–10–1 Tony Petarra Submission (punches) Pancrase: 1999 Anniversary Show September 18, 1999 1 1:16 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Draw 37–10–1 Ebenezer Fontes Braga Draw Pancrase: Breakthrough 4 April 18, 1999 1 15:00 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 37–10 John Renken Submission (punches) Pancrase: Advance 12 December 19, 1998 1 5:50 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Loss 36–10 Kiuma Kunioku Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Advance 10 October 26, 1998 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 36–9 Semmy Schilt KO (punch to the body) Pancrase: 1998 Anniversary Show September 14, 1998 1 7:13 Tokyo, Japan
Win 36–8 Osami Shibuya Submission (arm triangle choke) Pancrase: 1998 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round July 26, 1998 1 6:07 Aomori, Japan
Loss 35–8 Guy Mezger Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Advance 5 April 26, 1998 1 30:00 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Lost the King of Pancrase title.
Win 35–7 Semmy Schilt Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Advance 4 March 18, 1998 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 34–7 Katsuomi Inagaki Submission Pancrase: Advance 2 February 6, 1998 1 2:36 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 33–7 Yuki Kondo Submission (triangle kimura) Pancrase: Alive 11 December 20, 1997 1 2:20 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Won the King of Pancrase title.
Win 32–7 Jason Godsey Submission (calf slicer) Pancrase: Alive 10 November 16, 1997 1 7:12 Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Win 31–7 Guy Mezger Submission (triangle armbar) Pancrase: 1997 Anniversary Show September 6, 1997 1 3:58 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Win 30–7 Osami Shibuya Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase: 1997 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1 July 20, 1997 1 2:34 Tokyo, Japan
Win 29–7 Wes Gassaway Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase: Alive 7 June 30, 1997 1 1:05 Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan
Loss 28–7 Yuki Kondo Submission (triangle armbar) Pancrase: Alive 4 April 27, 1997 1 2:34 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan Lost the King of Pancrase title.
Win 28–6 Paul Lazenby Submission (top wristlock) Pancrase: Alive 3 March 22, 1997 1 4:36 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Win 27–6 Semmy Schilt Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: Alive 2 February 22, 1997 1 5:47 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Win 26–6 Jason DeLucia TKO (leg injury) Pancrase: Truth 10 December 15, 1996 1 2:34 Tokyo, Japan Won the vacant King of Pancrase title.
Win 25–6 Yuki Kondo Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Truth 9 November 9, 1996 1 1:43 Fukuoka, Japan
Loss 24–6 Bas Rutten KO (knee) Pancrase: 1996 Anniversary Show September 7, 1996 1 17:05 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan For the King of Pancrase title.
Win 24–5 Takafumi Ito Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: 1996 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2 July 23, 1996 1 2:01 Tokyo, Japan
Win 23–5 Vernon White Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase: Truth 6 June 25, 1996 1 2:34 Fukuoka, Japan
Win 22–5 August Smisl Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Truth 5 May 16, 1996 1 2:01 Tokyo, Japan
Win 21–5 Katsuomi Inagaki Submission (kneebar) Pancrase: Truth 2 March 2, 1996 1 1:14 Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Win 20–5 Ryushi Yanagisawa Technical Submission (americana) Pancrase: Truth 1 January 28, 1996 1 8:42 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 19–5 Takaku Fuke Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 7 December 14, 1995 1 0:31 Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Loss 18–5 Frank Shamrock Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 6 November 4, 1995 1 10:31 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 18–4 Guy Mezger Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase: 1995 Anniversary Show September 1, 1995 1 6:46 Tokyo, Japan
Win 17–4 Leon Dijk Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase: 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round July 23, 1995 1 1:01 Tokyo, Japan
Win 16–4 Gregory Smit Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 5 July 13, 1995 1 7:30 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–4 Alex Cook Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 4 May 13, 1995 1 7:14 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Loss 14–4 Manabu Yamada Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 3 April 8, 1995 1 4:43 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Win 14–3 Frank Shamrock Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 2 March 10, 1995 1 5:11 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 13–3 Jason DeLucia Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 1 January 26, 1995 1 9:04 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Loss 12–3 Ken Shamrock Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Second Round December 17, 1994 1 5:50 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–2 Vernon White Submission (americana) Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Opening Round December 16, 1994 1 5:37 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–2 Todd Bjornethun Submission (armbar) Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Opening Round December 16, 1994 1 2:20 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–2 Minoru Suzuki Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 5 October 15, 1994 1 1:51 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–2 Ken Shamrock Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 4 September 1, 1994 1 2:30 Osaka, Japan
Win 8–2 Scott "Bam Bam" Sullivan Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 3 July 26, 1994 1 0:56 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7–2 Jason DeLucia Submission (kneebar) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 2 July 6, 1994 1 1:01 Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan
Win 7–1 Gregory Smit Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Road to the Championship 1 May 31, 1994 1 1:58 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–1 Takaku Fuke Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Pancrash! 3 April 21, 1994 1 6:55 Osaka, Japan
Win 5–1 Vernon White KO (palm strike) Pancrase: Pancrash! 2 March 12, 1994 1 1:13 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Win 4–1 Bas Rutten Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: Pancrash! 1 January 19, 1994 1 2:58 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 3–1 Kazuo Takahashi KO (palm strikes and knees) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 4 December 8, 1993 1 3:09 Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan
Win 2–1 Cees Bezems Submission (americana) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 3 November 8, 1993 1 1:42 Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Win 1–1 Ryushi Yanagisawa Submission (kneebar) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 2 October 14, 1993 1 1:35 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Loss 0–1 Ken Shamrock Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 1 September 21, 1993 1 6:15 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan

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