Three-division King of Pancrase Yuki Kondo started his martial arts career in high school with Shorinji Kempo, a Japanese style derived from Shaolin Kung Fu. After six years of studying the art, he decided to test it out in practical application, and made his cage debut in the Pancrase organization at the age of 20.
Since then, Kondo has faced several of mixed martial arts’ biggest stars across more than two decades. What’s more, he has done so at weights ranging from welterweight through to openweight, amassing an incredible 103 professional bouts with 60 wins, and 36 of them by stoppage. One of the world’s most active competitors, the man they call “Sora” has never had fewer than two bouts in a calendar year since making his professional debut.
Unsurprisingly, such a long and distinguished career, has come with a suitable list of accolades. The second-degree black belt in Shorinji Kempo has won Pancrase Championships at middleweight, light heavyweight, and even openweight, defending them multiple times.