Former King of Pancrase Yuki Kondo meets RINGS veteran Masayuki Naruse at PANCRASE 257

Pancrase have today held a press conference announcing an Openweight contest between former Light Heavyweight & Middleweight King of Pancrase, Yuki Kondo and Mixed Martial Arts journeyman Masayuki Naruse.

Mixed Martial Arts longest running promotion returns later this month for PANCRASE 257, which will be held at the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium on March 30th.

Yuki Kondo (56-28-9) at 38-years of age is still going strong. Fresh off his most recent outing, overcoming Japanese prospect Toshikazu Suzuki, where Kondo finished his opponent in impressive fashion via KO in the very first round.

One month on, and Kondo makes a return to the famed four corners of Pancrase, where he looks to build off his lastest win and make a run for the vacant Welterweight King of Pancrase title later this year.

Masayuki Naruse (6-13) who like his opponent has been involved in Mixed Martial Arts for well over a decade. Naruse began his career back in 1995 competing under the RINGS organization, that saw the 40-year-old square off with the likes of Valentijn Overeem, Magomedkhan Gamzatkhanov, Egan Inoue and Mikhail Ilyukhin throughout his career.

Last year marked Masayuki Naruse’s return to the sport, following a nine year absence. Known for his Submissions, Naruse squared off with fan favorite Sanae Kikuta under the GRABAKA LIVE! banner, losing the bout via Submission (Armbar) in the first round. Prior to the match-up the Freelance affiliate entered the contest on a 3-fight win streak.

*PANCRASE 257 will see a Champion vs. Champion match-up between Lightweight King of Pancrase Isao Kobayashi (14-1-4) and Shooto Welterweight Champion Kuniyoshi Hironaka (22-8) in a much anticipated bout.
Also on the card Kiyotaka Shimizu looks to defend his Super Flyweight King of Pancrase title against Atsushi Yamamoto, who were suppose to meet earlier last year for the 125-lb strap, but after an injury forced Yamamoto off the card, he now gets a second chance at gold.

Pancrase, 3/30/14
“PANCRASE 257″
Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
Yokohama, Japan

Lightweight Bout
Isao Kobayashi vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka

Welterweight Bout
Eiji Ishikawa vs. Yoichiro Sato

Super Flyweight Bout: King of Pancrase
Kiyotaka Shimizu vs. Atsushi Yamamoto

Welterweight Bout
Thiago Goncalves vs. Akihiro Murayama

Lightweight Bout
Yoshiaki Takahashi vs. Leandro Silva

Bantamweight Bout: Tournament Finals
Taichi Nakajima vs. Marcio Cesar

Featherweight Bout
Guy Delameau vs. Yuki Baba

Openweight Bout
Yuki Kondo vs. Masayuki Naruse

Featherweight Bout
Junpei Chikano vs. Tomonari Kanomata

Super Flyweight Bout
Isao Hirose vs. Yusuke Kitago

Bantamweight Bout
Hiroshi Ono vs. Shohei Masumizu

Featherweight Bout
Juntaro Ushiku vs. Yutaka Shimamura

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