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King of Pancrase belt

King of Pancrase title belt

Below is a list of King of Pancrase Champions at each weight class.

Title historiesEdit

Flyweight ChampionshipEdit

125 lb (57 kg) and below
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Japan flag Mitsuhisa Sunabe
(def. Takuya Eizumi)
June 7, 2009 Tokyo, Japan
  • (def. Isao Hirose on October 25, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan)
2 Japan flag Kiyotaka Shimizu February 7, 2010 Tokyo, Japan

Bantamweight ChampionshipEdit

125 to 135 lb (57 kg to 61.2 kg)
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Japan flag Manabu Inoue
(def. Seiya Kawahara)
December 7, 2008 Yokohama, Japan

Featherweight ChampionshipEdit

135 to 145 lb (61.2 kg to 65.8 kg)
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Japan flag Yoshiro Maeda
(def. Daiki Hata)
August 27, 2006 Yokohama, Japan
Weight class revised January 30, 2008 (Pancrase revises weight classes follow those designated in the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. The Featherweight division moves from under 141.4 lb (64 kg) to between 135 lbs (61.2 kg) and 145 lbs (65.8 kg).)
2 Brazil flag Marlon Sandro
(def. Masaya Takita)
October 26, 2008 Tokyo, Japan

Lightweight ChampionshipEdit

145 to 155 lbs (65.8 to 70.3 kg)
No. Name Date Location Defenses
Weight class revised January 30, 2008 (The Lightweight class is revised from 141.4 to 152.5 lb (64 to 69 kg) to its current limits.)
1 Japan flag Shoji Maruyama
(def. Artur Oumakhanov)
January 30, 2008 Tokyo, Japan
Title vacated May 2008 (Shoji Maruyama vacates Lightweight Championship in order to compete in the Featherweight Division.)
2 Japan flag Katsuya Inoue
(def. Koji Oishi)
December 7, 2008 Tokyo, Japan
  • (def. Daisuke Hanazawa on February 1, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan)
3 Venezuela flag Maximo Blanco
(def. Katsuya Inoue)
August 8, 2009 Tokyo, Japan

Welterweight ChampionshipEdit

155 to 170 lb (70.3 to 77.1 kg)
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Japan flag Kiuma Kunioku
(def. Takafumi Ito)
July 28, 2002 Tokyo, Japan
Title vacated September 2004 (Kunioku vacates Welterweight Championship to pursue new competition.)
Japan flag Katsuya Inoue
(declared interim champion by committee; opponent was injured)
May 1, 2005 Kanagawa, Japan
2 Japan flag Daizo Ishige
(def. Katsuya Inoue for undisputed title)
August 27, 2006 Kanagawa, Japan
Japan flag Katsuya Inoue
(def. Fabricio Nascimento for interim title)
July 27, 2007 Tokyo, Japan
Title vacated January 2008 (Daizo Ishige vacates the Welterweight Championship.)
Weight class revised January 30, 2008 (The Welterweight class is revised from 152.5 to 165.7 lb (69 to 75 kg) to its current limits)
3 Japan flag Katsuya Inoue
(def. Satoru Kitaoka for vacant title)
January 30, 2008 Tokyo, Japan
Title vacated February 2008 (Katsuya Inoue vacates the Welterweight Championship in order to compete in the Lightweight division.)
Japan flag Takuya Wada
(def. Jason Palacios for interim title)
April 27, 2008 Tokyo, Japan
Takuya Wada was promoted to undisputed champion in December 2008.
4 Japan flag Takuya Wada January 30, 2008 Tokyo, Japan

Middleweight ChampionshipEdit

170 to 185 lb (77.1 to 83.9 kg)
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 United States flag Nathan Marquardt
(def. Shonie Carter)
Sept. 24 , 2000 Kanagawa, Japan
2 Japan flag Kiuma Kunioku December 1, 2001 Kanagawa, Japan
3 United States flag Nathan Marquardt (2) Dec. 21 , 2002 Tokyo, Japan
4 United States flag Ricardo Almeida Nov. 30 , 2003 Tokyo, Japan
Title vacated July 2004 (Almeida vacates Middleweight Championship; retires from active competition.)
5 United States flag Nathan Marquardt (3)
(def. Kazuo Misaki)
November 7, 2004 Chiba, Japan
  • def. Izuru Takeuchi on May 1, 2005 in Kanagawa, Japan
Title vacated October 2006 (Marquardt vacates Middleweight Championship to pursue UFC career.)
6 Japan flag Yuichi Nakanishi
(def. Izuru Takeuchi)
December 2, 2006 Tokyo, Japan
7 Japan flag Izuru Takeuchi
(def. Yuichi Nakanishi)
November 28, 2007 Tokyo, Japan
Japan flag Yuki Kondo

(Interim Championship)

January 2008 (Yuki Kondo vacates the Light Heavyweight Championship and moves to the middleweight division, where he is awarded the interim Middleweight Championship.)
Weight class revised January 30, 2008 (The Middleweight class is revised from 165.7 to 181 lb (75 to 82 kg) to its current limits.)
7 Japan flag Izuru Takeuchi
(def. Yuichi Nakanishi)
November 28, 2007 Tokyo, Japan
Japan flag Yuki Kondo

(Interim Championship)

January 2008
  • (def. Takenori Sato on February 7, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan)

Light Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

185 to 205 lb (83.9 to 93 kg)
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Japan flag Keiichiro Yamamiya
(def. Ikuhisa Minowa)
Sept. 24 , 2000 Kanagawa, Japan
2 Japan flag Sanae Kikuta
(def. Ikuhisa Minowa)
Sept. 30 , 2001 Kanagawa, Japan
  • (drew with Yuki Kondo on May 18, 2003 in Kanagawa, Japan)
3 Japan flag Yuki Kondo Nov. 30 , 2003 Tokyo, Japan
Title vacated January 2008 (Yuki Kondo vacates the Light Heavyweight Championship and moves to the middleweight division.)
Weight class revised January 30, 2008 (The Light Heavyweight class is revised from 181 to 199 lb (82 to 90.5 kg) to its current limits.)
4 Japan flag Ryo Kawamura
(def. Keiichiro Yamamiya)
October 1, 2008 Tokyo, Japan

Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

205 to 265 lb (93 to 120.2 kg)
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Japan flag Yoshiki Takahashi
(def. Shamoji Fujii)
December 1, 2001 Kanagawa, Japan
Title vacated (Takahashi vacates Heavyweight Championship.)
2 Lithuania flag Kestutis Arbocius
(def. Poai Suganuma)
August 27, 2006 Kanagawa, Japan
Title vacated May 2007 (Arbocius is stripped of Heavyweight Championship due to injury.)
3 Brazil flag Assuerio Silva
(def. Tatsuya Mizuno)
May 30, 2007 Tokyo, Japan
Title vacated January 2008 (Assuerio Silva vacates Heavyweight Championship after signing an exclusive contract to compete in the Hardcore Championship Fighting promotion.)
Weight class revised January 30, 2008 (The Heavyweight class is revised from 199 to 221 lb (90.5 to 100.5 kg) to its current limits.)

Super Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

Over 221 lb (100.5 kg)
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 Japan flag Tsuyoshi Kosaka
(def. Ron Waterman)
November 7, 2004 Chiba, Japan
Title vacated January 2006 (Kosaka vacates Super Heavyweight Championship.)
Title retired January 2008 (Pancrase adopts the weightclasses outlined in the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts and retires the Super Heavyweight Championship.)

Openweight ChampionshipEdit

No weight limit.
No. Name Date Location Defenses
1 United States flag Ken Shamrock
(won King of Pancrase 24 man tournament)
Dec. 17 , 1994 Tokyo, Japan
  • (def. Leon Dijk on January 26, 1995 in Nagoya, Japan)
  • (def. Bas Rutten on March 10, 1995 in Kanagawa, Japan)
2 Japan flag Minoru Suzuki May 13, 1995 Tokyo, Japan
3 Netherlands flag Bas Rutten Sept. 1 , 1995 Tokyo, Japan
United States flag Frank Shamrock[1]
(def. Minoru Suzuki for interim championship; Rutten was injured)
January 28, 1996 Kanagawa, Japan
3 Netherlands flag Bas Rutten
(def. Frank Shamrock to defend the undisputed King of Pancrase title)
May 16, 1996 Tokyo, Japan
Title vacated October 1996 (Rutten vacates Openweight King of Pancrase Championship due to family matters.)
4 Japan flag Masakatsu Funaki
(def. Jason DeLucia)
Dec. 15 , 1996 Japan
5 Japan flag Yuki Kondo April 27, 1997 Tokyo, Japan
6 Japan flag Masakatsu Funaki (2) December 20 , 1997 Kanagawa, Japan
7 United States flag Guy Mezger April 26, 1998 Kanagawa, Japan
Title vacated February 1999 (Mezger vacates the title to compete in the UFC)
8 Japan flag Yuki Kondo (2)
(def. Semmy Schilt)
April 18, 1999 Kanagawa, Japan
9 Netherlands flag Semmy Schilt Nov. 28 , 1999 Osaka, Japan
10 United States flag Josh Barnett
(def. Yuki Kondo)
August 31, 2003 Tokyo, Japan

References and footnotesEdit

  1. Rutten was injured in January 1996 and could not defend his title; Shamrock captured an interim championship en route to his title-unification fight with Rutten.

See also Edit

External linksEdit

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