If that event title doesn’t speak volumes, nothing does. Yuki Kondo made his professional debut in 1996 at Pancrase – Truth 1 against Takafumi Ito, on a card that also featured Ken AND Frank Shamrock, Masakatsu Funaki, Jason Delucia, and Guy Mezger. With 53 wins, 27 losses, and 8 draws, there aren’t many welterweights Kondo hasn’t faced in his career. On November 10th, he’ll face another Japanese MMA stalwart, Kosei Kubota, 26-35-16. Almost half of Kubota’s fights have gone to decision and under Pancrase, that’s where the high draw numbers fill in. Both men have had a tough go in the last couple of years, but Kubota’s coming off a fresh win recently over Hiroki Nagaoka whereas Kondo’s last outing saw him submit to a very promising up and comer Kenji Nagaki.
After Pancrase changed their weight categories, things got a little confusing. Flyweight Champion Kiyotaka Shimizu was moved down a division to be Super Flyweight King of Pancrase. Now, defending the incredibly gorgeous Flyweight hunk of steel samurai-inspired strapping will be current Flyweight and former Super Flyweight KOP Mitsuhisa Sunabe. Earning a shot at the belt is Masakazu Utsugi, while at only 5-3-2, has seen every win as a TKO or submission.
Another lifelong Japanese MMA staple Atsushi Yamamoto will make his way back to the ring after a layoff of over a year. During the DREAM 2011 Bantamweight Tournament he lost in the final to Hideo Tokoro. Previous to that run at the belt, he’d had a lengthy layoff as well. Yamamoto faces Pancraseist Yasutaka Koga, who has been competing professionally only since the beginning of 2012, and is undefeated across an active 5 fights. In keeping with the same theme, old hand Masaya “J-Taro” Takita will enter the ring carried by his sequined fundoshi-wrapped servants to take on 23-year old Taichi Nakajima.
Pancrase Progress Tour 12: All Eyes on Yuki Kondo
November 10, 2012
Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan
フライ級 キング・オブ・パンクラス・タイトルマッチ Flyweight King of Pancrase 5分3R
砂辺光久（TEAM reversaL／王者）Mitsuhisa Sunabe versus Masakazu Utsugi 宇津木正和（パラエストラ古河／1位）
高藤正和（高田道場／3位）Masakazu Takafuji versus Harada Nobuyoshi 原田惟紘（パラエストラ北九州／2012年ネオブラッドトーナメント同級優勝）
滝田J太郎（和術慧舟會東京道場／10位）Masaya Takita versus Taichi Nakajima 中島太一（パラエストラ東京／2012年ネオブラッドトーナメント同級優勝）
山本 篤（KRAZY BEE）Atsushi Yamamoto versus Yasutaka Koga 古賀靖隆（ロータス世田谷／2012年ネオブラッドトーナメント同級優勝）
阿部博之（ドラゴンテイルジム／2位）Abe Hiroyuki versus Takamasa Kiuchi 木内崇雅（和術慧舟會GODS／2012年ネオブラッドトーナメント同級優勝）
近藤有己（パンクラスism）YUKI KONDO versus KOSEI KUBOTA 窪田幸生（坂口道場 一族)
平山敬悟（パラエストラ八王子）Hirayama Kei Satoru versus TOSHI（マッハ道場）