Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Renzo Gracie, 51, of the famed Gracie family will resume his legendary mixed martial arts career eight years after his last professional bout. He is scheduled to compete against Japanese MMA veteran Yuki “Sora” Kondo, 42, in the ONE Championship cage at “ONE: Reign of Kings” on July 27, 2018.
With a professional MMA record of 13 wins and 7 losses, Gracie has faced the biggest names in the sport. He is a skilled veteran with years of competition experience under his belt.
Both Gracie and Kondo have competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the Pride Fighting Championships. The former has conquered former UFC champions Frank Shamrock, Carlos Newton, Pat Miletich, Maurice Smith and Oleg Taktarov.
But in Gracie’s most recent bout, he lost to Matt Hughes via technical knockout via leg kicks and punches. The encounter between the two took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at “UFC 112” on April 10, 2010.
At “ONE: Reign of Kings,” Gracie will make his way back into the spotlight for the last time. He will face a Japanese warrior who has more than 100 professional bouts on his resume.
Kondo lent his talents to famed Japanese MMA promotion Pancrase for the greater part of the last two decades. He was the former Pancrase Light Heavyweight Champion and the former Pancrase Middleweight Champion.
Since Kondo’s professional MMA debut in 1996, he has amassed an incredible record of 60 wins, 34 losses and 9 draws and out his 60 wins, 19 were knockouts and 17 were submissions. Both he and Gracie are making their ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Reign of Kings,” which will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
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Ticket information for ONE: REIGN OF KINGS is available at www.onefc.com.