Renzo Gracie, 51, of Brazil, will face Yuki “Sora” Kondo, 43, of Japan at “ONE: Reign of Kings” in what is being billed as the final farewell fight for both fighters. The ONE Championship event will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 27, 2018.
Kondo currently holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 60 wins, 34 losses and 9 draws. He dominated the Pancrase stage from 1996 to 2017.
Gracie and Kondo will compete in the welterweight division at “ONE: Reign of Kings.” It will be the first and last ONE Championship bout of both fighters.
Both Gracie and Kondo are coming out of a technical knockout loss. The Brazilian fighter lost to Matt Hughes, 44, of the United States at “UFC 112” on April 10, 2010 while the Japanese fighter lost to his compatriot Jutaro Nakao, 47, at “Pancrase vs Deep: Osaka” on December 24, 2017.
Currently, Gracie has a professional MMA record of 13 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw. A pioneer of mixed martial arts coming from the famed Gracie fighting family, he is known as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend and it should come as no surprise that he is considered a living legend as he is from the first family of martial arts.
Since the early 1990s, Gracie has faced legends of equal stature. The Brazilian fighter is a sixth-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a former 2-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) World Champion.
With great success, Gracie faced an impressive list of fellow legends and mixed martial arts pioneers throughout his time. Along the way, he has also produced and trained many world champions in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA to leave an immortal legacy.
Meanwhile, here is Gracie teaching some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lessons: