At the of 51, Renzo Gracie earned his 14th victory as a professional mixed martial artist. It was a successful comeback for the member of the royal family of martial arts after going on a hiatus for more than eight years.
On July 27, 2018, Gracie made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Reign of Kings” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. He competed in the welterweight division against fellow martial arts veteran Yuki “Sora” Kondo, 43, of Japan.
Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the welterweight bout between Gracie and Kondo in the second round. The Brazilian legend submitted his Japanese opponent via rear-naked choke.
By defeating Kondo at “ONE: Reign of Kings,” Gracie improved his professional MMA record to 14 wins and 7 losses. On the other hand, Kondo’s record downgraded to 60 wins and 35 losses.
Aside from Kondo, the other fighters previously defeated by Gracie were Luiz Augusto Alvareda, Ben Spijkers, Phil Benedict, James Warring, Oleg Taktarov, Sanae Kikuta, Alexander Otsuka, Wataru Sakata, Maurice Smith, Michiyoshi Ohara, Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton and Frank Shamrock. Meanwhile, here are the official “ONE: Reign of Kings” results:
- Featherweight bout: Xie Bin defeats Sor Sey by Submission (Guillotine) at 1:55 minutes of round 1
- Strawweight bout: Rene Catalan defeats Stefer Rahardian by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- ONE Super Series (Muay Thai) Catch Weight (68.0kg) bout: Chamuaktong Fightermuaythai defeats Brown Pinas by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- Strawweight bout: Joshua Pacio defeats Pongsiri Mitstatit by Submission (Armlock) at 3:37 minutes of round 1
- ONE Super Series (Muay Thai) Bantamweight bout: Panicos Yusuf defeats Han Zi Hao by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- ONE Super Series (Muay Thai) Catch Weight (72.5kg) bout: Chris Ngimbi defeats Armen Petrosyan by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds
- Lightweight bout: Garry Tonon defeats Rahul Raju by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:27 minutes of round 3
- Lightweight bout: Eduard Folayang defeats Aziz Pahrudinov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
- Welterweight bout: Renzo Gracie defeats Yuki Kondo by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:40 minutes of round 2
- Lightweight bout: Shinya Aoki defeats Shannon Wiratchai by TKO (Strikes) at 2:16 minutes of round 1
- ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship bout: Kevin Belingon defeats Martin Nguyen by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds