Masayuki Naruse

Masayuki Naruse
Born (1973-03-15) March 15, 1973 (age 46)
Tokyo, Japan[1]
Other names Kyo Senshi ("Mad Soldier"), Ultra Soul, Berserker (MMA)
Nationality Japanese
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 87.5 kg (193 lb)
Division Light heavyweight
Style Puroresu, Karate[2]
Fighting out of Japan
Team Rings Japan
Teacher(s) Akira Maeda
Years active 1995–2004, 2013–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 23
Wins 9
By knockout 1
By submission 7
Unknown 1
Losses 14
By knockout 2
By submission 6
By decision 3
Unknown 3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Masayuki Naruse (Japanese: 成瀬 昌由, Hepburn: Naruse Masayuki) (born March 15, 1973) is a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist, competing in the light heavyweight division.

Mixed martial arts career

Naruse started practising shotokan karate in high school before turning his attention to puroresu. He was eventually accepted in Fighting Network RINGS and trained under his chairman Akira Maeda.

Fighting Network RINGS

A longtime competitor in RINGS before the organization began hosting MMA bouts. Naruse experienced little success early in his shootfighting career, dropping six of his first seven mixed martial arts bouts, including fights against Valentijn Overeem and Magomedkhan Gamzatkhanov (commonly referred to by his nickname Volk Han).[3]

He turned things around as a participant in the eight-man Light Heavyweight title tournament in 1997,defeating Lee Hasdell, Wataru Sakata and Chris Haseman en route to becoming the first RINGS Light Heavyweight Champion.[4] He then went 3-6 over his next nine fights before RINGS dissolved in 2002.[3]


After wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling, Naruse decided to go back to competing in MMA. On December 31, 2003, he defeated Jan Nortje by rear-naked choke at K-1 PREMIUM 2003 Dynamite!!. He then defeated Tony Williams via armbar at Jungle Fight 3 in Brazil.

Return to MMA

Nine years after retiring in 2004, Naruse returned to MMA on October 27, 2013, as he lost to Sanae Kikuta via armbar at Grabaka Live! 3.[5] Naruse then faced Japanese MMA legend Yuki Kondo at Pancrase: 257 on March 30, 2014.[6] He lost the fight via majority decision.[7]

Pro wrestling career

Fighting Network RINGS

Naruse debuted for Fighting Network RINGS in 1992 where he was billed as a scrappy junior heavyweight. Among the wrestlers he took on during the organization's puroresu days include Heavyweight wrestler Yoshihisa Yamomoto, kickboxer Nobuaki Kakuta, UFC 10 participant Dieseul Berto, Volk Han, MMA veteran Satoshi Honma and future tag team partner Mitsuya Nagai.[2]

Naruse and other RINGS wrestlers made the transition to mixed martial arts with the promotion in 1995.

New Japan Pro Wrestling

In 2001 with RINGS on the verge of collapse, he moved to New Japan Pro Wrestling. It was a well timed move as owner Antonio Inoki was giving former MMA fighters immediate pushes & he was immediately placed into a feud with Minoru Tanaka, who used to work for BattlARTS, RINGS' rival promotion. Within 4 months of his debut, Naruse captured the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship from his rival Tanaka.[8]

He fought for NJPW from 2001–06, defending his Junior Heavyweight title against Shinya Makabe and El Samurai before losing his belt to Tokimitsu Ishizawa.[1] His next chance at the title was as one of 11 competitors in a Battle Royal on Oct. 13, 2003 which as won by Jado.[1]

Naruse paired with Mitsuya Nagai to win the All Asia Tag Team Championship on July 26, 2004 vs. Genichiro Tenryu and Masanobu Fuchi.[1] They defended the belt three times before losing to Barry Buchanan and Rico Constantino on Feb. 2, 2005.[9]

His last bout came on Jan. 8, 2006 vs. Takashi Iizuka, his 375th career match for New Japan Pro Wrestling.[1]

Championships and accomplishments

Pro wrestling

Mixed martial arts

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–14 Yuki Kondo Decision (majority) Pancrase: 257 March 30, 2014 2 5:00 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Loss 9–13 Sanae Kikuta Submission (armbar) Grabaka: Grabaka Live! 3 October 27, 2013 1 2:25 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–12 Tony Williams Submission (armbar) Jungle Fight 3 October 23, 2004 1 3:21 Manaus, Brazil
Win 8–12 Jan Nortje Submission (rear-naked choke) K-1 PREMIUM 2003 Dynamite!! December 31, 2003 1 4:40 Nagoya, Japan
Win 7–12 Ricardo Fyeet Submission (toe hold) Rings: Battle Genesis Vol. 7 March 20, 2001 1 3:46 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 6–12 Hiromitsu Kanehara Decision (unanimous) Rings: Rise 4th June 24, 1999 3 10:00 Tokyo, Japan[4]
Loss 6–11 Magomedkhan Gamzatkhanov Submission (armbar) Rings: Rise 3rd May 22, 1999 1 4:26 Tokyo, Japan[4]
Loss 6–10 Chris Haseman Submission (kimura) Rings: Rise 2nd April 23, 1999 1 8:18 Osaka, Japan[4]
Win 6–9 Dave van der Veen Submission (achilles lock) Rings: Rise 1st March 20, 1999 1 7:36 Tokyo, Japan[4]
Loss 5–9 Joop Kasteel TKO Rings: World Mega Battle Tournament December 23, 1998 1 8:33 Fukuoka, Japan[4]
Win 5–8 Kenichi Yamamoto Submission Rings: Fourth Fighting Integration June 27, 1998 1 11:07 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 4–8 Mikhail Ilyukhin Submission Rings: Third Fighting Integration May 28, 1998 1 13:52 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 4–7 Mikhail Ilyukhin Submission (ankle lock) Rings - Mega Battle Tournament 1997 Semifinal 1 October 25, 1997 1 12:28 Tokyo, Japan[4]
Win 4–6 Chris Haseman TKO Rings: Extension Fighting 6 August 13, 1997 1 14:26 Kagoshima, Japan Wins Rings Light Heavyweight Title.[4] Title later dissolved.
Win 3–6 Wataru Sakata Submission Rings: Extension Fighting 5 July 22, 1997 1 5:55 Osaka, Japan Semifinals of Light Heavyweight Title Tournament.[4]

Win 2–6 Lee Hasdell Submission Rings - Extension Fighting 4 June 21, 1997 1 12:58 Tokyo, Japan Quarterfinals of Light Heavyweight Title Tournament.[4]
Loss 1–6 Yoshihisa Yamamoto Submission (armbar) Rings - Extension Fighting 2 April 22, 1997 1 21:20 Osaka, Japan[4]
Loss 1–5 Valentijn Overeem TKO (cut) Rings Holland - The Final Challenge February 2, 1997 1 3:58 Amsterdam, Holland
Loss 1–4 Zaza Tkeshelashvili N/A Rings - Budokan Hall 1997 January 1, 1997 N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–3 Magomedkhan Gamzatkhanov N/A Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1996 Opening Round October 25, 1996 N/A N/A Nagoya, Japan[4]
Win 1–2 Egan Inoue Disqualification Rings - Maelstrom 6 August 24, 1996 1 11:51 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0–2 Willie Peeters Decision (unanimous) Rings Holland - Free Fight February 19, 1995 1 10:00 Amsterdam, Holland
Loss 0–1 Satir Gotchev N/A Rings - Budokan Hall 1995 January 25, 1995 N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan


  1. ^ a b c d e "Masayuki Naruse Profile & Match Listing". The Internet Wrestling Database.
  2. ^ a b "Masayuki Naruse". Puroresu Central.
  3. ^ a b "Masayuki Naruse bio on".
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "RINGS Events". Pro Wrestling History.
  5. ^ "Grabaka - Grabaka Live! 3". October 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "Former King of Pancrase Yuki Kondo meets RINGS veteran Masayuki Naruse at PANCRASE 257". March 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Pancrase 257 Official Results". March 30, 2014.
  8. ^ "NJPW Dome Quake". The Internet Wrestling Database.
  9. ^ "AJPW Excite Series '05 - Day 1". The Internet Wrestling Database.

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