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Masakatsu Funaki

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Masaharu Funaki , is a Japanese mixed martial artist and professional wrestler who wrestled in New Japan Pro Wrestling, PWFG, as well as the UWF. He is currently performing at All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he is one half of the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Champions, along with Keiji Mutoh. He is also the co-founder of Pancrase, one of the first mixed martial arts organizations and non-rehearsed shoot wrestling promotions (following five years after the inception of Shooto but predating America's Ultimate Fighting Championship). Funaki was also Pancrase's biggest star; Josh Barnett described him as the "symbol of Japan", Frank Shamrock labeled Funaki "the golden boy" of Pancrase, and Guy Mezger called Funaki "hands down the smartest and most skilled fighter in Pancrase next to Ken Shamrock". Not only the organization's co-founder, Funaki was also one of Pancrase's most successful fighters to date, scoring submission victories over numerous MMA champions such as Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Guy Mezger, Yuki Kondo, Minoru Suzuki and Bas Rutten through the course of his 50-fight career. He is the only fighter in mixed martial arts to hold wins over both Shamrock brothers and Bas Rutten, and was the first man to win the King of Pancrase title twice. Funaki is widely considered to be one of the greatest Japanese fighters in mixed martial arts history according to Sherdog.com  Sherdog.com ranked him as the #1 mixed martial artist in the world for the years 1996 and 1997, and also had him ranked as a top 4 pound for pound fighter from 1993 to 1998. Description above from the Wikipedia article Masakatsu Funaki, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Mar 13, 1969 In Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
41
First Appeared:
In the movie Tekken 1990-11-23
Latest Project:
Movie Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 1 2022
Known For
Poster of Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 1
Poster of NOAH 20th Anniversary: NOAH the Chronicle vol.4
Poster of GARO
Poster of Shadow Fury
Filmography
Movie Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 1 Unknown 2022
Movie NOAH 20th Anniversary: NOAH the Chronicle vol.4 Unknown 2020-11-22
Movie TNA One Night Only: Global IMPACT Japan 2014 Masakatsu Funaki 2014-07-04
Movie Wrestle-1 Raising An Army Tour - Day 1 Unknown 2013-09-08
Movie NJPW/AJPW 40th Anniversary: We Are Pro-Wrestling Love Unknown 2012-07-01
Movie Dream 2 himself 2008-04-29
Movie The Sword of Alexander Unknown 2007-04-07
Movie K1 Dynamite!! Unknown 2007-12-31
Movie LoveDeath Unknown 2006-02-24
Movie Colors Unknown 2006-07-15
Movie Like a Dragon: Prologue Kazuma Kiryu 2006-03-24
Series GARO Wosca 2005-10-07
Movie New Shadow Warriors IV: Jiraika 2 Unknown 2004-09-20
Movie Rikidozan: A Hero Extraordinaire Imura Mashahiko 2004-12-15
Movie New Shadow Warriors Kimutsuyoshi Maru 2003-03-22
Movie Ginji - The Slasher Ōmuta (young) 2003-03-29
Movie New Shadow Warriors II Kimutsuyoshi Maru 2003-05-24
Movie Desert Moon Matsushima 2001-06-19
Movie Electric Dragon 80.000 V Narrator 2001-01-31
Movie Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle Tankai 2001-10-07
Movie Shadow Fury Takeru 2001-10-30
Movie Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 2 Unknown 1995-03-10
Movie Pancrase: Pancrash! 1 Unknown 1994-01-19
Movie Pancrase: Road to the Championship 1 Unknown 1994-05-31
Movie Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie Fei-Long (voice) 1994-08-06
Movie Pancrase: King of Pancrase Tournament Second Round Unknown 1994-12-17
Movie Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 1 Unknown 1993-09-21
Movie Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 2 Unknown 1993-10-14
Movie PWFG: Roar of The Lion Kingdom Part 2 Unknown 1992-02-24
Movie PWFG: Roar of The Lion Kingdom Part 1 Unknown 1992-01-15
Movie PWFG: Shootfighting Unknown 1992-03-20
Movie PWFG: Stack of Arms Unknown 1992-10-04
Movie PWFG: Lion King Legend Unknown 1992-05-15
Movie PWFG: Try Again Vol 1 Unknown 1992-12-05
Movie PWFG: Lion King Legend Side Story Unknown 1992-08-15
Movie PWFG: Hataage Daiissen Unknown 1991-03-04
Movie PWFG: Hataage Daiissen 2 Unknown 1991-05-16
Movie PWFG: Hataage Dai-yonsen Unknown 1991-08-23
Movie PWFG: One For All And All For One Unknown 1991-07-26
Movie PWFG: Battle of The Lions Unknown 1991-09-28
Movie Tekken Unknown 1990-11-23