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Hiromitsu Kanehara

Hiromitsu Kanehara
  • Given Name: 金原 弘光, Kanehara Hiromitsu
  • Professional MMA Record: 19-27-5 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname:
  • Current Streak: 4 Losses
  • Age: 43 | Date of Birth: 1970.10.05
  • Last Fight: March 09, 2013
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 200.0 lbs
  • Gym/Affiliation: Rings Kanehara Dojo
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm) | Reach: N/A
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $0 USD
  • Born: Owariasahi, Aichi, Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Owariasahi, Aichi, Japan
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Hiromitsu Kanehara is a former pro-wrestler and retired Japanese mixed martial artist of Korean descent. Kanehara was born on October 5, 1970 in Owariasahi, Aichi, Japan. Kanehara spent most of his mixed martial arts career competing in the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions.


Before competing in MMA, Kanehara fought in shoot style pro-wrestling. He made his debut on December 22, 1991 in the UWF International. Kanehara made the UWF-I his home promotion for the majority of the early part of his pro-wrestling career. Kanehara never broke out in the UWF-I though as he was mostly kept at the bottom of the card wrestling mostly in the first matches of the cards. In 1992, Kanehara went to Thailand to train in Muay Thai. After some Muay Thai training in Thailand, Kanehara fought on various occasions in kickboxing fights in the UWF-I.


Kanehara also participated in pro-wrestling matches in New Japan Pro-Wrestling.


When the UWF-I closed, Kanehara transferred over to RINGS where he fought in shoot style pro-wrestling matches and where he began his mixed martial arts career when RINGS turned into a full contact MMA organization. During his time in RINGS, Kanehara found a lot of success as he defeated fighters such as veteran Jeremy Horn and Dave Menne. In RINGS Kanehara also gained a lot of experience as he fought a serious of tough competition such as the likes of Kiyoshi Tamura, Dan Henderson, Renato Sobral, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Ricardo Arona and Matt Hughes.


After a long run in RINGS, Kanehara began fighting for PRIDE where his career began to loss steam, yet he continuously fought top competition such as Wanderlei Silva who he fought in his PRIDE debut, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Alistair Overeem and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Despite the setback suffered in PRIDE, Kanehara continued fighting and he transferred over to Pancrase where his setback continued.

After his run in Pancrase, Kanehara went on to fight in DEEP where he found a little more success than he had in PRIDE and Pancrase, but the wear and tear his body had already taken wasn’t enough for him to return again into top form.


Kanehara announced his retirement from combat sports and he announced he would be retiring on March 9, 2013 at a U-SPIRIT event called “again.” In his retirement fight, Kanehara choose Pancrase fighter, Yuki Kondo who already had a previous victory over him in Pancrase. The fight was pushed under Pancrase rules with the point system and was pushed a real fight, but much of the card was suspicious of being a fixed shoot style pro-wrestling fight, however it cannot be proven if it was a fixed shoot style pro-wrestling match or a real fight. Either way, Kanehara lost the fight by decision due to points.


Albeit losing steam after his RINGS career, Kanehara never backed down from a fight and continuously fought top competition pretty much in every promotion he fought as he always fought the best opponents available for him even if it was a mismatch.

Last updated 03.19.2013, 11:45 PM ET
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Hiromitsu Kanehara MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision Yuki Kondo Japan Regional 2013.03.09
Loss | Submission | Choke
0:46 Round 3 of 3, 6:46 Total
Ryuta Sakurai
Ref: Kenichi Serizawa
DEEP Haleo Impact
Main Card | Middleweight | 84 kg
Draw | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Yuki Sasaki
Co-Main Event
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total
Yusuke Sakashita
DEEP Cage Impact 2012: Tokyo
Main Card | Middleweight | 84 kg
Draw | Decision | Majority
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total
Daijiro Matsui
Ref: Samio Kimura
DEEP 57 Impact
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 93 kg
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Hideto Tatsumi DEEP 2011.06.24
Win | Decision | Unanimous Hiroki Sato DEEP 2010.12.11
Draw Young Choi DEEP 2010.08.27
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Riki Fukuda DEEP 2010.02.28
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Makoto Miyazawa DEEP 2009.10.10
Draw Ryuta Sakurai DEEP 2009.06.30
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Kenji Nagai DEEP 2009.04.16
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Ichiro Kanai Pancrase 2008.10.01
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Keiichiro Yamamiya Pancrase 2008.06.01
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Izuru Takeuchi Pancrase 2008.03.26
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches Ryo Kawamura Pancrase 2007.03.18
Loss | Submission | Armlock Marcelo Brito MARS 5 2006.10.28
Win | Submission | Leglock Ruslan Abdulkhamidov Kokoro 2006.08.15
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Kestutis Arbocius Pancrase 2006.04.09
Loss | Decision | Majority Chalid Arrab K-1 2005.11.05
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Yuki Kondo Pancrase 2005.10.02
Loss | KO/TKO Iouri Bekichev RINGS 2005.08.20
Loss | KO/TKO | Kick
1:40 Round 1 of 3
Mauricio Rua
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride 29: Fists of Fire
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg
Weigh-In: 200.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
3:52 Round 2 of 3, 13:52 Total
Alistair Overeem
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride 28: High Octane
Main Card | Heavyweight
Weigh-In: 200.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Mirko Filipovic
Pride Bushido 3
Main Card | Heavyweight
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired
3:40 Round 1 of 3
Wanderlei Silva
Ref: Yuji Shimada
Pride 23: Championship Chaos 2
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 93 kg
Odds: +350 Moderate Underdog
Draw Mikhail Illoukhine RINGS 2002.02.15
Win | Decision | Split Paul Cahoon RINGS 2001.12.21
Win | KO/TKO Kelly Jacobs RINGS 2001.10.20
Loss | Decision | Majority Matt Hughes RINGS 2001.08.11
Loss | Submission | Leglock Ricardo Arona RINGS 2001.06.15
Loss | Submission | Choke Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira RINGS 2001.02.24
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Dave Menne RINGS 2001.02.24
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Tom Sauer RINGS 2000.12.22
Win | Submission | Shoulder Alexandre Ferreira RINGS 2000.12.22
Win | Decision | Split Josh Hall RINGS 2000.07.22
Win | Submission | Armlock Adrian Serrano RINGS 2000.07.22
Loss | Decision | Unanimous Renato Sobral RINGS 2000.06.15
Loss | Decision | Majority Mario Sperry C2K 2000.05.26
Win | KO/TKO | Punch Valentijn Overeem RINGS 2000.02.06
Loss | Decision | Majority Dan Henderson RINGS 1999.10.28
Win | Decision | Majority Jeremy Horn RINGS 1999.10.28
Win | Decision Wataru Sakata RINGS 1999.08.19
Win | Decision | Unanimous Masayuki Naruse RINGS 1999.06.24
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired Valentijn Overeem RINGS 1999.05.22
Loss | Submission | Armlock Kiyoshi Tamura RINGS 1999.03.20
Loss | Decision Ricardo Morais RINGS 1999.02.21
Win | Submission Hans Nijman RINGS 1998.12.23
Win | Decision Lee Hasdell NOTS 2 1998.10.11
Win | Decision Sander MacKilljan RINGS 1998.06.27
Win | KO/TKO Lee Hasdell RINGS 1998.05.29

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