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#9 Masato Kobayashi

Nationality: Japanese
Height: 1.74 m
Weight: 69.9 KG
Divisions: Welterweight
Age: 38 years old
Record: 55-6-2 (25 KOs)
Years active: 1997 – 2009

“The Rebellious Charisma”, this is how they used to introduce him, but he hated this nickname and asked them to stop using it because he didn’t understand the purpose of saying Rebellious!

As well as he is the 9th fighter on my list, he is defiantly the best Japanese kickboxer ever. He tried to start his career as a professional boxer when he was 17 years old, but he failed to get the professional boxing license, then he started training kickboxing because just he thought it’s more useful in the street fights.

After he succeeded to get his professional kickboxing license, under AJKF (All Japan Kickboxing Federation), he started his real professional kickboxing career on March 23, 1997, by knocking Hutoshi Takehara out in the 1st round.

Masato became the new champion of AJKF when he was 20 years old, after knocking Tomoharu Chiba out in the 3rd round. Then he started his international career by defeating Eval Denton from the USA, after that he left the AJKF, to be independent with his team “Silver Wolf”, and completed his international career winning most of the fights he fought.

In my opinion, his fight with Buakaw is one of the best kickboxing fights in the last 15 years, the 3rd round finished by drawing, then he lost by decision after the 4th round.

Kickboxing titles:

  • 1999 AJKF Welterweight Champion
  • 2000 ISKA Oriental World Welterweight Champion
  • 2002, and 2003 K-1 World MAX Japan Champion
  • 2003, and 2008 K-1 World MAX Champion
  • 2004, and 2007 K-1 World MAX Runner-up