Defeats Manabu Yamada in 16-man tournament final to become the first King of Pancrasists.
Frank Shamrock defeats Minoru Suzuki on 96/01/28 in Yokohama to become provisional after Rutten is injured; Rutten defeats Shamrock on 96/05/16 in Tokyo to unify titles; vacates in 96/12 due to girlfriend giving birth.
Defeats Jason DeLucia in 4-man tournament final.
Masakatsu Funaki 
Vacates title for Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Yuki Kondo 
Defeats Semmy Schilt to win vacant title.
Vacant; Schilt has not defended the title since 00/09/24.