Famous Japanese Mixed Martial Artists

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Tenshin Nasukawa
(Japanese Kickboxer and Mixed Martial Artist)
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Birthdate: August 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chiba, Japan
Former Rizin bantamweight title-holder Tenshin Nasukawa had begun training in karate at age 5. The Japanese MMA fighter and kickboxer is known for his peculiar style that mingles kickboxing and full-contact karate. He ended up crying after being steamrolled by U.S. boxing champion Floyd Mayweather in a match in Tokyo.
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Kazushi Sakuraba
(Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist)
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Birthdate: July 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shōwa, Akita, Japan
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Yoshihiro Akiyama
(Mixed martial artist)
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Birthdate: July 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ikuno Ward, Osaka, Japan
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Minoru Suzuki
(Professional wrestler)
Minoru Suzuki
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Birthdate: June 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
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Mitsuyo Maeda
(Mixed martial artists)
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Birthdate: November 18, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan
Died: November 28, 1941
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Yushin Okami
(Mixed martial artist in middleweight, welterweight, light Heavyweight division)
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Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kanagawa, Japan

Japanese MMA fighter Yushin Okami, known by his fans as Thunder, came under the limelight by defeating UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. He is equipped with a black belt in judo and, apart from UFC, has been part of many championships, such as ONE Championship, PRIDE, and Pancrase.

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Shinya Aoki
(Mixed martial artist)
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Birthdate: May 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Adriano Martins
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Satoshi Ishii
(Mixed martial artist)
Satoshi Ishii
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Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan
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Kyoji Horiguchi
(Mixed martial artist)
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Birthdate: October 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Takasaki, Gunma, Japan
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Norifumi Yamamoto
(Former mixed martial artist and kickboxer who competed in the bantamweight division of the UFC)
Norifumi Yamamoto
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Birthdate: March 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kawasaki, Japan
Died: September 18, 2018

One of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time, MMA fighter and kickboxer Norifumi Yamamoto, nicknamed Kid, had successful stints at Shooto and K-1 Hero's. After revealing his cancer diagnosis on Instagram in August 2018, he succumbed to the disease, at age 41, in September the same year.

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Yuji Nagata
(Wrestler)
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Birthdate: April 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Togane, Chiba, Japan
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Satoru Sayama
(Professional Wrestler and Mixed Martial Artist)
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Birthdate: November 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan

Nicknamed Tiger Mask, Japanese MMA fighter and wrestler Satoru Sayama has also fought under the name Sammy Lee. Known as the Bruce Lee of wrestling, he has been the only person to hold both the WWF and the NWA world junior heavyweight titles simultaneously. He also founded the combat sport Shooto.

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Genki Sudo
(Politician)
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Birthdate: March 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Koto City, Tokyo, Japan

Genki Sudo is a Japanese MMA fighter, singer, dancer, and politician. Known for his unorthodox fighting style and elaborate ring entrances, Sudo was a kickboxer before focusing on his career in the Japanese entertainment industry. He then became a member of a prominent political party in Japan in 2019. Sudo is currently serving as a Member of House of Councillors.

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Tatsuya Kawajiri
(Mixed martial artist)
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Birthdate: May 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Inashiki District, Ibaraki, Japan
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Kazuyuki Fujita
(Professional wrestler, Mixed martial artist)
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Birthdate: October 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
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Yuki Nakai
(Retired Japanese Mixed Martial Artist and President of the Japanese Confederation of Jiu-Jitsu)
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Birthdate: August 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hokkaidō, Japan

Renowned Japanese MMA fighter Yuki Nakai is also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and now serves the Japanese confederation of jiu-jitsu as its president. He is best known to fans for his 1995 match against Gerard Gordeau, in which he was eye-gouged and lost his eyesight partially, but eventually won.

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Sumie Sakai
(Wrestler, Mixed martial artists)
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Birthdate: November 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suzuka, Mie, Japan
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Bobby Ologun
(Television personality, Mixed martial artist)
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Birthdate: April 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria
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Hidehiko Yoshida
(Mixed martial artist)
Hidehiko Yoshida
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Birthdate: September 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Obu, Aichi, Japan
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Mizuto Hirota
(Mixed martial artist)
Mizuto Hirota
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Birthdate: May 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Isahaya, Nagasaki, Japan
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Syuri
(Wrestler, Pop singer)
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Birthdate: February 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ebina, Kanagawa, Japan

Syuri is a Japanese kickboxer, shoot boxer, professional wrestler, and mixed martial artist. Syuri, who has competed in popular promotions like the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is currently working for a Japanese women's wrestling promotion called World Wonder Ring Stardom. Over the course of her career, Syuri has won many championships at various promotions.

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Ayaka Hamasaki
(Mixed martial artist)
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Birthdate: March 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yamaguchi, Japan
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Naoya Ogawa
(Wrestler)
Naoya Ogawa
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Birthdate: March 31, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Suginami City, Tokyo, Japan
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Akihiro Gono
(Mixed martial artists)
Akihiro Gono
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Birthdate: October 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Higashikurume, Tokyo, Japan
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Hayato Sakurai
(Welterweight mixed martial)
Hayato Sakurai
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Birthdate: August 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

Regarded as one of the most talented Japanese MMA fighters ever, Hayato Sakurai is best known for his powerful low kicks and knee strikes. He was the inaugural Pride Lightweight Champion and also won the Shooto Middleweight title. He was nicknamed Mach, after his idol, Mach Hayato.

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Megumi Fujii
(Mixed martial artist)
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Birthdate: April 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Okayama, Japan
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Katsunori Kikuno
(Mixed martial artist)
Katsunori Kikuno
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Birthdate: October 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kagoshima, Japan
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Shinobu Kandori
(Professional wrestler, Politician)
Shinobu Kandori
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Birthdate: October 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
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Kazuhiro Nakamura
(Mixed martial artist)
Kazuhiro Nakamura
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Birthdate: July 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan
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Yoshiyuki Yoshida
(Mixed martial artist)
Yoshiyuki Yoshida
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Birthdate: May 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Megumi Yabushita
(Mixed martial artist)
Megumi Yabushita
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Birthdate: March 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
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Kazuo Misaki
(Mixed martial artist)
Kazuo Misaki
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Birthdate: April 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Katori, Chiba, Japan
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Tsuyoshi Kohsaka
(Mixed martial artist)
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Birthdate: March 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shiga, Japan
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Goiti Yamauchi
(Mixed martial artist)
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Birthdate: January 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Anjō, Aichi, Japan
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Kleber Koike Erbst
(Mixed martial artist who competes in the Featherweight division)
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Birthdate: October 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil