Akihiro Gono

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Akihiro Gono
Born (1974-10-07) October 7, 1974 (age 39)
Higashikurume, Tokyo, Japan
Other names "The Magic Man", "DJ GOZMA", "The Japanese Sensation", "Impregnable Big Mouth"
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Lightweight
Welterweight
Middleweight
Style Kickboxing
Fighting out of Higashikurume, Tokyo, Japan
Team Team Grabaka
OxyGym Fight Team
Haleo Top Team[1]
Years active 1994-2012; 2013-present
Kickboxing record
Total 10
Wins 4
By knockout 1
Losses 6
By knockout 3
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 61
Wins 34
By knockout 7
By submission 9
By decision 17
By disqualification 1
Losses 19
By knockout 6
By submission 4
By decision 9
Draws 8
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 17, 2012

Akihiro Gono (郷野聡寛 Gōno Akihiro?) (born October 7, 1974 in Tokyo) is a Japanese mixed martial artist. He is best known for his clever and deceptive fighting style, and for his flashy ring entrances. His fighting style is characterized by skillfully avoiding strikes, using fast counter punches and generally getting the opponent to fight his way. He is one of only four men to beat Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard, and one of four to beat the DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion and former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Akihiro Gono began fighting mixed martial arts in 1994, competing in the Lumax Cup: Tournament of Japan '94 as a sambo representative. He would go on to fight in the Shooto organization, as well as Pancrase. He began fighting in Pride Bushido with Bushido 2 in 2004.

Gono holds wins over such fighters as Gegard Mousasi, Hector Lombard, Yuki Kondo, Ivan Salaverry, Crosley Gracie, Daniel Acacio, and Hayato Sakurai. He has fought many tough opponents, with losses to such fighters as Mauricio Rua, Dan Henderson, Matt Hughes, and Yuki Kondo.

Gono began making his ring entrances in Pride FC more elaborate in 2006 with the creation of a character, DJ Gozma (a parody of Japanese musician DJ OZMA). The entrances have involved Gono wearing a vintage suit, including shoes, an orange wig, and accompanied by oddly dressed male dancers while the song age♂age♂EVERY☆Night by DJ OZMA plays in the background. Also, when the fighters are introduced in the ring, Gono drops his suit's pants to reveal zebra stripped fighting briefs.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Gono defeated Tamdan McCrory at UFC 78, by verbal submission due to an Armbar at 3:19 of the second round. It was reported (first by Dave Meltzer) that he came out to his usual entrance with his DJ GOZMA persona.

Gono then took on Dan Hardy at UFC 89, but suffered defeat via split decision. Gono was left swollen and bloodied by several of Hardy's left hooks.[2] Gono rocked Hardy on more than one occasion.[3] In the third round Gono pushed Hardy to the canvas, and subsequently landed an illegal knee to the face of the downed fighter.[2] This caused the fight to be stopped for a lengthy period. Hardy recovered and went on to win the split decision. The judges saw the bout 29-28 (twice) for Hardy, and 29-28 for Gono. Also to note, Gono was pushed hard to the mat by referee Dan Miragliotta during the fight as he was in the process of landing a flying knee; this is quite commonly highlighted as one of the worst calls made by a referee in UFC history.

Gono lost to Jon Fitch in a preliminary bout at UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2. Following his loss to Jon Fitch, Gono was released from the UFC. He left the company with a 1-2 record.

Sengoku[edit]

After being released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Gono fought Dan Hornbuckle at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 losing via head kick knockout in the third round.

Gono then fought Yoon Young Kim at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11 winning the fight via unanimous decision.

Gono fought fellow Pride veteran Hayato Sakurai at Dynamite!! 2009 winning the fight via armbar, late in the second round.

Gono fought Diego Gonzalez at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 12 winning the fight via unanimous decision.

Gono made his Lightweight debut against Kyokushin kaikan expert Jadamba Narantungalag at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 14 on August 22, 2010. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

ONE Fighting Championship[edit]

Gono was photographed in the VIP area at ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion leading to multiple websites speculating that he was about to sign a multi fight deal with ONE Fighting Championship.[4][5]

Bellator & First Retirement[edit]

After losing to Michael Chandler at Bellator 67 on May 4, 2012, Gono announced his first retirement from MMA.[6]

Return to MMA[edit]

Just under a year after he announced his retirement, Gono returned to MMA when he faced Taisuke Okuno at DEEP - 62nd Impact on April 26, 2013.[7] He lost the fight by KO. Gono then fought to a draw against Yuki Okano at DEEP - Cage Impact 2013 on November 24, 2013.[8]

Training & Fighting in Brazil[edit]

After training for months in Brazil at Oxygym in the city of Gramado, Gono back to action facing Brazilian prospect Eduardo Garvon at The Hill Fighters 1 in his Brazilian home-town city of Gramado. Gono had problems in the standup fight against the taller Brazilian, but seconds away for the end of the fight, Gono submitted Garvon via technical submission (arm-triangle choke).

He won his second fight in Brazil at The Hill Fighters 2 against André de Jesus via split decision.

Kickboxing[edit]

He lost to Bovy Sor Udomson via TKO (referee stoppage) in round one at Shootboxing 2012 - Act 4 on September 17, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan, failing to qualify for the 2012 S-Cup.[9]

He lost to Satoru Suzuki by TKO at the end of round one in a reserve bout at the Shoot Boxing World Tournament 2012 in Tokyo, Japan on November 17, 2012.[10][11][12]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 34–19–8 Andre de Jesus Decision (split) THF: The Hill Fighters 2 July 12, 2014 3 5:00 Gramado, Brazil
Win 33–19–8 Eduardo Garvon Technical submission (arm-triangle choke) THF: The Hill Fighters 1 May 1, 2014 3 4:58 Gramado, Brazil
Draw 32–19–8 Yuki Okano Draw (split) DEEP: Cage Impact 2013 November 24, 2013 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 32–19–7 Taisuke Okuno KO (punch) DEEP: 62nd Impact April 26, 2013 2 2:07 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 32–18–7 Michael Chandler TKO (punches) Bellator 67 May 4, 2012 1 0:56 Rama, Ontario, Canada Return to Lightweight, Announced retirement at the post-fight press conference
Loss 32–17–7 Daisuke Nakamura Decision (unanimous) DEEP - 57th Impact February 18, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Fought at Welterweight
Loss 32–16–7 Jadamba Narantungalag Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 14 August 22, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Moved to Lightweight
Win 32–15–7 Diego Gonzalez Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 12 March 7, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 31–15–7 Hayato Sakurai Submission (armbar) Dynamite!! 2009 December 31, 2009 2 3:56 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 30–15–7 Yoon Young Kim Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11 November 7, 2009 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 29–15–7 Dan Hornbuckle KO (head kick) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 August 2, 2009 3 2:50 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 29–14–7 Jon Fitch Decision (unanimous) UFC 94 January 31, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 29–13–7 Dan Hardy Decision (split) UFC 89 October 18, 2008 3 5:00 Birmingham, England
Win 29–12–7 Tamdan McCrory Submission (armbar) UFC 78 November 17, 2007 2 3:19 Newark, United States Won Submission of the Night honors, Drops to Welterweight
Win 28–12–7 Yuki Kondo Decision (split) PRIDE Shockwave 2006 December 31, 2006 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 27–12–7 Denis Kang Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 13 November 5, 2006 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal
Win 27–11–7 Gegard Mousasi Submission (armbar) PRIDE Bushido 12 August 26, 2006 2 4:24 Nagoya, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal
Win 26–11–7 Hector Lombard Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 11 June 4, 2006 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round
Win 25–11–7 Dae Won Kim Submission (armbar) PRIDE Bushido 10 April 2, 2006 1 9:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 24–11–7 Dan Henderson KO (punch) PRIDE Bushido 9 September 25, 2005 1 7:58 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE 2005 Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal
Win 24–10–7 Daniel Acacio Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 9 September 25, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE 2005 Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round/small>
Win 23–10–7 Crosley Gracie Decision PRIDE Bushido 7 May 22, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 22–10–7 Tim McKenzie TKO (strikes) Pancrase: Brave 10 November 7, 2004 2 2:53 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Win 21–10–7 Tsuyoshi Kurihara KO (punch) Pancrase: Brave 6 June 22, 2004 1 2:15 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 20–10–7 Maurício Rua TKO (soccer kick) PRIDE Bushido 2 February 15, 2004 1 9:04 Yokohama, Japan
Win 20–9–7 Nilson de Castro Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Hybrid 10 November 30, 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 19–9–7 Daisuke Watanabe KO (punch) Pancrase - Hybrid 9 October 31, 2003 2 3:49 Tokyo, Japan
Win 18–9–7 Nilson de Castro DQ (groin strike) Pancrase - 10th Anniversary Show August 31, 2003 1 0:29 Tokyo, Japan
Win 17–9–7 Flavio Luiz Moura Decision (majority) Pancrase - Hybrid 5 May 18, 2003 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 16–9–7 Chris Haseman Decision (majority) ZST 2: The Battle Field 2 December 21, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 15–9–7 Chael Sonnen Draw Pancrase: Hybrid 2 February 16, 2003 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–9–6 Keiichiro Yamamiya TKO (punches) Pancrase: Spirit 9 December 21, 2002 3 3:49 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 14–9–6 Osami Shibuya Draw Pancrase: Spirit 6 August 25, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 14–9–5 Kousei Kubota Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Spirit 4 May 11, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 13–9–5 Yuki Kondo TKO (corner stoppage) Pancrase: Proof 7 December 1, 2001 3 0:52 Tokyo, Japan
Win 13–8–5 Keiichiro Yamamiya Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Proof 6 October 30, 2001 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 12–8–5 Dustin Denes Draw Deep: 2nd Impact August 18, 2001 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–8–4 Daisuke Watanabe TKO (cut) Pancrase: Proof 4 June 26, 2001 2 0:52 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 11–8–4 Murilo Rua Draw Shooto: To The Top 4 May 1, 2001 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–8–3 Ivan Salaverry KO (spinning back kick) Shooto: To The Top 1 January 19, 2001 1 3:06 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–8–3 Masanori Suda Decision (unanimous) Shooto: R.E.A.D. 12 November 12, 2000 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–8–3 Andy Wang Decision (unanimous) Shooto: R.E.A.D. 5 May 22, 2000 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 8–8–3 Larry Papadopoulos Decision (draw) Shooto: R.E.A.D. 1 January 14, 2000 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 8–8–2 Lance Gibson Decision (majority) SB 13: SuperBrawl 13 September 7, 1999 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 8–7–2 Matt Hughes Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 10th Anniversary Event May 29, 1999 3 5:00 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Draw 8–6–2 Marcos da Silva Draw Shooto: Devilock Fighters January 15, 1999 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–6–1 Adriano de Souza Submission (armbar) Shooto: Las Grandes Viajes 6 November 27, 1998 1 2:46 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–6–1 Matt Rocca Submission (armbar) Shooto: Shoot the Shooto XX April 26, 1998 1 3:12 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 6–6–1 Larry Papadopoulos Decision (split) Shooto: Reconquista 4 October 12, 1997 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 6–5–1 Jutaro Nakao Draw Shooto: Gig June 25, 1997 3 5:00 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 6–5 Tsunemichi Nagano Decision (unanimous) Daidojuku: WARS 4 March 11, 1997 5 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–5 Masato Fujiwara Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Reconquista 1 January 18, 1997 4 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 4–5 Kazuhiro Kusayanagi Submission (armbar) Shooto: Let's Get Lost October 4, 1996 4 2:52 Japan
Win 4–4 Masanori Suda Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto: Free Fight Kawasaki July 28, 1996 4 0:33 Japan
Loss 3–4 Todd Bjornethun Submission (armbar) Shooto: Vale Tudo Junction 3 May 7, 1996 3 1:12 Japan
Loss 3–3 Kazunari Murakami Decision Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '96 March 30, 1996 2 5:00 Japan
Win 3–2 Yasushi Warita Submission (achilles lock) Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '96 March 30, 1996 1 0:54 Japan
Win 2–2 Tatsuharu Doi Decision (majority) Daidojuku: WARS 3 February 17, 1996 2 3:00 Japan
Loss 1–2 Egan Inoue Submission (armbar) Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '95 October 13, 1995 1 1:33 Japan
Win 1–1 Kazunari Murakami KO (kick) Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '95 October 13, 1995 1 2:25 Japan
Loss 0–1 Yasunori Okuda Submission (toe hold) Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '94 April 23, 1994 1 1:51 Japan

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Win Brazil Nino Schembri Submission (rear-naked choke) ADCC 2001 -88 kg 2001 1 1:48
Loss Japan Izuru Takeuchi Decision ADCC 2000 Japan -88 kg 2000 1 5:00
Win Japan Daisuke Igarashi Submission (rear-naked choke) ADCC 2000 Japan -88 kg 2000 1 1:13
Win Japan Minoru Toyonaga Decision The CONTENDERS 2 1999 2 5:00
Loss Brazil Ricardo Liborio Decision ADCC 1999 -88 kg 1999 1 10:00

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest

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