Akira Shoji

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Akira Shoji
Born (1974-01-31) January 31, 1974 (age 40)
Osaka, Japan
Other names Mr. Pride, Saigo no Nippon Danji ("The Last Son of Japan"), Nippon Jujutsu Kai no Arahoshi ("Japanese Ju-Jitsu's Warrior Monk")
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Team Wajyutsu Keisyukai Brightness
Teacher(s) Yoshinori Nishi
Years active 1996-2011
Mixed martial arts record
Total 36
Wins 14
By knockout 2
By submission 5
By decision 7
Losses 17
By knockout 8
By submission 3
By decision 6
Draws 5
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Akira Shoji (小路晃) (born January 31, 1974) is a retired Japanese professional mixed martial artist.

Shoji is most known as being a regular in almost all the beginning Pride FC Mixed Martial Art events. Shoji was in every Pride event from Pride 1 to Pride 7, and was part of the first Pride open weight Grand Prix in 2000.[1] Shoji was consistently a regular in Pride, and moved from Heavyweight to Light Heavyweight (Middleweight in Pride) due to his smaller stature.

Though Shoji has a losing record, he gained much popularity for his mic performance (yells out to the audience), die hard spirit, stellar submission escapes (as seen in his first bout with Renzo Gracie), razor sharp armbar and a fighting spirit demonstrated by his willingness to take on all comers.

Shoji also worked as a professional wrestler. In 2008, he began participating HUSTLE and became a regular roster of the promotion. Later HUSTLE was closed, Shoji joined SMASH, a new promotion where Yoshihiro Tajiri works as wrestler and producer, and had the feuds with Kim Nam-Hoon, Yoshiaki Yago and Minoru Suzuki. On January 2011, Shoji announced that he had quit professional wrestling to participate with the mixed martial arts fields in Japan.

According to fight commentator Stephen Quadros and John Hyams, director of the documentary "The Smashing Machine", Shoji cleaned his house and prepared his will before every competition in case he is killed during the fight.[2]

As a judge for the Dream mixed martial arts organization in Japan, Shoji considered a final retirement match.[3] He got his will at DEEP 53 in a match against Kazou Misaki, which he lost by TKO in the second round. Both Misaki and Shoji broke out in tears after the fight, overwhelmed by emotions, knowing it was Shoji`s final match.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–17–5 Kazuo Misaki TKO (punches) DEEP 53 Impact April 22, 2011 2 1:13 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14–16–5 Gilbert Yvel TKO (punches) PRIDE 34 April 8, 2007 1 3:04 Saitama, Japan
Win 14–15–5 Carlos Toyota Decision (majority) Deep: clubDeep Toyama: Barbarian Festival 5 November 19, 2006 2 5:00 Toyama, Japan
Loss 13–15–5 Kyacey Uscola KO (punches) KOTC: All Stars October 28, 2006 2 2:23 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 13–14–5 Todd Medina Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Rapid Fire August 4, 2006 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 12–14–5 Kazuo Misaki Technical Submission (guillotine choke) Deep: 23 Impact February 5, 2006 1 2:32 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 12–13–5 Mark Weir KO (head kick) Cage Rage 14 December 3, 2005 1 0:17 London, England
Loss 12–12–5 Dean Lister Technical Submission (triangle choke) Pride: Bushido 6 April 3, 2005 1 3:13 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 12–11–5 Paulo Filho Decision (split) PRIDE Bushido 4 July 19, 2004 2 5:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win 12–10–5 Yukio Kawabe TKO (punches) PRIDE Bushido 3 May 23, 2004 1 0:18 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 11–10–5 Murilo Rua KO (flying knee) PRIDE Shockwave 2003 December 31, 2003 1 2:24 Saitama, Japan
Loss 11–9–5 Maurício Rua KO (punches) PRIDE Bushido 1 October 5, 2003 1 3:47 Saitama, Japan
Win 11–8–5 Dustin Denes Decision (unanimous) Absolute Fighting Championships 4 July 19, 2003 3 5:00 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Win 10–8–5 Alex Stiebling Decision (split) PRIDE 25 March 16, 2003 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 9–8–5 Paulo Filho Submission (armbar) PRIDE 22 September 29, 2002 1 2:48 Nagoya, Japan
Win 9–7–5 David Roberts Submission (armbar) KOTC 13 - Revolution May 17, 2002 2 4:46 Reno, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–7–5 Jeremy Horn Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 18 December 23, 2001 3 5:00 Fukuoka, Japan
Loss 8–6–5 Semmy Schilt KO (knee & punches) PRIDE 16 September 24, 2001 1 8:19 Osaka, Japan
Loss 8–5–5 Dan Henderson TKO (punches & knees) PRIDE 14 May 27, 2001 3 3:18 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 8–4–5 Ricardo Almeida Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 12 December 9, 2000 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 8–3–5 Herman Renting Submission (armbar) PRIDE 11 October 31, 2000 1 3:48 Osaka, Japan
Win 7–3–5 John Renken Submission (armbar) PRIDE 9 June 4, 2000 1 6:44 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 6–3–5 Mark Coleman Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals May 1, 2000 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–2–5 Ebenezer Fontes Braga Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round January 30, 2000 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 5–2–5 Ryushi Yanagisawa Draw Pancrase - 1999 Anniversary Show September 18, 1999 1 15:00 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Win 5–2–4 Larry Parker Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 7 September 12, 1999 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 4–2–4 Guy Mezger Decision (split) PRIDE 6 July 4, 1999 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 3–2–4 Igor Vovchanchyn Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 5 April 29, 1999 2 10:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win 3–1–4 Wallid Ismail TKO (punches) PRIDE 4 October 11, 1998 2 1:26 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 2–1–4 Adriano de Souza Draw GCM: Vale Tudo August 29, 1998 3 5:00 Japan
Draw 2–1–3 Daijiro Matsui Draw PRIDE 3 June 24, 1998 4 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–1–2 Juan Mott Submission (rear naked choke) PRIDE 2 March 15, 1998 1 3:47 Yokohama, Japan
Draw 1–1–2 Renzo Gracie Draw PRIDE 1 October 11, 1997 3 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–1–1 Kaichi Tsuji Decision (unanimous) Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament July 27, 1997 2 3:00 Japan
Win 1–0–1 Vidal Serradilla Submission (punches) JECVTO: Japan Extreme Challenge Vale Tudo Open May 28, 1997 1 2:16 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 0–0–1 Manabu Ohara Draw KP X WK: Koppo vs. Keisyukai November 30, 1996 1 20:00 Japan

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