Caol Uno

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Caol Uno
Born (1975-05-08) May 8, 1975 (age 39)
Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Other names Uno Shoten, Little Gremlin
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 143 lb (65 kg; 10.2 st)
Division Featherweight
Lightweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan
Team Uno Dojo, Wajitsu Keishukai[2]
Teacher(s) Rumina Sato
Yoshinori Nishi
Rank Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Black belt in Judo
Years active 1996-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 52
Wins 31
By knockout 2
By submission 16
By decision 13
Losses 16
By knockout 6
By submission 3
By decision 7
Draws 5
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Caol Uno (宇野薫 Uno Kaoru?) (born May 8, 1975) is a Japanese mixed martial artist, and former Shooto Welterweight Champion. As one of the early Ultimate Fighting Championship's elite Lightweight competitors, Uno competed for the UFC Lightweight Championship on two separate occasions. Despite falling short in both championship bouts; losing a five-round decision against then-champion Jens Pulver at UFC 30, as well as a draw against B.J. Penn at UFC 41 (in a bout which would have determined the new UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC 41 Lightweight Tournament Winner), Uno is acknowledged as a pioneer for his impact and influence during the early era of the UFC Lightweight Division.

Early career[edit]

Uno finished second in the All Japan[disambiguation needed] amateur Shooto tournament in 1996.[3] He was a runner-up in the submission wrestling world championships at ADCC losing in the finals to world-renowned Jean Jacques Machado.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Shooto[edit]

Uno rose through the ranks of the Shooto mixed martial arts organization in Japan. In May 1999, Uno fought the then-legendary Rumina Sato. The fight was hailed as "Fight of the Year", an extremely fast-paced back and forth battle with a wide variety of stand-up and grappling exchanges.[citation needed] Eventually, Uno took the back of Sato and choked him into submission.

The two rematched in December 2000. This fight concluded with Uno throwing Sato on his back, then striking him with a combination of kicks and punches, eventually knocking him out.

UFC[edit]

After his second victory over Rumina Sato, Uno was recruited to fight for the UFC's bantamweight (later renamed lightweight) title against Jens Pulver. Throughout the fight, Pulver stopped Uno's takedown attempts and pressed the action on the feet. Uno, who had earned a reputation as being "unflappable", began to show frustration for the first time in his career as Pulver neutralized all his offensive efforts.[citation needed] Pulver took a majority decision win in the fight.

After Pulver left the UFC, the Lightweight Championship was vacated. A tournament was put together pitting the top Lightweights in the UFC (B.J. Penn, Din Thomas, Matt Serra and Caol Uno). In the first round, Uno faced Thomas. Thomas dominated the first round, setting a high pace. However, Uno turned things around, taking the second and third rounds to win the fight.

In the finals of the tournament, Uno faced Penn (who had previously defeated Uno by knockout in under 12 seconds). Uno used angles and effective wrestling techniques to frustrate Penn, who appeared tentative from the start, while Penn was dominant in spurts. The fight was called a draw and neither fighter won the championship belt.

Return to Japan[edit]

Uno then went on to fight Tatsuya Kawajiri in Shooto before fighting at K-1's 2004 Premium Dynamite!! and K-1 MAX: Japan Grand Prix 2005. His next eleven fights were for the then newly established promotion Hero's.

Uno next competed in DREAM's Lightweight Grand Prix. He was seeded directly into the 2nd round, DREAM 3, where he beat Mitsuhiro Ishida by rear naked choke to progress to the final round at DREAM.5. At DREAM.5, Uno lost a unanimous decision to Shinya Aoki.

UFC return[edit]

Uno was spotted in attendance at UFC 94, fueling talk of a return to the UFC's lightweight division. It was later confirmed that Uno had signed with the UFC and would face Spencer Fisher at UFC 99: The Comeback, which Uno lost by unanimous decision. Then, on November 21, 2009, Uno fought UFC newcomer Fabricio Camoes to a majority draw at UFC 106.

On March 31, 2010, Uno fought Gleison Tibau at UFC Fight Night 21. He was overpowered by the much bigger Tibau, and suffered a loss via TKO (punches).[4] After the match he was released from the promotion.

Post-UFC Career[edit]

Uno fought Jesse Brock at Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 4th, on February 23, 2014.[5] He won via unanimous decision.[6]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Submission Wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 31–16–5 Taiki Tsuchiya Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 4th Round 2014 May 5, 2014 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 30–16–5 Jesse Brock Decision (unanimous) Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 4th February 23, 2014 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 29–16–5 Daniel Romero Submission (inverted triangle choke) Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 3rd October 5, 2013 2 2:23 Tokyo, Japan
Win 28–16–5 Anthony Avila Submission (rear-naked choke) Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 2nd June 22, 2013 3 1:53 Tokyo, Japan
Win 27–16–5 Kyu Hwa Kim Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto: 2nd Round 2013 March 16, 2013 1 4:10 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 26–16–5 Shintaro Ishiwatari Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 10th Round September 30, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 26–15–5 Takeshi Inoue KO (head kick) Dream 17 September 24, 2011 1 4:17 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 26–14–5 Akiyo Nishiura Decision (unanimous) Dream: Fight for Japan! May 29, 2011 2 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 25–14–5 Kazuyuki Miyata Decision (unanimous) Dynamite!! 2010 December 31, 2010 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Featherweight debut
Loss 25–13–5 Gleison Tibau TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi March 31, 2010 1 4:13 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Draw 25–12–5 Fabrício Camões Draw (majority) UFC 106 November 21, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 25–12–4 Spencer Fisher Decision (unanimous) UFC 99 June 13, 2009 3 5:00 Cologne, Germany
Loss 25–11–4 Shinya Aoki Decision (unanimous) Dream 5 July 21, 2008 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan Semi-Final Round of Dream Lightweight Grand Prix
Win 25–10–4 Mitsuhiro Ishida Submission (rear-naked choke) Dream 3 May 11, 2008 2 1:39 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Quarter-Final Round of Dream Lightweight Grand Prix
Loss 24–10–4 Andre Amade Decision (unanimous) Hero's 10 September 17, 2007 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2007 Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Final.
Win 24–9–4 Katsuhiko Nagata Decision (unanimous) Hero's 9 July 16, 2007 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2007 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final.
Win 23–9–4 Ali Ibrahim Submission (armbar) Hero's 8 March 12, 2007 1 1:58 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 22–9–4 Gesias Cavalcante Decision (majority) Hero's 7 October 9, 2006 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix Final.
Win 22–8–4 Ivan Menjivar Decision (unanimous) Hero's 7 October 9, 2006 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Final.
Win 21–8–4 Kultar Gill Submission (rear-naked choke) Hero's 6 August 5, 2006 2 3:30 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final.
Win 20–8–4 Ole Laursen Submission (rear-naked choke) Hero's 5 May 3, 2006 2 4:36 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 19–8–4 Rich Clementi Decision (unanimous) Hero's 4 March 15, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 18–8–4 Norifumi Yamamoto TKO (cut) Hero's 3 September 7, 2005 2 4:04 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Final.
Win 18–7–4 Hideo Tokoro Decision (unanimous) Hero's 3 September 7, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final.
Loss 17–7–4 Joachim Hansen KO (knee) Hero's 1 March 26, 2005 3 4:48 Saitama, Japan
Win 17–6–4 Serkan Yilmaz Submission (armbar) K-1 MAX: Japan Grand Prix 2005 February 23, 2005 1 1:59 Tokyo, Japan
Win 16–6–4 Chandet Sorpantrey Submission (rear-naked choke) K-1: Premium 2004 Dynamite!! December 31, 2004 2 0:19 Osaka, Japan
Draw 15–6–4 Tatsuya Kawajiri Draw Shooto: 3/22 in Korakuen Hall March 22, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 15–6–3 Hermes França KO (punch) UFC 44 September 26, 2003 2 2:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Draw 15–5–3 B.J. Penn Draw UFC 41 February 28, 2003 5 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For UFC Lightweight Championship
Win 15–5–2 Din Thomas Decision (unanimous) UFC 39 September 27, 2002 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States First bout of a two-round tournament for the UFC Lightweight Championship
Win 14–5–2 Yves Edwards Decision (unanimous) UFC 37 May 10, 2002 3 5:00 Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
Loss 13–5–2 B.J. Penn KO (punches) UFC 34 November 2, 2001 1 0:11 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–4–2 Fabiano Iha TKO (punches) UFC 32 June 29, 2001 1 1:48 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Loss 12–4–2 Jens Pulver Decision (unanimous) UFC 30 February 23, 2001 5 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For UFC Lightweight Championship
Win 12–3–2 Rumina Sato KO (punch) Shooto: R.E.A.D. Final December 17, 2000 1 2:21 Chiba, Chiba, Japan Defended Shooto World Welterweight (154 lbs.) Championship
Loss 11–3–2 Marcio Barbosa Technical Submission (guillotine choke) Shooto: R.E.A.D. 9 August 27, 2000 3 1:49 Yokohama, Japan
Win 11–2–2 Dennis Hallman Decision (unanimous) Shooto: R.E.A.D. 3 April 2, 2000 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Draw 10–2–2 André Pederneiras Draw Vale Tudo Japan 1999 December 11, 1999 3 8:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–2–1 Din Thomas Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto: Renaxis 4 September 5, 1999 3 3:16 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–2–1 Rumina Sato Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto: 10th Anniversary Event May 29, 1999 3 4:02 Yokohama, Japan Won Shooto World Welterweight (154 lbs.) Championship
Win 8–2–1 Ricardo Botelho Submission (punches) Vale Tudo Japan 1998 October 25, 1998 3 2:03 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–2–1 Zvonko Jakovcevic Submission (triangle choke) Shooto: Las Grandes Viajes 4 July 29, 1998 1 3:15 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–2–1 Ian James Schaffa Technical Submission (armbar) Shooto: Las Grandes Viajes 3 May 13, 1998 3 3:13 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–2–1 Yuji Fujita Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Las Grandes Viajes 2 March 1, 1998 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 4–2–1 Naoya Uematsu Submission (achilles lock) Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Lightweight Tournament December 20, 1997 1 0:23 Japan
Win 4–1–1 Hiroki Kotani Decision (unanimous) Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Lightweight Tournament December 20, 1997 2 3:00 Japan
Win 3–1–1 Masahito Wachi Decision (unanimous) Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Lightweight Tournament December 20, 1997 2 3:00 Japan
Draw 2–1–1 Takuya Kuwabara Draw Shooto: Reconquista 4 October 12, 1997 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–1 Yuzo Tateishi Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto: Gig June 25, 1997 1 2:14 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–1 Patrick Tapels Submission (rear-naked choke) Japan Extreme Challenge Vale Tudo Open May 28, 1997 1 2:20 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0–1 Hayato Sakurai Submission (armbar) Shooto: Let's Get Lost October 4, 1996 1 2:52 Tokyo, Japan

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