May 8, 1975 |
Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
|Other names||Uno Shoten, Little Gremlin|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||143 lb (65 kg; 10.2 st)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
|Team||Uno Dojo, Wajitsu Keishukai|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Black belt in Judo
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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 Lightweight 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.
Mixed martial arts career
Uno finished second in the All Japan[disambiguation needed] amateur Shooto tournament in 1996. He was a runner-up in the submission wrestling world championships at ADCC losing in the finals to world-renowned Jean Jacques Machado.
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. 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.
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. 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
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 second round, DREAM 3, where he beat Mitsuhiro Ishida via rear-naked choke submission to progress to the final round at DREAM.5. At DREAM.5, Uno lost a unanimous decision to Shinya Aoki.
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 Fabrício Camões 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). After the fight he was released from the promotion.
Championships and Accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- K-1 Hero's
- ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
- ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship Silver Medalist 66k-76k (1999)
- All Japan Amateur Shooto
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|53 matches||32 wins||16 losses|
|Win||32–16–5||Raja Shippen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 6th||October 4, 2014||2||4:33||Tokyo, Japan|
|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|
- "Gleison Tibau vs. Caol Uno at Fight Night 21". tatame.com. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Caol Uno Continues on UFC Comeback Trail as Part of VTJ 4th Main Event". mmaweekly.com. February 16, 2014.
- "Hiroyuki Takaya Scores Quick Stoppage, Caol Uno Tops Jesse Brock at ‘VTJ 4th’". Sherdog. February 23, 2014.