Ikuhisa Minowa

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Ikuhisa Minowa
Born (1976-01-12) January 12, 1976 (age 38)
Hashima, Gifu, Japan
Other names Minowaman
The Punk
The Giant Killer
Tiger Mask V
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 193.6 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Division Middleweight
Light heavyweight
Openweight
Reach 70.5 in (179 cm)
Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan
Team Team Minowaman
Years active 1996 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 103
Wins 59
By knockout 9
By submission 41
By decision 9
Losses 36
By knockout 13
By submission 7
By decision 16
Draws 8
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ikuhisa Minowa (美濃輪 育久 Minowa Ikuhisa?, born January 12, 1976 in Hashima, Gifu) is a Japanese mixed martial artist and professional wrestler currently competing in Dream as Minowaman (ミノワマン Minowaman?). He was a longtime veteran of PRIDE and Pancrase and has also competed in other mixed martial arts promotions such as K-1 Hero's, Cage Rage, UFC, DREAM, and DEEP. At 5'9" he is notable for taking fights with much larger opponents and defeating the majority of them, in his 21 career Openweight bouts. He is the former DREAM Super Hulk Tournament Champion.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Minowa made his professional debut in the Lumax Cup in 1996, but would spend most of his early career in the Pancrase promotion. Minowa had a poor start to his MMA career, going 1-8-1 in his first ten fights, taking on MMA pioneers such as Yuki Kondo and Jason DeLucia, and with the win being in his Pancrase debut. The young Minowa would turn his career around, however, improving to 12-11-6 with a win over Daiju Takase before fighting in his first and only fight in the UFC at UFC 25 in Tokyo, Japan. The bout was against Joe Slick and Minowa won via TKO from a cut that Slick received.

PRIDE[edit]

Minowa continued to fight in Pancrase as well as another Japanese organization, DEEP, before making his PRIDE debut against future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

Minowa was known in PRIDE for his entertaining entrances and sporting of the Japanese flag as a cape as well as his aggressive, high-risk style of fighting which has seen him employ flying dropkicks amongst other pro-wrestling derived maneuvers. It was also during his career with PRIDE that he continued to cement his legacy in taking on fighters that were much bigger than himself, winning most of the Openweight bouts and earning the nickname "The Giant Killer".

He participated in PRIDE's first 185 lb tournament where he won over Phil Baroni, but went on to lose in the second round to former UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante. On December 31, 2005, Minowa fought the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba, in which he almost landed a kneebar and then a heel hook, but was caught with a Kimura lock and defeated at nine minutes into the first round.[1] Minowa next fought at PRIDE Bushido 10, where he faced the 7-foot-2 Giant Silva. Minowa dominated the fight, using a forward roll to get past Silva's enormous reach and then landing a single leg takedown that put Silva on his back. Minowa promptly landed multiple knees to the head of Silva, causing the referee to stop the fight at 2:23 of the first round. Following that, he fell to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović due to strikes in the first round. However, he then rebounded with wins over Park Hyun Kab, Eric "Butterbean" Esch, and American professional wrestler Mike Plotcheck.

Minowa was knocked out in his last fight for PRIDE by Kiyoshi Tamura at PRIDE Shockwave 2006, but celebrated 10 years as a fighter at the CMA Festival 2 event by defeating Min-Seok Heo in the main event after his opponent's corner threw in the towel after the first round. His next opponent was South Korean wrestler Choi Seung Hyun at Heat4: Mega Battle Heat from Nagoya. Minowa won the bout via shoulder lock.

DREAM[edit]

He fought MMA legend and former mentor Masakatsu Funaki at the DREAM 6 event on September 22, 2008. He was submitted in the first round via heel hook.

At DREAM 8 he lost via decision to professional wrestler Katsuyori Shibata, after being suplexed by the young Japanese fighter, but rebounded at Dream 9 defeating Bob Sapp in what was his 80th fight.

He faced the 7'2" 319 lb Choi Hong-man at DREAM 11 on October 6, 2009. Throughout the fight he attempted to take his opponent down, being successful on two occasions in the first round, before submitting his opponent in the second.

At Dynamite!! 2009 Minowa squared off with Cameroonian fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the finals of the DREAM Super Hulk tournament. In the first round Sokoudjou landed many strikes on the smaller fighter while Minowa attempted leglocks. At the end second round Minowa had Sokoudjou in a kneebar but was cut off by the bell before he could adjust his grip. In the third round Minowa and Sokodjou both received two yellow cards (10% purse deduction for one) for inactivity 3 minutes into the round, but with 90 seconds left Minowa sprang forward and connected against Sokoudjou's jaw with a left hook, dropping him to the ground for the TKO victory and winning the Super Hulk Tournament.

Minowa went on to fight American Super Heavyweights Jimmy Ambriz and Imani Lee at DREAM 13 and DREAM 14 respectively, winning both fights by submission.

Then for DREAM 16, Minowa was scheduled to fight James Thompson but three days before the event, had his opponent switched to Satoshi Ishii and he lost by unanimous decision.[1]

Independent Promotions[edit]

Minowa next faced Chang Hee Kim of South Korea at DEEP: 50th Impact on October 24, 2010. Minowa gave up a significant weight advantage to Kim, who weighs over 300 pounds.[2] He won the fight via submission in the first round.

Minowa faced Kendall Grove at ProElite 3 on January 21, 2012.[3] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

Minowa faced debuting MMA fighter Goran Jettingstad at IGF 1 on April 5, 2014. He won by submission (lateral kneebar).[4]

Minowa then faced Jung-Gyo Park at ROAD FC 15 on May 31, 2014. Minowa lost the bout via KO late in the first round.[5]

Minowa is expected to face Shinichi Suzukawa at IGF: Inoki Genome Fight 2 on August 23, 2014.

Pro wrestling career[edit]

Recently, Minowa has turned his attention to professional wrestling. On 22 February 2010, Minowaman made his debut for Antonio Inoki's IGF facing and defeating Necro Butcher in a 10-minute match.[6]

Minowa has also undertook some additional professional wrestling training under the tutelage of Satoru Sayama, the original Tiger Mask. On July 18, 2010, Minowa debuted as the fifth generation Tiger Mask.[7]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 59–36–8 Jung-Gyo Park KO (punch) ROAD FC 15 May 31, 2014 1 4:42 Wonju, South Korea
Win 59–35–8 Goran Jettingstad Submission (lateral kneebar) Inoki Genome Fight 1 April 5, 2014 1 2:26 Tokyo, Japan
Win 58–35–8 Atsushi Sawada TKO (punch & soccer kick) IGF: Inoki-Bom-Ba-Ye 2013 December 31, 2013 1 3:47 Tokyo, Japan
Win 57–35–8 Hoon Kim KO (punch) Road FC 13 October 12, 2013 1 3:37 Seoul, South Korea
Loss 56–35–8 Hae Suk Son TKO (punches) Road FC 11 April 13, 2013 3 0:54 Seoul, South Korea
Win 56–34–8 Bor Bratovž Submission (heel hook) IGF: Inoki-Bom-Ba-Ye 2012 December 31, 2012 1 3:20 Ryogoku Kokugikan, Japan
Win 55–34–8 Jin Soo Yuk Submission (kimura) Road FC 9 September 15, 2012 1 4:59 Wonju Chiak Indoor Gym, South Korea
Loss 54–34–8 Alexander Shlemenko TKO (knees & punches to the body) SFL 2 April 7, 2012 1 2:20 Chandigarh, India
Win 54–33–8 Shigeki Tsuchiya Submission (kimura) Gladiator 30 March 11, 2012 1 1:16 Fukuoka, Japan
Win 53–33–8 Toshihiro Koyama Submission (arm-triangle choke) Gladiator 29 February 19, 2012 1 1:49 Kariya, Aichi, Japan
Loss 52–33–8 Kendall Grove Decision (unanimous) ProElite 3 January 21, 2012 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 52–32–8 Dev Kumar Ghimire Submission (armbar) Gladiator 27 December 18, 2011 1 1:20 Tokyo, Japan
Win 51–32–8 Young Woo Yu Submission (kimura) Gladiator 25 October 30, 2011 1 2:55 Tokyo, Japan
Win 50–32–8 Baru Harn Submission (scarf hold armlock) DREAM 17 September 24, 2011 1 4:39 Saitama, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 49–32–8 Jair Gomes Submission (neck crank) Gladiator 22 August 14, 2011 1 N/A Gifu, Japan
Win 48–32–8 Carlos Toyota Decision (unanimous) Heat 18 June 5, 2011 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 47–32–8 Hiroshi Izumi TKO (punches) Dynamite!! 2010 December 31, 2010 3 2:50 Saitama, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 47–31–8 Chang Hee Kim Submission (scarf hold armlock) DEEP: 50th Impact October 24, 2010 1 2:07 Tokyo, Japan Openweight bout.
Loss 46–31–8 Satoshi Ishii Decision (unanimous) DREAM 16 September 25, 2010 2 5:00 Nagoya, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 46–30–8 Imani Lee Submission (rear-naked choke) DREAM 14 May 29, 2010 1 4:16 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 45–30–8 Jimmy Ambriz Submission (toe hold) DREAM 13 Mar 22, 2010 2 2:42 Yokohama, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 44–30–8 Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou KO (punches) Dynamite!! 2009 Dec 31, 2009 3 3:29 Saitama, Japan DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix Final.
Win 43–30–8 Choi Hong-man Submission (heel hook) DREAM 11 Oct 6, 2009 2 1:27 Yokohama, Japan DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 42–30–8 Bob Sapp Submission (achilles lock) DREAM 9 May 26, 2009 1 1:15 Yokohama, Japan DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Loss 41–30–8 Katsuyori Shibata Decision (unanimous) DREAM 8 April 5, 2009 2 5:00 Nagoya, Japan 88 kg Catchweight bout
Win 41–29–8 Errol Zimmerman Submission (toe hold) Dynamite!! 2008 December 31, 2008 1 1:01 Saitama, Japan Openweight bout.
Loss 40–29–8 Masakatsu Funaki Submission (heel hook) DREAM 6 September 23, 2008 1 0:52 Saitama, Japan
Win 40–28–8 Don Frye Submission (kneebar) DEEP: Gladiator August 16, 2008 1 3:56 Okayama, Japan Openweight bout.
Loss 39–28–8 Taiei Kin Decision (unanimous) DREAM 2 April 29, 2008 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 39–27–8 Kwan Bum Lee Submission (kneebar) DREAM 1 March 15, 2008 1 1:25 Saitama, Japan Openweight bout.
Loss 38–27–8 Zuluzinho TKO (corner stoppage) K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite!! December 31, 2007 3 2:13 Saitama, Japan Openweight bout.
Loss 38–26–8 Kim Min-Soo TKO (punches) HERO'S 2007 in Korea October 28, 2007 1 3:46 Seoul, South Korea Openweight bout.
Win 38–25–8 Kevin Casey TKO (punches) HERO'S 10 September 17, 2007 2 0:42 Yokohama, Japan
Win 37–25–8 Seung Hyun Choi Submission (hammerlock) Heat 4 August 11, 2007 1 1:41 Nagoya, Japan
Win 36–25–8 Min Suk Heo TKO (corner stoppage) DEEP: CMA Festival 2 July 23, 2007 1 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 35–25–8 Kiyoshi Tamura KO (soccer kicks) PRIDE Shockwave 2006 December 31, 2006 1 1:18 Saitama, Japan
Win 35–24–8 Mike Plotcheck Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 13 November 5, 2006 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 34–24–8 Eric Esch Submission (armbar) PRIDE Bushido 12 August 26, 2006 1 4:25 Nagoya, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 33–24–8 Hyun Gab Park Submission (heel hook) DEEP: CMA Festival May 24, 2006 1 0:17 Tokyo, Japan Openweight bout.
Loss 32–24–8 Mirko Filipovic TKO (punches) PRIDE Total Elimination Absolute May 5, 2006 1 1:10 Osaka, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 32–23–8 Giant Silva TKO (knees) PRIDE Bushido 10 April 2, 2006 1 2:23 Tokyo, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 31–23–8 Dave Legeno Submission (achilles lock) Cage Rage 15 February 4, 2006 1 2:21 London, England Openweight bout.
Loss 30–23–8 Kazushi Sakuraba Technical Submission (kimura) PRIDE Shockwave 2005 December 31, 2005 1 9:59 Saitama, Japan
Loss 30–22–8 Murilo Bustamante TKO (punches) PRIDE Bushido 9 September 25, 2005 1 9:51 Tokyo, Japan
Win 30–21–8 Phil Baroni Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 9 September 25, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 29–21–8 Kimo Leopoldo Submission (achilles lock) PRIDE Bushido 8 July 17, 2005 1 3:11 Nagoya, Japan Openweight bout.
Loss 28–21–8 Phil Baroni TKO (stomps) PRIDE Bushido 7 May 22, 2005 2 2:04 Tokyo, Japan
Win 28–20–8 Gilbert Yvel Submission (toe hold) PRIDE Bushido 6 April 3, 2005 1 1:10 Yokohama, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 27–20–8 Stefan Leko Submission (heel hook) PRIDE Shockwave 2004 December 31, 2004 1 0:27 Saitama, Japan Openweight bout.
Win 26–20–8 Ryuki Ueyama Decision (split) PRIDE Bushido 5 October 14, 2004 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 25–20–8 Kenichi Yamamoto TKO (punches) PRIDE Bushido 4 June 19, 2004 1 3:23 Nagoya, Japan
Win 24–20–8 Eduard Churakov Submission (rear-naked choke) Gladiator FC: Day 1 June 26, 2004 1 2:29 South Korea
Loss 23–20–8 Ryan Gracie Decision (split) PRIDE Bushido 3 May 23, 2004 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 23–19–8 Wanderlei Silva TKO (punches) PRIDE Bushido 2 February 15, 2004 1 1:09 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 23–18–8 Quinton Jackson TKO (punches) PRIDE Shockwave 2003 December 31, 2003 2 1:05 Saitama, Japan
Win 23–17–8 Silmar Rodrigo Submission (rolling kneebar) Brazil Super Fight September 19, 2003 2 3:00 Porto Alegre, Brazil
Loss 22–17–8 Ricardo Almeida Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Hybrid 2 February 16, 2003 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 22–16–8 Yuki Sasaki Decision (majority) Pancrase: Spirit 8 November 30, 2002 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 21–16–8 Kiyoshi Tamura Decision (unanimous) DEEP: 6th Impact September 7, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 21–15–8 Mitsuyoshi Sato Decision (majority) Pancrase: Spirit 5 May 28, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 21–14–8 Yoshinori Momose Draw Pancrase: Spirit 3 March 25, 2002 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 21–14–7 Kazuki Okubo Submission (armbar) DEEP: 3rd Impact December 23, 2001 1 3:38 Tokyo, Japan
Win 20–14–7 Hiroshi Shibata TKO (doctor stoppage) Pancrase: Proof 7 December 1, 2001 1 2:28 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 19–14–7 Sanae Kikuta TKO (cut) Pancrase: 2001 Anniversary Show September 30, 2001 2 4:30 Yokohama, Japan
Win 19–13–7 Kenji Akiyama Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase: 2001 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round July 29, 2001 3 2:52 Tokyo, Japan
Win 18–13–7 Yuki Sasaki Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: Proof 3 May 13, 2001 3 0:25 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 17–13–7 Paulo Filho Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Proof 2 March 31, 2001 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Draw 17–12–7 Ricardo Liborio Draw DEEP: 1st Impact January 8, 2001 3 5:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win 17–12–6 Magomed Ismailov Submission (armbar) Pancrase: Trans 7 December 4, 2000 1 1:31 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 16–12–6 Keiichiro Yamamiya Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: 2000 Anniversary Show September 24, 2000 2 3:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 16–11–6 Brian Gassaway Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: 2000 Anniversary Show September 24, 2000 1 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 15–11–6 Tony Ross Submission (armbar) Pancrase: Trans 5 July 23, 2000 1 1:32 Tokyo, Japan
Win 14–11–6 Masaya Kojima Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: Trans 5 July 23, 2000 1 1:43 Tokyo, Japan
Win 13–11–6 Joe Slick TKO (cut) UFC 25 April 14, 2000 3 2:02 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–11–6 Ichio Matsubara Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: Trans 2 February 27, 2000 1 1:21 Osaka, Japan
Draw 11–11–6 Chris Lytle Draw Pancrase: Breakthrough 11 December 18, 1999 1 15:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 11–11–5 Adrian Serrano Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Breakthrough 9 October 25, 1999 1 11:38 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 10–11–5 Semmy Schilt Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: 1999 Anniversary Show September 18, 1999 1 10:00 Chiba, Japan
Win 10–10–5 Minoru Toyonaga Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase: 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round August 1, 1999 1 2:57 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–10–5 Daisuke Watanabe Submission (triangle choke) Pancrase: 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round August 1, 1999 1 4:28 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–10–5 Daiju Takase Submission (triangle choke) Pancrase: 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round August 1, 1999 1 7:59 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7–10–5 Jason DeLucia Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Breakthrough 6 June 11, 1999 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 7–9–5 Osami Shibuya Draw Pancrase: Breakthrough 5 May 23, 1999 2 3:00 Nagoya, Japan
Draw 7–9–4 Susumu Yamasaki Draw Daidojuku: Wars 5 April 8, 1999 1 15:00 Japan
Win 7–9–3 Kosei Kubota Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Breakthrough 3 March 9, 1999 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–9–3 Daisuke Ishii Decision (majority) Pancrase: Breakthrough 2 February 11, 1999 1 10:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 5–9–3 Daisuke Watanabe Submission (armbar) Pancrase: Breakthrough 1 January 19, 1999 1 3:18 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–9–3 Satoshi Hasegawa Submission (armbar) Pancrase: Advance 11 November 29, 1998 1 2:43 Osaka, Japan
Win 3–9–3 Daisuke Ishii Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Advance 10 October 26, 1998 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 2–9–3 Travis Fulton Draw Pancrase: Advance 9 October 4, 1998 2 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 2–9–2 Evan Tanner Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pancrase: 1998 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round July 7, 1998 1 4:05 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 2–8–2 Kosei Kubota Draw Pancrase: Advance 8 June 21, 1998 2 3:00 Kobe, Japan
Win 2–8–1 Adrian Serrano Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Advance 7 June 2, 1998 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–8–1 Satoshi Hasegawa Decision (majority) Pancrase: Advance 5 April 26, 1998 2 3:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 1–7–1 Satoshi Hasegawa Submission (leg lock) Pancrase: Advance 1 January 16, 1998 2 1:10 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–6–1 Jason DeLucia Submission (choke) Pancrase: Alive 11 December 20, 1997 1 3:47 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 1–5–1 Osami Shibuya Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Alive 10 November 16, 1997 1 10:00 Kobe, Japan
Loss 1–4–1 Takafumi Ito Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: Alive 9 October 29, 1997 1 6:34 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 1–3–1 Kousei Kubota Draw Pancrase: 1997 Anniversary Show September 6, 1997 1 10:00 Chiba, Japan
Loss 1–3 Yuki Kondo Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: Alive 8 August 9, 1997 1 5:13 Osaka, Japan
Loss 1–2 Satoshi Hasegawa Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: 1997 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2 July 21, 1997 2 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–1 Haygar Chin Submission (kneebar) Pancrase: 1997 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1 July 20, 1997 1 2:24 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0–1 Yuzo Tateishi Decision Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '96 March 30, 1996 2 3:00 Japan

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