Kazuhiro Nakamura

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Kazuhiro Nakamura
Born (1979-07-16) July 16, 1979 (age 35)
Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan
Other names King Kaz, Kaz
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Heavyweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)
Team Yoshida Dojo
Team Kaz
Trainer Hidehiko Yoshida
Rank Third dan black belt in Judo
Years active 2003 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 33
Wins 21
By knockout 5
By submission 3
By decision 13
Losses 12
By knockout 4
By submission 3
By decision 5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kazuhiro Nakamura (中村和裕, born July 16, 1979) is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently competing as a Middleweight in DREAM, where he is the current DEEP Middleweight Champion. His primary style is judo, in which he holds a third dan black belt under Hidehiko Yoshida.[1] He fights out of the Yoshida Dojo and has previously competed in the Pride Fighting Championships, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the Sengoku Raiden Championship.

Career[edit]

PRIDE Fighting Championships[edit]

Nakamura made his MMA debut at PRIDE 25 against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, losing by submission in the second round. He has also lost to Nogueira in a rematch at PRIDE Bushido 4. His career in PRIDE was notable for fighting many of PRIDE's top fighters, including Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua, Dan Henderson, and Josh Barnett. His final fight in PRIDE was a decision loss to Mauricio Rua at PRIDE Shockwave 2006.[2]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Nakamura made his debut in the UFC at UFC 76 against Lyoto Machida, losing the fight by unanimous decision. Nakamura tested positive for marijuana during the drug testings.[3]

His next fight in the UFC was a loss by TKO (injury) to Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at UFC 84. He was subsequently released by the promotion.

Sengoku Raiden Championship[edit]

After a three-fight losing stint which included losses to future UFC Light Heavyweight Champions Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua, Nakamura decided to debut at a new weight class Middleweight (185 lbs) after having spent his entire career at Light Heavyweight.

Nakamura debuted at Sengoku: Fifth Battle as an entrant in the inaugural Middleweight Grand prix eliminating American Paul Cahoon. He returned at Sengoku - Sixth battle as part of the final four. Kazuhiro Nakamura defeated fellow countryman Yuki Sasaki via unanimous decision and booked a spot later that evening in the final. Nakamura fought against tournament favourite Jorge Santiago and took him to the third round before losing via KO at 0:49 of the third round.

Nakamura Returned at Sengoku: Ninth Battle in a title eliminator that saw the winner rematch champion Jorge Santiago. Nakamura was stunned by Kazuo Misaki and lost via submission in the first round.

DREAM[edit]

A farewell event for Nakamura's teacher, legendary judoka, Hidehiko Yoshida, was held on April 25, 2010. Nakamura defeated Yoshida via unanimous decision.

Nakamura made his return at Dream 17 to face UFC vet Gerald Harris. He lost the fight via split decision.

On October 19, 2012, Nakamura debuted in DEEP where he defeated Ryuta Sakurai by unanimous decision. On February 16, 2013, Nakamura defeated Young Choi to win the vacant DEEP Middleweight Championship which is the first title of his career.

Professional wrestling[edit]

On February 22, 2014, Nakamura made a one-off professional wrestling appearance for the Wrestle-1 promotion, teaming with Masakatsu Funaki, Manabu Soya and Seiya Sanada in an eight-man tag team match, where they defeated Desperado (Masayuki Kono, Kazma Sakamoto, René Duprée and Ryouji Sai).[4]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Sengoku
    • 2008 Sengoku Middleweight Gran Prix runner up

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 21–12 Seigo Mizuguchi TKO (corner stoppage) DEEP: Cage Impact 2014 July 21, 2014 2 3:25 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 20–12 Ken Hasegawa Decision (majority) DEEP: 65 Impact March 22, 2014 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan For the DEEP Megaton Championship
Win 20–11 Yuji Sakuragi Submission (arm triangle choke) DEEP: Cage Impact 2013 November 24, 2013 3 2:49 Tokyo, Japan
Win 19–11 Henry Miller KO (punch)[5] DEEP: 63 Impact August 25, 2013 1 4:42 Tokyo, Japan
Win 18–11 Daijiro Matsui KO (knee & punches) DEEP: King Kaz Fight in Fukuyama June 30, 2013 1 1:30 Hiroshima, Japan
Win 17–11 Young Choi Decision (unanimous) Deep: 61 Impact February 16, 2013 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Won vacant DEEP Middleweight Championship
Win 16–11 Ryuta Sakurai Decision (majority) Deep: 60 Impact October 19, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 15–11 Gerald Harris Decision (split) Dream 17 September 24, 2011 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 15–10 Karl Amoussou Decision (unanimous) Dream 15 July 10, 2010 2 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 14–10 Hidehiko Yoshida Decision (unanimous) Astra: Yoshida's Farewell April 25, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 13–10 Kazuo Misaki Technical Submission (guillotine choke) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 August 2, 2009 1 3:03 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 13–9 Jorge Santiago TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6 November 1, 2008 3 0:49 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix 2008 Final Round
Win 13–8 Yuki Sasaki Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6 November 1, 2008 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix 2008 Semifinal Round
Win 12–8 Paul Cahoon Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5 September 28, 2008 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix 2008 Opening Round. Drops to Middleweight
Loss 11–8 Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou TKO (leg injury) UFC 84 May 24, 2008 1 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–7 Lyoto Machida Decision (unanimous) UFC 76 September 22, 2007 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 11–6 Maurício Rua Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Shockwave 2006 December 31, 2006 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 11–5 Travis Galbraith TKO (knee & punches) PRIDE 32 October 21, 2006 2 1:16 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10–5 Yoshihiro Nakao Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Final Conflict Absolute September 10, 2006 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 9–5 Evangelista Santos Submission (keylock) PRIDE Critical Countdown Absolute July 1, 2006 1 4:49 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 8–5 Josh Barnett Submission (rear-naked choke) PRIDE 31 February 26, 2006 1 8:10 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Heavyweight bout
Win 8–4 Yuki Kondo Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Shockwave 2005 December 31, 2005 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 7–4 Igor Vovchanchyn Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Final Conflict 2005 August 28, 2005 2 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 6–4 Wanderlei Silva TKO (punches) PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005 June 26, 2005 1 5:24 Saitama, Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal
Win 6–3 Kevin Randleman Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Total Elimination 2005 April 23, 2005 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Opening Round
Win 5–3 Stefan Leko TKO (punches) PRIDE 29 February 20, 2005 1 0:54 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 4–3 Dan Henderson TKO (shoulder injury) PRIDE 28 October 31, 2004 1 1:15 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 4–2 Murilo Bustamante Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Final Conflict 2004 August 15, 2004 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 3–2 Antônio Rogério Nogueira Decision (split) PRIDE Bushido 4 July 19, 2004 2 5:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win 3–1 Chalid Arrab Submission (armbar) PRIDE Bushido 3 May 23, 2004 1 4:45 Yokohama, Japan
Win 2–1 Dos Caras, Jr. Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 27 February 1, 2004 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 1–1 Daniel Gracie Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 1 October 5, 2003 2 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 0–1 Antônio Rogério Nogueira Submission (armbar) PRIDE 25 March 16, 2003 2 3:49 Yokohama, Japan

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