Kazuo Misaki

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Kazuo Misaki
Born (1976-04-25) April 25, 1976 (age 38)
Katori, Chiba, Japan
Other names The Hitman
Nationality Japanese
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb; 12.1 st)
Division

Middleweight (2001-2011)

Welterweight (2012)
Style Judo, Boxing, Kickboxing
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Team Haleo Top Team
Katori Dojo[1][2]
Rank 3rd degree black belt in Judo
Years active 2001-2013
Mixed martial arts record
Total 39
Wins 25
By knockout 6
By submission 9
By decision 10
Losses 11
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 6
Draws 2
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kazuo Misaki (born April 25, 1976) is a retired Japanese professional mixed martial artist and former judoka. He was the 2006 Pride Welterweight Grand Prix winner, and competed in Sengoku, Pancrase, and Strikeforce.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

En route to the finals he defeated Phil Baroni and Dan Henderson in a non-title bout. Misaki was eliminated in the semifinals by Paulo Filho, but Filho injured his knee during the contest and was unable to continue to the finals. Misaki was named as his replacement and defeated Denis Kang by split decision.

His last fight in PRIDE was a unanimous decision loss to Frank Trigg at PRIDE 33 on February 24, 2007. At the Yarennoka event on New Year's Eve 2007, he fought Yoshihiro Akiyama. The original result of the match was a knockout victory for Misaki, but Akiyama protested the finish.[3] The knockout kick came as Akiyama attempted to get back to his feet after being knocked down by Misaki.[3] Akiyama contested that one or more of his hands were on the mat at the time of the kick, which would make the kick illegal under Yarennoka! rules.[3] After reviewing video of the knockout, the Yarennoka executive committee agreed; the official result was then changed to "no contest."[3]

He went on to fight in World Victory Road's inaugural event "Sengoku", on March 5, 2008, where he defeated Siyar Bahadurzada.[4] and won by guillotine choke at 2:02 of the second round.

His next fight was at Sengoku 3 on June 8, 2008, where he beat Logan Clark by unanimous decision.

He then signed with Strikeforce in 2008, where he was scheduled to fight Joe Riggs but was forced to pull out due to injury.

Misaki then faced off against MWGP winner Jorge Santiago to determine WVR's first MW champion. Misaki was utilizing striking to keep Santiago at a distance, countering his kicks and punches. Misaki was dominating the fight until he got taken down and submitted in the final round.[5]

On November 8, 2009 Misaki announced he was leaving his long-time gym GRABAKA.

Misaki recently lost to K-1 fighter Melvin Manhoef via a controversial stoppage at Dynamite!! 2009. Misaki was dropped by a punch from Manhoef and the referee stopped the fight before Manhoef could follow him to the ground.

Strikeforce[edit]

In his Welterweight debut, Misaki faced Paul Daley at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey. He won the fight via split decision.

Retirement[edit]

After beating Paul Daley, Misaki retired from MMA competition.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Legal troubles[edit]

On March 19, 2009, Misaki was pulled over by a police officer for talking on his cellphone while driving, when pulling over Misaki attempted to flee the scene, knocking into the arresting officers' car. On June 26, the Tokyo District Court sentenced him to one year of prison, which has been suspended for three years.

Misaki fought and beat Kazuhiro Nakamura at Sengoku 9, however he did not receive pay, and went on immediate indefinite suspension after the fight.[7]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 25–11–2 (1) Paul Daley Decision (split) Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey March 3, 2012 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States Welterweight debut
Win 24–11–2 (1) Akira Shoji TKO (punches) DEEP 53 April 22, 2011 2 1:13 Tokyo, Japan
Win 23–11–2 (1) Mike Seal TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight December 30, 2010 1 1:15 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 22–11–2 (1) Jorge Santiago TKO (corner stoppage) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 14 August 22, 2010 5 4:30 Tokyo, Japan For Sengoku Middleweight Championship; Fight of the Year
Loss 22–10–2 (1) Melvin Manhoef TKO (punches) Dynamite!! 2009 December 31, 2009 1 1:49 Saitama, Japan
Win 22–9–2 (1) Kazuhiro Nakamura Technical Submission (guillotine choke) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 August 2, 2009 1 3:03 Saitama, Japan
Loss 21–9–2 (1) Jorge Santiago Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009 January 4, 2009 5 3:26 Saitama, Japan For Sengoku Middleweight Championship
Win 21–8–2 (1) Joe Riggs TKO (punches) Strikeforce: At The Mansion II September 20, 2009 2 2:29 Beverly Hills, California, United States
Win 20–8–2 (1) Logan Clark Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3 June 8, 2008 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 19–8–2 (1) Siyar Bahadurzada Submission (guillotine choke) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 1 March 5, 2008 2 2:02 Tokyo, Japan
NC 18–8–2 (1) Yoshihiro Akiyama No Contest Yarennoka December 31, 2007 1 7:48 Saitama, Japan Originally knockout win. Akiyama was hit with illegal soccer kick.
Loss 18–8–2 Frank Trigg Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 33 February 24, 2007 3 5:00 Nevada, United States
Win 18–7–2 Denis Kang Decision (split) PRIDE Bushido 13 November 5, 2006 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan Won PRIDE 2006 Welterweight G Prix; Replaced Filho.
Loss 17–7–2 Paulo Filho Submission (armbar) PRIDE Bushido 13 November 5, 2006 1 9:43 Yokohama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal
Win 17–6–2 Dan Henderson Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 12 August 26, 2006 2 5:00 Nagoya, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight G Prix Quarterfinal
Win 16–6–2 Phil Baroni Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 11 June 4, 2006 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round
Loss 15–6–2 Dan Henderson Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 10 April 2, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–5–2 Akira Shoji Technical Submission (guillotine choke) DEEP: 23 Impact February 5, 2006 1 2:32 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14–5–2 Daniel Acácio Decision (unanimous) Pride: Bushido 8 July 17, 2005 2 5:00 Nagoya, Japan
Win 14–4–2 Flavio Luiz Moura Submission (north/south choke) Pancrase: Spiral 2 March 6, 2005 2 2:13 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 13–4–2 Nate Marquardt Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Brave 10 November 7, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan For King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship
Win 13–3–2 Ed Herman Technical Submission (arm triangle choke) Pancrase: 2004 Neo-Blood Tournament Final July 25, 2004 2 3:31 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–3–2 Jorge Patino Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 3 May 23, 2004 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 11–3–2 Kiuma Kunioku TKO (cut) Pancrase: Brave 1 February 6, 2004 2 1:31 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 10–3–2 Jake Shields Draw Pancrase - Hybrid 10 November 30, 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 10–3–1 Ricardo Almeida Decision (majority) Pancrase - 10th Anniversary Show August 31, 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–2–1 Yuji Hisamatsu Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase - Hybrid 5 May 18, 2003 3 2:34 Yokohama, Japan
Draw 9–2–1 Yuji Hisamatsu Draw Pancrase - Hybrid 3 March 8, 2003 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–2 Joe D'Arce TKO (punches) Pancrase - Hybrid 1 January 26, 2003 2 4:51 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–2 Masaya Kojima Submission (armbar) Pancrase: Spirit 8 November 30, 2002 1 4:40 Yokohama, Japan
Win 7–2 Kousei Kubota Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: 2002 Anniversary Show September 29, 2002 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 6–2 Nate Marquardt TKO (broken arm) Pancrase: Spirit 3 March 25, 2002 1 0:29 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–1 Ryuki Ueyama Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Spirit 2 February 17, 2002 3 5:00 Umeda Stella Hall
Loss 5–1 Chris Lytle Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Proof 7 December 1, 2001 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 5–0 Takaku Fuke KO (punches) Pancrase: Proof 6 October 30, 2001 1 0:08 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–0 Hiroki Nagaoka Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase: 2001 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round July 29, 2001 2 1:21 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–0 Seiki Ryo Decision (split) Pancrase: 2001 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round July 29, 2001 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0 Hikaru Sato Submission (rear naked choke) Pancrase: 2001 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round July 29, 2001 1 4:08 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 Kenichi Serizawa Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: 2001 Neo-Blood Tournament Eliminations May 5, 2001 3 5:00 Japan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://jjfj.org/about/groups_list
  2. ^ http://www.diamondblog.jp/official/kazuo_misaki/2014/01/07/120850/
  3. ^ a b c d "Akiyama-Misaki Ruled No Contest". Sherdog.com. January 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  4. ^ "Champion vs. Champion at Sengoku". Sherdog.com. January 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  5. ^ "Sengoku 7 play by play". Sherdog.com. January 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Kazuo Misaki retires from MMA after highly respectable run". fighters.com. October 20, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Despite arrest, Kazuo Misaki still fighting at WVR2". mmajunkie.com. July 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 

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