Keita Nakamura

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Keita Nakamura
K-taro nakamura.jpg
Born (1984-05-22) 22 May 1984 (age 30)
Tokyo, Japan
Other names K-Taro
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 167 lb (76 kg; 11.9 st)
Division Welterweight
Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan
Team Wajitsu Keishukai GODS
Mixed martial arts record
Total 36
Wins 27
By knockout 5
By submission 14
By decision 8
Losses 6
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 4
Draws 2
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Keita Nakamura (中村 K太郎 Nakamura Keitarō?, born May 22, 1984) is a Japanese professional mixed martial artist and grappler. Nakamura is also a former UFC fighter, Sengoku Welterweight Champion and Shooto Pacific Rim Middleweight Champion. He is the winner of the World Victory Road Welterweight Grand Prix Tournament and took part in both the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship and the 2011 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship, making it to the second round and winning via points in both.

Mixed Martial Arts career[edit]

Nakamura lost by contentious split decision to Rob Emerson at UFC 81 on February 2, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1] Nakamura dropped Emerson with a big knee at the end of the first round after Emerson had outstruck him for much of the round up until that point. Emerson came back strong in the second round landing crisp combinations that left Nakamura's face a mess at the end of the round. Nakamura scored takedowns in the third round on a visibly tiring Emerson while also landing some strong knees but it was not enough to win the decision as the scores read 30-27, 28-29 and 30-27 in favor of Emerson. Nakamura was cut from the UFC following this loss.

After the fight, the 24-year-old Nakamura announced his retirement from MMA. Disappointed by his three UFC defeats, "K-Taro" also suffered from vision issues following the Emerson bout, due his opponent's toe impairing his vision after a high kick attempt.

Despite his claim that he would become a police officer, Nakamura's retirement lasted a mere three months.

Nakamura suffered a devastating loss to heavy underdog Korean fighter, Jang Yong Kim in his second post-retirement comeback fight. Since then, he has seen a resurgence, going 5-1 in his next six fights, including winning the Sengoku Welterweight Grand Prix with a submission victory over Yasubey Enomoto.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 27–6–2 (1) Keiichiro Yamamiya TKO (punches) Deep - 67 Impact June 22, 2014 1 4:13 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 26–6–2 (1) Frank Camacho Decision (unanimous) PXC - Pacific Xtreme Combat 42 February 28, 2014 3 5:00 Mangilao, Guam
NC 26–5–2 (1) Kwang Hee Lee No Contest Deep - 64th Impact[2] December 22, 2013 N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan
Win 26–5–2 Kota Shimoishi Submission (rear naked choke) Shooto - 3rd Round July 27, 2013 2 0:37 Tokyo, Japan
Win 25–5–2 Nobutatsu Suzuki Submission (rear naked choke) Vale Tudo Japan 2012 December 24, 2012 1 2:09 Tokyo, Japan
Win 24–5–2 Yuki Sasaki Decision (unanimous) Shooto - 5th Round May 18, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 23–5–2 Hoon Kim TKO (broken hand) LFC - Legend Fighting Championship 8 March 30, 2012 1 5:00 Chek Lap Kok, China
Win 22–5–2 Yoichiro Sato Decision (majority) Shooto - Survivor Tournament Final January 8, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 21–5–2 Akihiro Murayama Submission (rear naked choke) Shooto - Shootor's Legacy 4 September 23, 2011 1 2:30 Tokyo, Japan
Win 21–4–2 Yasubey Enomoto Submission (rear naked choke) World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight December 30, 2010 2 3:48 Tokyo, Japan SRC Welterweight Grand Prix Final. Won SRC Welterweight Championship
Win 20–4–2 Takuya Wada Submission (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 15 October 30, 2010 1 3:30 Tokyo, Japan SRC Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal
Win 19–4–2 Omar de la Cruz TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 13 June 20, 2010 2 3:53 Tokyo, Japan SRC Welterweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal
Win 18–4–2 Tomoyoshi Iwamiya Decision (majority) GCM: Cage Force 11 June 27, 2009 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 17–4–2 Jang Yong Kim TKO (punches) GCM: Cage Force EX Eastern Bound November 8, 2008 1 0:59 Tokyo, Japan
Win 17–3–2 Adriano Martins Decision (split) Dream.6 September 23, 2008 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 16–3–2 Rob Emerson Decision (split) UFC 81 February 2, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fought at Lightweight
Win 16–2–2 Takefumi Hanai TKO (knees) GCM: Cage Force EX Eastern Bound November 11, 2007 1 1:59 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 15–2–2 Drew Fickett Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 9 April 5, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–1–2 Brock Larson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 7 December 13, 2006 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States UFC Debut
Win 15–0–2 Djalili Salmanov Submission (rear naked choke) GCM: D.O.G. 7 September 9, 2006 1 3:50 Tokyo, Japan
Win 14–0–2 Ronald Jhun Technical Submission (rear naked choke) PIP: East vs. West July 21, 2006 1 3:55 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Won Shooto Pacific Rim Middleweight (167 lb) Championship
Win 13–0–2 Jun Yong Jae Submission (rear naked choke) MARS World Grand Prix April 29, 2006 1 1:58 Seoul, South Korea
Win 12–0–2 Yoshiyuki Yoshida Technical Decision (majority) Shooto: 12/17 in Shinjuku FACE December 17, 2005 2 4:06 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–0–2 Katsuaki Niioka Submission (rear naked choke) Shooto 2005: 11/6 in Korakuen Hall November 6, 2005 1 2:10 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–0–2 Mohamed Khacha Submission (rear naked choke) GCM: D.O.G. 3 September 17, 2005 1 3:34 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–0–2 Taro Minato Submission (rear naked choke) GCM: Demolition 22 August 28, 2005 1 4:03 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–0–2 Jun Kitagawa Decision (unanimous) Shooto June 3, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–0–2 Kentaro Maeda Decision (unanimous) Shooto February 6, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–0–2 Atsushi Inoue Submission (rear naked choke) GCM: Demolition 20 November 14, 2004 1 2:11 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 5–0–2 Kazunori Yokata Draw GCM: Demolition 18 September 19, 2004 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–0–1 Keisuke Sakai Submission (rear naked choke) Shooto July 16, 2004 1 2:20 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–0–1 Ichiro Kanai Decision (unanimous) GCM: Demolition 15 May 21, 2004 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–0–1 Daisuke Nakamura Decision (unanimous) GCM: Demolition 14 April 8, 2004 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 2–0–1 Ichiro Kanai Draw GCM: Demolition 12 December 27, 2003 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0 Kenta Omori Submission (triangle choke) Kingdom Ehrgeiz: Tokyo University Flight December 13, 2003 1 7:44 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 Tomohito Tanizaki TKO (punches) Kingdom Ehrgeiz: Tomorrow October 12, 2003 1 0:33 Tokyo, Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sloan, Mike (2008-02-03). "Nogueira captures UFC interim heavyweight belt". ESPN. Sherdog. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  2. ^ "Deep - 64 Impact Results". sherdog.com. December 22, 2013. 

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