Kuniyoshi Hironaka

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Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Born (1976-06-17) June 17, 1976 (age 38)
Yamaguchi, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Welterweight
Team Master Japan
Academia Az
Kickboxing record
Total 3
Wins 2
By knockout 2
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 32
Wins 23
By knockout 7
By submission 8
By decision 8
Losses 9
By knockout 6
By submission 1
By decision 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 15, 2013

Kuniyoshi Hironaka (弘中邦佳 Hironaka Kuniyoshi?, born June 17, 1976) is a Japanese mixed martial artist who competes in the Lightweight division. He has formerly competed for the UFC, Shooto, DREAM, and Pancrase.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hironaka made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2001 for the Shooto promotion and compiled a record of 10-2 with notable wins over Nick Diaz, Ryan Schultz, and Renato Verissimo before being signed by the UFC.[1]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Hironaka made his UFC debut at UFC 64 on October 14, 2006 against Jon Fitch. Hironaka lost via unanimous decision.

In his next appearance at UFC Fight Night 9, Hironaka defeated Forrest Petz via unanimous decision.

Hironaka then fought Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 11 and was defeated via TKO in the second round.

Hironaka faced Canadian Jonathan Goulet at UFC 83 and was defeated in the second round via TKO. Hironaka was then released from the promotion.

Post-UFC[edit]

In his first fight since his release from the UFC, Hironaka defeated Motoki Miyazawa at Dream 5 via TKO due to a cut. Hironaka then faced Hayato Sakurai at Dream 6 and was defeated via unanimous decision.

After the loss to Sakurai, Hironaka dropped down to the Lightweight division and won his next four consecutive fights, capturing the Cage Force Lightweight Championship after it had been vacated by Mizuto Hirota.[2]

After dropping two consecutive losses to Katsunori Kikuno and Satoru Kitaoka, respectively, Hironaka bounced back with two consecutive wins, warranting a title shot for the newly vacated Shooto World Lightweight Championship against Kotetsu Boku. Hironaka won via unanimous decision, and then defended his title against Giovani Diniz via first-round TKO.

Hironaka most recently fought at Pancrase: 257 on March 30, 2014 against Isao Kobayashi. Hironaka was defeated via TKO in the third round.

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 23–9 Dong Hyun Kim Submission (arm-triangle choke) Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 6th October 4, 2014 2 2:33 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 22–9 Isao Kobayashi TKO (punch and soccer kick) Pancrase: 257 March 30, 2014 3 3:58 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 22–8 Yoshihiro Koyama Submission (armbar) Shooto: 4th Round 2013 September 29, 2013 4 3:46 Tokyo, Japan
Win 21–8 Carlo Prater Decision (unanimous) Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 1st December 24, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 20–8 Giovani Diniz TKO (punches) Shooto: 5th Round May 18, 2012 1 4:05 Tokyo, Japan Defended Shooto World Lightweight Championship
Win 19–8 Kotetsu Boku Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Shootor's Legacy 3 July 18, 2011 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan Won Shooto World Lightweight Championship
Win 18–8 Takashi Nakakura Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Shooto Tradition 2011 April 29, 2011 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 17–8 Kiyonobu Nishikata Submission (rear-naked choke) GCM: Demolition West in Yamaguchi 2 November 21, 2010 1 1:52 Osaka, Japan
Loss 16–8 Satoru Kitaoka Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase: Passion Tour 9 October 3, 2010 2 4:22 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 16–7 Katsunori Kikuno KO (punch) DREAM.13 Mar 22, 2010 1 1:26 Yokohama, Japan
Win 16–6 Won Sik Park TKO (corner stoppage) Dream 12 October 25, 2009 1 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 15–6 Yoshihiro Koyama TKO (punches) Cage Force September 12, 2009 1 4:27 Tokyo, Japan Won Cage Force Lightweight Championship
Win 14–6 Katsuhiko Nagata TKO (punches) Cage Force June 27, 2009 1 3:41 Tokyo, Japan
Win 13–6 Naoyuki Kotani Submission (reverse full-nelson) ZST May 24, 2009 2 2:43 Tokyo, Japan Drops to Lightweight
Loss 12–6 Hayato Sakurai Decision (unanimous) Dream 6 September 23, 2008 2 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 12–5 Motoki Miyazawa TKO (cut) Dream 5 July 21, 2008 1 8:57 Osaka, Japan
Loss 11–5 Jonathan Goulet TKO (punches) UFC 83 April 19, 2008 2 2:07 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Fight of the Night
Loss 11–4 Thiago Alves TKO (strikes) UFC Fight Night 11 September 19, 2007 2 4:04 Nevada, United States
Win 11–3 Forrest Petz Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 9 April 5, 2007 3 5:00 Nevada, United States
Loss 10–3 Jon Fitch Decision (unanimous) UFC 64: Unstoppable October 14, 2006 3 5:00 Nevada, United States
Win 10–2 Renato Verissimo TKO (strikes) ROTR 9: Rumble on the Rock 9 April 21, 2006 2 3:03 Hawaii, United States
Win 9–2 Ryan Schultz Submission (armbar) MARS: MARS February 4, 2006 2 1:40 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–2 Takuya Wada Submission (triangle choke) GCM: D.O.G. 4 December 11, 2005 1 4:29 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7–2 Shinya Aoki TKO (cut) Shooto 2005: 11/6 in Korakuen Hall November 6, 2005 1 2:10 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–1 Ramunas Komas Decision Shooto Lithuania: Bushido November 20, 2004 N/A Lithuania
Win 6–1 Mark Moreno Submission (neck crank) SB 29: SuperBrawl 29 May 9, 2003 1 2:50 Hawaii, United States
Win 5–1 Nick Diaz Decision (split) Shooto: Year End Show 2002 December 14, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–1 Yasuyuki Tokuoka Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Treasure Hunt 11 November 15, 2002 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–1 Yuji Kusu TKO (swollen eye) Shooto: Gig East 10 August 27, 2002 2 3:47 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 2–1 Hirofumi Hara TKO (punches) Shooto: Treasure Hunt 9 May 28, 2002 1 4:34 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0 Toru Nakayama Submission (triangle choke) Shooto: Treasure Hunt 4 March 13, 2002 1 3:10 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 Takayuki Okochi Decision (unanimous) Shooto: GIG East 6 October 23, 2001 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ufc.com/fighter/Kuniyoshi-Hironaka?id=
  2. ^ http://www.tapology.com/fightcenter/fighters/kuniyoshi-hironaka

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