List of Shooto champions

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The following is a list of Shooto World champions at each weight class.

Title Histories[edit]

Strawweight Championship[edit]

52.0 kilograms (114.6 lb) and below
Name: Date: Defenses:
Thailand Rambaa Somdet
(def. Noboru Tahara)
November 23, 2009
Title vacated April 16, 2011 Shooto announced Somdet was vacating his title do to a partially torn left biceps.[1]
Japan Junji Ikoma
(def. Junji Ito)
April 29, 2011
Japan Mikihito Yamagami November 5, 2011

Flyweight Championship[edit]

52.0 to 56.0 kilograms (114.6 to 123.5 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Japan Mamoru Yamaguchi
(def. Yasuhiro Urushitani)
December 14, 2003
Japan Shinichi Kojima October 14, 2006
Title vacated March 1, 2010 Kojima suffered an ACL injury in his right knee which prevented him from defending his title in the mandatory time period per Shooto regulations.
Japan Yasuhiro Urushitani
(def. Ryuichi Miki)
May 30, 2010
Title vacated December 10, 2011 Urushitani vacated the title to compete in the UFC.

Bantamweight Championship[edit]

56.0 to 60.0 kilograms (123.5 to 132.3 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Japan Mamoru Yamaguchi
(def. Jin Akimoto)
December 17, 2000
Japan Masahiro Oishi November 25, 2001
  • draw. Hisao Ikeda on September 16, 2002
Japan Ryota Matsune August 10, 2003
  • def. Kentaro Imaizumi on November 12, 2004
Title vacated February 2006 Matsune suffered a knee injury which prevented him from defending his title in the mandatory time period per Shooto regulations.
Japan Akitoshi Hokazono
(def. Kenji Osawa)
July 21, 2006
Title vacated January 2008 Hokazono announced his retirement January 26, 2008 and thus relinquished the title.
Japan Masakatsu Ueda
(def. Koetsu Okazaki)
March 28, 2008
Japan Shuichiro Katsumura March 22, 2010
Japan Koetsu Okazaki April 29, 2011
Japan Hiromasa Ogikubo May 18, 2012
Japan Kyoji Horiguchi March 16, 2013

Featherweight Championship[edit]

60.0 to 65.0 kilograms (132.3 to 143.3 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Japan Kenichi Tanaka
(def. Kazuhiro Sakamoto)
September 8, 1990
Japan Kazuhiro Sakamoto May 31, 1991
  • def. Hiroyuki Kanno on October 17, 1991
Japan Noboru Asahi March 27, 1992
  • draw. Kenichi Tanaka on July 23, 1992
  • draw. Uchu Tatsumi on March 28, 1999
Brazil Alexandre Franca Nogueira September 5, 1999
  • def. Uchu Tatsumi on August 27, 2000
  • def. Tetsuo Katsuta on September 2, 2001
  • def. Katsuya Toida on December 16, 2001
  • def. Hiroyuki Abe on December 14, 2002
  • draw. Stephen Palling on August 10, 2003
  • def. Joao Roque on March 11, 2005
Title vacated May 7, 2006 Nogueira suffered a knee injury which prevented him from defending his title in the mandatory time period per Shooto regulations.
Japan Takeshi Inoue
(def. Antonio Carvalho)
May 12, 2006
Japan Akitoshi Tamura May 18, 2007
Japan Hideki Kadowaki March 28, 2008
Japan Takeshi Inoue November 29, 2008
Japan Hatsu Hioki May 30, 2010
Title vacated May 31, 2011 Hioki vacated the title to compete in the UFC.

Lightweight Championship[edit]

65.0 to 70.0 kilograms (143.3 to 154.3 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Japan Yuichi Watanabe
(def. Kazuhiro Kusayanagi)
March 29, 1991
Title vacated unknown Watanabe vacated the title for unknown reasons.
Japan Tomonori Ohara
(def. Yoshimasa Ishikawa)
October 17, 1991
  • def. Yomohiro Tanaka on September 25, 1992
Title vacated unknown Ohara vacated the title for retirement.
Japan Yuki Nakai
(def. Kazuhiro Kusayanagi)
November 7, 1994
Title vacated unknown Nakai suffered an eye injury which forced him into retirement.
Japan Caol Uno
(def. Rumina Sato)
May 29, 1999
Title vacated December 17, 2000 Caol Uno vacated the belt to compete in the UFC.
Japan Takanori Gomi
(def. Rumina Sato)
December 16, 2001
Norway Joachim Hansen August 10, 2003
Brazil Vitor Ribeiro December 14, 2003
Japan Tatsuya Kawajiri December 14, 2004
Title vacated January 23, 2007 Kawajiri suffered a hand injury which prevented him from defending his title in the mandatory time period per Shooto regulations.
Japan Takashi Nakakura
(def. Ganjo Tentsuku)
May 3, 2008
Title vacated September 21, 2009 Nakakura vacated the title due to feeling he wasn't ready to properly defend it after losing a non title fight to Takanori Gomi
Brazil Willamy Freire
(def. Kenichiro Togashi)
October 30, 2009
  • def. Yusuke Endo on May 30, 2010
Title vacated May 30, 2010 Freire vacated the title to compete in the UFC.[2]
Japan Kuniyoshi Hironaka
(def. Kotetsu Boku)
July 18, 2011
  • def. Giovani Diniz on May 18, 2012

Welterweight Championship[edit]

70.0 to 76.0 kilograms (154.3 to 167.6 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Japan Yasuto Sekishima
(def. Yoshimasa Ishikawa)
May 12, 1990
  • draw. Naoki Sakurada on November 28, 1990
Japan Yoshimasa Ishikawa August 3, 1991
Title vacated unknown Ishikawa vacated the title to compete in the Welterweight Division.
Japan Naoki Sakurada
(def. Yasuto Sekishima)
October 17, 1991
  • def. Kazuhiro Kusayanagi on September 25, 1992
Title vacated January 18, 1997 Sakurada retired thus vacating the title.
United States Jake Shields
(def. Ray Cooper)
July 9, 2004
Japan Akira Kikuchi December 14, 2004
Japan Shinya Aoki February 17, 2006
Title vacated May 21, 2010 After years of not defending the title, fighting for other promotions, and fighting primarily at Lightweight, Aoki relinquished the belt.
Brazil Luis Ramos
(def. Igor Fernandes)
August 6, 2010
Title vacated August 9, 2011 Title vacated after Ramos signed with the UFC

Middleweight Championship[edit]

76.0 to 83.0 kilograms (167.6 to 183.0 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Japan Kenji Kawaguchi
(def. Manabu Yamada)
May 31, 1991
Japan Hayato Sakurai May 13, 1998
Brazil Anderson Silva August 26, 2001
Title vacated January 9, 2002 Title vacated after Silva signed with the PRIDE
Japan Masanori Suda
(def. Lance Gibson)
January 12, 2002
  • def. Egan Inoue on May 9, 2003
  • draw. Dustin Denes on July 9, 2004
Title vacated February 26, 2006 Suda vacated the title and retired.
Japan Shiko Yamashita
(def. Dustin Denes)
April 22, 2006
Afghanistan Siyar Bahadurzada July 15, 2007
  • def. Leandro Silva on August 27, 2009
  • def. Carlos Alexandre Pereira on August 6, 2010
Title vacated September 30, 2011 Bahadurzada vacated the title to compete in the UFC.

Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

91.0 to 100.0 kilograms (200.6 to 220.5 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
United States Enson Inoue
(def. Joe Estes)
October 12, 1997
Title vacated 2000 Inoue vacated the title and left shooto. Since then Shooto has disregarded the Heavyweight division.

By nationality[edit]

The following include championship title holders by nationality.

Country Titles
 Japan 39
 Brazil 5
 United States 2
 Afghanistan 1
 Thailand 1
 Norway 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Chris (2011-04-16). "Hioki Joins April 29 Shooto Card; ‘M-16’ Vacates Title". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  2. ^ Butterfield, Jon (2011-01-14). "411 Fighter Profile 01.14.11: Willamy Freire". 411Mania.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 

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