December 8, 1974 |
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||81 kg (179 lb; 12.8 st)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Competitor for Japan|
|Gold||2000 Sydney||-81 kg|
|Gold||1995 New Delhi||-78 kg|
|Bronze||2000 Osaka||-81 kg|
|East Asian Games|
|Bronze||1997 Busan||-78 kg|
Makoto Takimoto (瀧本 誠 Takimoto Makoto?, born December 8, 1974) is a retired Japanese judoka and mixed martial artist. He won a gold medal at the Half Middleweight category of the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Takimoto was relatively unknown entering the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia with his biggest victory before 2000 coming in the 1995 Asian Games. He recorded a Seoi-nage and two Yukos in the gold medal match vs. In-Chul Cho. Throughout his career, Takimoto defeated many notable judoka, including Olympic medalists Djamel Bouras, Bertrand Damaisin and Flávio Canto.
Mixed martial arts career
Takimoto began to consider a career in MMA after attending Pride 28 on Oct. 31, 2004 and seeing his friends and fellow judoka have success in the sport.  He announced on Dec. 7, 2004 that he would made his debut at Pride Shockwave 2004 against any fighter at any weight, as long as it was a "non-judo fighter." He got his wish and made his debut vs. former Sumo Maegashira Henry Miller, winning via unanimous decision. He outlanded Miller almost 2-to-1 in significant strikes and took him down twice despite being significantly outweighted. He fought for Pride six times in his career, posting a 3-3 record with the organization. His victories came against the aformentioned Miller, fellow judoka Dong-Sik Yoon and Taekwondo expert Zelg Galešić.
After Pride was disbanded in 2007, Takimoto earned the biggest victory of his MMA career, a split decision win over former UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante at Yarennoka on Dec. 31, 2007. He then joined the Sengoku Raiden Championship and fought four times with the organization. Takimoto was expected to participate in ASTRA, the farewell event for Hidehiko Yoshida on April 25, 2010. However, he pulled out of the event and announced his retirement alongside Yoshida. 
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||6 wins||5 losses|
|Win||6-5||Jae Sun Lee||Decision (unanimous)||Sengoku 10||September 23, 2009||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||5-5||Michael Costa||Submission (heel hook)||Sengoku 8||May 2, 2009||1||3:31||Tokyo, Japan||Welterweight debut|
|Loss||4-5||Frank Trigg||Decision (unanimous)||Sengoku 4||August 24, 2008||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||4-4||Evangelista Santos||Submission (achilles lock)||Sengoku 1||March 5, 2008||1||4:51||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4-3||Murilo Bustamante||Decision (split)||Yarennoka!||December 31, 2007||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||3-3||Zelg Galešić||Submission (kimura)||Pride 34||April 8, 2007||1||5:40||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||2-3||Gegard Mousasi||TKO (broken eye socket)||Pride Bushido 11||June 4, 2006||1||5:34||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||2-2||Sanae Kikuta||Decision (unanimous)||Pride Shockwave 2005||December 31, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||2-1||Dong-Sik Yoon||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 30||October 23, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||1-1||Kiyoshi Tamura||Decision (unanimous)||Pride Critical Countdown 2005||June 26, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||1-0||Henry Miller||Decision (unanimous)||Pride Shockwave 2004||December 31, 2004||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
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- "Head-to-head Judo matches for Makoto Takimoto". Judo Insider. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
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- "Makoto Takimoto vs. Henry Miller". Fight Metric. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
- "Makoto Takimoto bio". Pride FC. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
- "Yoshida's retirement bout to headline Astra event". Sherdog. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
- "Hidehiko Yoshida and Makoto Takimoto enter retirement following ASTRA event". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2013-01-29.