Michihiro Omigawa

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Michihiro Omigawa
Born (1975-12-19) December 19, 1975 (age 38)
Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Other names Michi[1]
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 143 lb (65 kg; 10.2 st)
Division Featherweight
Lightweight
Reach 68 in (170 cm)
Style Judo
Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan
Team Yoshida Dojo
Rank Third dan black belt in Judo
Kickboxing record
Total 3
Wins 2
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 28
Wins 13
By knockout 4
By submission 2
By decision 7
Losses 14
By knockout 2
By decision 12
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: November 15, 2013
Michihiro Omigawa
Medal record
Competitor for  Japan
Men's Judo
Asian Games
Bronze 2002 Busan -66 kg
Asian Championships
Silver 2001 Ulaanbaatar -66 kg
Universiade
Gold 1999 Palma de Mallorca -66 kg

Michihiro Omigawa (小見川道大 Omigawa Michihiro?, born December 19, 1975) is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division. Omigawa has competed in the UFC, PRIDE, Cage Rage, World Victory Road, DREAM, DEEP, and Shooto.

Background[edit]

Omigawa is from Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and began training in judo when he was in elementary school. He attended Tsuchiuranichidai High School with fellow mixed martial artists Hayato Sakurai and Kazuyuki Miyata. Omigawa's grandfather, who he was named after, died the day before his graduation. Omigawa attended the International Budo University in the Chiba Prefecture of Japan.[2]

Omigawa has won various judo tournaments and medals during his career. He received the silver medal at the 2001 Asian Judo Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and obtained a bronze medal at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea all for the 66 kg weight class division.[2]

Early mixed martial arts career[edit]

Omigawa made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2005 against future UFC veteran Aaron Riley at PRIDE Bushido 7. Omigawa and Riley traded punches before Omigawa was knocked out by a head kick six minutes into the first round. Omigawa then fought for the British Cage Rage organization against future two-time K-1 HERO'S Middleweight Champion Gesias Calvacante. He again lost this fight by knockout, this time from an overhand right. These are, to this date, the only times Omigawa has ever been "finished" in his fights.

After a majority decision loss to Kazunori Yokota brought Omigawa's record to 1-4, he then strung together three consecutive wins in the DEEP organization, before making his UFC debut at UFC 76 against Matt Wiman. He lost this fight via unanimous decision. Omigawa then fought again for the UFC at UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman against Thiago Tavares and lost again via unanimous decision.

After cutting down to the Featherweight division, Omigawa's recognition and career began to take off. Though he lost his division debut against future WEC and UFC veteran Jung Chan-Sung, Omigawa made a resurgence when he entered the Sengoku Featherweight Grand Prix tournament promoted by World Victory Road. As a heavy underdog he defeated the likes of LC Davis via unanimous decision and Nam Phan via TKO. In the semi-final he faced then-undefeated Pancrase Featherweight Champion and future Sengoku Featherweight Champion Marlon Sandro. This fight was originally ruled as a majority draw before Omigawa was awarded the victory by split decision. This brought Omigawa to the final of the tournament against Masanori Kanehara (the semi-finalist loser) who stood in for Hatsu Hioki as Hioki could not continue to compete. Omigawa lost by a close split decision against Kanehara but in return earned him the recognition as a strong Featherweight.

After the tournament Omigawa continued to earn a spot as a world top five Featherweight, defeating the likes of Hatsu Hioki via a controversial split decision, Hiroyuki Takaya via TKO at Dynamite!! 2009, Micah Miller, and Cole Escovedo via armbar.

Return to the UFC[edit]

The 12-8-1 Omigawa re-signed with the UFC in the Featherweight division and he faced then-undefeated Chad Mendes on February 5, 2011 at UFC 126.[3][4] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Omigawa was defeated by Darren Elkins via unanimous decision on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131.[5] The decision was considered controversial, and despite the loss, UFC president Dana White stated on his Twitter account that both fighters would be paid a win bonus.[6]

Omigawa faced British fighter Jason Young on November 5, 2011 at UFC 138[7] and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Omigawa next faced former Jungle Fight Lightweight Champion Yuri Alcântara on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142.[8] Omigawa lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Omigawa fought fellow judoka Manny Gamburyan on August 4, 2012 at UFC on FOX 4.[9] He lost via unanimous decision. After back to back losses in the UFC, Omigawa was released from the promotion yet again.[10]

Post-UFC[edit]

Omigawa fought at DREAM 18 against Tatsuya Kawajiri on New Year's Eve 2012. Omigawa lost via unanimous decision. The loss puts Omigawa at 1-6 in his last seven fights, all of which have went to a decision.

Road FC[edit]

In May of 2013, it was announced that Omigawa had signed with Korea's ROAD FC and would debut against fellow judo practitioner, Bae Young Kwon at Road FC 12. After a back and forth fight, Omigawa lost a controversial decision.

Shootboxing[edit]

Bringing his boxing and judo skills to the kickboxing/grappling hybrid sport of shootboxing, Omigawa entered the 2013 -65kg S-Cup held at Shoot Boxing Battle Summit Ground Zero Tokyo 2013 in Tokyo, Japan on November 15, 2013. After defeating Yuki Hiroshi Kimaya by unanimous decision in the quarter-finals, he then faced fellow mixed martial artist "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura in the semis. The fight was ruled a majority draw after the regulation three rounds and so went to an extension round to produce a winner, after which Omigawa was given the nod by all three judges. In the tournament final, he fell victim to a flying knee from Hiroaki Suzuki, losing by knockout in round two.[11][12]

Championships and Accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

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
Loss 13–14–1 Bae Young Kwon Decision (unanimous) Road FC - Road Fighting Championship 12 June 22, 2013 2 5:00 Gwandong, South Korea
Loss 13–13–1 Tatsuya Kawajiri Decision (unanimous) DREAM 18 December 31, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 13–12–1 Manny Gamburyan Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera August 4, 2012 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 13–11–1 Yuri Alcântara Decision (unanimous) UFC 142 January 14, 2012 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 13–10–1 Jason Young Decision (unanimous) UFC 138 November 5, 2011 3 5:00 Birmingham, England
Loss 12–10–1 Darren Elkins Decision (unanimous) UFC 131 June 11, 2011 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Loss 12–9–1 Chad Mendes Decision (unanimous) UFC 126 February 5, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–8–1 Cole Escovedo Submission (inverted armbar) DREAM 16 September 25, 2010 1 2:30 Nagoya, Japan
Win 11–8–1 Young Sam Jung Submission (guillotine choke) DREAM 15 July 7, 2010 1 7:31 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 10–8–1 Micah Miller Decision (unanimous) Astra: Yoshida's Farewell April 25, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–8–1 Hiroyuki Takaya TKO (punches) Dynamite!! 2009 December 31, 2009 1 2:54 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 8–8–1 Hatsu Hioki Decision (split) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11 November 6, 2009 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7–8–1 Masanori Kanehara Decision (split) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 August 2, 2009 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Sengoku Featherweight Grandprix Final, Hioki was unable to compete in finals
Win 7–7–1 Marlon Sandro Decision (split) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 August 2, 2009 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Sengoku Featherweight Grandprix Semifinal; originally a majority draw.
Win 6–7–1 Nam Phan TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8 May 2, 2009 1 4:52 Tokyo, Japan Sengoku Featherweight Grandprix Second Round
Win 5–7–1 LC Davis Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 7 March 30, 2009 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Sengoku Featherweight Grandprix Opening Round
Draw 4–7–1 Shintaro Ishiwatari Draw Shooto Tradition 5 January 18, 2009 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Featherweight debut
Loss 4–7 Jung Chan-Sung Decision (unanimous) DEEP: Gladiator August 16, 2008 2 5:00 Okayama, Japan
Loss 4–6 Thiago Tavares Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman January 23, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 4–5 Matt Wiman Decision (unanimous) UFC 76 September 22, 2007 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 4–4 Naoki Matsushita TKO (punches) DEEP: 29 Impact April 13, 2007 2 1:17 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–4 Woo Jin Eoh TKO (punch) DEEP: 28 Impact February 16, 2007 1 4:25 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–4 Takaaki Aoki Decision (unanimous) DEEP: clubDEEP Tokyo: Future King Tournament 2006 December 9, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–4 Kazunori Yokota Decision (majority) DEEP: 26 Impact October 10, 2006 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–3 Yoshihiro Tomioka Decision (unanimous) DEEP: clubDEEP Toyama: Barbarian Festival 4 June 18, 2006 3 5:00 Toyama, Toyama, Japan
Win 1–2 Jason Chambers Decision (split) ICON Sport: Lawler vs. Niko 2 February 25, 2006 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 0–2 Gesias Cavalcante KO (punches) Cage Rage 14 December 3, 2005 1 0:49 London, England
Loss 0–1 Aaron Riley KO (head kick) PRIDE Bushido 7 May 22, 2005 1 6:00 Tokyo, Japan

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