Naoyuki Kotani

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Naoyuki Kotani
Born (1981-12-08) December 8, 1981 (age 32)
Yokosuka, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)
Division Lightweight
Team Rodeo Style
Mixed martial arts record
Total 51
Wins 33
By knockout 5
By submission 25
By decision 3
Losses 11
By knockout 6
By submission 1
By decision 4
Draws 7
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Naoyuki Kotani (born December 8, 1981) is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC's Lightweight division. He has also formerly competed in PRIDE, Pancrase, and RINGS.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kotani made his professional MMA debut in September 2000 for the RINGS promotion. He was unbeaten for the first three years of his career, earning a record of 13-0-2.

From 2004 to 2005, Kotani suffered a rough patch in his career as he went 3-5-1 against several UFC fighters including Roger Huerta, Yves Edwards, Marcus Aurélio and Rich Clementi.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Kotani was signed by the UFC in 2007. In his debut, he faced Thiago Tavares at UFC Fight Night: Stevenson vs Guillard on April 5, 2007. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

For his second fight with the promotion, Kotani faced Dennis Siver at UFC 75 on September 8, 2007. He lost the fight via knockout in the second round. Following this loss, Kotani was released by the promotion.

Post-UFC[edit]

Following his release, Kotani encountered another rough streak as he went 3-3-3 from November 2007 until April 2010. However, beginning in September 2010, Kotani started an undefeated streak of 13-0 over the next three and a half years in his native Japan.

UFC return[edit]

In May 2014, it was announced that Kotani had re-signed with the UFC. He made his return against Norman Parke on July 19, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46.[2] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 33–11–7 Norman Parke TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao 19 July 2014 2 3:41 Dublin, Ireland
Win 33–10–7 Yoshihiro Koyama Decision (unanimous) Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 4th February 23, 2014 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 32–10–7 Daisuke Hoshino Submission (armbar) Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 3rd October 5, 2013 1 3:57 Tokyo, Japan
Win 31–10–7 Vitali Krat Submission (armbar) Rings: The Outsider June 9, 2013 1 2:47 Yokohama, Japan
Win 30–10–7 Jung Min Kang Submission (rear-naked choke) ZST.35 April 7, 2013 1 2:45 Tokyo, Japan
Win 29–10–7 Koji Mori Submission (kneebar) ZST.33: 10th Anniversary November 23, 2012 1 1:40 Tokyo, Japan
Win 28–10–7 Shinichi Taira Decision (unanimous) ZST.33: 10th Anniversary November 23, 2012 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 27–10–7 Darius Minkevicius Submission (kimura) ZST.32 September 17, 2012 1 2:42 Tokyo, Japan
Win 26–10–7 Ryuki Ueyama TKO (punches) Rings: Reincarnation March 9, 2012 1 2:32 Tokyo, Japan
Win 25–10–7 Daisuke Hanazawa TKO (punches) Pancrase: Impressive Tour 9 January 22, 2012 2 4:03 Tokyo, Japan
Win 24–10–7 Katsuya Inoue Submission (armbar) Pancrase: Impressive Tour 9 September 4, 2011 1 1:44 Tokyo, Japan
Win 23–10–7 Ryo Asami TKO (doctor stoppage) Rings: The Outsider 17 July 7, 2011 1 1:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 22–10–7 Keigo Hirayama Submission (guillotine choke) ZST.27 February 6, 2011 1 1:44 Tokyo, Japan
Win 21–10–7 Eriya Matsuda Submission (heel hook) ZST.25 September 26, 2010 1 1:04 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 20–10–7 Jorge Masvidal Decision (split) Astra April 25, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 20–9–7 Kenichi Ito Draw ZST.23 February 20, 2010 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 20–9–6 Daisuke Nakamura Submission (leg scissor choke) ZST.22 November 23, 2009 1 1:37 Tokyo, Japan
Win 19–9–6 Yojiro Uchimura Submission (achilles lock) ZST.21 September 21, 2009 1 1:25 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 18–9–6 Kuniyoshi Hironaka Submission (reverse full-nelson) ZST.20 May 24, 2009 2 2:43 Tokyo, Japan
Win 18–8–6 Katsuhiko Nagata Submission (heel hook) ZST.18: Sixth Anniversary November 23, 2008 2 4:38 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 17–8–6 Koji Oishi Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Shining 8 October 1, 2008 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 17–7–6 Masanori Kanehara Draw ZST.15: Fifth Anniversary November 23, 2007 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 17–7–5 Dennis Siver KO (punch) UFC 75 September 8, 2007 2 2:04 London, England
Loss 17–6–5 Thiago Tavares Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Stevenson vs. Guillard April 5, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–5–5 Masayuki Okude Submission (armbar) ZST.12 February 12, 2007 1 0:58 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 16–5–5 Erikas Petraitis Draw ZST.11 November 23, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 16–5–4 Shinya Sato Submission (armbar) ZST: GT-F2 May 27, 2006 1 2:09 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 15–5–4 Darius Skliaudys Draw ZST.9 February 18, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–5–3 Vito Woods Submission (armbar) Xtreme Fighting Organization 8 December 10, 2005 1 1:23 Illinois, United States
Loss 14–5–3 Luiz Azeredo KO (punch) PRIDE Bushido 9 September 25, 2005 1 0:11 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 14–4–3 Darius Skliaudys Draw ZST Grand Prix 2: Final Round January 23, 2005 3 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14–4–2 Roger Huerta TKO (punches) Xtreme Fighting Organization 4 December 3, 2004 1 1:29 Illinois, United States
Loss 14–3–2 Yves Edwards TKO (head kick & punches) Euphoria: Road to the Titles October 15, 2004 1 3:10 New Jersey, United States
Win 14–2–2 Hideo Tokoro Submission (heel hook) ZST.6 September 12, 2004 1 1:44 Tokyo, Japan
Win 13–2–2 Remigijus Morkevicius Submission (armbar) ZST: Battle Hazard 1 July 4, 2004 1 2:07 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 12–2–2 Marcus Aurélio TKO (doctor stoppage) ZST.5 May 5, 2004 2 3:34 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 12–1–2 Rich Clementi Decision (unanimous) ZST Grand Prix: Final Round January 11, 2004 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–0–2 Mindaugas Smirnovas Submission (armbar) ZST Grand Prix: Opening Round November 23, 2003 1 0:41 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–0–2 Mindaugas Smirnovas Technical Submission (heel hook) ZST 4: The Battle Field 4 September 7, 2003 1 1:36 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 10–0–2 Mindaugas Smirnovas Draw Rings Lithuania: Bushido Rings 7: Adrenalinas April 5, 2003 3 3:00 Lithuania
Win 10–0–1 Antoine Skinner Submission (toe hold) ZST 2: The Battle Field 2 March 9, 2003 1 1:35 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–0–1 Mindaugas Laurinaitis Technical Submission (triangle choke) ZST 1: The Battle Field 1 November 23, 2002 1 2:16 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–0–1 Kenichi Serizawa TKO (punches) GCM: Demolition 1 September 8, 2002 1 0:20 Japan
Win 7–0–1 Masaya Takita Submission (triangle armbar) GCM: ORG 3rd June 16, 2002 1 2:32 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–0–1 Yoshinobu Ota Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Rings: World Title Series Grand Final February 15, 2002 1 1:41 Yokohama, Japan
Win 5–0–1 Takahito Iida Submission (armbar) Rings: World Title Series 5 December 21, 2001 1 3:02 Yokohama, Japan
Win 4–0–1 Hideo Tokoro Decision (majority) Rings: Battle Genesis Vol. 8 September 21, 2001 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 3–0–1 Jiro Wakabayashi Draw Rings: World Title Series 1 April 20, 2001 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–0 Curtis Brigham Submission (kimura) Rings USA: Battle of Champions March 17, 2001 2 1:59 Iowa, United States
Win 2–0 Tashiro Nishiuchi Submission (armbar) Rings: Battle Genesis Vol. 6 September 5, 2000 1 0:32 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 Kiyohito Sugata TKO (doctor stoppage) Rings: Battle Genesis Vol. 6 September 5, 2000 1 0:42 Tokyo, Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/f/E6D05A4E6DC88892/Naoyuki-Kotani/
  2. ^ B Wylie (2014-05-22). "Naoyuki Kotani returns, faces Norman Parke at UFC Fight Night 46 in Dublin". fightsportasia.com. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 

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