Ryūshi Yanagisawa

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Ryūshi Yanagisawa
Born Atsushi Yanagisawa
(1972-06-22) June 22, 1972 (age 41)
Aomori, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Style Kickboxing
Fighting out of Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan[1]
Team Team Dragon
Years active 1993 - 2001, 2004, 2009
Kickboxing record
Total 9
Wins 2
By knockout 2
Losses 6
By knockout 3
Draws 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 58
Wins 24
By knockout 4
By submission 15
By decision 5
Losses 25
By knockout 6
By submission 5
By decision 14
Draws 9
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ryūshi Yanagisawa (柳澤 龍志; born June 22, 1972) is a Japanese professional wrestler, mixed martial artist and kickboxer. His real name is Atsushi Yanagisawa (柳澤 敦史). As a martial artist, he competed in K-1, Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling and Fighting Network RINGS. As a professional wrestler he competed in New Japan Pro Wrestling and Inoki Genome Federation.[2]

Career[edit]

Mixed martial arts (1993-2001, 2004, 2009)[edit]

Yanagisawa joined Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling upon the formation of the company in 1993. He lost his first two fights to future legends Bas Rutten and Masakatsu Funaki. He then went on a four fight winning streak including a win over Vernon White but his win streak ended when he lost to another future MMA legend: Ken Shamrock. After the Shamrock fight, Yanagisawa entered Pancrase's 1995 Neo Blood Tournament where he made it to the finals before losing to Takafumi Ito.[3] Following the loss, Yanagisawa would go winless for his next 5 fights including a draw with Guy Mezger, a loss to Frank Shamrock, and losses in rematches to Rutten and Funaki. Yanagisawa would snap his losing streak at Pancrase - Truth 3 in a victory over Larry Papadopoulos by submission but would then lose a rematch to Mezger. After that, Yanagisawa would go a three fight winning streak including victories over Vernon White by submission and a decision victory over UFC 6 tournament winner: Oleg Taktarov. After another loss to Mezger, Yanagisawa went on an 11 unbeaten streak including wins over future K-1 legend: Semmy Schilt and UFC 7 tournament runner-up: Paul Varelans before he lost once again to Mezger. On September 14, 1998, Yanaigisawa challenged Guy Mezger for the King of Pancrase Openweight Championship but lost by Decision. After one more victory, Yanagisawa would go winless for his last 9 fights in Pancrase (including a loss to future UFC Middleweight Champion: Evan Tanner) before leaving Pancrase in early 2000.

In late 2000, Yanagisawa joined Fighting Network RINGS. On October 9, 2000, Yanagisawa entered RINGS' King of Kings tournament where he defeated Borislav Jeliazkov in the first round but lost to former UFC Heavyweight Champion: Randy Couture in the quarterfinals. Yanagisawa would go 1-2 in his next fights including losses to Bobby Hoffman and Fedor Emelianenko before leaving RINGS and MMA in late 2001.

In 2004, Yanagisawa returned to fighting at Pancrase - Brave 10 where he lost to Ryuta Noji by Decision. In 2009, Yanagisawa fought two more fights for DEEP but lost both fights.

Professional wrestling (1992, 2002-2007)[edit]

Yanagisawa debuted in wrestling in 1992 originally competing for Pro Wrestling Fujiwawa Gumi[4] but made no impact on the promotion. By 1993, Yanagisawa left the promotion, following Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki to Pancrase.

Ten years after debuting in wrestling, Yanagisawa returned to the sport when he joined New Japan Pro Wrestling. He originally debuted on August 8, 2002 under a mask as he attacked Masahiro Chono.[5] After unmasking, he joined Tadao Yasuda's Makai Club stable which feuded with New Japan. In November 2002, Yangisawa teamed with Yasuda and Makai #1 in the Triathlon Survivor Tournament but the group finished in last place with 1 point.[6] On December 10, 2002, Yanagisawa teamed with Yasuda to challenge Cho-Ten for the IWGP Tag Team Championship but they lost.[7]

At Wrestling World 2003, Yanagisawa entered the Young Generation Cup tournament. He would emerge victorious, defeating Kenzo Suzuki in the semi-finals and then Yutaka Yoshie in the finals to win the cup.[8] On February 1, 2003, Yanagisawa entered the Teisen Hall Six Man Tag Team Tournament teaming with Makai #1 and Makai #2 but the team lost in the first round to eventual winners: Hiro Saito, Tatsutoshi Goto, and Shinsuke Nakamura.[9] A few weeks later on February 16, Yanagisawa challenged Yoshihiro Takayama for the NWF Heavyweight Championship but came up short.[10] After the NWF Title match, Yanagisawa largely went into the midcard for the next year and a half continuing to represent the Makai Club. After the Club broke up, Yanagisawa joined Masahiro Chono's new stable: Black New Japan. He continued to remain in the midcard with his only notable moment was when he competed in the 2005 New Japan Cup but lost in the first round to Koji Kanemoto.[11] Yanagisawa would continue to compete in New Japan until leaving January 2006. Since leaving New Japan, Yanagisawa has wrestled once for Antonio Inoki's new promotion: Inoki Genome Federation on their December 20, 2007 show losing to Chris Moore (Chris Masters).[12]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Professional wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 24-25-9 Lee Dool-Hee Decision (unanimous) DEEP: Fan Thanksgiving Festival 2 November 10, 2009 2 5:00 Japan
Loss 24-24-9 Bernard Ackah TKO (head kick & punches) DEEP: 43rd Impact August 23, 2009 1 0:07 Japan
Loss 24-23-9 Ryuta Noji Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Brave 10 November 7, 2004 3 5:00 Japan
Loss 24-22-9 Fedor Emelianenko Decision (unanimous) Rings: World Title Series 4 October 20, 2001 3 5:00 Japan
Loss 24-21-9 Bobby Hoffman Decision (unanimous) Rings: World Title Series 1 April 20, 2001 2 5:00 Japan
Win 24-20-9 Wataru Sakata Decision (split) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Final February 24, 2001 2 5:00 Japan
Loss 23-20-9 Ibragim Magomedov Decision (unanimous) S - Samurai 2000 October 22, 2000 N/A 0:00 Japan
Loss 23-19-9 Randy Couture Decision (majority) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block A October 9, 2000 2 5:00 Japan King of Kings 2000 Block A Quarterfinal
Win 23-18-9 Borislav Jeliazkov Submission (toe hold) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block A October 9, 2000 1 3:45 Japan King of Kings 2000 Block A First Round
Loss 22-18-9 Sanae Kikuta Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Trans 2 February 27, 2000 1 15:00 Japan
Loss 22-17-9 Bob Stines TKO (punches) Pancrase - Breakthrough 10 November 28, 1999 1 1:53 Japan
Draw 22-16-9 Akira Shoji Draw Pancrase - 1999 Anniversary Show September 18, 1999 1 15:00 Japan
Loss 22-16-8 Leon Dijk TKO (cut) Pancrase - 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round August 1, 1999 1 12:48 Japan
Draw 22-15-8 Takafumi Ito Draw Pancrase - Breakthrough 6 June 11, 1999 2 3:00 Japan
Loss 22-15-7 Jason Delucia Decision (majority) Pancrase - Breakthrough 5 May 23, 1999 1 15:00 Japan
Draw 22-14-7 Manabu Yamada Draw Pancrase - Breakthrough 3 March 9, 1999 1 15:00 Japan
Draw 22-14-6 Satoshi Hasegawa Draw Pancrase - Breakthrough 2 February 11, 1999 2 3:00 Japan
Loss 22-14-5 Evan Tanner Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pancrase - Advance 12 December 19, 1998 1 2:24 Japan
Win 22-13-5 Kosei Kubota Submission (toe hold) Pancrase - Advance 11 November 29, 1998 1 2:35 Japan
Loss 21-13-5 Guy Mezger Decision (lost points) Pancrase - 1998 Anniversary Show September 14, 1998 1 30:00 Japan For King of Pancrase Openweight Championship
Draw 21-12-5 Yuki Kondo Draw (unanimous) Pancrase - 1998 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round July 26, 1998 1 20:00 Japan
Draw 21-12-4 Keiichiro Yamamiya Draw (majority) Pancrase - Advance 8 June 21, 1998 2 3:00 Japan
Win 21-12-3 Omar Bouiche Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase - Advance 6 May 12, 1998 1 2:35 Japan
Win 20-12-3 Jason DeLucia Submission (toe hold) Pancrase - Advance 5 April 26, 1998 1 12:44 Japan
Loss 19-12-3 Guy Mezger Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Advance 4 March 18, 1998 1 20:00 Japan
Draw 19-11-3 Keiichiro Yamamiya Draw (unanimous) Pancrase - Advance 2 February 6, 1998 1 10:00 Japan
Win 19-11-2 Jason Godsey KO (knee) Pancrase - Advance 1 January 16, 1998 1 3:14 Japan
Win 18-11-2 John Lober TKO (broken ankle) Pancrase: Alive 11 December 20, 1997 1 0:55 Japan
Win 17-11-2 Les Johnston Submission (banana split) Pancrase: Alive 6 June 18, 1997 1 8:35 Japan
Win 16-11-2 Paul Varelans Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Alive 4 April 27, 1997 1 15:00 Japan
Win 15-11-2 Keiichiro Yamamiya Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Alive 3 March 22, 1997 1 10:00 Japan
Win 14-11-2 Paul Lazenby Decision (lost points) Pancrase: Alive 2 February 22, 1997 1 12:39 Japan
Win 13-11-2 Kim Jong-Wang Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase: Alive 1 January 17, 1997 1 1:47 Japan
Win 12-11-2 Jack McGlaughlin Submission (twister) Pancrase - Truth 10 December 15, 1996 1 0:51 Japan
Draw 11-11-2 Takafumi Ito Draw (unanimous) Pancrase - Truth 8 October 22, 1996 1 10:00 Japan
Win 11-11-1 Semmy Schilt Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase - Truth 7 October 8, 1996 1 0:51 Japan
Loss 10-11-1 Guy Mezger Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - 1996 Anniversary Show September 7, 1996 1 20:00 Japan
Loss 10-10-1 Kazuo Takahashi Decision (lost points) Pancrase - 1996 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1 July 22, 1996 1 15:00 Japan
Win 10-9-1 Takaku Fuke Decision (lost points) Pancrase - Truth 6 June 25, 1996 1 15:00 Japan
Win 9-9-1 Oleg Taktarov Decision (lost points) Pancrase - Truth 5 May 16, 1996 1 15:00 Japan
Loss 8-9-1 Guy Mezger KO (palm strikes) Pancrase - Truth 4 April 7, 1996 1 12:21 Japan
Win 8-8-1 Vernon White Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase - Truth 3 April 7, 1996 1 12:47 Japan
Win 7-8-1 Larry Papadopoulos Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase - Truth 3 April 7, 1996 1 3:21 Japan
Loss 6-8-1 Frank Shamrock Decision (lost points) Pancrase - Truth 2 March 2, 1996 1 20:00 Japan
Loss 6-7-1 Masakatsu Funaki Technical Submission (keylock) Pancrase - Truth 1 January 28, 1996 1 8:42 Japan
Loss 6-6-1 Bas Rutten Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 7 December 14, 1995 1 27:35 Japan
Draw 6-5-1 Guy Mezger Draw (unanimous) Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 6 November 4, 1995 1 10:00 Japan
Loss 6-5 Jason Delucia Submission (triangle choke) Pancrase - 1995 Anniversary Show September 1, 1995 1 2:25 Japan
Loss 6-4 Takafumi Ito Decision (majority) Pancrase - 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round July 23, 1995 1 30:00 Tokyo, Japan 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Final
Win 6-3 Gregory Smit Submission (rear naked choke) Pancrase - 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round July 23, 1995 1 7:30 Tokyo, Japan 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round
Win 5-3 Christopher DeWeaver Submission (kimura) Pancrase - 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round July 22, 1995 1 3:38 Tokyo, Japan 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament First Round
Loss 4-3 Ken Shamrock Submission (heel hook) Pancrase - Pancrash! 3 April 21, 1994 1 7:30 Japan
Win 4-2 Todd Bjornethun Submission (heel hook) Pancrase - Pancrash! 2 March 12, 1994 1 7:12 Japan
Win 3-2 James Mathews Submission (armbar) Pancrase - Pancrash! 1 January 19, 1994 1 2:58 Japan
Win 2-2 Vernon White TKO (lost points) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 4 December 8, 1993 1 8:55 Japan
Win 1-2 Andre van den Oetelaar Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 3 November 8, 1993 1 15:51 Japan
Loss 0-2 Masakatsu Funaki Submission (kneebar) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 2 October 14, 1993 1 1:35 Japan
Loss 0-1 Bas Rutten KO (palm strike) Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 1 September 21, 1993 1 0:43 Tokyo, Japan

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Professional MMA record for Ryūshi Yanagisawa from Sherdog

See also[edit]