Vale Tudo Japan

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Vale Tudo Japan (VTJ) was an annual mixed martial arts competition held in Japan. Arranged by promotor Satoru Sayama, it ran from 1994 to 1999 with three reunion events in 2009, 2012 and 2013. A pair of tournaments were held in 1994 and '95, both of which were won by Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Rickson Gracie.

Events and Results[edit]

Vale Tudo Japan 1994[edit]

Vale Tudo Japan 1994 was held on July 29, 1994 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 United States Bud Smith Netherlands Chris Bass TKO (Straight Punch) 1 0:54
2 Netherlands Jan Lomulder Japan Kenji Kawaguchi KO (Punch) 1 2:29
3 United States David Levicki Japan Kazuhiro Kusayanagi KO (Punches) 1 1:20
4 Brazil Rickson Gracie Japan Yoshinori Nishi Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:52
5 Brazil Rickson Gracie United States David Levicki Submission (Punches) 1 2:40
6 Japan Naoki Sakurada Japan Yasushi Warita Draw 3 5:00
7 Brazil Rickson Gracie United States Bud Smith Submission (Punches) 1 0:39

Vale Tudo Japan 1995[edit]

Vale Tudo Japan 1995 was held on April 20, 1995 at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 United States Craig Pittman United States Wayne Emons Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) 1 2:12
2 Japan Yuki Nakai Netherlands Gerard Gordeau Submission (Heel Hook) 4 2:41
3 United States Todd Hays Japan Koichiro Kimura Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 2:55
4 Brazil Rickson Gracie Japan Yoshihisa Yamamoto Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 3 3:49
5 Japan Yuki Nakai United States Craig Pittman Submission (Armbar) 2 7:32
6 Japan Koichiro Kimura United States Wayne Emons Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 6:05
7 Brazil Rickson Gracie Japan Koichiro Kimura Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:07
8 Japan Kenji Kawaguchi United States Tommy Walkingstick Submission (Armbar) 1 6:29
9 United States Enson Inoue Netherlands Rene Rooze Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 6:41
10 Brazil Rickson Gracie Japan Yuki Nakai Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 6:22

Vale Tudo Japan 1996[edit]

Vale Tudo Japan 1996 was held on July 7, 1996 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Australia Alex Cook Japan Tomoaki Hayama Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 2 6:23
2 Australia Mushtaq Abdullah Japan Sanae Kikuta Submission (Forearm Choke) 1 6:27
3 Japan Yumiko Hotta Netherlands Margot Neyhoft Submission (Keylock) 2 4:14
4 Netherlands Ed de Kruijf United States Joe Estes Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 0:53
5 United States Todd Bjornethun France Eric Lavigne KO (Punches) 1 6:53
6 United States Dan Severn United States Doug Murphy Submission (Keylock) 1 3:23
7 Japan Rumina Sato United States John Lewis Draw 3 8:00
8 Russia Igor Zinoviev United States Enson Inoue TKO (Punches) 1 0:44
9 Brazil Royler Gracie Japan Noboru Asahi Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 5:07

Vale Tudo Japan 1997[edit]

Vale Tudo Japan 1997 was held on November 29, 1997 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Japan Jutaro Nakao United States Steve Nelson Submission (Triangle Choke) 2 5:31
2 Japan Hayato Sakurai Brazil Marcelo Aguiar Draw 3 8:00
3 Japan Kenji Kawaguchi Netherlands Jan Lomulder Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 3:49
4 Angola João Roque Japan Uchu Tatsumi Draw 3 8:00
5 Canada Carlos Newton United States Erik Paulson Submission (Armbar) 1 0:41
6 United States Tom Erikson Netherlands Ed de Kruijf TKO (Punches) 1 0:37
7 Japan Rumina Sato United States John Lewis Submission (Armbar) 2 1:23
8 United States Frank Shamrock United States Enson Inoue DQ (Egan Inoue Ran Into the Ring) 2 7:17

Vale Tudo Japan 1998[edit]

Vale Tudo Japan 1998 was held on October 25, 1998 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Japan Caol Uno Brazil Ricardo Botelho Submission (Punches) 3 2:03
2 Belarus Vladimir Matyushenko Japan Kenji Kawaguchi KO (Punches) 1 3:10
3 United States Branden Lee Hinkle Japan Masanori Suda TKO (Upkicks) 1 5:26
4 United States Frank Trigg Brazil Jean Jacques Machado TKO (Corner Stoppage) 3 0:20
5 Japan Noboru Asahi Angola João Roque Draw 3 8:00
6 Japan Hayato Sakurai Russia Sergei Bytchkov Submission (Armbar) 1 4:59
7 Brazil Andre Pederneiras Japan Rumina Sato KO (Soccer Kick and Punches) 1 4:20
8 Japan Enson Inoue United States Randy Couture Submission (Armbar) 1 1:39

Vale Tudo Japan 1999[edit]

Vale Tudo Japan 1999 was held on December 11, 1999 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Japan Rumina Sato Brazil Rafael Cordeiro Submission (Kneebar) 1 0:58
2 Japan Tetsuji Kato Brazil Angelo Sergio Submission (Punches) 1 7:45
3 Japan Takanori Gomi Brazil Johnny Eduardo Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 1:43
4 Japan Hisao Ikeda Angola João Roque Draw 3 8:00
5 Japan Uchu Tatsumi Brazil Alexandre Franca Nogueira Draw 3 8:00
6 Japan Caol Uno Brazil Andre Pederneiras Draw 3 8:00
7 Japan Hayato Sakurai Brazil Haroldo Bunn TKO (Punches) 3 1:31

Vale Tudo Japan 2009[edit]

Vale Tudo Japan 2009 was held on October 30, 2009 at the JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Japan Masato Sannai Japan Kosuke Eda Draw (Majority) 2 5:00
2 South Korea Jung Min Kang Japan Yoichiro Sato KO (Punches) 1 2:48
3 Japan Mamoru Yamaguchi Guam Jesse Taitano TKO (Punches) 1 4:41
4 Brazil Willamy Freire Japan Kenichiro Togashi TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 1 2:05
5 United States Tito Jones Japan Tenkei Oda Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
6 Japan Rumina Sato United States Corey Grant TKO (Punches) 1 3:20
7 Japan Takeshi Inoue Brazil Alexandre Franca Nogueira TKO (Punches) 4 2:58
8 Japan Takanori Gomi United States Tony Hervey Decision (Unanimous) 5 5:00

Vale Tudo Japan 2012[edit]

Vale Tudo Japan 2012 (also known as VTJ 1st) was held on December 24, 2012 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
Welterweight Japan Daisuke Hoshino Thailand Kuntap Weerasakreck Submission (armbar) 1 2:19
Middleweight Japan Keita Nakamura Japan Nobutatsu Suzuki Submission (rear naked choke) 1 2:09
Bantamweight Japan Kenji Osawa Japan Takeshi Inoue Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Women's Strawweight Japan Megumi Fujii Japan Mei Yamaguchi Decision (unanimous) 2 5:00
Bantamweight Japan Kyoji Horiguchi United States Ian Loveland Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Flyweight United States Darrell Montague Japan Mamoru Yamaguchi Decision (split) 3 5:00
Lightweight Japan Kuniyoshi Hironaka Brazil Carlo Prater Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Japan Hideo Tokoro Japan Rumina Sato TKO (punches and elbows) 1 0:39

Vale Tudo Japan 2013[edit]

Vale Tudo Japan 2013 (also known as VTJ 3rd) was held on October 5, 2013 at Ota City General Gymnasium, Ota, Tokyo, Japan. The Main Event featured longtime # 1 ranked Megumi Fujii in her retirement bout.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
Featherweight Japan Taiyo Hayashi Japan Yuji Kurogane TKO (punches) 2 2:18
Flyweight Japan Seiichiro Ito Japan Taku Kajikawa Submission (armbar) 1 1:35
Strawweight Japan Ryuto Sawada Japan Hiroyuki Takahashi Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Welterweight Japan Koshi Matsumoto Japan Kengo Ura Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Featherweight Japan Akiyo Nishiura Japan Shigeki Osawa Decision (split) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Japan Yuta Nezu Japan Motonobu Tezuka Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Lightweight Japan Naoyuki Kotani Japan Daisuke Hoshino Submission (armbar) 1 3:57
Featherweight Japan Yuta Sasaki South Korea Geun Do Park Submission (rear naked choke) 1 1:36
Featherweight Japan Yusuke Yachi Japan Takeshi Inoue Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Flyweight United States Will Campuzano Japan Hideo Tokoro Decision (split) 3 5:00
Featherweight Japan Caol Uno United States Daniel Romero Submission (inverted triangle choke) 2 2:23
Women's Strawweight United States Jessica Aguilar Japan Megumi Fujii TKO (doctor's stoppage) 2 5:00

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