Wataru Sakata

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Wataru Sakata
Wataru Sakata.jpg
Born (1973-03-11) March 11, 1973 (age 41)
Inazawa, Aichi, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight
Mixed martial arts record
Total 21
Wins 10
By knockout 3
By submission 6
By decision 1
Losses 11
By knockout 1
By submission 4
By decision 6

Wataru Sakata (坂田 亘 Sakata Wataru?, born March 11, 1973 in Inazawa, Aichi, Japan) is a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. He has a professional MMA record of 11-13-0 as of December 31, 2003.

He started his career in Akira Maeda's Fighting Network RINGS in 1994 after being trained by Animal Hamaguchi. He made the transition to mixed martial arts in the late 1990s along with the rest of the promotion. His tenure in RINGS was not very successful. In fact, the zenith of his notoriety came when he was beaten senseless in the backstage area by Maeda during a post match interview after losing a bout too quickly for Maeda's liking.[1]

When RINGS collapsed in 2002, Sakata participated in PRIDE Fighting Championships fights and joined Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE as a freelancer. He gradually began wrestling more. He joined the off-beat wrestling "opera" federation HUSTLE in 2008 and became the top face in the promotion. His biggest victory came when he defeated and seemingly "destroyed" cyborg wrestler The Esperanza.

Sakata was married to model Eiko Koike on August 29, 2007. They have one child together.

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
  • Signature moves

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Pro Wrestling World-1
  • World-1 Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–13 Daniel Gracie Submission (armbar) Pride FC - Shockwave 2003 December 31, 2003 1 7:12 Saitama, Japan
Loss 11–12 Mario Sperry Decision (unanimous) UFO - Legend August 8, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–11 Toro Irison Submission (armbar) Deep - 4th Impact March 30, 2002 1 4:05 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Win 10–11 Kosei Kubota TKO (punches) Deep - 3rd Impact December 23, 2001 1 4:05 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–11 Adrian Serrano TKO (eye injury) Deep - 2nd Impact August 18, 2001 1 5:00 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Loss 8–11 Ryushi Yanagisawa Decision (split) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Final February 24, 2001 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 8–10 Dave Menne Decision (unanimous) Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block A October 9, 2000 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 8–9 Gustavo Machado TKO (cut) Rings: Battle Genesis Vol. 6 September 5, 2000 1 1:35 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–8 Mansour Heidari Decision (unanimous) WEF 9 - World Class May 13, 2000 3 4:00 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 7–8 Branden Lee Hinkle Submission (leg lock) Rings: Millennium Combine 1 April 20, 2000 1 7:23 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 6–8 Renzo Gracie Submission (armbar) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block B December 22, 1999 1 1:25 Osaka, Japan
Win 6–7 Chris Watts Submission (achilles lock) TFKRG 5 - Total Fight KRG 5 October 3, 1999 1 6:53 Buckinghamshire, England, England
Loss 5–7 Hiromitsu Kanehara Decision (lost points) Rings: Rise 5th August 19, 1999 3 5:00 Japan
Win 5–6 Borislav Jeliazkov Submission (armbar) Rings: Rise 4th June 24, 1999 1 6:49 Japan
Loss 4–6 Borislav Jeliazkov Submission (scarf hold) Rings: Rise 1st March 20, 1999 1 8:28 Japan
Loss 4–5 Sean Alvarez Decision Rings: Final Capture February 21, 1999 3 5:00 Japan
Win 4–4 Dick Vrij TKO Rings: World Mega Battle Tournament December 23, 1998 1 2:29 Japan
Win 3–4 Willie Peeters Submission Rings: Fourth Fighting Integration June 27, 1998 1 1:45 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 2–4 Willie Peeters Decision (unanimous) Rings Holland: The King of Rings February 8, 1998 2 5:00 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 2–3 Valentijn Overeem Submission (ankle lock) Rings - Extension Fighting 7 September 26, 1997 1 2:16 Japan
Win 1–3 Sean McCully N/A Rings - Budokan Hall 1997 January 22, 1997 N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0–3 Willie Peeters Submission (neck lock) Rings - Maelstrom 6 August 24, 1996 1 18:31 Japan
Loss 0–2 Mikhail Ilyukhin Submission Rings - Budokan Hall 1996 January 24, 1996 N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0–1 Tsuyoshi Kosaka Submission Rings - Budokan Hall 1995 January 25, 1995 N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Backstage Fights

External links[edit]