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December 31, 1969 |
Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
|Other names||Mr. 200%|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (200 lb)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Professional wrestling career
Anjo debuted as a professional wrestler in the first incarnation of the Japanese UWF, on July 6, 1985 against Osamu Hoshina. UWF's collapse later in the year led him into New Japan Pro Wrestling along with Akira Maeda, Nobuhiko Takada and the rest of the roster. He competed in the NJPW junior heavyweight division but did not have success at all. In 1988 he moved to the second version of the UWF and adopted a more eccentric image for himself, wearing zebra tights and bondage gear and using heelish sneaky tactics in the ring. He had a shootfight against Changpuek Kiatsongrit, but it ended in a draw.
In 1991 he joined UWF International and had success as the top native heel. He feuded with Takada and Kazuo Yamazaki, and had also a match with the Iron Sheik. It was Anjo who had the idea of co-promoting events with NJPW in 1995, and earned a victory over Masahiro Chono in an interpromotional match. He and young wrestlers Yoshihiro Takayama and Kenichi Yamamoto formed a stable called the "Golden Cups" to feud in tag team and six-man matches against Super Strong Machine as the masked 200% Machines. They also forayed into WAR to feud with Genichiro Tenryu and others.
In a bid to regain credibility, Yoji Anjoh travelled to California to challenge Rickson Gracie in the latter's own dojo, only to be swiftly and brutally defeated before the assembled Japanese press that had followed him there. With the UWFi's formerly fearsome reputation in tatters, its attendance numbers swiftly decreased, with the federation closing its doors once and for all in December 1996. In their final show it was Kazushi Sakuraba who at long last headlined, defeating Yoji Anjoh by submission.
Following UWFI's collapse he joined Kingdom but then wandered into independent promotions and also began competing in MMA matches (see below). In 2000 he resurfaced to help out All Japan Pro Wrestling's rebuilding, and won the World Tag Team Championship with old foe Genichiro Tenryu. He then wandered again, joining HUSTLE run by old comrade Takada for a few gimmick matches.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- "Mr. 200%"
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Wrestling Association R
- TWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Original Tiger Mask
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|6 matches||0 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||0-5-1||Ryan Gracie||Submission (armbar)||Pride Shockwave 2004||December 31, 2004||1||8:33||Saitama, Japan|
|Draw||0-4-1||Gia Chirragishvili||Draw||Deep - 1st Impact||January 8, 2001||3||5:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||0-4||Matt Lindland||TKO (strikes)||UFC 29||December 16, 2000||1||2:58||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0-3||Murilo Bustamante||Submission (arm triangle choke)||UFC 25||April 14, 2000||2||0:31||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0-2||David Abbott||Decision||UFC Japan||December 21, 1997||1||15:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||0-1||Sean Alvarez||Submission (punches)||U - Japan||November 17, 1996||1||34:26||Japan|
|Professional record breakdown|
|0 matches||0 wins||0 losses|
|Draw||0–0-1||Changpuek Kiatsongrit||Draw||UWF U-Cosmos||November 29, 1989||5||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
1 win, 2 losses, 3 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest
- "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
- "HUSTLE Results: 2004" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
- "All Japan Pro Wrestling - "October Giant Series 2001"" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
- "All Japan Pro Wrestling Results: 2002" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2014-05-14.