Yoshihiro Nakao

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Yoshihiro Nakao
Born (1972-06-25) June 25, 1972 (age 42)[1]
Tokyo, Japan
Other names Kiss
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Weight 229.8 lb (104 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Style Kickboxing
Fighting out of Saitama, Japan
Team Team TACKLER
Grabaka
R-Blood
Years active 2003-2012
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 9
By knockout 3
By submission 3
By decision 3
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By decision 2
No contests 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Yoshihiro "Kiss" Nakao (Japanese: 中尾芳広) is a Japanese semi-retired professional mixed martial artist and former K-1 kickboxer and PRIDE FC fighter who has defeated the likes of Don Frye, Choi Mu-Bae, Jim York, Wesley Correira and Edson Draggo. Nakao is a World Victory Road veteran and signed a contract with DREAM in 2011 before the promotion closed in mid-2012. Nakao lost to Antonio Silva at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Rebellion 2009 after suffering an ACL injury as a result of a leg kick from Silva in the first round. Nakao most recently fought Dave Herman at Sengoku: Soul of Fight, losing by unanimous decision. In 2012 Nakao has decided to briefly retire from mixed martial arts to let some of his recent injuries heal and focus on family more.

New Year's Eve kiss[edit]

On December 31, 2005, Nakao was involved in a memorable MMA moment during K-1's Dynamite 2005 show.[3]

During the pre-fight staredown with opponent Heath Herring, Nakao leaned in and kissed him on the lips. Herring reacted, delivering a right hook to the jaw of Nakao, knocking him out cold. Herring was immediately disqualified and Nakao was carried from the ring. Shortly thereafter, Nakao's cornermen attacked Herring and a brief melee ensued.[3]

The fight result has since been changed by K-1 from a disqualification loss for Herring to a no contest, as K-1 judges ruled that Nakao's kiss and Herring's subsequent knockout punch were both fouls.[3]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–3 (2) Dave Herman Decision (unanimous) Sengoku: Soul of Fight December 30, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–2 (2) Sentoryū TKO (punches) Sengoku 12 March 7, 2010 2 3:27 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–2 (2) Choi Mu-Bae Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 August 2, 2009 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 7–2 (2) SilvaAntonio Silva TKO (knee injury) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009 January 4, 2009 1 1:42 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 7–1 (2) YorkJim York KO (punches) Sengoku 2 May 18, 2008 2 0:46 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–1 (2) VieiraEdson Claas Vieira Submission (neck crank) PRIDE 34 April 8, 2007 1 9:51 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 5–1 (2) Kazuhiro Nakamura Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Final Conflict Absolute September 10, 2006 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 5–0 (2) LeeLee Eun-Soo TKO (doctor stoppage) PRIDE Critical Countdown Absolute July 1, 2006 1 4:16 Tokyo, Japan
NC 4–0 (2) HerringHeath Herring No Contest (double fouls) K-1 Premium 2005 Dynamite December 31, 2005 1 0:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Nakao kissed Herring ensuing a blow by Herring that rendered Nakao unconscious.
Win 4–0 (1) FalamoeFai Falamoe Submission (armbar) Hero's 3 September 7, 2005 1 2:35 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–0 (1) FryeDon Frye Decision (unanimous) K-1 Premium 2004 Dynamite December 31, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0 (1) CorreiraWesley Correira Decision (split) K-1 Rumble on the Rock 2004 November 20, 2004 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
NC 1–0 (1) FryeDon Frye No Contest (accidental headbutt) K-1 MMA ROMANEX May 22, 2004 1 0:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 1–0 KhakhaleishviliDavid Khakhaleishvili Submission (punches) K-1 November 20, 2003 2 1:13 Nagoya, Japan

K-1 kickboxing record[edit]

0 Wins - 1 Losses - 0 Draws
Date Result Record Opponent Event Method Round
6/14/2005 Loss 0-1 United States Bob Sapp K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hiroshima Decision (Unanimous) 3R

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