Yoshihiro Sato

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Yoshihiro Sato
佐藤 嘉洋
Born Sato Yoshihiro
(1981-01-25) January 25, 1981 (age 33)
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Native name 佐藤 嘉洋
Other names Mugen Sniper
Yoshi-HERO
Nationality Japanese
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Division Welterweight
Middleweight
Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan
Team FULLCAST
Nagoya JK Factory
Years active 1998–present
Kickboxing record
Total 78
Wins 54
By knockout 20
Losses 23
By knockout 4
Draws 1
Other information
University Meijo University
Website http://sports.nifty.com/sato-kick/index.jsp
last updated on: March 23, 2014

Yoshihiro Sato (佐藤 嘉洋 Satō Yoshihiro?, born January 25, 1981) is a Japanese kickboxer competing in K-1 at middleweight (-70 kg). He is the former world champion of Muay Thai in WKA and WPKC, and he won the Japanese national tournament of K-1 twice in 2006 and 2007.[1] His official nickname is "Mugen Sniper" which means Infinite Sniper.

Biography[edit]

Amateur era[edit]

Born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan on January 25, 1981, Sato began training in kickboxing in 1994 when he was in his second year of junior high school. Originally, Sato had been going to visit a boxing gym with his friend, but he argued and fought just before visiting. Sato was defeated completely in the fight. For this incident, he visited "Nagoya JK Factory", a kickboxing gym near to Sato's house, and started learning kickboxing. He won the Glove Karate Open Championship Tournament when he was just 16 years years old, still in his second year of high school. He also won the championship the next year in 1997.

Fight as a professional kickboxer[edit]

He passed the examination for professional kickboxing of New Japan Kickboxing Federation (NJKF) in 1998. He won his first match against Isao Miyamoto by decision on December 25, 1998. He changed his weight class from lightweight to welterweight in April 2000. He moved to All Japan Kickboxing Federation from NJKF in June 2001. He won the title of WKA World Muay Thai Welterweight by KO Milan Stevic in Germany on 23 November 2001. It was the first time for him to fight in the oversea.

Entry to K-1[edit]

In his K-1 debut on May 3, 2005, he beat William Diender by decision. He lost to Virgil Kalakoda in a K-1 Superfight in the K-1 MAX Finals. On October 12, 2005, he defeated Kaoklai Kaennorsing, the only fighter who has fought in both K-1's heavyweight division and in K-1 MAX. On February 4, 2006 he defeated Akeomi Nitta, Ryuki Ueyama and Tatsuji to win the K-1 MAX Japan Grand Prix 2006 tournament. On February 5, 2007 he won the K-1 MAX Japan Grand Prix 2007 tournament. In April 2007 he lost to Dutch fighter Andy Souwer by decision. His latest fight was on July 7, 2008 in which he defeated Buakaw Por. Pramuk by KO in the 3rd round in the Quarterfinals for the K-1 MAX Finals and he is set to fight Masato on October 10, 2008.

On February 17, 2012, Sato defeated Fadi Merza via unanimous decision after 5th round to take the Merza's ISKA World Light Middleweight (-72.3 kg) Championship under Oriental rules in Tokyo, Japan.[2]

He was scheduled to face Dzhabar Askerov in a tournament reserve bout at Glory 3: Rome - 2012 Middleweight Slam Final 8 to be held on November 3, 2012 in Rome, Italy.[3] However, when quarter finalist Albert Kraus came down with the flu, Sato was given his place in the tournament proper.[4] He was TKO'd by Sanny Dahlbeck.[5][6]

In an upset, Sato lost a unanimous decision to Kenta in the co-main event of Krush.26 in Tokyo on January 28, 2013.[7][8][9][10][11]

He broke a three-fight losing streak when he took a majority decision win over Henri van Opstal at Shootboxing 2013 - Act 1 in Tokyo on February 22, 2013.[12][13][14]

Sato defeated Lee Sun-Hyun via unanimous decision at Glory 8: Tokyo - 2013 65kg Slam in Tokyo on May 3, 2013.[15][16][17][18]

He beat Yuichiro Nagashima by unanimous decision at Hoost Cup: Kings in Nagoya, Japan on June 16, 2013.[19][20][21][22]

Sato beat Shintaro Matsukura by unanimous decision at Krush.32 in Nagoya on September 1, 2013.[23][24]

In their fourth meeting, Sato lost to Buakaw Banchamek on points at MAX Muay Thai 4 in Sendai, Japan on October 6, 2013.[25][26][27][28][29]

He lost to Dzhabar Askerov by unanimous decision at Tech-Krep FC: Southern Front 2 in Kiev, Ukraine on December 8, 2013.[30]

Sato lost via unanimous decision to Phetmonkong Gaiyanghaadao at Hoost Cup: Legend in Nagoya, Japan on March 23, 2014.[31][32]

Kickboxing record[edit]

Professional Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Titles[edit]

  • Amateur
    • 1996 Glove Karate Open championship winner
    • 1997 Glove Karate Open championship winner

Awards[edit]

  • 1999 The Rookie of the Year (NJKF)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "K-1 fighter profile". 
  2. ^ Krush.16 Results: Kubo and Sato Claim ISKA Titles, Xu Yan KOs Yuya Yamamoto
  3. ^ GLORY 3 Rome: Final 8 Matches Set, Petrosyan Fights Hollenbeck
  4. ^ Kraus Out With Flu, Yoshihiro Sato in Glory Final 8 Tournament
  5. ^ GLORY 3 Rome - Final 8: Live Results
  6. ^ Glory 3 Live Play By Play
  7. ^ Krush Adds Bennoui, Ezbiri to 67kg Tournament
  8. ^ Yoshihiro Sato vs Kenta Added to Krush.26
  9. ^ Fights To Watch In January 2013
  10. ^ Krush.26 Results: Kido Defends 70kg Title
  11. ^ Krush.26 Results: Kido Defends 70kg Title
  12. ^ Ten Kickboxing Fights to Watch in February
  13. ^ Yoshihiro Sato Wins at Shootboxing 2013 Act. 1
  14. ^ Japanese Kickboxing Scene: February Recap
  15. ^ Japanese Scene Weekly Recap: April 14th - 21st
  16. ^ GLORY 8 Tokyo Live Results
  17. ^ GLORY 8 Tokyo Results and Review: Yuta Kubo Proves Why He is the Number One Japanese Fighter in the World
  18. ^ Glory 8 Results: Yuta Kubo wins featherweight tournament
  19. ^ Japanese Scene Weekly Recap: April 14th - 21st
  20. ^ Japanese Kickboxing Scene: June Preview
  21. ^ Saenchai Wins Kickboxing Debut in Japan, Considering Move to K-1
  22. ^ Saenchai Wins at the Hoost Cup - Will He Go to K-1?
  23. ^ Yuta Kubo and Masaaki Noiri Fight For Third Time at Krush.32
  24. ^ Revenge is Sweet: Masaaki Noiri Defeats Yuta Kubo at Krush .32
  25. ^ MAX Japan Roster Released: Could We See Buakaw vs. Sato IV?
  26. ^ Buakaw Banchamek Will Face Yoshihiro Sato at MAX Japan
  27. ^ Max Muay Thai Japan – Big names on board
  28. ^ Buakaw Victorious Over Yoshihiro Sato at MAX Muay Thai IV
  29. ^ MAX Muay Thai IV: Sendai Results
  30. ^ 佐藤嘉洋、ジャバル・アスケロフに判定負け:12.8 ウクライナ
  31. ^ Photo of the Day: Ernesto Hoost Victorious in Japan
  32. ^ 佐藤嘉洋&翔センチャイジム、タイの強豪に判定負け:3.23 名古屋
  33. ^ 日本拳王被判不敌中国格斗第一人 瞬间瘫倒在地(Chinese)

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