August 14, 1980 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||254 lb (115 kg; 18.1 st)|
|Fighting out of||Akita, Japan|
|Team||Blue Dog Gym|
|Rank||black belt in Judo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Yusuke Kawaguchi (川口雄介 Kawaguchi Yusuke?) (born August 14, 1980) is a Japanese mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, who fights in the heavyweight division. He is the former DEEP Megaton Champion, and has also fought in DREAM, M-1 Global and KSW.
Mixed martial arts
Kawaguchi made his mixed martial arts debut on April 13, 2007 at DEEP: 29th Impact and defeated his opponent Hirotaka Fujiyama by majority decision. He went on to win his next two fights by way of knockout in the first round and in 2008, he took part in the DEEP Megaton Grand Prix. He TKO'd Nobuyoshi Takahara in the preliminary round and advanced to the quarter-finals where he faced former sumo wrestler Wakashoyo. Wakashoyo rushed Kawaguchi at the beginning of the fight and was knocked out after just 16 seconds. Kawaguchi then advanced to the final stage, where the semi-finals and final were held in one night. In the semis, he came up against Shunji Kosaka, and beat him after his corner threw in the towel within 45 seconds of the first round. Shunsuke Inoue was then to be his opponent in the final. After two four-minute rounds, Kawaguchi emerged the victor by way of split decision to become the DEEP Megaton Champion.
On October 23, 2008, Kawaguchi defended his title against Mongolian challenger Baru Harn aka Seryu at DEEP: 38th Impact. He blitzed Seryu with machinegun punches in the first round of the fight but could not finish him. With both men gassed by the second period, the fight quickly devolved into moments of sloppy punching and leaning on each other in the clinch. A majority decision for Kawaguchi resulted after two judges ruled in his favor, with one judge ruling it a draw.
Seigo Mizuguchi, who Kawaguchi already beat in 2007, then challenged him at DEEP: 44th Impact on October 10, 2009. Kawaguchi opened the bout with an initial barrage of machine gun punches, dropping Mizuguchi in a corner. Mizuguchi recovered, however, tossed the champ over his hip in the harai-goshi and landed in side control, where he squeezed Kawaguchi’s head with a neck crank. Kawaguchi escaped and, as the visibly fitter of the two, proceeded to string together big punches for the rest of the bout. Gassed but still tough, Mizuguchi ate all of Kawaguchi's punches while throwing winging singles of his own. Though his face was red and swollen, Mizuguchi would not go down, prompting Kawaguchi to switch tactics midway through the bout, as he chopped him down with kicks. When Mizuguchi limped into a corner at the 1:27 mark of the third round, cornerman Kazuhiro Nakamura threw in the towel. Referee Yoshinori Umeki did not see the towel but stopped the bout soon after.
Another challenger then stepped up, this time in the form of Guam's Roque Martinez. He, too, was unable to defeat Kawaguchi who won by unanimous decision after three rounds.
In 2009, he represented Team Japan in the M-1 Challenge. His first fight came against England's Rob Broughton on April 29, where he recorded the first loss of his career. Every time Kawaguchi stepped in to engage, Broughton's left hook was there to meet him, and every time Kawaguchi tried to retreat, Broughton's sharp left jab was there to chase him. Broughton also controlled Kawaguchi on the mat, as he shut him down in both rounds and won via unanimous decision.
On May 7, 2010, Kawaguchi faced 5-time World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski at KSW XIII: Kumite in Katowice, Poland. Pudzianowski rushed Kawaguchi at the opening bell and took him down with a lateral drop, but Kawaguchi proved tougher than anticipated. A quickly gassing Pudzianowski had to dig deep to keep control of the fight after he failed to finish with the opening salvo. Kawaguchi got some strikes in on the Pole in the second round, but Pudzian scored two takedowns, likely the convincing factor for the judges, who ruled in favor of Pudzianowski, who won by unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
0 Wins, 1 Losses
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||16 wins||7 losses|
|Win||16–7||Fumio Yoshimura||TKO (punches)||BFC: Blue Dog Fighting Charity Match Vol.1||June 29, 2014||1||1:17||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||15–7||Brett Rogers||KO (punches)||Inoki Genome Fight 1||April 4, 2014||1||0:28||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15–6||Se Yun Kim||TKO||Gladiator 61 - Bushido||September 29, 2013||1||0:20||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||14–6||That Guy||Decision (Unanimous)||Tenkaichi Fight - Tenkaichi Fight 68||September 8, 2013||2||5:00||Okinawa, Japan|
|Loss||13–6||Rolles Gracie Jr.||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Inoki-Bom-Be-Ye 2012||December 31, 2012||1||2:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||13–5||Jörgen Kruth||TKO (punches and elbows)||Rumble of the Kings 6||November 26, 2011||1||3:18||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||13–4||Soa Palelei||TKO (punches)||AFC Fight Nite 01||June 25, 2011||1||4:20||Melbourne, Australia|
|Loss||13–3||Peter Graham||TKO (elbows)||Xtreme MMA 3||November 5, 2010||1||N/A||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Win||13–2||Edmund Cavalcante Jr.||Decision (unanimous)||Gladiator 11: G-1||October 9, 2010||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12–2||James Thompson||Decision (split)||DREAM.16||September 25, 2010||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||11–2||Mariusz Pudzianowski||Decision (unanimous)||KSW 13||May 7, 2010||2||5:00||Katowice, Poland|
|Win||11–1||Roque Martinez||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP Cage Impact 2009||December 19, 2009||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Defended DEEP Megaton title.|
|Win||10–1||Seigo Mizuguchi||TKO (leg kicks)||DEEP - 44th Impact||October 10, 2009||3||1:27||Tokyo, Japan||Defended DEEP Megaton title.|
|Win||9–1||Cirio Tejera||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Challenge 18 - Netherlands Day Two||August 16, 2009||2||5:00||Hilversum, Netherlands|
|Loss||8–1||Rob Broughton||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Challenge 14 - Japan||April 29, 2009||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–0||Baru Harn||Decision (majority)||DEEP - 38 Impact||October 23, 2008||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Defended DEEP Megaton title.|
|Win||7–0||Shunsuke Inoue||Decision (split)||DEEP - Megaton Grand Prix 2008 Finals||August 2, 2008||2||4:00||Tokyo, Japan||Grand Prix final bout. Won DEEP Megaton title.|
|Win||6–0||Shunji Kosaka||TKO (corner stoppage)||DEEP - Megaton Grand Prix 2008 Finals||August 2, 2008||1||0:45||Tokyo, Japan||Grand Prix semi-final bout.|
|Win||5–0||Wakashoyo||TKO (punches)||DEEP - Megaton Grand Prix 2008 Semifinal||May 24, 2008||1||0:16||Tokyo, Japan||Grand Prix quarter-final bout.|
|Win||4–0||Nobuyoshi Takahara||TKO (punches)||DEEP - Megaton Grand Prix 2008 Opening Round||March 29, 2008||1||0:40||Tokyo, Japan||Grand Prix prelim round bout.|
|Win||3–0||Seigo Mizuguchi||TKO (punches)||DEEP - 32 Impact||October 10, 2007||1||2:07||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Iro Zeki||KO (punch)||DEEP - 31 Impact||August 5, 2007||1||1:06||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Hirotaka Fujiyama||Decision (majority)||DEEP - 29 Impact||April 13, 2007||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
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