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|Born||May 31, 1980|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Division||Bantamweight, Featherweight (formerly)|
|Reach||70 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Hyogo, Japan|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Akitoshi Tamura (born May 31, 1980) is a Japanese mixed martial artist. He competed almost exclusively in the Shooto organization, before making his debut at the WEC 37. In 2007, he was the lightweight champion of Shooto. He was once ranked as the #5 Bantamweight in the world by the MMAWeekly Worldwide Ranking System. Tamura is a freestyle fighter.
Mixed martial arts career
Tamura made his professional debut in the Shooto organization in a fight against Eiji Murayama, in August 2001, and lost on a technical decision (he later returned to face Murayama in 2004, only for the match to end in a draw). He has made MMA headlines when he defeated Takeshi Inoue in 2007, which won him the title of Shooto lightweight champion. He has also participated in GCM and MARS events, achieving a TKO over Masaomi Saito in the former, and a first round submission over Ian Loveland in the latter.
Akitoshi Tamura made his WEC debut at WEC 37. Although Akitoshi had a reputation of being one of the world's best in his weight class, he lost to former IFL featherweight champion Wagnney Fabiano, for whom it was also his WEC debut. For his next fight, Tamura made his 135 lb. debut in the bantamweight division at WEC 40 against former world title challenger Manny Tapia. Tamura defeated Tapia by unanimous decision. He was scheduled to fight Damacio Page on October 10, 2009 at WEC 43, but pulled out with an undisclosed injury. He was replaced in the bout by WEC newcomer Will Campuzano.
Tamura is also noted for competing in a lethwei tournament on July 10 & 11, 2004 at the National Indoor Stadium in Thuwunna, Yangon, pitting four Japanese fighters (Tamura, Yoshitaro Niimi, Takaharu Yamamoto and Seiji Wakasugi) against four locals (Aye Bo Sein, Naing Wan Lay, Win Tun and then openweight champion Shwe Sai). Tamura knocked out local fighter Aya Bo Sein in the fourth round to become the first foreigner to beat a lethwei practitioner in an official match. For his feat he received the official challenge fight golden belt that was created specifically for the event.
Professional Lethwei record
|Professional Lethwei record|
1 win, 0 losses, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|37 matches||19 wins||16 losses|
|Win||19–16–2||Satoshi Inaba||Decision (split)||Pancrase: 267||May 31, 2015||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||18–16–2||Guy Delumeau||Decision (split)||Pancrase: 264||February 1, 2015||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||18–15–2||Andy Main||TKO (punches)||Pancrase: 262||November 2, 2014||2||4:34||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||18–14–2||Motoshi Miyaji||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: 258||May 11, 2014||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||17–14–2||Brian Choi||Decision (majority)||Shooto: 4th Round 2013||September 29, 2013||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||16–14–2||Yoshifumi Nakamura||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Gig Tokyo 14||April 21, 2013||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||16–13–2||Yusuke Yachi||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 8th Round||July 16, 2012||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||16–12–2||Yuji Hoshino||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 3rd Round||March 10, 2012||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||16–11–2||Shigeki Osawa||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Shooto the Shoot 2011||November 5, 2011||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||15–11–2||Tetsu Suzuki||Submission (triangle kimura)||Shooto: Shootor's Legacy 3||July 18, 2011||3||2:45||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||15–10–2||Taiyo Nakahara||DQ (low blows)||World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight||December 30, 2010||1||2:07||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15–9–2||Shoko Sato||Decision (split)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 15||October 30, 2010||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Asian Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal|
|Loss||14–9–2||Masakatsu Ueda||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: The Way of Shooto 3: Like a Tiger, Like a Dragon||May 30, 2010||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||14–8–2||Charlie Valencia||Decision (split)||WEC 46||January 10, 2010||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, USA|
|Win||14–7–2||Manny Tapia||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 40||April 5, 2009||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, USA||Bantamweight debut|
|Loss||13–7–2||Wagnney Fabiano||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia||December 3, 2008||3||4:48||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA||WEC debut|
|Win||13–6–2||Rumina Sato||Submission (north-south choke)||Shooto: Shooto Tradition 1||May 3, 2008||3||2:37||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||12–6–2||Hideki Kadowaki||Decision (majority)||Shooto: Back To Our Roots 8||March 28, 2008||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Lost Shooto Lightweight (143 lbs.) Championship|
|Win||12–5–2||Takeshi Inoue||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Back To Our Roots 3||May 18, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won Shooto Lightweight (143 lbs.) Championship|
|Win||11–5–2||Tenkei Oda||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Back To Our Roots 1||February 17, 2007||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||10–5–2||Akiyo Nishiura||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Rookie Tournament Final||December 2, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–5–2||Sakae Kasuya||Submission (armbar)||Shooto 2006: 9/8 in Korakuen Hall||September 8, 2006||1||2:16||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||8–5–2||Tenkei Oda||KO (punch)||Shooto: The Devilock||May 12, 2006||1||2:10||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–4–2||Masaomi Saito||TKO (knees)||GCM: D.O.G. 5||April 1, 2006||1||1:02||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–4–2||Ian Loveland||Submission (triangle choke)||Martial Arts Reality Superfighting||February 4, 2006||1||3:40||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||6–4–2||Takeshi Inoue||Decision (majority)||Shooto 2005: 11/6 in Korakuen Hall||November 6, 2005||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–3–2||Hayate Usui||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: 9/23 in Korakuen Hall||September 23, 2005||2||4:51||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–3–2||Fanjin Son||Decision (majority)||Shooto 2005: 7/30 in Korakuen Hall||July 30, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||4–3–2||Hideki Kadowaki||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 3/11 in Korakuen Hall||March 11, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–2–2||Guseyn Aliev||Submission (armbar)||WAFC: Pankration Open Cup 2004||April 5, 2004||1||1:53||Khabarovsk, Russia|
|Draw||3–2–2||Eiji Murayama||Draw||Shooto: 3/22 in Korakuen Hall||March 22, 2004||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–2–1||Yohei Nanbu||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Wanna Shooto 2003||November 3, 2003||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–2–1||Masatoshi Kobayashi||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 3/18 in Korakuen Hall||March 18, 2003||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||1–2–1||Hiroshi Komatsu||Technical Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Gig East 10||August 27, 2002||2||0:33||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||1–1–1||Jin Kazeta||Draw||Shooto: Treasure Hunt 2||January 25, 2002||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–1–0||Koichi Tanaka||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: GIG East 5||August 15, 2001||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0–1–0||Eiji Murayama||Technical Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Wanna Shooto 2001||April 8, 2001||2||N/A||Tokyo, Japan|
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