Alexander Otsuka

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Alexander Otsuka
Born Takashi Otsuka
(1971-07-17) July 17, 1971 (age 45)
Tokushima
Other names The Diet Butcher
Nationality Japanese
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 4
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 1
Losses 13
By knockout 7
By submission 2
By decision 4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Takashi Otsuka (大塚 崇 Ōtsuka Takashi?), better known by his ring name Alexander Otsuka and Otoko Sakari, is a retired Japanese mixed martial artist and professional wrestler who competed in the Light Heavyweight division. He won his last fight at Vale Tudo Fighters Mexico against Masada Masada on May 27, 2006. His ring name is a homage to Alexander Karelin.

Otsuka competed for multiple pro wrestling organizations in his career, most recently with Antonio Inoki's Inoki Genome Federation.[1]

Otsuka made the move from a successful professional wrestling career to mixed martial arts competition in 1995. He earned a notable victory over Vale Tudo pioneer Marco Ruas in 1998. Though Otsuka finished his career in 2006 with a 4-13 record, he mostly faced very high-ranked opponents, including all-time greats Renzo Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Igor Vovchanchyn, Quinton Jackson, Wanderlei Silva, and Anderson Silva, all of whom defeated him. Otsuka was known for his toughness in the ring.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

A former amateur wrestler since highscool, Otsuka was contacted by Yoshiaki Fujiwara to train in Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi. Takashi debuted in 1994 under the name of Alexander Otsuka, a tribute to Alexander Karelin. He went to compete in the promotion until its closure, time in which he moved to Battlarts.

Battlarts (1996-1999, 2001, 2009)[edit]

Otsuka became one of the greatest Battlarts stars, feuding with Daisuke Ikeda and Yuki Ishikawa in violent matches and brawls, and being also part of the Love Warriors tag team along with Mohammed Yone. His career in the promotion was parallel to its very existence, ceasing when Battlarts folded in 1999, and doing a return when it reopened in 2002 with Pro Wrestling Zero-One's support. He also competed as a Battlarts representative in Zero-One, U-STYLE, Universal Fighting-Arts Organization and other promotions.

Michinoku Pro Wrestling (2006-2007)[edit]

In 2006, Otsuka started competing in Michinoku Pro Wrestling under the gimmick of Otoko Sakari, a bisexual comedy wrestler who wore a fundoshi and utilized sexual antics against his opponents. However, he never take off, as Sakari often lost matches by nudity or morodashi when his opponent damaged his attire, making the ring crew throw the towel for Sakari to cover it. Sakari feuded mainly with Kanjyuro Matsuyama, scheduling a 7-matches series to solve their enmity, which Sakari lost by 3-4, being forced to shave his pubic hair. Sakari would later appear also in Dradition Pro Wrestling, getting in a feud with Kikutaro.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Otsuka had his first contact with mixed martial arts when he was sent as a PWFG representative to the Lumax Cup 1995, a tournament of gi-clad MMA, but he was submitted in less of a minute by Shooto representative Egan Inoue. Afterwards, he had a short stint in Fighting Network Rings, losing to Chris Haseman by doctor stoppage from a cut at the event Extension Fighting 2. He retaliated defeating Haseman in another Rings event, Battle Genesis Vol.2.

PRIDE[edit]

In 1998, Otsuka debuted in worldwide MMA for Pride Fighting Championships in Pride 4, the same event in which fellow pro wrestler Nobuhiko Takada had his rematch against Rickson Gracie. Otsuka was pitted against Marco Ruas, a Brazilian luta livre exponent from the Ruas Vale Tudo, while Alexander himself represented his home promotion Battlarts. Going against the pundits's judgement, Otsuka showed his skill and tenacity when he managed to take Ruas down and perform ground and pound through his guard, as well as later defending a fully locked rear naked choke to the end of the round. At the second one, Otsuka took Ruas down again and continued throwing punches, drawing blood from Ruas's face, and finally making the doctors call the fight. It was later revealed that Ruas fought under medication for hepatitis and a knee injury,[3] but nonetheless the Japanese press lauded it as one of the biggest upsets ever, and Otsuka won the Tokyo Sports magazine topic award for his victory.

Alexander returned to the promotion at Pride 8, facing this time Renzo Gracie. Otsuka still competed in pro wrestling around the time and came to the fight with a head injury, but he did not back down. During the match, he took Gracie down and even mounted him, but Renzo escaped and hit a series of upkicks which bloodied Otsuka's face. However, Otsuka kept on, escaping from a locked triangle choke and seeking the ground and pound again. The second round would have even more action, with the Japanese wrestler forcing Renzo to the mat and getting out of an armbar which seemed to be decisive. Renzo executed a German suplex-like takedown and tried an arm triangle choke, but Alexander was never inactive and even threatened with a Kimura lock before the match ended, with a unanimous decision for Gracie. Despite the loss, Otsuka was cheered all through the match and solidified himself as a fan favourite.[4]

Two years later, Otsuka returned to Pride to take part in the Grand Prix 2000, and was pitted against feared kickboxer Igor Vovchanchyn. Otsuka had worked a wrestling match the same day, and showed off his pro wrestling roots by throwing a dropkick against Vovchanchyn. The Ukrainian landed several hard punches and knocked Otsuka down several times, but Alexander kept himself away from being finished, losing by decision. Although he was eliminated from the tournament, the Japanese came to fight the next event as well, taking on Pancrase and Ultimate Fighting Championship exponent Ken Shamrock, who won the fight by knocking Otsuka down and executing ground and pound.

At Pride 11, Otsuka got his first victory against American wrestler Mike Bourke. Despite missing another dropkick, Otsuka worked from the bottom and locked both of his opponent's arms in a double armbar, making him submit. The technique was originally being used as a finishing move by Otsuka's fellow Battlarts pro wrestler, Carl Greco.

After losing two fights against Guy Mezger, Otsuka was put against Pride middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva, who had defeated many Japanese names in his way, including Kazushi Sakuraba and Daijiro Matsui. Despite his technical inferiority, Otsuka characteristically built the fight over his toughness and defensive abilities. He survived for two rounds, absorbing punches, knees and soccer kicks in his attempts to get the takedown, which he accomplished, gaining north/south position at the end of the second time, though he couldn't capitalize on it. At the third one, Otsuka was finished by a broken nose due to a knee strike.

At Pride 20, Otsuka fought Sanae Kikuta after the two fighters had trashtalked each other since a long time. The fight was a heated one, with Alexander being cornered by Mexican wrestler Solar, who had been disqualified weeks before by hitting Minoru Suzuki with a low blow in his MMA debut. Similarly, Otsuka threw several low blows to Kikuta and disrespected his opponent through the fight, despite being controlled and receiving a soccer kick by Sanae which caused a protruding hematoma in Otsuka's head. Kikuta seemed to finish the fight with a completely extended armbar, but Otsuka typically got out and led the match to a decision, it going to Kikuta.

After giving up professional wrestling in order to focus in MMA, Otsuka faced Anderson Silva at Pride 22. The Japanese gave a performance which was described as shocking,[5] taking down and positionally controlling Silva through the majority of the fight; he only lost due to Pride's judgement basing itself less on control than submission attempts, which Silva had got with a rear naked choke on the first round and a heel hook on the third.

Alexander faced fellow shoot-style wrestler Yoshihisa Yamamoto in a special match in Pride. The fight was violent, with the two fighters trading takedowns, punches and knees. Otsuka took his opponent's back after Yoshihisa attempted a rolling kneebar, and from there the Battlarts wrestler landed a jumping knee drop on his spine, but the move also caused Otsuka's other knee to slam on the mat, injurying it. Alexander continued dominating, hitting hammerfists to the head and even locking a crucifix, but the injury was too grave to keep on and Yamamoto came back with his own knees to the head, making Otsuka throw the fight.

Otsuka had his last apparition at Pride 27, where he went against Murilo Rua, but the fight had to be postponed later in the event when Rua landed an accidental low blow. It was hard enough to actually break Otsuka's protective cup and making him need to be stretchered out. The restarted fight was fast, with Otsuka absorbing knee strikes and attempting heel hooks until Murilo got an arm triangle choke, making him tap out.

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves
  • As Alexander Otsuka
  • As Otoko Sakari
  • Signature moves

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Kanjyuro Matsuyama (hair) Otoko Sakari (hair) Tokyo, Japan Michi Pro Ride High February 24, 2007

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4-13 Masada Masada Submission (triangle choke) VFX - Vale Tudo Fighters Mexico May 27, 2006 1 4:00 Tlahuac, Mexico
Loss 3-13 Murilo Rua Submission (arm-triangle choke) PRIDE 27 February 1, 2004 1 5:25 Osaka, Japan
Win 3-12 Kenichi Yamamoto Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 25 March 16, 2003 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 2-12 Yoshihisa Yamamoto TKO (leg injury) PRIDE 24 December 23, 2002 2 5:00 Fukuoka, Japan
Loss 2-11 Anderson Silva Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 22 September 29, 2002 3 5:00 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 2-10 Sanae Kikuta Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 20 April 28, 2002 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 2-9 Wanderlei Silva TKO (doctor stoppage) PRIDE 18 December 23, 2001 3 2:22 Fukuoka, Japan
Loss 2-8 Quinton Jackson TKO (doctor stoppage) BattlArts - BattlArts vs. the World October 14, 2001 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 2-7 Guy Mezger TKO (doctor stoppage) KOTC 7 - Wet and Wild February 24, 2001 2 1:57 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 2-6 Guy Mezger TKO (punches) Pride 12 - Cold Fury December 9, 2000 1 1:52 Saitama, Japan
Win 2-5 Mike Bourke Submission (double armbar) Pride 11 - Battle of the Rising Sun October 31, 2000 1 2:37 Osaka, Japan
Loss 1-5 Ken Shamrock KO (punches) PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals May 1, 2000 1 9:43 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1-4 Igor Vovchanchyn Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round January 30, 2000 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1-3 Renzo Gracie Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 8 November 21, 1999 2 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1-2 Marco Ruas TKO (corner stoppage) Pride 4 October 11, 1998 2 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0-2 Chris Haseman TKO (doctor stoppage from a cut) Rings - Extension Fighting 2 April 22, 1997 1 7:03 Japan
Loss 0-1 Egan Inoue Submission (armbar) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '95 October 13, 1995 1 0:55 Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alexander Otsuka's Bio on The Internet Wrestling Database". Profightdb.com. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  2. ^ "Alexander Otsuka's Bio on Tapology". Tapology.com. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  3. ^ Erich Krauss, Brett Aita. Brawl: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Mixed Martial Arts Competition
  4. ^ http://the-oratory.com/mma-review-438-pride-8/
  5. ^ http://the-oratory.com/mma-review-334/
  6. ^ Philip Kreikenbohm. "Alexander Otsuka". cagematch.net. 
  7. ^ "Legend The Pro Wrestling Results" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
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