Daiju Takase

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Daiju Takase
Born (1978-04-20) April 20, 1978 (age 39)
Tokyo, Japan
Other names "The Newaza Artist", "The Grappler King from the Shadows"
Nationality Japanese
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13.1 st)
Division Welterweight
Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan
Team Wajyutsu Keishukai
Tiger's Den
Teacher(s) Yoshinori Nishi
Mixed martial arts record
Total 29
Wins 12
By knockout 1
By submission 5
By decision 6
Losses 15
By knockout 7
By submission 1
By decision 6
By disqualification 1
Draws 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Daiju Takase (高瀬 大樹, Takase Daiju, born April 20, 1978 in Tokyo) is a Japanese mixed martial artist and kickboxer.[1] He has fought as a middleweight and welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and PRIDE Fighting Championship. He is noted for being the second of six fighters to defeat and first of three fighters to finish former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

PRIDE Fighting Championships[edit]

A representative of Yoshinori Nishi's Wajyutsu Keishukai MMA dojo, Takase made his debut in PRIDE Fighting Championship at its third event, facing amateur sumo champion Emmanuel Yarborough. Outweighted by a total of 430-ib, more than twice his own weight, Takase resolved to get his opponent tired by running around the ring and make him chase Takase, which gained him a yellow card. At the second round, Daiju tried a single leg takedown only for Yarborough to land on top of him, but the Japanese managed to get his arms free and landed punches to the head for the TKO.[2]

Takase didn't return to PRIDE until 2002, when he got a win and a loss against Brazilians Johil de Oliveira and Nino Schembri. However, his popularity came in PRIDE 26, when he fought Chute Boxe rising star Anderson Silva. At the time, Silva was on a 9-match winning streak, and given Takase's unimpressive record, he was a heavy underdog. However, Takase surprised spectators with a first round triangle choke submission victory. With this win, he becomes notable for being one of the six men to ever defeat Silva.

He next faced Rodrigo Gracie from the Gracie family at the first event of PRIDE Bushido, which featured a special Team Gracie vs Team Japan series of matches. Takase came to the fight wearing orange tights similar to "Gracie Hunter" Kazushi Sakuraba's, including his initials on the back. During the match, Gracie took down repeatedly Takase and landed hard ground and pound, but the Japanese was skilled enough to keep him from passing guard or knocking him out. The second round would see similar action, with Takase losing striking exchanges by punches and knees and avoiding submissions on the ground. After the action, Gracie was awarded with a unanimous decision.[3]

At PRIDE Shockwave 2003, Takase fought former Shooto champion Hayato Sakurai. Daiju controlled a part of the first round, taking down Sakurai and bloodying his nose with punches. At this point, however, Sakurai started coming back, hijacking the standing segments with superior striking and negating Takase's submission attempts in order to do damage through his guard. The Shooto fighter ended the fight taking down Takase several times and controlling the action, which gained him a unanimous decision.

After defeating Chris Brennan by decision, Takase accomplished another of his biggest wins in his match on May 23, 2004 against grappling expert Carlos Newton. The first round of the bout saw multiple exchanges on the mat between the two contenders and increasingly complex submissions attempts by the Japanese, including an omoplata, a series of triangle chokes and even a cartwheel into a flying triangle choke while standing; however, Newton was able to defend all of them and land minor striking in every opportunity. The last half saw instead the two trading strikes, and it ended with Takase stopping Newton from passing his guard and trying a last triangle choke. After the battle, Takase was awarded the split decision.

Daiju's last apparition in PRIDE would be on April 3, 2005, losing to Daniel Acacio by TKO.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Takase made his debut in Ultimate Fighting Championship on July 16, 1999 at UFC 21, where he was pitted against Jeremy Horn, who sported a large size advantage and a 31-4-4 record. The Japanese lost the fight by TKO after receiving a long punishment in ground and pound.[4]

He returned at UFC 23, the second event of the promotion in Japanese ground. Takase took part in a four-man tournament which got him pitted against former RINGS fighter Kenichi Yamamoto in the semi-finals. Takase controlled portions of the fight through striking from the guard and defensive grappling, but he was ultimately defeated by unanimous decision.[5]

Takase's final return to UFC would be in 2000 at UFC 29, fighting Brazilian jiu-jitsu exponent Fabiano Iha. The bout was short, with Iha knocking out Takase with punches in 2:24.

Other promotions[edit]

Takase most recently fought on July 26, 2014, when he got a TKO win over Hee Seung Kim at ROAD FC 16.[6]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–15–2 Dong-sik Yoon Decision (split) Road FC: Road Fighting Championship 24 July 25, 2015 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 12–14–2 Carlos Toyota KO (punches) Real Fight Championship - Real 1 December 23, 2014 1 0:39 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–13–2 Hee Seung Kim TKO (punches) Road FC: Road Fighting Championship 16 July 26, 2014 1 4:34 Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Win 11–13–2 Yuji Sakuragi Submission (guillotine choke) Deep - Haleo Impact December 22, 2012 2 1:33 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–13–2 Brandon Kesler Decision (unanimous) Dare Fight Sports - Dare 1/12 January 7, 2012 3 5:00 Bangkok, Thailand
Draw 9–13–2 Hoon Kim Draw (majority) Pancrase: Passion Tour 4 April 29, 2010 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–13–1 Mr. X Submission (armbar) TFC - Titan Fighting Championship 5 August 23, 2009 1 2:17 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–13–1 Shuji Morikawa Decision (split) GCM - Cage Force 11 June 27, 2009 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7–13–1 Masataka Chinushi KO (punch) Heat - Heat 8 December 14, 2008 2 4:57 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7–12–1 Terry Martin DQ (low blows) Adrenaline MMA: Guida vs. Russow June 14, 2008 2 3:35 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 7–11–1 Hector Lombard KO (punch) X - plosion 13 March 18, 2006 1 4:40 Australia
Loss 7–10–1 Daniel Acácio TKO (soccer kicks) PRIDE Bushido 6 April 3, 2005 2 3:34 Yokohama, Japan
Win 7–9–1 Carlos Newton Decision (split) PRIDE Bushido 3 May 23, 2004 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 6–9–1 Chris Brennan Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 2 February 15, 2004 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 5–9–1 Hayato Sakurai Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Shockwave 2003 December 31, 2003 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 5–8–1 Rodrigo Gracie Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 1 October 5, 2003 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 5–7–1 Anderson Silva Submission (triangle choke) PRIDE 26 June 8, 2003 1 8:33 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 4–7–1 Antonio Schembri Decision (split) Pride The Best Vol.2 July 20, 2002 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–6–1 Johil de Oliveira Decision (unanimous) Pride The Best Vol.1 February 22, 2002 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–6–1 LaVerne Clark Submission (triangle choke) Pancrase - 2001 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round July 29, 2001 2 0:16 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 2–6–1 Kiuma Kunioku Decision (majority) Pancrase - Proof 2 March 31, 2001 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 2–5–1 Fabiano Iha TKO (strikes) UFC 29 December 16, 2000 1 2:24 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 2–4–1 Nate Marquardt KO (knee) Pancrase - Trans 4 June 26, 2000 2 1:30 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–3–1 Daisuke Watanabe Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Trans 1 January 23, 2000 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–3–1 Kenichi Yamamoto Decision (unanimous) UFC 23 November 19, 1999 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–2–1 Ikuhisa Minowa Submission (triangle choke) Pancrase - 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round August 1, 1999 1 7:59 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–1–1 Jeremy Horn TKO (strikes) UFC 21 July 16, 1999 1 4:41 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Draw 1–0–1 Daisuke Ishii Draw Pancrase - Breakthrough 4 April 18, 1999 1 15:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 1–0 Emmanuel Yarborough Submission (strikes) PRIDE 3 June 24, 1998 2 3:22 Tokyo, Japan

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Win Japan Tetsuo Kondo Submission (rear–naked choke) Wardog 08 × Gra-chan 21 2016 1 0:33
Win Japan Toru Harai Submission (triangle armbar) Club Fight 2008 1 1:37
Win Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Karl Amoussou Submission (triangle choke) Budo Challenge -87 kg 2006 1 N/A
Draw Japan Sanae Kikuta and Japan Takeshi Yamazaki Points The Contenders X-Rage Vol.1 December 14, 2001 1 10:00 Partnered with Japan Minoru Suzuki
Draw Japan Minoru Suzuki and Japan Takafumi Ito Points The Contenders 5 Prospective M-1 October 6, 2001 1 10:00 Partnered with Japan Caol Uno
Draw Japan Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa Points The Contenders 4 Prospective 2000 2 5:00
Loss United States Vernon White Points ADCC 1999 –99 kg 1999 1 10:00
Loss Japan Nobuhiro Tsurumaki Submission (toe hold) The Contenders 1999 2 01:16

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Daiju Takase (7-12-1) Official Mixed Martial Arts Record". Mixedmartialarts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  2. ^ Scott Newman (2013-10-06). "MMA Review: #412: PRIDE 3". The Oratory. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  3. ^ Scott Newman (2005-01-09). "MMA Review: #39: PRIDE Bushido Vol. 1". The Oratory. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  4. ^ Matt McEwen (2007-11-05). "History of the UFC 11.05.07: UFC XXI – Return of the Champions". 411mania. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  5. ^ Matt McEwen (2007-11-17). "HIstory of the UFC 11.19.07: UFC XXIII – Ultimate Japan 2". 411mania. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  6. ^ "Road FC 16". sherdog.com. July 26, 2014. 

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