Genki Sudo

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Genki Sudo
Born (1978-03-08) March 8, 1978 (age 40)
Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
Other namesNeo-Samurai (UFC)
Transforming Trickster (K-1/Hero's)
ResidenceHokkaido, Japan
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shoot Wrestling, Kickboxing
Fighting out ofTokyo, Japan
TeamBeverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club
Teacher(s)Bas Rutten
Masakatsu Funaki
Sanae Kikuta
Rankblack belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[1]
Years active1999–2006
Kickboxing record
By knockout2
By knockout2
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission12
By decision3
By knockout1
By decision3
Other information
UniversityTakushoku Junior College
Takushoku University Graduate School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 01, 2011
Genki Sudo
Native name須藤 元気
Born (1978-03-08) March 8, 1978 (age 40)
Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
GenresTechno, synthpop
Occupation(s)Singer, Composer, Author, Calligrapher
Years active2006–present
Associated actsWorld Order

Genki Sudo (須藤 元気, Sudō Genki, born March 8, 1978 in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan) is a retired mixed martial artist and a kickboxer who, until December 31, 2006 competed in the Japanese fighting organization HERO'S and before that, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pancrase. He is known for his elaborate ring entrances[2] and unorthodox fighting style.[3] Over his career he holds notable wins over Nate Marquardt, Eric "Butterbean" Esch, Mike Brown, Kazuyuki Miyata, Hiroyuki Takaya, Damacio Page and Ramon Dekkers. Sudo, following his retirement, transitioned into a career in entertainment as a Japanese singer, composer,[4] choreographer, actor, professional calligrapher and author. He is the producer, director, and former lead vocalist of the music group World Order,[5] which is known for their techno music style and highly synchronised robotic choreography.

His philosophy is "We are all one."[6]

Early life[edit]

Born to a chef and boxing fan, Genki was named after Yu Koyama's sports anime Ganbare Genki. He started practicing amateur wrestling during high school, focusing on Greco-Roman wrestling, and later won JOC Cup All Japan Junior Wrestling Championship during his stay at the Takushoku Junior College. In 1998, after graduating, Genki moved to the United States and enrolled in Santa Monica College, but dropped out soon after. Around this time, he joined the Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club and practiced Brazilian jiu jitsu. A year after, he returned to Japan to compete in Pancrase by Bas Rutten's mediation.

MMA career[edit]


Genki started his professional career in shoot wrestling promotion Pancrase, defeating Kosei Kubota by unanimous decision in his first fight. He joined Sanae Kikuta's Grabaka team to further develop his grappling skills.

Sudo became well known for his particularly flashy choreographed ring entrances that often included costumed dancers. One entrance featured Sudo doing the robot and operating levers that released a column of smoke from the top of his head while wearing a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket as a hat and a white plastic mask, in an homage to the musician Buckethead.

On December 21, 2001, Sudo fought against Kenichi Yamamoto at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, and won by Rear Naked Choke.[7] Prior to the match, Sudo and Yamamoto promised to bet Yamamoto's UFC championship belt on the outcome. Following his win, Sudo was given the belt by Yamamoto, and Sudo was introduced as "UFC Japan Champion" by media after this bout. As the bet was personal, he is not sanctioned as champion by Zuffa.


Sudo had his debut in Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 38, facing Leigh Remedios. Making his entrance in a kimono and a tengu mask, Sudo showed his personal style by dancing and throwing spin kicks to open the match, eventually launching a flying triangle choke attempt which lasted for most of the round. At the second round, Genki threw Remedios with a hip throw and locked a rear naked choke, making him tap out. The Japanese wrestler then posed with a flag of all the nations and proclaimed his catchphrase of "We Are All One" for a crowd pop.

He returned at UFC 42 against Duane Ludwig. Again Sudo showed his theatrical side, walking backwards towards Ludwig and doing the robot dance before taking him down. However, despite his initial domination, the Japanese started receiving damage while standing, failing in a rolling kneebar and several takedown attempts. Sudo came back at the last round, taking down Ludwig and pounding and bloodying him with punches and elbows. Whilst Ludwig was taking a beating, referee John McCarthy interrupted and stood the two fighters up to check on Ludwig's nose. When the doctor allowed the fight to resume they did not restart from the same previous dominant position held by Sudo. Ludwig took advantage of the indirect rest given to him and avoided, with the aid of the referee's decision, the unfavorable position that he was in. He dominated the end of the fight landing hurtful shots on Sudo to win a split decision. Ludwig mocked Sudo after the final bell with a crane kick pose.

Sudo's last fight in UFC would be against the debuting Mike Brown in UFC 47. Brown tried to capitalize in Sudo's confusing moves by rushing him against the fence, managing to slam him on the mat, but Sudo then locked a triangle choke and transitioned into an armbar for the tap out.


Genki Sudo was defeated by K-1 HERO's lightweight champion Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. The fight was won by a controversial referee stoppage after Sudo was knocked down by a right hand which was followed by some punches.[8]

At K-1 Dynamite! on December 31, 2006 he defeated Damacio Page by submission.[9] After his win, and to the shock of the crowd, Sudo announced his retirement.[10]

After retirement[edit]

Prior to his retirement on New Year's Eve Sudo fought for K-1 HERO's, the mixed martial arts branch of the most popular Japanese combat sports circuit.

In 2008, he accepted the position of Manager for Takushoku University’s wrestling team. In the 2009 Eastern Japan University League Games, the 2009 All Japan University Greco-Roman Championship Tournament, and the 2010 All Japan University Wrestling Conference, he was awarded the prize for Best Manager. In addition, he led the team to victory in the 2010 All Japan Student Wrestling Championship, and in his second year as manager Takushoku University was victorious at all four of the biggest student wrestling tournaments. In 2010, he was made the Japanese representative manager for the World University Championship.

Sudo was cast in Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate (仮面ライダーW(ダブル) FOREVER AtoZ/運命のガイアメモリ) in 2010 as Kyosui Izumi, member of NEVER and user of the T2 Luna Memory. He reprised his role in Kamen Rider Eternal, in Kamen Rider W Returns which was released on July 21, 2011. He has also finished filming his part of the movie The R246 Story.[11]

On April 8, 2010 he received his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Naoyoshi Watanabe at Triforce Academy.[1]

Kickboxing career[edit]

Sudo participated in a K-1 tournament in 2002. He lost in the semifinals.[12] He has had important matches against Masato and Albert Kraus, both going to decisions.

Fighting style[edit]

A fighter with unorthodox striking and grappling ability, he has won fights by flashy knockout in both mixed martial arts and kickboxing. Among the unusual techniques that he favors and can use effectively are the spinning backfist, flying triangle choke and flying armbar, as well as dancing and turning his back to opponents in order to taunt or distract them.

Personal life[edit]

Sudo is a practicing Buddhist.[13] He married on November 22, 2007, but got divorced in 2014.

Sudo has written 15 books and has started an amateur baseball team for people 30 and over.

On August 1, 2009, Sudo and his office made an official statement to say information on Wikipedia was wrong. According to their statement, the bout between Sudo and Tiki Ghosn was originally declared a draw which was overturned after Sudo's corner man, Bas Rutten, objected, at which point Sudo was declared the winner and given a medal.[14][15]

On January 25, 2010, Sudo took the entrance examination of Takushoku University Graduate School and he was admitted to the school on January 29. He entered the Local Government Course (Master's Program) of the Graduate School of Local Government.[16]

Instructor lineage[edit]

Brazilian jiu-jitsu[edit]

Jigoro KanoMitsuyo "Count Koma" MaedaCarlos Gracie, Sr.Helio GracieRolls GracieRomero "Jacaré" Cavalcanti → Alexandre Paiva → Naoyoshi Watanabe → Genki Sudo

Shoot wrestling[edit]

Karl GotchYoshiaki FujiwaraMasakatsu Funaki → Genki Sudo

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–4–1 Damacio Page Submission (triangle choke) K-1 PREMIUM 2006 Dynamite!! December 31, 2006 1 3:05 Osaka, Japan
Win 15–4–1 Ole Laursen Decision (unanimous) Hero's 4 March 15, 2006 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14–4–1 Norifumi Yamamoto TKO (punches) K-1 PREMIUM 2005 Dynamite!! December 31, 2005 1 4:39 Osaka, Japan Hero's 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Final.
Win 14–3–1 Hiroyuki Takaya Submission (triangle choke) Hero's 3 September 7, 2005 2 3:47 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 13–3–1 Kazuyuki Miyata Submission (armbar) Hero's 3 September 7, 2005 2 4:45 Tokyo, Japan Hero's 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 12–3–1 Ramon Dekkers Submission (heel hook) Hero's 1 March 26, 2005 1 2:54 Saitama, Japan
Win 11–3–1 Royler Gracie KO (punches) K-1 MMA ROMANEX May 22, 2004 1 3:40 Saitama, Japan
Win 10–3–1 Mike Brown Submission (triangle armbar) UFC 47 April 2, 2004 1 3:31 Paradise, Nevada, United States
Win 9–3–1 Eric Esch Submission (heel hook) K-1 PREMIUM 2003 Dynamite!! December 31, 2003 2 0:41 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 8–3–1 Duane Ludwig Decision (split) UFC 42 April 25, 2003 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 8–2–1 Leigh Remedios Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 38 July 13, 2002 2 1:38 London, England
Win 7–2–1 Kenichi Yamamoto Submission (rear-naked choke) Rings: World Title Series 5 December 21, 2001 2 1:46 Yokohama, Japan
Win 6–2–1 Brian Lo-A-Njoe Submission (triangle choke) Rings: Battle Genesis Vol. 8 September 21, 2001 1 2:17 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–2–1 Craig Oxley Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase - Trans 6 October 31, 2000 1 3:14 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 4–2–1 André Pederneiras Draw C2K – Colosseum 2000 May 26, 2000 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 4-2–0 Kiuma Kunioku Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Trans 2 February 27, 2000 2 3:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 4-1–0 Nate Marquardt Submission (armbar) Pancrase - Breakthrough 11 December 18, 1999 1 13:31 Yokohama, Japan
Win 3-1–0 Victor Hunsaker Submission (elbows) Pancrase - Breakthrough 9 October 25, 1999 1 1:43 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 2-1–0 Minoru Toyonaga Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round August 1, 1999 2 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2-0–0 Kousei Kubota Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round August 1, 1999 2 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1-0-0 Tiki Ghosn Decision (draw overturned) ES 2 – Extreme Shoot 2 June 6, 1998 3 5:00 Mission Viejo, California, United States Originally declared a draw, overturned after Sudo’s corner man, Bas Rutten, objected, at which point Sudo was declared the winner.

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Loss Brazil Vitor Belfort ADCC 2001 Absolute 2001 3
Loss Brazil Rodrigo Gracie ADCC 2001 –77 kg 2001 3
Win Japan Caol Uno Decision The CONTENDERS 2000 2000 2

Kickboxing record[edit]

6 Fights: 2 Wins (2 (T)KO's), 4 Losses (2 (T)KO's, 2 decisions)
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2006-09-04 Loss Australia Ian Schaffa K-1 World MAX 2006 Champions Challenge Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan TKO (Referee Stoppage) 2 0:59
2004-10-13 Win United States Michael Lerma K-1 World MAX 2004 Champions' Challenge Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan TKO (Cut) 2 2:09
2003-11-18 Loss Netherlands Albert Kraus K-1 World MAX 2003 Champions' Challenge Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2003-03-01 Loss Japan Masato K-1 World MAX 2003 Japan Grand Prix Quarterfinal Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2002-10-11 Win South Korea Jin-Woo Kim K-1 World MAX 2002 Champions' Challenge Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan KO (Spinning Back Fist) 2 0:16
2002-02-11 Loss Japan Takayuki Kohiruimaki K-1 Japan MAX 2002 Quarterfinal , Japan TKO (Referee Stoppage) 3 1:27

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes


The following books are all essays.

Original Title Original Publication Date English Name
2005 The theory of Happiness
Kaze no tani no Anohito to Kekkonsuru houhou
2006 How to Marry The Woman living in the Valley of the Wind
Kami ha Tēburu Kurosu
2007 God is The Tablecloth
2007 Revolution
バシャール スドウゲンキ
Bashāru Sudo Genki
2007 Genki Sudo, The Bashar
Muishiki wa itsumo kimini katarikakeru
2008 Subconscious Always Talks to You
Kacchā in za Okutagon
2008 Catcher In The Octagon
Ai to Kakumei no Runessansu
2009 Renaissance Of Love and Revolution
Let's 猫
Let's Neko
2010 Let's Cat
kyouga nokorino jinnsei saisyo no hi
2010 Today is the firstday of the rest in my life
bi ha nikutaini yadoru
2011 Beauty dwells in the body


Title Date Type Publisher
Love&Everything September 6, 2006 Single (CD) Toshiba EMI (EMI Music Japan)

Film actor roles[edit]

Original video[edit]

Television drama roles[edit]


  • JOC Cup All Japan Junior Wrestling Championship Winner(1996)
  • Hero's Middleweight Tournament Runner-up


  • Martial arts
    • UFC 38 Tap Out Award
    • UFC 38 Best Fighter Award
    • UFC 47 Tap Out Award
    • UFC 47 Best Fighter Award
  • Movie
    • Spotlight Award (Short Short Film Festival & Asia 2008)[17]
  • Japanese calligraphy
    • Newcomer Encouragement Award (15th Taisho exhibition)[18][19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b (in Japanese)2010年04月09日 April 9, 2010 Archived May 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
  2. ^ "Genki Sudo Documentary Pt. 1". YouTube. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
  3. ^ [1] Archived January 1, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Member profile - About Genki Sudo". World Order official website. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  5. ^ "Member profile". World Order official website. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  6. ^ "We Are All One". Archived from the original on 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
  7. ^ (in Japanese)[リングス]元気、ヤマケンを裸絞め葬。SB前田も裸絞めで勝利/12.21横文 結果 [RINGS] Sudo beats Yamamoto with Rear Naked Choke. Maeda from Shoot boxing wins by Rear Naked Choke / December 21, Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, Result Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  8. ^ "Genki "Neo-Samurai" Sudo MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Retrieved 2011-11-08.
  9. ^ [2] Archived January 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ (2006-12-31). "Akiyama Stops Sakuraba Amidst Controversy, Sudo Retires". Retrieved 2011-11-08.
  11. ^ R246 Story on IMDb
  12. ^ (in Japanese)(レポ&写真) [K-1]10.11有明:魔裟斗、クラウスとドロー。須藤&村浜も好勝負 (Reports & Photos) [K-1] 10.11 Ariake: Masato draws with Kraus. Sudo & Murahama Good Bouts 2010-08-31.
  13. ^[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ 投稿者: 管理 日時: 2007年08月16日 17:06 (1998-06-06). "Mistaken fight record in article from free encyclopedia "Wikipedia"". Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
  15. ^ Mistaken fight record in article from free encyclopedia “Wikipedia” Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
  16. ^ (in Japanese)須藤元気が拓殖大学大学院に合格!! Genki Sudo passes entrance exam of Takushoku University Graduate School Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
  17. ^ (in Japanese)Short Short Film Festival & Asia 2010 News Release No.014 Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
  18. ^ (in Japanese)WE ARE ALL ONE : Profile Archived 2009-03-03 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
  19. ^ WE ARE ALL ONE : Profile Archived 2010-09-24 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved: 2010-08-31.

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