March 8, 1978 |
Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
|Other names||Neo-Samurai (UFC)
Transforming Trickster (K-1/Hero's)
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shoot Wrestling, Kickboxing|
|Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
|Team||Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Takushoku Junior College
Takushoku University Graduate School
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Native name||須藤 元気|
March 8, 1978 |
Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan
|Occupation(s)||Singer, composer, lyrist|
|Labels||EMI Music Japan, Pony Canyon|
|Associated acts||World Order|
Genki Sudo (須藤 元気 Sudō Genki?, born March 8, 1978 in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese singer, composer, choreographer, actor and author. He is the producer, director, and former lead vocalist of the music group World Order, which is known for their techno music style and highly synchronised robotic choreography. Sudo 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 and unorthodox fighting style. Over his career he holds notable wins over Nate Marquardt, Eric "Butterbean" Esch, Mike Brown, Kazuyuki Miyata, Hiroyuki Takaya, Damacio Page and Ramon Dekkers.
His philosophy is "We are all one."
- 1 Early life
- 2 MMA career
- 3 Kickboxing career
- 4 Fighting style
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Instructor lineage
- 7 Mixed martial arts record
- 8 Submission grappling record
- 9 Kickboxing record
- 10 Bibliography
- 11 Discography
- 12 Film actor roles
- 13 Television drama roles
- 14 Titles
- 15 Awards
- 16 See also
- 17 References
- 18 External links
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.
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. 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 syle 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, bloodying Ludwig's nose with punches for a possible doctor stoppage, but his opponent returned the favour and dominated the end for a unanimous decision. Duane mocked Sudo with a crane kick pose after the end of the fight.
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.
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.
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.
Sudo has written eight books and has started an amateur baseball team for people 30 and over.
On August 1, 2009, Genki 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.
On January 25, 2010, Genki 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.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||16 wins||4 losses|
|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
|Loss||Vitor Belfort||ADCC 2001 Absolute||2001||3|
|Loss||Rodrigo Gracie||ADCC 2001 –77 kg||2001||3|
|Win||Caol Uno||Decision||The CONTENDERS 2000||2000||2|
|6 Fights: 2 Wins (2 (T)KO's), 4 Losses (2 (T)KO's, 2 decisions)|
|2006-09-04||Loss||Ian Schaffa||K-1 World MAX 2006 Champions Challenge||Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan||TKO (Referee Stoppage)||2||0:59|
|2004-10-13||Win||Michael Lerma||K-1 World MAX 2004 Champions' Challenge||Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan||TKO (Cut)||2||2:09|
|2003-11-18||Loss||Albert Kraus||K-1 World MAX 2003 Champions' Challenge||Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan||Decision (Unanimous)||3||3:00|
|2003-03-01||Loss||Masato||K-1 World MAX 2003 Japan Grand Prix Quarter final||Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan||Decision (Unanimous)||3||3:00|
|2002-10-11||Win||Jin-Woo Kim||K-1 World MAX 2002 Champions' Challenge||Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan||KO (Spinning Back Fist)||2||0:16|
|2002-02-11||Loss||Takayuki Kohiruimaki||K-1 Japan MAX 2002 Quarter final||, 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|
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|
kyouga nokorino jinnsei saisyo no hi
|2010||Today is the firstday of the rest in my life|
bi ha nikutaini yadoru
|WE ARE ALL ONE
WE ARE ALL ONE
|Love&Everything||September 6, 2006||Single (CD)||Toshiba EMI (EMI Music Japan)|
Film actor roles
- 2002: Madness in Bloom (凶気の桜)
- 2005: Fly, Daddy, Fly (フライ,ダディ,フライ)
- 2005: Swirling Fire (鳶がクルリと)
- 2008: R246 STORY「ありふれた帰省」
- 2010: Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate
- 2012: Rurouni Kenshin (るろうに剣心)
Television drama roles
- JOC Cup All Japan Junior Wrestling Championship Winner(1996)
- Hero's Middleweight Tournament Runner-up
- Martial arts
- Spotlight Award (Short Short Film Festival & Asia 2008)
- Japanese calligraphy
- (Japanese)2010年04月09日 April 9, 2010 crnavi.jp Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
- "Member profile - About Genki Sudo". World Order official website. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
- "Member profile". World Order official website. Retrieved 2013-06-28.
- "Genki Sudo Documentary Pt. 1". YouTube. 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
-  Archived January 1, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
- "We Are All One". Crnavi.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
- (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 boutreview.com Retrieved 2010-08-31.
- Sherdog.com. "Genki "Neo-Samurai" Sudo MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
-  Archived January 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- Sherdog.com (2006-12-31). "Akiyama Stops Sakuraba Amidst Controversy, Sudo Retires". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
- R246 Story at the Internet Movie Database
- (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 Boutreview.com: 2010-08-31.
- 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"". Crnavi.jp. Retrieved 2011-11-08.
- Mistaken fight record in article from free encyclopedia “Wikipedia” crnavi.jp Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
- (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 kamipro.com Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
- (Japanese)Short Short Film Festival & Asia 2010 News Release No.014 shortshorts.org Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
- (Japanese)WE ARE ALL ONE : Profile crnavi.jp Retrieved: 2010-08-31.
- WE ARE ALL ONE : Profile crnavi.jp Retrieved: 2010-08-31.