|Born||August 22, 1977|
|Other names||Little Volk Han, The Magician of the Ring|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||134 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Style||Catch wrestling, Shoot wrestling|
|Fighting out of||Gifu, Japan|
|Team||Reversal Gym Tokoro Plus|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Hideo Tokoro (born August 22, 1977) is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently competing in Bellator's Bantamweight division. A professional competitor since 2000, Tokoro has also formerly competed for Vale Tudo Japan, ZST, Shooto, RINGS and K-1 Hero's.
Mixed martial arts career
Tokoro got his first contact with mixed martial arts in 1999, joining Kenichi Yamamoto's Power of Dream gym. He debuted in Titan Fighting Championship in 2000 and moved to multiple promotions, among them Fighting Network RINGS, Shooto, ZST and K-1, the latter of which signed him up for its HERO'S MMA promotion. Up to that point, as fighting wasn't enough to make a living, Tokoro had worked part time as a janitor, an aspect which K-1 promoted heavily in order to show him as a humble, hard-working underdog figure.
Tokoro had his debut in HERO'S in 2005 in the Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal. He went against the well regarded Alexandre Franca Nogueira, and shocked pundits by knocking him out with a spinning backfist at the end of a fast-paced, back and forth match. Tokoro advanced round against Shooto veteran Caol Uno, but he was controlled and damaged for an unanimous decision loss.
On December 31, 2005, Tokoro faced Royce Gracie from the Gracie family at the K-1 PREMIUM Dynamite!!! event in a much publicited match. The bout had special stipulations, as Royce had demanded no judge decision and 10-minute rounds, and was fought at openweight, with the Brazilian outweighing Tokoro by 40 lbs. Still, Hideo gave an excellent performance, controlling the stand-up and forcing Gracie to play conservatively on his own field of strength.
Immediately landing a punch combo and a high kick, the Japanese passed the first round in Gracie's guard, slamming him several times and bloodying his opponent's face with ground and pound, while Gracie kept himself active with heel kicks and short hammerfists. At the second, Tokoro fell in bad position upon trying a spinning kick, becoming entangled in a series of reversals both in the clinch and on the ground and being forced to defend a rear naked choke, but he ended the match again attacking Royce's guard. The match ended in a draw as stipulated, but Tokoro was seen by many as a moral victor, which boosted his popularity.
At K-1 PREMIUM Dynamite!!! 2006, Tokoro faced another member of the Gracie family, this time Royce's brother, Royler, more similar to Tokoro in size and under regular rules. The Brazilian was successful in taking the fight to the mat, but Tokoro counterattacked from the bottom with unceasing submission attempts. Returning to their feet, Gracie tried to clinch, but Hideo landed a heavy jumping knee and knocked Royler down with punches. The Japanese would be momentarily thwarted after failing a flying Kimura lock attempt, but he swept Gracie and controlled him for the rest of the match, winning a unanimous decision.
Tokoro also participated in Dynamite!! USA in 2007, submitting Brad Pickett by armbar.
Also in 2007, Tokoro faced RINGS legend Kiyoshi Tamura at the Dynamite!!! event. The heavier Tamura capitalized on his striking and wrestling advantage to control the bout, which forced Tokoro to absorb punishment and use every opportunity to scramble to try to get his game. At the third round, Tamura tried a Kimura lock, and althoough he couldn't twist the arm, he stretched it. Tokoro refused to tap out, but the match was eventually called off by submission.
Tokoro competed in DREAM's Featherweight Grand Prix where he lost in the first round to Daiki Hata, but was brought back into the tournament and defeated Abel Cullum in the second round, before losing to Hiroyuki Takaya in the semi-finals.
Vale Tudo Japan
Fighting outside of Vale Tudo Japan, Tokoro faced Victor Henry at Grandslam MMA: Way of the Cage on July 13, 2014. He lost the fight via second-round TKO.
Rizin Fighting Federation
In his debut for the Rizin Fighting Federation, Tokoro faced Kizaemon Siaga on December 29, 2015. He won the fight via submission due to an arm bar in the first round.
In his third fight for the promotion, Tokoro faced Asen Yamamoto on December 31, 2016 at Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: Final Round. He won the fight via submission in the first round.
Tokoro uses a style described as "breakneck paced" and "exciting." A skilled grappler, he works at high-speed on the ground and takes all risks with bold submission attempts, often leaving himself open to counterattacks in order to seek a chance to win. He favors shoot wrestling-inspired entries and leglocks, but is known for his brilliant positional work too. Despite this, he is also dangerous on his feet, counting on fast punches and jumping knees, as well as unorthodox attacks like spinning backfists and even spinning heel kicks.
Championships and accomplishments
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Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|66 matches||34 wins||30 losses|
|Loss||34–30–2||Kyoji Horiguchi||KO (punches)||Rizin World Grand Prix 2017 Opening Round - Part 1||July 30, 2017||1||1:49||Saitama, Japan||2017 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix First Round|
|Win||34–29–2||Asen Yamamoto||Submission (armbar)||Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: Final Round||December 31, 2016||1||1:19||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||33-29-2||Kron Gracie||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016: First Round||September 25, 2016||1||9:45||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||33–28–2||Kizaemon Siaga||Submission (armbar)||Rizin Fighting Federation 1: Day 1||December 29, 2015||1||5:15||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||32–28–2||LC Davis||Decision (split)||Bellator 135||March 27, 2015||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma|
|Loss||32–27–2||Victor Henry||TKO (punches)||Grandslam MMA: Way of the Cage||July 13, 2014||2||1:52||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||32–26–2||Will Campuzano||Decision (split)||Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 3rd||October 5, 2013||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||32–25–2||Taylor McCorriston||Submission (heel hook)||Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 2nd||June 22, 2013||2||2:34||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||31–25–2||Rumina Sato||TKO (punches & elbows)||Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 1st||December 24, 2012||1||0:39||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||30–25–2||Yusup Saadulaev||KO (slam)||DREAM: Fight for Japan||December 31, 2011||1||0:42||Saitama, Japan||DREAM Bantamweight Tournament reserve bout|
|Loss||30–24–2||Antonio Banuelos||Decision (split)||DREAM 17||September 24, 2011||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan||DREAM Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal|
|Win||30–23–2||Masakazu Imanari||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM: Japan GP Final||July 16, 2011||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix Final|
|Win||29–23–2||Atsushi Yamamoto||Decision (split)||Dream: Fight for Japan!||May 29, 2011||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan||DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal|
|Win||28–23–2||Yoshiro Maeda||TKO (corner stoppage)||DREAM: Fight for Japan!||May 29, 2011||2||0:43||Saitama, Japan||DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal|
|Win||27–23–2||Kazuhisa Watanabe||Submission (armbar)||Dynamite!! 2010||December 31, 2010||3||2:50||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||26–23–2||Joachim Hansen||Submission (triangle choke)||DREAM 16||September 25, 2010||1||2:48||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||26–22–2||Akiyo Nishiura||TKO (punches)||DREAM 14||May 29, 2010||1||2:51||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||26–21–2||Kim Jong-Man||Decision (unanimous)||Dynamite!! The Power of Courage 2009||Dec 31, 2009||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||25–21–2||Hiroyuki Takaya||TKO (punches)||DREAM 11||Oct 6, 2009||2||0:32||Yokohama, Japan||DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix Semifinal|
|Win||25–20–2||Abel Cullum||Submission (rear-naked choke)||DREAM 9||May 26, 2009||2||1:38||Yokohama, Japan||DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||24–20–2||Daiki Hata||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM 8||April 5, 2009||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan||DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix Opening Round|
|Loss||24–19–2||Daisuke Nakamura||Submission (armbar)||Fields Dynamite!! 2008||December 31, 2008||1||2:23||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||24–18–2||Atsushi Yamamoto||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 6: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round||September 23, 2008||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||24–17–2||Takeshi Yamazaki||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 5: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round||July 21, 2008||2||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||23–17–2||Darren Uyenoyama||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 4: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round||June 15, 2008||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||22–17–2||Kiyoshi Tamura||Submission (straight armbar)||K-1 PREMIUM 2007 Dynamite!!||December 31, 2007||3||3:08||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||22–16–2||Wataru Inatsu||Submission (armbar)||Zst 15: Fifth Anniversary||November 23, 2007||1||1:35||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||21–16–2||Kultar Gill||TKO (punches)||HERO'S 9||July 16, 2007||1||4:47||Yokohama, Japan||HERO'S 2007 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal|
|Win||21–15–2||Brad Pickett||Submission (armbar)||Dynamite!! USA||June 2, 2007||1||2:41||Los Angeles, California|
|Win||20–15–2||Kazuya Yasuhiro||Submission (armbar)||HERO'S 8||March 12, 2007||1||3:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||19–15–2||Royler Gracie||Decision (unanimous)||K-1: Premium 2006 Dynamite!!||December 31, 2006||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||18–15–2||Ken Kaneko||Submission (armbar)||HERO'S 7||October 9, 2006||1||1:50||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||17–15–2||Ivan Menjivar||Decision (majority)||HERO'S 6||August 5, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||HERO'S 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal|
|Loss||17–14–2||Kultar Gill||KO (knee)||HERO'S 5||May 3, 2006||1||0:43||Tokyo, Japan||HERO'S 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix Opening Round.|
|Win||17–13–2||Yoshinori Ikeda||Submission (triangle choke)||HERO'S 4||March 15, 2006||1||0:49||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||16–13–2||Erikas Petraitis||KO (knee)||Zst 9||February 18, 2006||2||4:03||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||16–12–2||Royce Gracie||Draw||K-1: Premium 2005 Dynamite!!||December 31, 2005||2||10:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||16–12–1||Gabe Lemley||Submission (triangle choke)||K-1 World MAX 2005 Champions Challenge||October 12, 2005||1||1:12||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||15–12–1||Caol Uno||Decision (unanimous)||HERO'S 3||September 7, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||HERO'S 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal|
|Win||15–11–1||Alexandre Franca Nogueira||KO (spinning back fist)||HERO'S 2||July 6, 2005||3||0:08||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||14–11–1||Erikas Petraitis||Decision||Shooto Lithuania: Chaosas||April 7, 2005||N/A||N/A||Vilnius, Lithuania|
|Loss||13-11–1||Masahiro Oishi||Decision (split)||Zst: Grand Prix 2 Final Round||January 23, 2005||3||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||13–10–1||Darius Skliaudys||Decision||Shooto Lithuania: Bushido||November 20, 2004||2||5:00||Vilnius, Lithuania|
|Win||13–9–1||Shuichiro Katsumura||Submission (guillotine choke)||Zst: Grand Prix 2 Opening Round||November 3, 2004||1||0:38||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||12–9–1||Naoyuki Kotani||Submission (heel hook)||Zst 6||September 12, 2004||1||1:44||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12–8–1||Shinya Sato||Submission (triangle choke)||Zst: Battle Hazard 1||July 4, 2004||1||3:23||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||11–8–1||Remigijus Morkevicius||Submission (triangle choke)||Zst 5||July 7, 2007||1||3:30||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||10–8–1||Erikas Petraitis||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto Lithuania: Vendetta||April 4, 2004||2||3:40||Vilnius, Lithuania|
|Loss||9–8–1||Tomomi Iwama||TKO (head kicks)||Zst: Grand Prix Final Round||January 11, 2004||1||0:53||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–7–1||Masahiro Oishi||Submission (armbar)||Zst: Grand Prix Opening Round||November 23, 2003||1||3:13||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–7–1||Taiyo Nakahara||Submission (armbar)||Zst: The Battlefield 4||September 7, 2003||1||4:56||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||7–7–1||Remigijus Morkevicius||KO (knees)||Zst: The Battlefield 3||June 1, 2003||1||2:54||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||7–6–1||Antanas Jazbutis||Decision (1–0 points)||RINGS Lithuania: Bushido Rings 7: Adrenalinas||April 5, 2003||2||5:00||Vilnius, Lithuania|
|Win||7–5–1||Hidehiko Matsumoto||Decision (split)||Zst: The Battlefield 2||March 9, 2003||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–5–1||Atsuhiro Tsuboi||Submission (armbar)||Zst: The Battlefield 1||November 23, 2003||2||4:09||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–5–1||Masaya Takita||TKO (cut)||GCM: Demolition 02/09/08||September 8, 2002||1||1:41||Japan|
|Win||4–5–1||Takumi Yano||Decision (unanimous)||Premium Challenge||May 6, 2002||1||10:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||3-5–1||Miki Shida||Draw (time limit)||Pancrase: Spirit 2||February 17, 2002||2||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||3–5||Naoyuki Kotani||Decision (majority)||RINGS: Battle Genesis Vol. 8||September 21, 2001||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||3–4||Takayuki Yamamoto||TKO||Titan Fighting Championship 4||July 1, 2001||1||3:50||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–3||Akira Nitagai||Submission (heel hook)||Titan Fighting Championship 4||July 1, 2001||1||5:12||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–3||Sumio Koyano||TKO||Titan Fighting Championship 4||July 1, 2001||1||0:56||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||1–3||Masashi Suzuki||TKO (punches)||Titan Fighting Championship 3||April 30, 2001||1||1:57||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||1–2||Yuji Hisamatsu||TKO (punches)||Titan Fighting Championship 2||January 21, 2001||1||0:56||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–1||Wataru Yoshikawa||Submission (armbar)||Titan Fighting Championship 2||January 21, 2001||1||2:19||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0–1||Naoto Ichikawa||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Titan Fighting Championship 1||September 29, 2000||2||3:59||Tokyo, Japan|
Submission grappling record
|Loss||Dan Strauss||Submission (guillotine choke)||Quintet||April 11, 2018||1|
|Loss||Dong Sik Yoon||Submission (sode guruma jime)||Quintet||April 11, 2018||1|
|Win||Hyun Jun Kim||Submission (armbar)||Quintet||April 11, 2018||1|
|Draw||Wanderlei Silva and Kiyoshi Tamura||Draw||Rizin FF 1||2016||1||15:00||Partnered with Kazushi Sakuraba|
- Snowden, Jonathan. MMA Encyclopedia, ECW Press, 2010
- K-1 HERO'S 2 Middlekyu Sekai Saikyo Oja Kettei Tournament (Middleweight World's Strongest Champion Decision Tournament) 7/6/05 Tokyo Kokuritsu Yoyogi Taiikukan, Quebrada.com
- K-1 HERO'S 3 9/7/05 Tokyo Ariake Coliseum, Quebrada.com
- K-1 Archives - K-1 Story .. Kudos for Kid Dynamite!
- K-1 PREMIUM 2006 Dynamite!! 12/31/06 Osaka Kyocera Dome, Quebrada.com
- K-1 PREMIUM 2007 Dynamite!! 12/31/07 Osaka Kyocera Dome, Quebrada.com
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