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|Born||September 17, 1982|
|Other names||The Japanese Musketeer|
|Residence||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185.2 lb (84.0 kg; 13.23 st)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Rank||Black belt in Kudo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Hisaki Kato (加藤久輝, Katō Hisaki, born September 17, 1982) is a Japanese-French professional mixed martial artist and kickboxer who most recently competed in Bellator's Middleweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2013, he has also competed for Rizin.
Born and raised in Paris, Kato's father was a Japanese judoka who moved to Paris to pursue a career teaching the martial art, and become one of the top instructors in the country. However, he died when Kato was only a few years old. Kato's mother is French. Growing up, Kato pursued judo but favored the striking techniques of traditional Japanese martial arts such as karate. Kato was also a highly-talented handball player; he began competing in junior high and moved to Japan at the age of 18 where he competed for the national team and attended college. He later returned to his martial arts roots at the age of 23, joining the Kudo Federation of Japan where he competed and won five consecutive national tournaments. After winning his fifth title, Kato was offered a contract by the Japanese MMA promotion HEAT.
Mixed martial arts career
Kato made his professional debut in March 2013. In the first two years of his career, Kato competed exclusively for the Japan-based promotion, Heat. He compiled a 4–1 record, which included a first-round TKO of Yuki Niimura to win the vacant Heat Middleweight Championship.
Kato faced Joe Schilling in his promotional and United States debut at Bellator 139 on June 26, 2015. Despite being a sizable underdog, Kato won the bout in highlight-reel fashion, knocking out the seasoned kickboxer with a superman punch early in the second round.
In August 2015, Kato signed an exclusive, multi-fight contract with the promotion.
Kato faced another experienced kickboxer, Melvin Manhoef, at Bellator 146 on November 20, 2015 in the main event. Kato lost the fight via knockout due to a left hook from Manhoef in the first round.
On June 24, 2016, Kato made his professional kickboxing debut for Bellator Kickboxing. He faced Joe Schilling in a rematch at Bellator Kicking 2. Despite Schilling being the more experienced kickboxer, Kato again won the fight by knockout due to a spinning back fist in the second round.
Championships and accomplishments
- Heat Middleweight Championship (One time)
- MMA Junkie
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|11 matches||8 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||8–3||Chidi Njokuani||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 189||December 1, 2017||3||5:00||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||8–2||Ralek Gracie||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 170||January 21, 2017||3||5:00||Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||7–2||A.J. Matthews||TKO (punches)||Bellator 162||October 21, 2016||1||4:58||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||6–2||Yuta Watanabe||TKO (punches)||Rizin Fighting Federation 1||April 17, 2016||1||1:05||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||5–2||Melvin Manhoef||KO (punch)||Bellator 146||November 20, 2015||1||3:43||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||5–1||Joe Schilling||KO (superman punch)||Bellator 139||June 26, 2015||2||0:34||Mulvane, Kansas, United States|
|Loss||4–1||Henrique Shigemoto||TKO (punches)||Heat 35||March 22, 2015||1||4:16||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan||Lost Heat Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||4–0||Yuki Niimura||TKO (punches)||Heat 31||April 19, 2014||1||0:53||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan||Won vacant Heat Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Yusuke Sakashita||TKO (head kick and punches)||Heat 30||February 23, 2014||2||0:28||Kobe, Hyogo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Yuta Nakamura||TKO (punches)||Heat 28||September 29, 2013||1||2:14||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Tsukasa Kawaoka||TKO (punches)||Heat 26||March 31, 2013||1||1:29||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Professional kickboxing record|
3 win (2 KO), 0 losses, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- "Hisaki Kato Pledges to Turn the Tables on KO Artist Joe Schilling at Bellator 139 - MMAWeekly.com". www.mmaweekly.com. 2015-06-25.
- "Bellator 146: Hisaki Kato, The Time Is Now (Interview/Article) - TMMAC - The MMA Community Forum". themmacommunity.com.
- Marc Raimondi (May 18, 2015). "Joe Schilling gets quick Bellator turnaround, meets Hisaki Kato in June". mmafighting.com.
- Newswire (June 26, 2015). "Joe Schilling brutally knocked out with one punch by Hisaki Kato". mmafighting.com.
- Tristen Critchfield (August 4, 2015). "Bellator MMA Signs Hisaki Kato to Exclusive, Multi-Fight Contract". sherdog.com.
- Staff (September 8, 2015). "Hisaki Kato vs. Melvin Manhoef headlines Bellator 146 in November". mmajunkie.com.
- Brian Knapp (November 20, 2015). "Merciless Melvin Manhoef Left Hook KOs Hisaki Kato in Bellator 146 Headliner". sherdog.com.
- Steven Marrocco (January 22, 2017). "Bellator 170 results: Tito Ortiz stuns Chael Sonnen, taps him out in first". mmajunkie.com.
- "Chidi Njokuani Moves Up To Middleweight, Meets Hisaki Kato at Bellator 189 in Oklahoma".
- Nolan King (August 16, 2019). "Chidi Njokuani, Hisaki Kato among nine fighters released by Bellator". mmajunkie.com.
- "Bellator Kickboxing 2 Highlights". 2016-08-19.
- "MMAjunkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for June: Superman punch, or sick head kick?". 2 July 2015.