Inoki Genome Federation

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Inoki Genome Federation
AcronymIGF
Founded2007
Defunct2019
StyleMixed martial arts
Shoot wrestling
Professional wrestling
HeadquartersJapan
Founder(s)Antonio Inoki
Owner(s)Antonio Inoki (2007–2018)
Simon Inoki (2018–2019)
WebsiteOfficial Site of Inoki Genome Federation

Inoki Genome Federation (イノキ・ゲノム・フェデレーション, Inoki Genomu Federēshon) was a Japanese professional wrestling and mixed martial arts promotion founded by Antonio Inoki in 2007.

History[edit]

Antonio Inoki left New Japan Pro-Wrestling, a promotion he founded in 1972, to start the IGF. The first IGF show was held on June 29, 2007 at the Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The main event of the show was a match between Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar.

Shinichi Suzukawa was scheduled to face Bob Sapp in an IGF special rules Heavyweight bout on December 31, 2010, at K-1 Dynamite!! 2010.[1] The fight was to be held under MMA rules, but the fighters wouldn't be wearing gloves. Closed-fist strikes would have been allowed, but palm strikes wouldn't have been permitted.[2] The event was to air on HDNet in North America.[3] However, the fight was canceled due to a last-minute contract dispute but the Japanese audience in attendance were told by the promoter involved in the contract dispute that Sapp “had lost his will to fight.” [4] In 2011 the company presented a gift to Kim Jong Il, leader of North Korea as part of a diplomatic effort.[5] In August 2014, IGF held two shows in Pyongyang, North Korea.[6]

On December 29, 2014, IGF announced a deal with PPTV to bring its programming to Chinese audiences.[7]

In 2017, Inoki created a new company, ISM, distancing himself from IGF. After that, his son-in-law Simon Inoki gained more influence in the company and created a new brand, "NEW". On March 23, 2018, Antonio Inoki sold his part of the promotion and left IGF. IGF closed on January 9, 2019. A new promotion featuring IGF's Chinese wrestlers, called "Eastern Heroes", was founded in 2019 by Simon Inoki.

Roster[edit]

Championships[edit]

IWGP Heavyweight Championship[edit]

IWGP Heavyweight Championship
Details
PromotionInoki Genome Federation
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW)
Date establishedJune 29, 2007
Date retiredFebruary 17, 2008
(Unified with the NJPW's IWGP Heavyweight Championship)
Other name(s)
IWGP Third Belt Championship (NJPW)
IWGP 3rd Belt Championship (NJPW

On October 8, 2005, at New Japan Pro-Wrestling's (NJPW) Toukon Souzou New Chapter event in Tokyo, Japan, Brock Lesnar defeated Kazuyuki Fujita and Masahiro Chono in a Three Way match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He held the title for 280 days, having three successful defenses, until he failed to show up for a scheduled title defense. NJPW thus stripped Lesnar of the championship on July 15, 2006.[8] Lesnar cited visa issues along with NJPW owing him compensation for his reasons at failing to appear at the planned title defense. After this series of events, NJPW founder Antonio Inoki left NJPW and created a new promotion, the Inoki Genome Federation (IGF). Inoki then recognized Lesnar as the IWGP Heavyweight Champion due to Lesnar never having lost the championship in a match and Lesnar still maintaining physical possession of the title belt.[9]

Title history[edit]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Brock Lesnar October 8, 2005 Toukon Souzou New Chapter Tokyo, Japan 1 629 3 Brock Lesnar defeated Kazuyuki Fujita and Masahiro Chono in a Three Way match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. New Japan Pro Wrestling stripped Lesnar of the title on July 15, 2006. IGF considered his reign still active and created the IGF version of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. [8]
2 Kurt Angle June 29, 2007 Toukon Bom-Ba-Ye Tokyo, Japan 1 233 2 Kurt Angle appeared with and defended the title in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), successfully retaining the championship against Samoa Joe on August 12, 2007, at TNA's Hard Justice pay-per-view (PPV) event. [10]
3 Shinsuke Nakamura February 17, 2008 Circuit 2008 New Japan ISM Tokyo, Japan 1 <1 0 Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Kurt Angle to unify IGF's IWGP Heavyweight Championship and NJPW's IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Unified February 17, 2008 Circuit 2008 New Japan ISM Tokyo, Japan Titles are unified and the IGF version of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship is deactivated.

IGF Championship[edit]

IGF Championship
Details
PromotionInoki Genome Federation
Date establishedAugust 22, 2011
Date retiredJanuary 9, 2019

In February 2011, IGF started a tournament to determine the first ever IGF Champion, which eventually led to a final match between Jérôme Le Banner and Josh Barnett. However, just days prior to the final match taking place, IGF announced on August 19 that Barnett would not be able to attend the event.[11] On August 22, IGF declared Le Banner the first champion.[12] The title was founded as a professional wrestling championship, but has since December 31, 2013, been contested in legitimate mixed martial arts fights.[13][14]

Title history[edit]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Jérôme Le Banner August 22, 2011 1 327 6 Declared first champion, after Josh Barnett pulls out of a tournament final match.
  1. def. Kazuyuki Fujita at Inoki Genome 〜 Super Stars Festival 2011 on August 27, 2011
  2. def. Josh Barnett at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2011 on December 2, 2011
  3. def. Tim Sylvia at Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 on December 31, 2011
  4. def. Peter Aerts at Genome18 on February 17, 2012
  5. def. Alexander Kozlov at Genome20 on May 26, 2012
  6. def. Alexander Kozlov at KF-1 World Martial Arts Tournament on July 10, 2012
[12]
2 Kazuyuki Fujita July 14, 2012 Genome21 Osaka, Japan 1 535 4 During this reign the title began to be contested in legitimate mixed martial arts fights
  1. def. Bobby Lashley at Genome 22 on September 29, 2012
  2. def. Erik Hammer at Genome 25 on March 20, 2013
  3. def. Atsushi Sawada at Genome 28 on September 28, 2013
  4. def. Hideki Suzuki at Genome29 on October 29, 2013
[15]
3 Satoshi Ishii December 31, 2013 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013 Tokyo, Japan 1 235 0 Won by unanimous decision.
4 Mirko Cro Cop August 23, 2014 IGF Fight 2 Tokyo, Japan 1 153 1 Second round doctor stoppage.
  1. def. Satoshi Ishii at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 on December 31, 2014
Vacated January 23, 2015 Cro Cop was stripped of the title when he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
5 Oli Thompson December 31, 2015 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2015 Tokyo, Japan 1 1,105 0 Defeated Fernando Rodrigues Jr. by TKO to win the IGF World GP and the vacant title. [16]
Deactivated January 9, 2019 Retired when promotion closed.

Tournaments[edit]

IGF Championship Tournament[edit]

First round
(Genome14, Genome15, and Genome16)
Semifinals
(Genome15 and Genome16)
Final
N/A
         
Josh Barnett Win
Montanha Silva
Josh Barnett Win
Bobby Lashley
Bobby Lashley Win
Keith Hanson
Jerome Le Banner Forfeit
Josh Barnett
Shinichi Suzukawa Win
Bob Sapp
Jerome Le Banner Win
Erik Hammer*
Jerome Le Banner Win
Shinichi Suzukawa
  • Erik Hammer replaced Shinichi Suzukawa in the tournament after defeating Ray Sefo.[17]

World Bantamweight Grand Prix[edit]

 
Quarterfinals
(DREAM 17)
Semifinals
(Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011)
Final
(Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011)
 
          
 
 
 
 
Japan Masakazu ImanariW
 
 
 
United States Abel Cullum SUB
 
Japan Masakazu Imanari DEC
 
 
 
United States Antonio BanuelosW
 
Japan Hideo Tokoro DEC
 
 
 
United States Antonio BanuelosW
 
United States Antonio BanuelosTKO
 
 
 
Brazil Bibiano Fernandes W
 
Brazil Bibiano Fernandes W
 
 
 
Japan Takafumi Otsuka SUB
 
Brazil Bibiano Fernandes W
 
 
 
Brazil Rodolfo MarquesDEC
 
Russia Yusup Saadulaev DEC
 
 
Brazil Rodolfo Marques W
 

Inoki Genome Tournament 2012[edit]

Semifinals Final
      
Shinichi Suzukawa Win
Yusuke Kawaguchi
Atsushi Sawada Win
Shinichi Suzukawa
Atsushi Sawada Win
Hideki Suzuki

Inoki Genome Tournament 2013[edit]

  Quarterfinals     Semifinal     Final
                           
  Hideki Suzuki Win  
  Akira Jo         Hideki Suzuki Win
          Atsushi Sawada Double Countout       Atsushi Sawada
          Shinichi Suzukawa  
  Atsushi Sawada Win    
  Shogun Okamoto  

IGF World GP[edit]

Quarterfinals took place on April 11, 2015 at IGF 3
Semi-finals took place on August 29, 2015 at IGF 4
The Final took place on December 31, 2015 at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2015.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         
Sweden Yosef Ali Mohammad TKO
Netherlands Dion Staring Rd 1
Sweden Yosef Ali Mohammad TKO
Brazil Fernando Rodrigues Jr. Rd 1
Brazil Fernando Rodrigues Jr. TKO
France Antony Rea Rd 1
Brazil Fernando Rodrigues Jr. TKO
England Oli Thompson Rd 1
United States Chris Barnett TKO
Bulgaria Emil Zahariev Rd 2
United States Chris Barnett Dec
England Oli Thompson Rd 2
England Oli Thompson Dec
Japan Ikuhisa Minowa Rd 2

[18]

IGF events[edit]

# Event title Date Location
1 Toukon Bom-Ba-Ye June 29, 2007 Tokyo, Japan
2 Genome September 8, 2007 Nagoya, Japan
3 Genome2 〜 Inoki Fighting Xmas December 20, 2007 Tokyo, Japan
4 Genome3 〜 Inoki Memorial 65 February 16, 2008 Tokyo, Japan
5 Genome4 April 12, 2008 Osaka, Japan
6 Genome5 〜 Hokkaido Genki Summit June 23, 2008 Sapporo, Japan
7 Inoki Genki Festival in Hakodate 〜 Hakodate Tomodachi Bom-Ba-Ye June 25, 2008 Hakodate, Japan
8 Genome6 August 15, 2008 Tokyo, Japan
9 Genome7 November 24, 2008 Aichi, Japan
10 Genome8 March 15, 2009 Hiroshima, Japan
11 Genome9 August 9, 2009 Tokyo, Japan
12 Genome10 November 3, 2009 Tokyo, Japan
13 Genome11 February 22, 2010 Tokyo, Japan
14 Genome12 May 9, 2010 Osaka, Japan
15 Genome13 September 25, 2010 Tokyo, Japan
16 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2010 December 3, 2010 Tokyo, Japan
17 Genome14 February 5, 2011 Fukuoka, Japan
18 Genome15 April 28, 2011 Tokyo, Japan
19 Genome16 July 10, 2011 Tokyo, Japan
20 Inoki Genome 〜 Super Stars Festival 2011 August 27, 2011 Tokyo, Japan
21 Genome17 September 3, 2011 Aichi, Japan
22 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2011 December 2, 2011 Tokyo, Japan
23 Fighting Spirit Festival in Iwaki December 4, 2011 Iwaki, Japan
24 Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 December 31, 2011 Saitama, Japan
25 Genome18 February 17, 2012 Tokyo, Japan
26 Genome19 March 20, 2012 Fukuoka, Japan
27 Genome20 May 26, 2012 Tokyo, Japan
28 KF-1 World Martial Arts Tournament July 10, 2012 Shanghai, China
29 Genome21 July 14, 2012 Osaka, Japan
30 Genome22 September 29, 2012 Aichi, Japan
31 Genome23 October 16, 2012 Tokyo, Japan
32 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye World Series in Pakistan – Day 1 December 2, 2012 Lahore, Pakistan
33 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye World Series in Pakistan – Day 2 December 5, 2012 Peshawar, Pakistan
34 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2012 December 31, 2012 Tokyo, Japan
35 Genome24 February 23, 2013 Tokyo, Japan
36 Genome25 March 20, 2013 Fukuoka, Japan
37 Genome26 May 26, 2013 Tokyo, Japan
38 Genome27 July 20, 2013 Osaka, Japan
39 Shangai Dojo Opening Anniversary Special Event July 24, 2013 Shanghai, China
40 IGF at Fields New Model Exhibition September 11, 2013 Tokyo, Japan
41 Genome28 September 28, 2013 Aichi, Japan
42 Genome29 October 26, 2013 Tokyo, Japan
43 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013 December 31, 2013 Tokyo, Japan
44 Pakistan–Japan Friendship Festival April 27, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
45 Inoki Genome Fight 1 May 5, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
46 Genome30 July 13, 2014 Fukuoka, Japan
47 Tohoku Earthquake Restoration Charity Event – Genki Festival 2014 – Day 1 July 20, 2014 Iwaki, Japan
48 Tohoku Earthquake Restoration Charity Event – Genki Festival 2014 – Day 2 July 21, 2014 Sōma, Japan
49 Tohoku Earthquake Restoration Charity Event – Genki Festival 2014 – Day 3 July 22, 2014 Iwanuma, Japan
50 Tohoku Earthquake Restoration Charity Event – Genki Festival 2014 – Day 4 July 23, 2014 Ishinomaki, Japan
51 Tohoku Earthquake Restoration Charity Event – Genki Festival 2014 – Day 5 July 24, 2014 Kesennuma, Japan
52 Tohoku Earthquake Restoration Charity Event – Genki Festival 2014 – Day 6 July 25, 2014 Ōfunato, Japan
53 Tohoku Earthquake Restoration Charity Event – Genki Festival 2014 – Day 7 July 26, 2014 Miyako, Japan
54 Tohoku Earthquake Restoration Charity Event – Genki Festival 2014 – Day 8 July 27, 2014 Aomori, Japan
55 Inoki Genome Fight 2 August 23, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
56 International Pro Wrestling Festival in Pyongyang – Day 1 August 30, 2014 Pyongyang, North Korea
57 International Pro Wrestling Festival in Pyongyang – Day 2 August 31, 2014 Pyongyang, North Korea
58 Genome31 October 13, 2014 Aichi, Japan
59 Road to Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 Fan Festival December 1, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
60 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 December 31, 2014 Tokyo, Japan
61 Genome32 February 20, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
62 Inoki Genome Fight 3 April 11, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
63 Genome33 May 5, 2015 Osaka, Japan
64 Genome34 June 27, 2015 Aichi, Japan
65 Inoki Genome Fight 4 August 29, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
66 Ja Matsuri 2015 – Day 1 October 31, 2015 Minamisōma, Japan
67 Ja Matsuri 2015 – Day 2 November 1, 2015 Minamisōma, Japan
68 Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2015 December 31, 2015 Tokyo, Japan
69 Genome35 February 26, 2016 Tokyo, Japan
70 Genome36 May 29, 2016 Osaka, Japan
71 Shanghai Dojo Opening Commemoration Convention August 8, 2016 Shanghai, China
72 Inoki – Ali 40th Anniversary September 3, 2016 Tokyo, Japan
73 NEW Opening Series – Day 1 April 5, 2017 Tokyo, Japan
74 Shanghai Launching Business Convention April 8, 2017 Shanghai, China
75 NEW Opening Series – Day 2 April 20, 2017 Tokyo, Japan
76 NEW Opening Series – Day 3 April 30, 2017 Kasukabe, Japan
77 NEW Opening Series – Day 4 May 12, 2017 Tochigi, Japan
78 NEW Opening Series – Day 5 May 21, 2017 Chiba, Japan
79 NEW Opening Series – Day 6: Nasu Festival 2017 May 27, 2017 Tochigi, Japan
80 NEW 2nd Series – Day 1 June 2, 2017 Tokyo, Japan
81 NEW 2nd Series – Day 2 June 8, 2017 Matsumoto, Japan
82 NEW 2nd Series – Day 3 June 17, 2017 Osaka, Japan
83 NEW 2nd Series – Day 4 June 18, 2017 Hyogo, Japan
84 NEW 2nd Series – Day 5 July 7, 2017 Tokyo, Japan
85 NEW 2nd Series – Day 6 July 15, 2017 Okazaki, Japan
86 NEW 2nd Series – Day 7 July 16, 2017 Tsu, Japan
87 NEW 2nd Series – Day 8 August 25, 2017 Tokyo, Japan
88 Toho Eiyu-den Japanese Launching Business Convention November 16, 2017 Tokyo, Japan
89 Toho Eiyu-den March 20, 2018 Tokyo, Japan

See also[edit]

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