|Born||March 12, 1984|
|Residence||Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (165 cm)|
|Weight||144.8 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Division||Featherweight (2008–2012, 2015–present)|
|Reach||63 in (160 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
|Rank||A-Class Shootist |
Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Issei Tamura (田村 一聖, Tamura Issei, born March 12, 1984) is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division of Pancrase. A professional competitor since 2008, he has competed for the UFC and Shooto.
Mixed martial arts career
Tamura made his professional MMA debut in June 2008 for the Shooto organization. Prior to signing with the UFC, all of his fights have taken place in this promotion where he amassed a record of 6 wins and 2 losses.
Tamura trains out of the Krazy Bee camp alongside former top-ranked fighter Kid Yamamoto.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Tamura was expected to face Mitch Gagnon on March 16, 2013, at UFC 158. However, Gagnon was forced out of the bout with an injury and was replaced by T.J. Dillashaw. Tamura was defeated by Dillashaw in the second round via KO and was subsequently released from the promotion.
On July 18, 2013, Korean MMA promotion ROAD FC announced that they had signed Issei Tamura to their roster. He debuted at ROAD FC 13 on October 12, 2013, against Min Jung Song. He lost the fight via submission.
After three straight losses in Road FC, Tamura signed with Pancrase.
Racking two straight victories in Pancrase, Tamura earned a title shot for the vacant Pancrase Interim Featherweight Championship against Juntaro Ushiku at Pancrase 277 on April 24, 2016. He claimed the interim championship via third-round knockout.
Tamura was then expected to face reigning champion Andy Main in the title unification bout at Pancrase 282 on November 13, 2016. However, Tamura withdrew from the bout due to fractured nose.
Tamura faced Ryo Asami on December 25, 2022, at Pancrase 330, winning the bout via unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Lightweight 2008 Rookie of the Year
- 2007 All Japan Championship Welterweight runner-up
- King of Pancrase Interim Featherweight Championship (1 Time, former)
Mixed martial arts record
|27 matches||15 wins||12 losses|
|Win||15–12||Ryo Asami||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase 330||December 25, 2022||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||14–12||Kisa Miyake||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase 327||April 29, 2022||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||13–12||Hirotaka Nakada||TKO (corner stoppage)||Pancrase 321||May 30, 2021||1||3:36||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||13–11||Akira Okada||KO (punch)||Pancrase 319||October 25, 2020||2||0:42||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||13–10||Katsushi Sugiyama||KO (punch)||Pancrase 308||September 29, 2019||1||1:25||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||12–10||Kazumasa Majima||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Pancrase 305||May 26, 2019||3||3:41||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||12–9||Taichi Nakajima||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase 299||September 9, 2018||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12–8||Yoshinori Horie||TKO (punches)||Pancrase 294||March 11, 2018||2||1:28||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||11–8||Takumi Suzuki||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase 291||November 12, 2017||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||10–8||Nazareno Malegarie||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pancrase 285||March 12, 2017||1||2:50||Tokyo, Japan||Lost the King of Pancrase Interim Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||10–7||Juntaro Ushiku||KO (punch)||Pancrase 277||April 24, 2016||3||1:52||Tokyo, Japan||Won the King of Pancrase Interim Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||9–7||Takumi Nakayama||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase 273||December 13, 2015||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–7||Hikaru Hasumi||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase 269||August 9, 2015||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Return to Featherweight.|
|Loss||7–7||Yeong Seung Cho||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Road Fighting Championship 22||March 21, 2015||2||3:57||Seoul, South Korea|
|Loss||7–6||Soo-Chul Kim||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Road Fighting Championship 15||May 31, 2014||1||2:41||Wonju, South Korea|
|Loss||7–5||Min-Jung Song||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Road Fighting Championship 13||October 12, 2013||3||N/A||Gumi, North Gyeongsang, South Korea|
|Loss||7–4||T.J. Dillashaw||KO (head kick & punches)||UFC 158||March 16, 2013||2||0:26||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Loss||7–3||Raphael Assunção||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman||July 11, 2012||2||0:25||San Jose, California, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
|Win||7–2||Zhang Tiequan||KO (punch)||UFC 144||February 26, 2012||2||0:32||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||6–2||Guy Delumeau||Decision (majority)||Shooto: Shooto the Shoot 2011||November 5, 2011||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–1||Katsuya Toida||KO (punches)||Shooto: Gig Tokyo 7||August 6, 2011||1||1:23||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||5–1||Taiki Tsuchiya||Decision (majority)||Shooto: The Way of Shooto 4: Like a Tiger, Like a Dragon||July 19, 2010||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–0||Gustavo Falciroli||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Revolutionary Exchanges 3||November 23, 2009||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–0||Hayate Usui||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Gig Tokyo 2||April 19, 2009||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Naohiro Mizuno||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: The Rookie Tournament 2008 Final||December 13, 2008||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won Shooto 2008 Rookie Tournament.|
|Win||2–0||Takumi Ota||Decision (majority)||Shooto: 10/13 in Kitazawa Town Hall||October 13, 2008||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Yasuhiro Kanayama||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 6/26 in Kitazawa Town Hall||June 26, 2008||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
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- "Raphael Assuncao-Issei Tamura Booked for UFC on Fuel TV 4 in July". heavy.com. May 14, 2012.
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- "ROAD FC signs UFC vet Issei Tamura". mma-in-asia.com. July 18, 2013.
- Zach Aittama (March 11, 2017). "Pancrase 285 Results: Malegarie Submits Tamura, Yamaguchi Edges Miki". combatpress.com.
- "Featherweight veterans Issei Tamura and Suguru Nii to face off at Pancrase 313". asianmma.com. January 17, 2020.
- "Pancrase 313 postponed due to the coronavirus". asianmma.com. March 2, 2020.
- "Issei Tamura faces Yuki Takahashi at Pancrase 317". asianmma.com. July 2, 2020.
- "PANCRASE 317, August 23, 2020 – Studio Coast, Tokyo Show Cancellation Statement". mma-japan.net. August 24, 2020.
- "Issei Tamura faces Akira Okada at Pancrase 319". October 1, 2020.
- John Hyon Ko (October 26, 2020). "Koshi Matsumoto edges Hiroto Uesako at Pancrase 319". asianmma.com.
- "Issei Tamura faces Hirotaka Nakada at Pancrase 321". asianmma.com. April 1, 2021.
- "Isao Kobayashi beats Taichi Nakajima after bloody battle at Pancrase 321 | Asian MMA". AsianMMA. 2021-05-31. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
- "Issei Tamura faces Kisa Miyake at Pancrase 326". asianmma.com. February 8, 2022.
- "Yusaku Kinoshita wins at Pancrase 327". Asian MMA. 2022-05-01. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
- "【Pancrase330】右インローでペースを握った田村が、トップコントロールでRyoにフルマーク判定勝ち". MMAPLANET. Retrieved 31 December 2022.