|Born||March 12, 1984|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (165 cm)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||63.0 in (160 cm)|
|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 who competed most recently in Pancrase and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Before signing with the UFC, Tamura fought for the Shooto organization.
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 is 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.
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, Current)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||10 wins||7 losses|
|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 bout.|
|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||Wins 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|
- "Tiequan Zhang To Face Issei Tamura At UFC 144". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- "Raphael Assuncao-Issei Tamura Booked for UFC on Fuel TV 4 in July". heavy.com. May 14, 2012.
- "UFC 158 Fight Card Adds Mitch Gagnon vs. Issei Tamura". MMAWeekly.com. January 21, 2013.
- Staff (2013-02-19). "T.J. Dillashaw replaces Mitch Gagnon, meets Issei Tamura at UFC 158". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-19.
- "Duran, Holobaugh, Lawrence, Sicilia, Tamura among UFC fighter releases". mmajunkie.com. May 8, 2013.
- "ROAD FC signs UFC vet Issei Tamura". mma-in-asia.com. July 18, 2013.