List of Shooto champions

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The following is a list of Shooto World champions at each weight class.

Title Histories[edit]

Flyweight Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 52 kg (114.6 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Thailand Rambaa Somdet
(def. Noboru Tahara)
November 23, 2009
Somdet vacated the title on April 16, 2011 due to a partially torn left biceps.[1]
Japan Junji Ikoma
(def. Junji Ito)
April 29, 2011
Japan Mikihito Yamagami November 5, 2011
Yamagami vacated the title in December 2013 when he moved up in weight.
Japan Shinya Murofushi
(def. Junji Ito)
January 13, 2014
Japan Yoshitaka Naito September 27, 2014
  • def. Ryuta Sawada on July 26, 2015
  • def. Junji Ito on November 29, 2015
Naito vacated the title on April 7, 2016 when he signed with ONE Championship.
Japan Ryohei Kurosawa
(def. Ryuto Sawada)
July 17, 2016

Bantamweight Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 56 kg (123.4 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Japan Mamoru Yamaguchi
(def. Yasuhiro Urushitani)
December 14, 2003
Japan Shinichi Kojima October 14, 2006
Kojima vacated the title on March 1, 2010 after suffering an ACL injury in his right knee which prevented him from defending his title in the mandatory time period per Shooto regulations.
Japan Yasuhiro Urushitani
(def. Ryuichi Miki)
May 30, 2010
Urushitani vacated the title on December 10, 2011 to compete in the UFC.
Ryuichi Miki drew with Yosuke Saruta for the vacant title on July 27, 2013.
Japan Ryuichi Miki
(def. Yosuke Saruta)
November 9, 2013
Japan Masaaki Sugawara May 3, 2015
Japan Hiromasa Ogikubo April 23, 2016

Featherweight Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 60 kg (132.3 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Japan Mamoru Yamaguchi
(def. Jin Akimoto)
December 17, 2000
Japan Masahiro Oishi November 25, 2001
  • drew w. Hisao Ikeda on September 16, 2002
Japan Ryota Matsune August 10, 2003
  • def. Kentaro Imaizumi on November 12, 2004
Matsune vacated the title in February 2006 after suffering a knee injury which prevented him from defending his title in the mandatory time period per Shooto regulations.
Japan Akitoshi Hokazono
(def. Kenji Osawa)
July 21, 2006
Hokazono announced his retirement on January 26, 2008 and thus relinquished the title.
Japan Masakatsu Ueda
(def. Koetsu Okazaki)
March 28, 2008
Japan Shuichiro Katsumura March 22, 2010
Japan Koetsu Okazaki April 29, 2011
Japan Hiromasa Ogikubo May 18, 2012
Japan Kyoji Horiguchi March 16, 2013
Horiguchi vacated the title in December 2015 to compete in the UFC.

Lightweight Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 65 kg (143.3 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Japan Kenichi Tanaka
(def. Kazuhiro Sakamoto)
September 8, 1990
Japan Kazuhiro Sakamoto May 31, 1991
  • def. Hiroyuki Kanno on October 17, 1991
Japan Noboru Asahi March 27, 1992
  • draw. Kenichi Tanaka on July 23, 1992
  • draw. Uchu Tatsumi on March 28, 1999
Brazil Alexandre Franca Nogueira September 5, 1999
  • def. Uchu Tatsumi on August 27, 2000
  • def. Tetsuo Katsuta on September 2, 2001
  • def. Katsuya Toida on December 16, 2001
  • def. Hiroyuki Abe on December 14, 2002
  • draw. Stephen Palling on August 10, 2003
  • def. Joao Roque on March 11, 2005
Nogueira vacated the title on May 7, 2006 after suffering a knee injury which prevented him from defending his title in the mandatory time period per Shooto regulations.
Japan Takeshi Inoue
(def. Antonio Carvalho)
May 12, 2006
Japan Akitoshi Tamura May 18, 2007
Japan Hideki Kadowaki March 28, 2008
Japan Takeshi Inoue (2) November 29, 2008
Japan Hatsu Hioki May 30, 2010
Hioki vacated the title on May 31, 2011 to compete in the UFC.
Japan Yutaka Saito
(def. Yoshifumi Nakamura)
January 11, 2016

Welterweight Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 70 kg (154.3 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Japan Yuichi Watanabe
(def. Kazuhiro Kusayanagi)
March 29, 1991
Watanabe vacated the title in 1991 for unknown reasons.
Japan Tomonori Ohara
(def. Yoshimasa Ishikawa)
October 17, 1991
  • def. Yomohiro Tanaka on September 25, 1992
Ohara announced his retirement in November 1992 and thus relinquished the title.
Japan Yuki Nakai
(def. Kazuhiro Kusayanagi)
November 7, 1994
Nakai suffered an eye injury which forced him into retirement in April 1995.
Japan Caol Uno
(def. Rumina Sato)
May 29, 1999
Uno vacated the title on December 17, 2000 to compete in the UFC.
Japan Takanori Gomi
(def. Rumina Sato)
December 16, 2001
Norway Joachim Hansen August 10, 2003
Brazil Vitor Ribeiro December 14, 2003
Japan Tatsuya Kawajiri December 14, 2004
Kawajiri relinquished the title on January 23, 2007 after suffering a knee injury which prevented him from defending his title in the mandatory time period per Shooto regulations.
Japan Takashi Nakakura
(def. Ganjo Tentsuku)
May 3, 2008
Nakakura relinquished the title on September 21, 2009, declaring that he wasn't ready to properly defend it after losing a non-title fight to Takanori Gomi.
Brazil Willamy Freire
(def. Kenichiro Togashi)
October 30, 2009
  • def. Yusuke Endo on May 30, 2010
Freire vacated the title on May 30, 2010 to compete in the UFC.[2]
Japan Kuniyoshi Hironaka
(def. Kotetsu Boku)
July 18, 2011
  • def. Giovani Diniz on May 18, 2012
  • def. Yoshihiro Koyama on September 29, 2013
Hironaka vacated the title in December 2015[citation needed] for unknown reasons.
Japan Koshi Matsumoto
(def. Yuki Kawana)
April 23, 2016

Middleweight Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 77 kg (169.7 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Japan Yasuto Sekishima
(def. Yoshimasa Ishikawa)
May 12, 1990
  • draw. Naoki Sakurada on November 28, 1990
Japan Yoshimasa Ishikawa August 3, 1991
Ishikawa vacated the title in 1991 to compete as a lightweight.
Japan Naoki Sakurada
(def. Yasuto Sekishima)
October 17, 1991
  • def. Kazuhiro Kusayanagi on September 25, 1992
Sakurada announced his retirement on January 18, 1997 thus relinquishing the title.
United States Jake Shields
(def. Ray Cooper)
July 9, 2004
Japan Akira Kikuchi December 14, 2004
Japan Shinya Aoki February 17, 2006
Aoki vacated the title on May 21, 2010 after years of not defending it, fighting for other promotions, and fighting primarily as a lightweight.
Brazil Luis Ramos
(def. Igor Fernandes)
August 6, 2010
Ramos vacated the title on August 9, 2011 after signing with the UFC.
Brazil Hernani Perpetuo
(def. Tommy Depret)
August 25, 2013

Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

Weight limit: 84 kg (185.2 lb)
Name: Date: Defenses:
Japan Kenji Kawaguchi
(def. Manabu Yamada)
May 31, 1991
Japan Hayato Sakurai May 13, 1998
Brazil Anderson Silva August 26, 2001
Silva vacated the title on January 9, 2002 after signing with PRIDE.
Japan Masanori Suda
(def. Lance Gibson)
January 12, 2002
  • def. Egan Inoue on May 9, 2003
  • draw. Dustin Denes on July 9, 2004
Suda announced his retirement on February 26, 2006 thus relinquishing the title.
Japan Shiko Yamashita
(def. Dustin Denes)
April 22, 2006
Afghanistan Siyar Bahadurzada July 15, 2007
  • def. Leandro Silva on August 27, 2009
  • def. Carlos Alexandre Pereira on August 6, 2010
Bahadurzada acvated the title on April 14, 2012 after signing with the UFC.

By nationality[edit]

The following include championship title holders by nationality.

Country Titles
 Japan 39
 Brazil 6
 United States 1
 Afghanistan 1
 Thailand 1
 Norway 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Chris (2011-04-16). "Hioki Joins April 29 Shooto Card; 'M-16' Vacates Title". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  2. ^ Butterfield, Jon (2011-01-14). "411 Fighter Profile 01.14.11: Willamy Freire". 411Mania.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 

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