Makoto Takimoto

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Makoto Takimoto
Born (1974-12-08) December 8, 1974 (age 48)
Iwai, Japan
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight81 kg (179 lb; 12.8 st)
DivisionMiddleweight (formerly)
StyleMMA, Judo
TeamYoshida Dojo
Rank  4th Dan Black Belt in Judo
Mixed martial arts record
By submission2
By decision4
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision3
UniversityNihon University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Makoto Takimoto
Medal record
Men's judo
Representing  Japan
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney –81 kg
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 New Delhi –78 kg
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Osaka –81 kg
East Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 1997 Busan –78 kg

Makoto Takimoto (瀧本 誠, Takimoto Makoto, born December 8, 1974) is a retired Japanese judoka and mixed martial artist from Nihon University. He won a gold medal at the Half Middleweight category of the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Judo career[edit]

Takimoto was relatively unknown entering the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia with his biggest victory before 2000 coming in the 1995 Asian Games.[1] He recorded a Sode tsurikomi goshi and two Yukos in the gold medal match vs. In-Chul Cho.[2] Throughout his career, Takimoto defeated many notable judoka, including Olympic medalists Djamel Bouras, Bertrand Damaisin and Flávio Canto.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Takimoto began to consider a career in MMA after attending Pride 28 on Oct. 31, 2004 and seeing his friends and fellow judoka have success in the sport.[4] He announced on Dec. 7, 2004 that he would make his debut at Pride Shockwave 2004 against any fighter at any weight, as long as it was a "non-judo fighter."[4] He got his wish and made his debut vs. former Sumo Maegashira Henry Miller, winning via unanimous decision. He outlanded Miller almost 2-to-1 in significant strikes and took him down twice despite being significantly outweighed.[5] He fought for Pride six times in his career, posting a 3-3 record with the organization.[6] His victories came against the aforementioned Miller, fellow judoka Dong-Sik Yoon and Taekwondo expert Zelg Galešić.[6]

After Pride was disbanded in 2007, Takimoto earned the biggest victory of his MMA career, a split decision win over former UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante at Yarennoka on Dec. 31, 2007. He then joined the Sengoku Raiden Championship and fought four times with the organization. Takimoto was expected to participate in ASTRA, the farewell event for Hidehiko Yoshida on April 25, 2010.[7] However, he pulled out of the event and announced his retirement alongside Yoshida.[8]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
11 matches 6 wins 5 losses
By knockout 0 1
By submission 2 1
By decision 4 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 6–5 Jae Sun Lee Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 10 September 23, 2009 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 5–5 Michael Costa Submission (heel hook) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8 May 2, 2009 1 3:31 Tokyo, Japan Welterweight debut
Loss 4–5 Frank Trigg Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4 August 24, 2008 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 4–4 Evangelista Santos Submission (achilles lock) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku First Battle March 5, 2008 1 4:51 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–3 Murilo Bustamante Decision (split) Yarennoka! December 31, 2007 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 3–3 Zelg Galešic Submission (kimura) Pride 34 April 8, 2007 1 5:40 Saitama, Japan
Loss 2–3 Gegard Mousasi TKO (broken eye socket) Pride - Bushido 11 June 4, 2006 1 5:34 Saitama, Japan
Loss 2–2 Sanae Kikuta Decision (unanimous) Pride Shockwave 2005 December 31, 2005 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 2–1 Dong-Sik Yoon Decision (unanimous) Pride 30 October 23, 2005 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 1–1 Kiyoshi Tamura Decision (unanimous) Pride Critical Countdown 2005 June 26, 2005 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 1–0 Henry Miller Decision (unanimous) Pride Shockwave 2004 December 31, 2004 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan


  1. ^ "Judo at the 2000 Summer Olympics". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  2. ^ "Judo at the 2000 Summer Olympics: Final Round". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  3. ^ "Head-to-head Judo matches for Makoto Takimoto". Judo Insider. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  4. ^ a b "Makoto Takimoto joins Pride". Pride FC. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  5. ^ "Makoto Takimoto vs. Henry Miller". Fight Metric. Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  6. ^ a b "Makoto Takimoto bio". Pride FC. Archived from the original on 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  7. ^ "Yoshida's retirement bout to headline Astra event". Sherdog. Retrieved 2013-01-29.
  8. ^ "Hidehiko Yoshida and Makoto Takimoto enter retirement following ASTRA event". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2013-01-29.

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