Masaaki Satake

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Masaaki Satake
Born (1965-08-17) 17 August 1965 (age 53)
Suita, Osaka, Japan
Native name 佐竹雅昭
Nationality Japanese
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 106 kg (234 lb; 16.7 st)
Division Super Heavyweight
Style Kickboxing
Team Seidokaikan
Years active 1984–2002
Kickboxing record
Total 43
Wins 27
By knockout 15
Losses 11
By knockout 8
Draws 5
Mixed martial arts record
Total 10
Wins 1
By knockout 1
Losses 8
By knockout 2
By submission 3
By decision 3
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: August 5, 2012

Masaaki Satake (佐竹 雅昭, Satake Masaaki, born August 17, 1965) is a Japanese former super heavyweight karateka, kickboxer, professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. He was one of the pioneering heavyweight fighters in K-1, after being a member of Kazuyoshi Ishii's Seido-Kaikan school and organization.


He represented the Seido-Kaikan organization in numerous Karate tournaments, winning most of them. After Kazuyoshi Ishii formed K-1, he became an active competitor there, with numerous victories.

He also participated in numerous shootfighting bouts in the RINGS Fighting Network, as well as sanctioned MMA bouts in PRIDE and in Antonio Inoki's Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye events.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Fighting Network RINGS (1991-1992)[edit]

Satake debuted in professional wrestling in shoot-style promotion Fighting Network RINGS. Wearing the style's signature tights and kneebots, he had a draw against Hans Nijman as his first match. He would went to face Gerard Gordeau in his second match, but the bout ended in a no contest when Gordeau, after received a kick to the back from Satake while he was turned away, shot on him and attacked him with punches and knees causing a brawl. Satake also had matches against Willie Peeters, Herman Renting and Maurice Smith.

He participated in the Mega Battle Tournament 1992, eliminating Mitsuya Nagai in the first round, but he had to retire due to an injury suffered while training.

WRESTLE-1 (2002-2003)[edit]

Through 2002 and 2003, Satake did appearances for the first WRESTLE-1 event, promoted by All Japan Pro Wrestling and K-1. Going under the ring name of SATA...yarn and wearing military garments, he wrestled Abdullah the Butcher twice, being defeated in both.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Satake made his transition to mixed martial arts for Pride Fighting Championships in 2000. At 34 years old, Satake was considered too passed his prime to perform adequately in Pride, but he sought to defy critics and joined the Takada Dojo, where he trained under Kazushi Sakuraba.[1] He was selected as a participant to the Pride Grand Prix 2000, in which he tried to set up by trash-talking a match against world judo medalist Naoya Ogawa, but he was pitted instead against Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran and eventual tournament winner Mark Coleman. Masaaki would lose the fight, being taken down with ease by the American wrestler and submitted via neck crank.

His second fight would be a non-tournament against former Pancrase fighter Guy Mezger. Satake successfully resisted Mezger's repeated takedown attempts during the first round, but at the second he would be taken down and controlled for another unanimous decision loss.

At Pride 10, Satake had his first victory against professional wrestler and judo specialist Kazunari Murakami. During the match, Murakami took down and mounted Satake, but the karate champion resisted. Satake eventually fell on top of Murakami during a scramble and landed ground and pound for the doctor stoppage. After the match, Murakami's teammate Naoya Ogawa came and traded heated words with Satake.

There were talks about a possible match with Ogawa, but they were shut off due to Ogawa's ongoing match against Rickson Gracie.[2] However, Ogawa ended up accepting the fight and it was scheduled to happen in Pride 11. Satake lasted until the second round and marked his opponent's leg with low kicks, but the judo champion managed to get Masaaki on the ground and submit him by rear naked choke.[3]

Satake was pitted in Pride 13 against retired sumo and professional wrestler Tadao Yasuda. Heavily outweighed, Satake was constantly driven against the ropes by his adversary, which impeded him from landing solid shots. At the end, the unanimous decision was given to Yasuda for controlling the fight. For the rest of 2001, Satake would fight important strikers, like Igor Vovchanchyn, Semmy Schilt and Sam Greco, losing to the two first and drawing with the third.

In 2002, Masaaki fought Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at Pride 20. The fight looked to be slow, but Jackson walked through Satake's punches and threw him down with a powerslam, following with multiples knees and punches from dominant positions. Satake absorbed the damage and eventually managed to stand, but then Jackson grabbed his waist and executed a German suplex, making Satake land right on top of his head. The fight was stopped with a TKO win for Rampage while Satake was carried to the hospital, where it was diagnosed a cracked skull and a gravely injured neck.[4]

Satake's last fight was a bout against judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida in Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2000, in which he fell to a guillotine choke.


Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record
43 Fights, 27 wins (18 (T)KOs), 11 Losses, 5 Draws
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
1999-10-03 Loss Japan Musashi K-1 World Grand Prix '99 Opening Round Osaka, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 27-11-5
Fails to qualify for K-1 World Grand Prix 1999 Final.
1999-08-22 Win Trinidad and Tobago Gary Goodridge K-1 Spirits '99 Tokyo, Japan KO (Kick) 3 2:47 27-10-5
1999-06-20 Win South Africa Jokki Oberholtzer K-1 Braves '99 Fukuoka, Japan TKO (3 Knockdowns) 3 2:19 26-10-5
1998-12-13 Loss Netherlands Peter Aerts K-1 Grand Prix '98 Final Round Tokyo, Japan TKO (Referee stoppage, Left Knee Strike) 1 2:40 25-10-5
1998-09-27 Win Brazil Glaube Feitosa K-1 World Grand Prix '98 Opening Round Osaka, Japan Decision (Majority) 5 3:00 25-9-5
Qualifies for K-1 Grand Prix '98 Final.
1998-08-28 Win Japan Tsuyoshi Nakasako K-1 Japan Grand Prix '98 Final Tokyo, Japan Decision (Majority) 3 3:00 24-9-5
Wins K-1 Japan Grand Prix '98.
1998-08-28 Win Japan Toru Oishi K-1 Japan Grand Prix '98 Semi Finals Tokyo, Japan KO (Left Punch) 2 2:03 23-9-5
1998-08-28 Win Japan Yoji Anjo K-1 Japan Grand Prix '98 Quarter Finals Tokyo, Japan KO (Right High Kick) 2 1:02 22-9-5
1998-07-18 Loss England Matt Skelton K-1 Dream '98 Nagoya, Japan TKO (3 Knockdowns) 1 2:06 21-9-5
1998-05-24 Draw Japan Musashi K-1 Braves '98 Fukuoka, Japan Decision Draw 5 3:00 21-8-5
1998-04-09 Draw United States Maurice Smith K-1 Kings '98 Yokohama, Japan Decision Draw 5 3:00 21-8-4
1997-11-09 Loss Switzerland Andy Hug K-1 Grand Prix '97 Final Tokyo, Japan KO (Left High Kick) 1 0:15 21-8-3
1997-09-07 Win Canada Jean Rivière K-1 Grand Prix '97 1st Round Osaka, Japan 2nd Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) 7 3:00 21-7-3
Qualifies for the K-1 Grand Prix '97 Final.
1997-07-20 Win Japan Masashi Suzuki K-1 Dream '97 Japan GP Final Nagoya, Japan TKO (Corner stoppage/towel) 4 1:17 20-7-3
Wins the K-1 Japan GP '97 Championship title.
1997-07-20 Win Japan Shuji Abe K-1 Dream '97 Japan GP Semi-final Nagoya, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 19-7-3
1997-07-20 Win Japan Sadakazu Kiyohara K-1 Dream '97 Japan GP Quarter-final Nagoya, Japan TKO (Right straight) 1 1:33 18-7-3
1997-06-07 Win England Kirkwood Walker K-1 Fight Night '97 Zürich, Switzerland Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 17-7-3
1997-03-16 Loss South Africa Mike Bernardo K-1 Kings '97 Yokohama, Japan TKO (Right hook) 2 1:24 16-7-3
1996-10-18 Loss Switzerland Andy Hug K-1 Star Wars '96 Yokohama, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 16-6-3
The bout was for the vacant W.K.A. Muay Thai World Super heavyweight Championship title.
1995-05-04 Loss France Jerome Le Banner K-1 Grand Prix '95 Semi-final Tokyo, Japan KO (Left hook) 3 2:32 16-5-3
1995-03-03 Win Germany Kimo Leopoldo K-1 Grand Prix '95 Opening Battle Tokyo, Japan TKO (3 Knockdowns, Left Middle Kick) 2 2:27 16-4-3
Qualifies for K-1 World Grand Prix 1995.
1994-12-10 Loss Australia Sam Greco K-1 Legend Nagoya, Japan KO (Right hook) 2 1:27 15-4-3
Lost WKA Thai boxing World Super heavyweight title.
1994-10-02 Win England Gary Sandland Karate World Cup '94 Osaka, Japan TKO (Left middle kick) 2 2:28 15-3-3
1994-09-18 Win United States Dennis Lane K-1 Revenge Yokohama, Japan TKO (Right low kick) 2 1:38 14-3-3
Won WKA Thai boxing World Super heavyweight title.
1994-04-30 Loss Netherlands Peter Aerts K-1 Grand Prix '94 Final Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 13-3-3
The bout was for the K-1 Grand Prix '94 tournament title.
1994-04-30 Win Croatia Branko Cikatić K-1 Grand Prix '94 Semi-final Tokyo, Japan Decision (Majority) 3 3:00 13-2-3
1994-04-30 Win England Michael Thompson K-1 Grand Prix '94 Quarter-final Tokyo, Japan TKO (Left knee attack) 3 0:34 12-2-3
1994-03-04 Loss Netherlands Ernesto Hoost K-1 Challenge Tokyo, Japan KO (Left high kick) 2 2:45 11-2-3
1993-12-19 Win United States Jeff Hollins K-2 Grand Prix '93 Tokyo, Japan TKO (Punches) 2 1:28 11-1-3
The bout was for the KICK World Super heavyweight title and ISKA Oriental rule World Heavyweight title.
1993-10-03 Win Switzerland Andy Hug K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup Final Osaka, Japan Tameshiwari 5 3:00 10-1-3
Wins K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup. After four overtime rounds the bout went to sudden death where Satake won in a Tameshiwari contest
1993-10-03 Win Japan Taiei Kin K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup Semi Finals Osaka, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 9-1-3
1993-10-02 Win Australia Adam Watt K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup Quarter Finals Osaka, Japan Ext.R Decision (Unanimous) 4 3:00 8-1-3
1993-10-02 Win United States Patrick Smith K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup 1st Round Osaka, Japan TKO 1 1:16 7-1-3
1993-09-04 Win Australia Stan Longinidis K-1 Illusion Tokyo, Japan Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 6-1-3
The bout was for the UKF World Heavyweight title held by Satake and WKA Kickboxing World Super heavyweight title held by Longinidis.
Longinidis lost this bout, but he didn't lose his WKA title because he asserted that the bout was not under WKA rules after the bout.
1993-06-25 Win United States Don Nakaya Nielsen K-1 Sanctuary III Osaka, Japan TKO (Right hook) 1 2:30 5-1-3
The bout was for the vacant UKF World Heavyweight title.
After the bout, Nielsen's side asserted strongly that he lost by Satake's headbutt.
1993-04-30 Loss Croatia Branko Cikatić K-1 Grand Prix '93 Semi-final Tokyo, Japan KO (Left hook) 3 0:45 4-1-3
1993-04-30 Win United States Todd Hays K-1 Grand Prix '93 Quarter-final Tokyo, Japan KO (Right low kick) 2 0:45 4-0-3
1993-03-30 Win United States Chris Blanner K-1 Sanctuary I Tokyo, Japan KO (Right hook) 2 1:39 3-0-3
1992-10-04 Draw Netherlands Peter Aerts Kakutogi Olympic III Karate World Cup '92 Osaka, Osaka, Japan Decision Draw 2-0-3
1992-08-21 Draw Netherlands Rob Kaman RINGS Mega Battle Special: Ishizue Tokyo, Japan Decision Draw 5 3:00 2-0-2
1992-07-30 Win Ahmad Muhammad Seidokaikan Kakutogi Olympic II Tokyo, Japan KO 1 1:57 2-0-1
1992-03-26 Draw United States Maurice Smith RINGS Kakutogi Olympics I Tokyo, Japan Time Over 4 1-0-1
1R and 2R are under Kickboxing rule, 3R and 4R are under Karate rule.
1990-06-30 Win United States Don Nakaya Nielsen AJKF event "INSPIRING WARS HEAT" Tokyo, Japan KO 1 1-0
Satake's debut bout as a professional kickboxer.
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1-8-1 Hidehiko Yoshida Submission (neck crank) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2002 December 31, 2002 1 0:50 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 1-7-1 Quinton Jackson TKO (slam) Pride 20 April 28, 2002 1 7:18 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Draw 1-6-1 Sam Greco Draw Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2001 December 31, 2001 5 3:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 1-6 Semmy Schilt TKO (strikes) Pride 17 November 3, 2001 1 2:18 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1-5 Igor Vovchanchyn Decision (unanimous) Pride 15 July 29, 2001 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 1-4 Tadao Yasuda Decision (split) Pride 13 - Collision Course March 25, 2001 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 1-3 Naoya Ogawa Submission (rear-naked choke) Pride 11 - Battle of the Rising Sun October 31, 2000 2 2:01 Osaka, Japan
Win 1-2 Kazunari Murakami TKO (punches) Pride 10 - Return of the Warriors August 27, 2000 1 6:58 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 0-2 Guy Mezger Decision (unanimous) Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals May 1, 2000 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0-1 Mark Coleman Submission (neck crank) Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round January 30, 2000 1 1:14 Tokyo, Japan

Mixed rules[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1-0 Mitsuya Nagai KO (palm strike) Rings: Mega Battle Tournament 1992 First Round October 29, 1992 1 1:24 Nagoya, Japan

Karate record[edit]

Karate record
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
1991-10-10 Loss Netherlands Gerard Gordeau Karate World Cup '91 - All Japan Karate Championship Decision (Divided) 3
1991-06-04 Win United States Willie Williams USA Oyama Karate vs. Karate Masamichi Decision (Unanimous) 3
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes


Satake Masaaki (December 4, 2003). まっすぐに蹴る [Kicking Straightly] (Tankōbon) (in Japanese). Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan: Kadokawa Shoten. ISBN 978-4-04-883858-0. 

TV series[edit]

Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger (Trinoid 2: Hirurindou (33))

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wrestling News - Dream Stage Entertainment 1". Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  2. ^ "Wrestling News - Dream Stage Entertainment 3". Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  3. ^ Scott Newman (2006-12-07). "MMA Review: #100: Pride 11: The Battle of Rising Sun". The Oratory. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  4. ^ Scott Newman (2006-12-07). "MMA Review: #33: Pride 20: Armed and Ready". The Oratory. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 

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