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17 August 1965|
Suita, Osaka, Japan
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||106 kg (234 lb; 16.7 st)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
Professional wrestling career
Fighting Network RINGS (1991-1992)
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.
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
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. 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. 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.
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.
- 1998 K-1 Japan Grand Prix champion
- 1997 K-1 Japan Grand Prix champion
- 1994 W.K.A. Muay Thai World Super Heavyweight champion
- 1994 K-1 World GP runner up
- 1993 I.S.K.A. Oriental World Heavyweight champion
- 1993 K.I.C.K. World Super Heavyweight champion
- 1993 Karate World Cup champion
- 1993 U.K.F. World Heavyweight champion
- 1989 Karate Real Tournament champion
- 1988 Karate Real Tournament runner up
- 1988 Shidokan open weight class tournament champion
- 1984 No. 4 in 3rd All Japan Karate Championships
|43 Fights, 27 wins (18 (T)KOs), 11 Losses, 5 Draws|
|1999-10-03||Loss||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||Gary Goodridge||K-1 Spirits '99||Tokyo, Japan||KO (Kick)||3||2:47||27-10-5|
|1999-06-20||Win||Jokki Oberholtzer||K-1 Braves '99||Fukuoka, Japan||TKO (3 Knockdowns)||3||2:19||26-10-5|
|1998-12-13||Loss||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||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||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||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||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||Matt Skelton||K-1 Dream '98||Nagoya, Japan||TKO (3 Knockdowns)||1||2:06||21-9-5|
|1998-05-24||Draw||Musashi||K-1 Braves '98||Fukuoka, Japan||Decision Draw||5||3:00||21-8-5|
|1998-04-09||Draw||Maurice Smith||K-1 Kings '98||Yokohama, Japan||Decision Draw||5||3:00||21-8-4|
|1997-11-09||Loss||Andy Hug||K-1 Grand Prix '97 Final||Tokyo, Japan||KO (Left High Kick)||1||0:15||21-8-3|
|1997-09-07||Win||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||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||Shuji Abe||K-1 Dream '97 Japan GP Semi-final||Nagoya, Japan||Decision (Unanimous)||3||3:00||19-7-3|
|1997-07-20||Win||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||Kirkwood Walker||K-1 Fight Night '97||Zürich, Switzerland||Decision (Unanimous)||5||3:00||17-7-3|
|1997-03-16||Loss||Mike Bernardo||K-1 Kings '97||Yokohama, Japan||TKO (Right hook)||2||1:24||16-7-3|
|1996-10-18||Loss||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||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||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||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||Gary Sandland||Karate World Cup '94||Osaka, Japan||TKO (Left middle kick)||2||2:28||15-3-3|
|1994-09-18||Win||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||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||Branko Cikatić||K-1 Grand Prix '94 Semi-final||Tokyo, Japan||Decision (Majority)||3||3:00||13-2-3|
|1994-04-30||Win||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||Ernesto Hoost||K-1 Challenge||Tokyo, Japan||KO (Left high kick)||2||2:45||11-2-3|
|1993-12-19||Win||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||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||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||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||Patrick Smith||K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup 1st Round||Osaka, Japan||TKO||1||1:16||7-1-3|
|1993-09-04||Win||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||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||Branko Cikatić||K-1 Grand Prix '93 Semi-final||Tokyo, Japan||KO (Left hook)||3||0:45||4-1-3|
|1993-04-30||Win||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||Chris Blanner||K-1 Sanctuary I||Tokyo, Japan||KO (Right hook)||2||1:39||3-0-3|
|1992-10-04||Draw||Peter Aerts||Kakutogi Olympic III Karate World Cup '92||Osaka, Osaka, Japan||Decision Draw||2-0-3|
|1992-08-21||Draw||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||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||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
|Professional record breakdown|
|10 matches||1 win||8 losses|
|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|
|Professional record breakdown|
|0 matches||0 wins||0 losses|
|Win||1-0||Mitsuya Nagai||KO (palm strike)||Rings: Mega Battle Tournament 1992 First Round||October 29, 1992||1||1:24||Nagoya, Japan|
|1991-10-10||Loss||Gerard Gordeau||Karate World Cup '91 - All Japan Karate Championship||Decision (Divided)||3|
|1991-06-04||Win||Willie Williams||USA Oyama Karate vs. Karate Masamichi||Decision (Unanimous)||3|
|Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes|
- "Wrestling News - Dream Stage Entertainment 1". Quebrada.net. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
- "Wrestling News - Dream Stage Entertainment 3". Quebrada.net. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
- Scott Newman (2006-12-07). "MMA Review: #100: Pride 11: The Battle of Rising Sun". The Oratory. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
- Scott Newman (2006-12-07). "MMA Review: #33: Pride 20: Armed and Ready". The Oratory. Retrieved 2016-10-10.