|Born||October 4, 1990|
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
|Height||5 ft 5 in (165 cm)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Division||Bantamweight (135 lb)|
|Reach||67.5 in (171 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Team||Reversal Gym Yokohama Ground Slam (2009–2014) |
Team Alpha Male
|Rank||2nd degree black belt in Judo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable school(s)||Yokosuka Gakuin High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
Pacific Xtreme Combat
Tanaka faced Crisanto Pitpitunge on May 18, 2013 at PXC 37 for the bantamweight title. He won the title via unanimous decision after five rounds.
Tanaka defended his title against Kyle Aguon on October 25, 2013 at PXC 40. He defeated Aguon via unanimous decision over five rounds.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Tanaka faced Kyung Ho Kang on September 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 52. He lost the fight via split decision. Despite the loss on the scorecards, Tanaka was awarded his first Fight of the Night bonus award. Subsequently, Tanaka had his bonus award rescinded and in turn, was suspended for nine months after testing positive for banned substances during his post fight drug screening.
Tanaka was briefly linked to a bout with Russell Doane on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195. However, Doane was forced from the bout with injury and replaced by Joe Soto. He won the fight by split decision.
In May 2017, Tanaka was released from the company.
Absolute Championship Berkut
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Pacific Xtreme Combat
- PXC bantamweight title (one time)
- One successful title defense
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||12 wins||3 losses|
|Win||12–3||Rogerio Bontorin||Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)||Grandslam 6 - Way of the Cage||October 29, 2017||3||2:27||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||11–3||Ricardo Ramos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie||February 4, 2017||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||11–2||Rani Yahya||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg||September 24, 2016||3||5:00||Brasília, Brazil|
|Win||11–1||Joe Soto||Decision (split)||UFC 195||January 2, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||10–1||Kyung Ho Kang||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson||September 20, 2014||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan||Tanaka tested positive for banned substances. Fight of the Night forfeited.|
|Win||10–0||Roland Delorme||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 174||June 14, 2014||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||9–0||Kyle Aguon||Decision (unanimous)||Pacific Xtreme Combat 40||October 25, 2013||5||5:00||Mangilao, Guam||Defended the PXC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||8–0||Crisanto Pitpitunge||Decision (unanimous)||Pacific Xtreme Combat 37||May 18, 2013||5||5:00||Pasig, Philippines||Won the PXC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Caleb Vallotton||Submission (triangle choke)||Pacific Xtreme Combat 36||March 8, 2013||2||2:39||Mangilao, Guam|
|Win||6–0||Russell Doane||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pacific Xtreme Combat 34||November 17, 2012||3||2:09||Quezon City, Philippines|
|Win||5–0||Jong Hoon Choi||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: 3rd Round||March 10, 2012||1||3:29||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–0||Teruto Ishihara||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: The Rookie Tournament 2011 Final||December 18, 2011||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won the 2011 Shooto Rookie 132 lbs Championship.|
|Win||3–0||Takuya Ogura||Submission (triangle choke)||Shooto: Gig Tokyo 7||August 6, 2011||1||3:09||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Hiroshi Roppongi||Technical Submission (armbar)||Shooto: Gig Saitama 3||April 10, 2011||2||1:29||Fujimi, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Yasutaka Hamaji||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Shooting Disco 13: Can't Stop Myself!||October 16, 2010||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
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