Michinori Tanaka

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Michinori Tanaka
Born (1990-10-04) October 4, 1990 (age 27)
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg)
Division Bantamweight (135 lb)
Reach 67.5 in (171 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Team Reversal Gym Yokohama Ground Slam (2009–2014)
Team Alpha Male
Rank 2nd degree black belt in Judo[2]
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 11
By submission 5
By decision 6
Losses 3
By decision 3
Notable school(s) Yokosuka Gakuin High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Michinori Tanaka (田中 路教, Tanaka Michinori, born October 4, 1990) is a Japanese mixed martial artist who competes in the bantamweight division.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Shooto[edit]

Tanaka started his professional career in 2010. Until the first half of 2012, he fought only for Shooto, where he won the 2011 rookie 132-pound tournament.[3]

Pacific Xtreme Combat[edit]

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.[4]

Tanaka defended his title against Kyle Aguon on October 25, 2013 at PXC 40. He defeated Aguon via unanimous decision over five rounds.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In February 2014, it was announced that Tanaka has signed a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[6]

In his debut, Tanaka faced Roland Delorme on June 14, 2014 at UFC 174.[7] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Tanaka faced Kyung Ho Kang on September 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 52.[8] He lost the fight via split decision. Despite the loss on the scorecards, Tanaka was awarded his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[9] Subsequently, Tanaka had his bonus award rescinded and in turn, was suspended for nine months after testing positive for banned substances during his post fight drug screening.[10]

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.[11] He won the fight by split decision.[12]

Tanaka next faced Rani Yahya on September 24, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 95.[13] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Tanaka faced promotional newcomer Ricardo Ramos on February 4, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 104.[15] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[16]

In May 2017, Tanaka was released from the company.

Absolute Championship Berkut[edit]

In January 2018, it was announced that Tanaka has signed a contract with the Absolute Championship Berkut.[17]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michinori Tanaka's profile". Tapology.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Michinori Tanaka – Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Tony Loiseleur (December 18, 2011). "Shooto crowns 2011 rookie tournament champions in Tokyo". Sherdog.com. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Anton Tabuena (May 20, 2013). "PXC 37 results and fight videos: Michinori Tanaka takes bantamweight title". Bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Wesley de Souza (October 26, 2013). "PXC 40 results: Michinori Tanaka retains title, Will Chope scores biggest win in his career". Thefightnation.com. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Anton Tabuena (February 3, 2014). "UFC signs top Japanese prospect Michinori Tanaka". Bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ Joe Ferraro (2014-03-27). "Canadian Delorme added to UFC 174 in Vancouver". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  8. ^ Anton Tabuena (2014-07-26). "Asian champions Michinori Tanaka and Kyung Ho Kang to face off at UFC: Japan". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2014-07-26. 
  9. ^ Staff (2014-09-20). "UFC Fight Night 52 bonuses: Hunt, Case, Kang, Tanaka win $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  10. ^ Staff (2014-12-02). "UFC statement regarding Michinori Tanaka". ufc.com. Retrieved 2014-12-02. 
  11. ^ Staff (2015-12-01). "UFC 195 gets change-up: Russell Doane out, Joe Soto in vs. Michinori Tanaka". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  12. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-01-02). "UFC 195 results: Michinori Tanaka keeps submission-happy Joe Soto from first UFC win". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  13. ^ Staff (2016-08-03). "UFC's return to Brasilia starts to take shape". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-08-03. 
  14. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-09-24). "UFC Fight Night 95 results: Rani Yahya gets fourth straight with win over Michinori Tanaka". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-09-24. 
  15. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2017-01-10). "Ricardo Ramos takes on Michinori Tanaka at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  16. ^ Steven Marrocco (2017-02-04). "UFC Fight Night 104 results: Ricardo Lucas Ramos chases Michinori Tanaka around for decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  17. ^ "ACB signs top Japanese Michinori Tanaka". queel.me. January 20, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2018.