Mizuto Hirota

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Mizuto Hirota
廣田 瑞人
Born (1981-05-05) May 5, 1981 (age 34)[1]
Isahaya, Nagasaki, Japan
Native name 廣田 瑞人
Other names Pugnus
Pug Prince (破拳王子)
Kobushi no pitbull(拳のピットブル)
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[2]
Weight 70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 67.0 in (170 cm)[2]
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Sumida, Tokyo, Japan
Team Gutsman Shooto Dojo
[1]Cave (2010-present)
Years active 2005–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 17
By knockout 10
By decision 7
Losses 7
By submission 1
By decision 6
Draws 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: August 2, 2009

Mizuto Hirota (廣田瑞人 Hirota Mizuto?, born May 5, 1981)[1] is a Japanese mixed martial artist. He is a former Sengoku Lightweight Champion, a former DEEP Lightweight Champion, and a former Cage Force Lightweight Champion. He appeared in the Dynamite!! 2009 event and has also competed for the UFC, Shooto, and Strikeforce.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Hirota made his professional debut for Shooto, winning his first two fights by TKO and then won his next four fights all by unanimous decision to reach an undefeated professional record of 6-0. Hirota then faced Takashi Nakakura for the newly vacated Shooto Pacific Rim Welterweight Championship. Hirota was handed his first professional loss via unanimous decision and then lost his next fight, also by unanimous decision.

Hirota then signed with Cage Force, and in his debut, knocked out his opponent 16 seconds into the fight before getting another win via TKO.

In his next fight on April 2008, at Cage Force 6, Hirota defeated Tomonari Kanomata to win the Cage Force Lightweight Championship.


Hirota then entered the Sengoku 2008 Lightweight Grand Prix where he won his first-round fight by knocking out the last IFL Lightweight Champion, Ryan Schultz, at Sengoku 4 in August 2008. He was then eliminated from the tournament in the semi-finals after losing by unanimous decision against Kazunori Yokota at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6 in November the same year.[3]

In February 2009 he defended his Cage Force title when he fought to a draw with multiple-time King of Pancrase, Katsuya Inoue, and in May 2009 he defeated PRIDE veteran Mitsuhiro Ishida by knockout at Shooto Tradition Final.[3]

On August 2, 2009, at Sengoku 9, Hirota was matched up with the eventual Sengoku Lightweight Grand Prix Champion and the inaugural Sengoku Lightweight Champion, Satoru Kitaoka.[3] Hirota, who was an underdog going in to the fight,[4] had to defend multiple submission-attempts by Kitaoka during the first round, but came back in the second landing strikes on the feet while stopping Kitaoka's takedown-attempts.[5] In the third, Kitaoka was able to take Hirota down and control him on the ground eventually resulting in a yellow-card inactivity-warning for Hirota as he did not improve his position.[5] The fourth round saw Hirota damage Kitaoka with knee-strikes while on the feet, prompting Kitaoka to shoot in for a takedown. Hirota defended it and continued to land knees to the head of the grounded Kitaoka which forced the referee to step in at 2:50, giving Hirota the TKO victory to become the new Sengoku Lightweight Champion.[4][5]

Dynamite!! 2009[edit]

On December 31, 2009, Hirota faced DREAM and WAMMA Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki. In the first round Aoki caught Hirota in a hammerlock. When Hirota refused to submit, Aoki broke Hirota's arm and won the fight.[6]

On March 7, 2010, Hirota announced during Sengoku 12 that he would be vacating his belt due to his injuries sustained at Dynamite!! 2009.[7]


A year after he officially vacated his Sengoku Lightweight Championship belt, Hirota began fighting for DEEP. Hirota's debut for the organization was against Katsunori Kikuno for the DEEP Lightweight Championship and Hirota won via unanimous decision, and then defended his belt against Seichi Ikemoto, winning again via unanimous decision. Hirota then vacated his title in April of 2012.


On May 29, 2012, it was announced that Hirota would make his United States debut for Strikeforce in July 2012 against Pat Healy.[8] In a back and forth bout, Hirota showcased technical boxing and some take down defense, but Healy was able to land more during the clinch. Hirota lost the close battle by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). Strikeforce commentator and former UFC Middleweight Champion Pat Miletich stated the decision was affected by the home town favoring their own fighter.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Hirota faced Rani Yahya on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8. The fight was Hirota's first fight as a Featherweight.[9] After losing the first two rounds, Hiroto was able to keep the fight standing in the third, but it was not enough under the scorecard and he lost his debut via unanimous decision.

In his second UFC fight, Hirota faced Rodrigo Damm at UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum on June 8, 2013. He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision and was subsequently released from the promotion following the loss.

Road to UFC: Japan[edit]

In June 2015, Hirota was announced as one of the eight featherweights competing on Road to UFC: Japan, a show in the style of The Ultimate Fighter. On the show he faced Nobumitsu Osawa in the quarter finals and won by decision. He then faced Daiki Hata in the semifinals and again won by decision. Hirota ultimately faced Teruto Ishihara in the finals at UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson on September 27, 2015. The bout was ruled a split draw with no winner decided.[10] Post-fight the UFC announced that Hirota and Ishihara would both be awarded contracts.[11]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 17–7–2 Teruto Ishihara Draw (split) UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson September 27, 2015 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Road to UFC: Japan Tournament Final.
Win 17–7–1 Kyu Hwa Kim TKO (soccer kick & punches) Deep - Dream Impact 2014: Omisoka Special December 31, 2014 2 0:33 Saitama, Japan
Win 16–7–1 Masakazu Imanari TKO (punches) Deep: 69 Impact October 26, 2014 2 1:38 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–7–1 Daisuke Nakamura Decision (unanimous) Deep: 66 Impact April 29, 2014 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14–7–1 Rodrigo Damm Decision (split) UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum June 8, 2013 3 5:00 Fortaleza, Brazil
Loss 14–6–1 Rani Yahya Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann March 3, 2013 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Featherweight debut.
Loss 14–5–1 Pat Healy Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy July 14, 2012 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 14–4–1 Seichi Ikemoto Decision (unanimous) Deep: 57 Impact February 18, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Defended the DEEP Lightweight Championship.
Win 13–4–1 Katsunori Kikuno Decision (unanimous) Deep: 55 Impact August 26, 2011 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Won the DEEP Lightweight Championship.
Loss 12–4–1 Shinya Aoki Technical Submission (hammerlock) Dynamite!! The Power of Courage 2009 December 31, 2009 1 2:17 Saitama, Japan
Win 12–3–1 Satoru Kitaoka TKO (knees) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 August 2, 2009 4 2:50 Saitama, Japan Won the Sengoku Lightweight Championship.
Win 11–3–1 Mitsuhiro Ishida TKO (punches) Shooto: Shooto Tradition Final May 10, 2009 1 1:33 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 10–3–1 Katsuya Inoue Draw GCM: Cage Force EX February 28, 2009 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Defended the Cage Force Lightweight Championship.
Loss 10–3 Kazunori Yokota Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6 November 1, 2008 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Sengoku Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Final.
Win 10–2 Ryan Schultz KO (superman punch) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4 August 24, 2008 2 4:25 Saitama, Japan
Win 9–2 Tomonari Kanomata TKO (punches) GCM: Cage Force 6 April 5, 2008 1 1:00 Tokyo, Japan Won the Cage Force Lightweight Championship.
Win 8–2 Johnny Frachey TKO (punches) Cage Force EX Eastern Bound February 11, 2008 2 0:08 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–2 Do Gi Sin KO (punches) Cage Force 5 December 1, 2007 1 0:16 Japan
Loss 6–2 Ganjo Tentsuku Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Shooting Disco 2: The Heat Rises Tonight August 5, 2007 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 6–1 Takashi Nakakura Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Back To Our Roots 1 February 17, 2007 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan For the Shooto Pacific Rim Welterweight (154 lbs) Championship.
Win 6–0 Jin Kazeta Decision (unanimous) Shooto: The Devilock May 12, 2006 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–0 Danilo Cherman Decision (unanimous) Shooto: The Victory of the Truth February 17, 2006 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–0 Kabuto Kokage Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 12/17 in Shinjuku Face December 17, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–0 Yoshihiro Koyama Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 9/23 in Korakuen Hall September 23, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2–0 Komei Okada TKO (punches) Shooto: 6/3 in Kitazawa Town Hall June 3, 2005 1 4:56 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 Masaaki Yamamori TKO (punches) Shooto: 2/6 in Kitazawa Town Hall February 6, 2005 2 1:27 Tokyo, Japan


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Preceded by
Satoru Kitaoka
2nd Sengoku Lightweight Champion
August 2, 2009 – March 7, 2010
due to injury