Naoya Ogawa

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Naoya Ogawa
Naoya Ogawa in 2011
Born (1968-03-31) March 31, 1968 (age 47)
Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
Other names "O-chan", "Captain Hustle", "The King of Recklessness"
Nationality Japanese
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 115 kg (254 lb; 18 st 2 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Years active 1997 - 2005 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 9
Wins 7
By knockout 2
By submission 5
Losses 2
By submission 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Naoya Ogawa (小川 直也 Ogawa Naoya, born 31 March 1968) is a Japanese former world judo champion, Olympic silver medalist, professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. He won a total of seven medals at the All-Japan Judo Championships (second only behind Yasuhiro Yamashita), and a set a record of seven medals at the World Judo Championships (tied with Robert van de Walle).

In professional wrestling, Ogawa was two-time National Wrestling Alliance world heavyweight champion.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Naoya Ogawa
Medal record
Competitor for  Japan
Men's Judo
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1992 Barcelona +95 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1987 Essen Open
Gold medal – first place 1989 Belgrade +95 kg
Gold medal – first place 1989 Belgrade Open
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Barcelona +95 kg
Gold medal – first place 1991 Barcelona Open
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Hamilton Open
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Chiba +95 kg
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Beijing +95 kg
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1988 Damascus Open

Ogawa first started in Judo in his high school years. He continued on in college attending Meiji University in 1986. In his second year at school he became a world freeclass champion, youngest in the history of Judo. He would go on to win many more championships before graduating from the College of Business Administration at Meiji University. Ogawa was Silver medalist in judo of 1992 Summer Olympics, and placed fifth at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[3]

In 1997 he was recruited by Antonio Inoki and was sent to train with Satoru Sayama. Ogawa made his debut against Shinya Hashimoto on April 12, 1997 at the Tokyo Dome wrestling with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Subsequently he was billed as Hashimoto's nemesis.

On March 14, 1999, Ogawa won the NWA world title from Dan Severn in Yokohama, Japan. Ogawa lost the title to Gary Steele in a three-way match that also involved Brian Anthony on September 25, 1999. Ogawa won the title back on October 2, 1999. Ogawa vacated the NWA title on July 2, 2000.

Ogawa also continued to use his judo skills in PRIDE where he holds victories over Gary Goodridge, Stefan Leko, and American olympic silver medalist Matt Ghaffari. After seven wins in mixed martial arts, Ogawa faced PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, and suffered his first career loss by first round armbar. Ogawa retired from mixed martial arts after falling to fellow Japanese Judoka, and rival Hidehiko Yoshida by an armbar in a highly anticipated MMA bout at PRIDE Shockwave 2005. [4] Ogawa and Yoshida were both paid $2 million USD which remains one of the most expensive fights in MMA history.[5]

Ogawa was a mainstay with the HUSTLE Wrestling group as part of the HUSTLE army, from their beginning until mid year of 2007, when Ogawa left to sign with Antonio Inoki's new promotion, Inoki Genome Federation.

Ogawa currently lives in Chigasaki, Japan (Kanagawa-ken) where he teaches kids judo in his own dojo on the south side of the JR station next to the Lawson Conbini shop.[citation needed]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 7-2 Hidehiko Yoshida Submission (armbar) PRIDE Shockwave 2005 December 31, 2005 1 6:04 Saitama, Japan
Loss 7-1 Fedor Emelianenko Submission (armbar) PRIDE Final Conflict 2004 August 15, 2004 1 0:54 Saitama, Japan
Win 7-0 Paulo Cesar Silva TKO (punches) PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004 June 20, 2004 1 3:29 Saitama, Japan
Win 6-0 Stefan Leko Submission (arm-triangle choke) PRIDE Total Elimination 2004 April 25, 2004 1 1:34 Saitama, Japan
Win 5-0 Matt Ghaffari TKO (punches) UFO: Legend August 8, 2002 1 0:56 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4-0 Masaaki Satake Submission (rear-naked choke) Pride 11 - Battle of the Rising Sun October 31, 2001 2 2:01 Osaka, Japan
Win 3-0 Rob Peters Submission UFO Europe: Free Fight Gala November 28, 1999 n/a n/a Kijkduin, Holland
Win 2-0 Gary Goodridge Submission (americana) Pride 6 July 4, 1999 2 0:36 Yokohama, Japan
Win 1-0 Rens Vrolijk Submission (rear-naked choke) Red Devil Free Fight 1 September 27, 1997 1 2:51 Amsterdam, Holland

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Professional wrestling[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Naoya Ogawa profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  3. ^ "Naoya "O-Chan" Ogawa profile". 
  4. ^ "Naoya Ogawa - The warrior status". 
  5. ^ "Japanese icon Yoshida retires with loss to protege Nakamura". USA Today. April 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  6. ^ ""PWI 500": 101–200". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. 2010-07-31. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 

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