Naoya Ogawa in 2011
March 31, 1968 |
Suginami, Tokyo, Japan
|Other names||"O-chan", "Captain Hustle", "The King of Recklessness"|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||115 kg (254 lb; 18 st 2 lb)|
|Years active||1997 - 2005 (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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.
Life and career
|Competitor for Japan|
|1992 Barcelona||+95 kg|
|1989 Belgrade||+95 kg|
|1991 Barcelona||+95 kg|
|1995 Chiba||+95 kg|
|1990 Beijing||+95 kg|
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.
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.  Ogawa and Yoshida were both paid $2 million USD which remains one of the most expensive fights in MMA history.
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.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|9 matches||7 wins||2 losses|
|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|
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- With Shinya Hashimoto
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE
- "Naoya Ogawa profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- "Naoya "O-Chan" Ogawa profile". pridefc.com.
- "Naoya Ogawa - The warrior status". mmajudo.net.
- "Japanese icon Yoshida retires with loss to protege Nakamura". USA Today. April 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- ""PWI 500": 101–200". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. 2010-07-31. Retrieved 2010-07-31.