Noboru Asahi

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Noboru Asahi
朝日 昇
Born Shin'ichi Asahi
(1968-01-05) January 5, 1968 (age 49)
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Other names Kijin (奇人, The Strange Man)
Nationality Japanese
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Lightweight
Fighting out of Kita, Tokyo, Japan
Team Purebred Ōmiya (1990-2001)
Tokyo Yellowmans (2001-current)
Trainer Satoru Sayama
Years active 13 (1990-2003)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 30
Wins 19
By submission 14
By decision 5
Losses 6
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 2
Draws 5
Other information
Website http://www.tacox.jp/index.html
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: January 2, 2010

Noboru Asahi (朝日 昇?, Asahi Noboru, born January 5, 1968) is a Japanese retired mixed martial artist, a designer, and an owner of MMA gym.[1][2]

He was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan on January 5, 1968 as Shin'ichi Asahi (朝日 愼一?, Asahi Shin'ichi).

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

A former amateur wrestler, Asahi was trained in Satoru Sayama's Super Tiger Gym, where he learned shoot wrestling. He made his debut in Shooto in 1992 submitting Tomoyuki Saito. Showing his grappling excellence, Noboru captured the Shooto Featherweight Championship from Kazuhiro Sakamoto and enjoyed a thirteen-fights winning streak, with victories over Yuki Nakai and Masato Suzuki, as well as Brazilian grappler Leandro Lima de Azevedo.

His streak snapped, however, when he was sent to the 1996 Vale Tudo Japan and fought Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Royler Gracie. Asahi was taken down and held in side control, ending with Gracie taking his back; Noboru eventually escaped, but the game repeated itself and he got caught in a rear naked choke, being submitted. At the next Shooto event, he lost to Alexandre Franca Nogueira by technical submission due to Nogueira's famed guillotine choke. Noboru did better in the next VTJ, fighting to a draw with another BJJ expert in the form of João Roque, but he fell again to Nogueira in a much longer fight, losing his title.

In 2001, Asahi retired from Shooto and founded the Tokyo Yellowmans gym.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19-6-5 Tomomi Iwama TKO (punches) Deep - 10th Impact June 25, 2003 3 0:42 Japan
Loss 19-5-5 Naoya Uematsu Decision (2-0) Shooto - R.E.A.D. 10 September 15, 2000 3 5:00 Japan
Loss 19-4-5 Alexandre Franca Nogueira Technical submission (guillotine choke) Shooto - Renaxis 4 September 5, 1999 2 3:29 Japan Losses title of Shooto World Lightweight Championship.
Draw 19-4-4 Uchu Tatsumi Decision (1-1) Shooto - Renaxis 1 March 28, 1999 3 5:00 Japan Retains title of Shooto World Lightweight Championship.(2)
Draw 19-4-3 João Roque Draw Vale Tudo Japan 1998 October 25, 1998 3 8:00 Japan
Win 18-4-3 Trent Bekis Submission (keylock) Shooto - Las Grandes Viajes 5 August 29, 1998 1 3:01 Japan
Loss 18-3-3 Alexandre Franca Nogueira Technical submission (guillotine choke) Shooto - Shoot the Shooto XX April 26, 1998 1 1:06 Japan
Win 18-2-2 Denis Hall Submission (armbar) Shooto - Las Grandes Viajes 1 January 17, 1998 2 4:18 Japan
Loss 17-2-2 Royler Gracie Submission (rear-naked choke) Vale Tudo Japan 1996 July 7, 1996 1 5:07 Japan
Win 17-1-2 Leandro Lima De Azevedo Technical submission (heel hook) Shooto - Vale Tudo Junction 2 March 5, 1996 1 1:04 Japan
Win 16-1-2 Iwan Njangka Submission (punches) Shooto - Vale Tudo Junction 1 January 20, 1996 1 1:21 Japan
Win 15-1-2 Anthony Lange Submission (armbar) Shooto - Vale Tudo Perception September 26, 1995 1 3:41 Japan
Win 14-1-2 Leonid Zaslavsky Submission (heel hook) Shooto - Complete Vale Tudo Access July 29, 1995 3 0:48 Japan
Win 13-1-2 Kyuhei Ueno Decision (unanimous) Shooto - Vale Tudo Access 2 November 7, 1994 5 3:00 Japan
Win 12-1-2 Nozomu Matsumoto Submission (keylock) Shooto - Vale Tudo Access 1 September 26, 1994 1 0:13 Japan
Win 11-1-2 Shinji Abe Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto - Shooto May 6, 1994 1 0:41 Japan
Win 10-1-2 Yuki Nakai Decision (2-0) Shooto - Shooto November 25, 1993 5 3:00 Japan
Win 9-1-2 Masato Suzuki Submission (armbar) Shooto - Shooto June 24, 1993 5 1:39 Japan
Win 8-1-2 Takashi Ishizaki Submission (armbar) Shooto - Shooto November 27, 1992 5 0:43 Japan
Win 7-1-2 Hiroyuki Kanno Submission (armbar) Shooto - Shooto September 25, 1992 2 1:05 Japan
Draw 6-1-3 Kenichi Tanaka Decision (0-0) Shooto - Shooto July 23, 1992 5 3:00 Japan Asahi fought to a draw with Tanaka to remain the Shooto Featherweight Champion.
Win 6-1-2 Kazuhiro Sakamoto Decision (2-0) Shooto - Shooto March 27, 1992 5 3:00 Japan Asahi defeated Sakamoto to become the Shooto Featherweight Champion.
Draw 5-1-2 Kenichi Tanaka Decision (0-0) Shooto - Shooto December 23, 1991 5 3:00 Japan
Win 5-1-1 Masato Suzuki Submission (kneebar) Shooto - Shooto October 17, 1991 1  ? Japan
Draw 4-1-1 Tomohiro Tanaka Decision (1-0) Shooto - Shooto August 3, 1991 4 3:00 Japan
Loss 4-1 Kazuhiro Sakamoto Decision (unanimous) Shooto - Shooto March 29, 1991 5 3:00 Japan
Win 4-0 Takashi Ishizaki Decision (unanimous) Shooto - Shooto November 28, 1990 4 3:00 Japan
Win 3-0 Hiroyuk Sugano Submission (armbar) Shooto - Shooto September 8, 1990 1 0:38 Japan
Win 2-0 Kazumi Chigira Decision (unanimous) Shooto - Shooto July 7, 1990 3 3:00 Japan
Win 1-0 Tomoyuki Saito Submission (armbar) Shooto - Shooto March 17, 1990 1 2:54 Japan

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 0-0-1 Manabu Yamada Technical Draw Pancrase - Proof 3 May 13, 2001 1 5:00 Tokyo, Japan

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Loss Japan Hidehiko Matsumoto Points ZST GT-F 2004

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kazuhiro Sakamoto
3rd Shooto World Lightweight Champion
March 27, 1992 – September 5, 1999
Succeeded by
Alexandre Franca Nogueira