January 6, 1981 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||73.0 in (185 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
American Kickboxing Academy
Haleo Top Team
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Riki Fukuda (born January 6, 1981), is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently competing in the Middleweight division. A professional competitor since 2004, he has formerly competed for the UFC, EliteXC, DEEP, DREAM, K-1 (MMA), Shooto, and Pancrase.
Mixed martial arts career
Fukuda was a member of the Yamanashi Gakuin University's wrestling team. At the All Japan University Championships, he placed third in 2002 and second in 2003 in his weight class. Fukuda then joined Fighting World of Japan Pro Wrestling and made his professional wrestling debut in March 2003.
In his professional mixed martial arts debut at SuperBrawl, Fukuda surprised many by taking Joe Doerksen to decision. Over the years, he has worked for the Japanese promotions Shooto, Pancrase and K-1. In February 2007, he made his debut in the EliteXC promotion at EliteXC Destiny. He then lost a close decision to Joey Villasenor on the September 15, 2007 EliteXC: Uprising card.
Fukuda fought at DREAM.8 as a late replacement for Yoon Dong-Sik, where he defeated Murilo Rua by unanimous decision. At DEEP 42, Riki defeated Yuichi Nakanishi via unanimous decision to become the DEEP Middleweight Champion. Fukuda successfully defended the title against Hiromitsu Kanehara at DEEP 46. At DEEP 49, Riki successfully defended the title against Ryuta Sakurai winning the fight via TKO due to knees. During his bout with Sakurai, Fukuda was able to push the pace, causing Sakurai to fall out of the cage twice. In the first round, Fukuda successfully completed a takedown, but in the process Sakurai fell out of the ring and hit his face on the bell. In the second round, Fukuda landed a knee to the midsection which cause Sakurai to fall, but as he fell he landed on the ground outside the ring; head first. Fukuda was given the victory by TKO, when Sakurai was not able to continue from the head injury.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In October 2010, it was revealed Fukuda had signed with the UFC. Fukuda made his promotional debut against TUF 11 alumni, Nick Ring on February 27, 2011 at UFC 127. Fukuda lost his UFC debut by a controversial unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). All three judges gave Ring the first two rounds with Fukuda winning the final round, despite controlling all three rounds with takedowns. Despite the loss on the scorecards, UFC president Dana White felt Fukuda won the bout and stated on his Twitter account that both fighters would be paid a win bonus.
Fukuda was expected to face Rafael Natal on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133. However, Fukuda was forced out of the bout due to a knee injury sustained in a car accident and replaced by Costas Philippou.
Fukuda faced Brad Tavares on March 3, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 8 and lost via unanimous decision. Fukuda was subsequently released from the organization after testing positive for banned substances during his post fight drug screening. It was later revealed to be linked to over the counter cold medicine Fukuda had taken when he fell ill during his process of making weight for the bout.
Road Fighting Championship
In August 2013, Fukuda signed with South Korea based promotion ROAD FC. Fukuda faced Hee Seung Kim in his debut bout at Road FC: Korea 1 on January 18, 2014. He won the fight via second round TKO.
In his next fight, Fukuda faced Dool Hee Lee at Road FC 19 on November 9, 2014. Fukuda controlled the first round, however, the fight was declared a no-contest in the second round, due to accidental groin shots.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||24 wins||8 losses|
|Win||24–8 (1)||Nae Chul Kim||Decision (unanimous)||Road FC: Road Fighting Championship 36||February 11, 2017||3||5:00||Seoul, South Korea|
|Loss||23–8 (1)||Jung Hwan Cha||KO (punches)||Road FC: Road Fighting Championship 28||January 31, 2016||2||2:36||Seoul, South Korea||Lost Road FC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||23–7 (1)||Uh Jin Jeon||TKO (punches)||Road FC: Road Fighting Championship 24||July 25, 2015||1||2:52||Tokyo, Japan||Won Road FC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||22–7 (1)||Dool Hee Lee||TKO (punches)||Road FC: Road Fighting Championship 22||March 21, 2015||2||3:57||Seoul, South Korea|
|NC||21–7 (1)||Dool Hee Lee||No Contest (accidental knee to groin)||Road FC: Road Fighting Championship 19||November 9, 2014||2||N/A||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||21–7||Dong-sik Yoon||TKO (punches)||Road FC: Road Fighting Championship 16||July 26, 2014||1||3:36||Gumi, South Korea|
|Win||20–7||Hee Seung Kim||TKO (punches)||Road FC: Korea 1||January 18, 2014||2||2:09||Seoul, South Korea|
|Loss||19–7||Brad Tavares||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann||March 3, 2013||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||19–6||Tom DeBlass||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Franklin vs. Le||November 10, 2012||3||5:00||Macau, SAR, China|
|Loss||18–6||Costas Philippou||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 148||July 7, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–5||Steve Cantwell||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 144||February 26, 2012||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||17–5||Nick Ring||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 127||February 27, 2011||3||5:00||Sydney, Australia|
|Win||17–4||Ryuta Sakurai||TKO (knees)||DEEP: 49 Impact||August 27, 2010||2||0:32||Tokyo, Japan||Defended DEEP Middleweight Championship. Vacates title to fight in UFC.|
|Win||16–4||Hiromitsu Kanehara||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: 46 Impact||February 28, 2010||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Non-title bout.|
|Win||15–4||Yuichi Nakanishi||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: 42 Impact||June 30, 2009||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won DEEP Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||14–4||Murilo Rua||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM 8||April 5, 2009||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan||Catchweight bout of 196 lbs.|
|Win||13–4||Ryuta Sakurai||TKO (punches)||DEEP: 40 Impact||February 20, 2009||1||0:45||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12–4||Jason Jones||Decision (unanimous)||Deep: 38 Impact||October 23, 2008||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||11–4||Hiroki Ozaki||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: 37 Impact||August 17, 2008||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||10–4||Yuichi Nakanishi||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: 35 Impact||May 19, 2008||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||For DEEP Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||10–3||Yuya Shirai||Decision (split)||DEEP: 35 Impact||May 19, 2008||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–3||Ryuta Sakurai||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: 34 Impact||February 22, 2008||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||8–3||Joey Villaseñor||Decision (split)||EliteXC: Uprising||September 15, 2007||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||8–2||Hikaru Sato||TKO (punches)||Pancrase: 2007 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals||July 27, 2007||1||1:09||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–2||Chris Gates||Submission (punches)||EliteXC Destiny||February 10, 2007||1||1:18||Southaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||6–2||Yuji Sakuragi||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: 2006 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals||July 28, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–2||Keitaro Maeda||TKO (punches)||GCM: D.O.G. 5||April 4, 2006||1||4:40||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||4–2||Kozo Urita||KO (punch)||Pancrase: Blow 1||January 26, 2006||1||0:40||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–1||Yuta Nakamura||TKO (punches)||Pancrase: Spiral 9||November 4, 2005||1||0:57||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–1||Brandon Wolff||TKO (punches)||K-1: World Grand Prix Hawaii||July 29, 2005||2||2:49||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||2–1||Oleg Bazayev||KO (punches)||GCM: D.O.G. 2||June 11, 2005||1||0:28||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–1||Masaya Inoue||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 1/29 in Korakuen Hall||January 29, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0–1||Joe Doerksen||Decision (unanimous)||SuperBrawl 35||April 16, 2004||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
- "UFC 148 Media Notes". UFC. June 30, 2012.
- ".Nick Ring vs. Riki Fukuda Inked for UFC 127 February 27 in Australia". cagepotato.com. December 7, 2010.
- "Dana White @ Twitter". twitter.com. February 27, 2011.
- "Rafael "Sapo" Natal vs. Riki Fukuda Added to UFC 133 Card". mmaweekly.com. April 14, 2011.
- "Riki Fukuda out of UFC 133 due to car-accident injury". mmajunkie.com. June 20, 2011.
- "Replacement Costa Philippou meets Rafael "Sapo" Natal at UFC 133". MMA Junkie. June 20, 2011.
- "Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda Likely for UFC 144". mmaweekly.com. 2011-11-23.
- "UFC 148 adds middleweights Fukuda vs. Philippou". mmajunkie.com. 2012-03-21.
- "Tom DeBlass meets middleweight Riki Fukuda at UFC on FUEL TV 6". mmajunkie.com. August 22, 2012.
- "Brad Tavares vs. Riki Fukuda Confirmed for UFC on Fuel 8". mmaweekly.com. 13 December 2012.
- "UFC releases Riki Fukuda following failed drug test". mmajunkie.com. March 20, 2013.
- "Former UFC Middleweight Riki Fukuda Signs With South Korea’s Road FC". mmainsider.com. August 27, 2013.
- "Riki Fukuda vs. Kim Hee-Seung to headline inaugural ‘ROAD FC – Korea’ event". fightsportsasia.com. December 17, 2013.
- "UFC Veteran Riki Fukuda Stops Hee Seung Kim in Road FC ‘Korea 1’ Headliner". sherdog.com. January 18, 2014.
- "Yoon Dong-Sik to meet Riki Fukuda at ROAD FC 16 on July 26th". mma-in-asia.com. May 29, 2014.
- "Nam Jin Jo Takes Flyweight Title, Riki Fukuda Stops Dong Sik Yoon at Road FC 16". sherdog.com. July 26, 2014.
- "Riki Fukuda vs Lee Dool-Hee announced for ROAD FC 019". TheFightNation.com. October 1, 2014.
- "Beyond the Octagon: UFC vets Riki Fukuda and Gilbert Smith, plus Tiger Sarnavskiy's flying knee". bloodyelbow.com. November 10, 2014.
- "DEEP results". UWFi Team.