Rumina Sato

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Rumina Sato
佐藤 ルミナ
Born Satō Rumina
佐藤 留美奈
(1973-12-29) December 29, 1973 (age 42)
Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan
Other names "Tsukiookami" (Moon Wolf), "Shooto Charisma"
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 143 lb (65 kg; 10 st 3 lb)
Division Featherweight (145 lb)
Lightweight (155 lb)
Team Roots[1]
K'z Factory (1994-2005)
Teacher(s) Satoru Sayama
Noboru Asahi
Noriaki Kiguchi
Rank Blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active 1994 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 45
Wins 26
By knockout 5
By submission 18
By decision 3
Losses 17
By knockout 10
By submission 5
By decision 2
Draws 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Rumina Sato (佐藤 ルミナ Satō Rumina?, born December 29, 1973) (Japanese pronunciation: [satoː ɽu͍̥mi̥na], kanji for given name: 留美奈) is a Japanese retired mixed martial artist, famous for his career in the Shooto organization. In the past he fought mostly in the 155 lb division, but he moved down to the 145 lb division.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

After graduating from highschool, Sato had to spend a year as a ronin and started to train in shoot wrestling under Noboru Asahi and Noriaki Kiguchi in the Kiguchi Dojo, partnered with the Shooto promotion. He later moved to amateur wrestling after being admitted in the Nippon Sport Science University, and after graduating in 1994 and competing in the All Japan Amateur Shoot Championships, he joined professionally the company.

After honing his submission skills under Satoru Sayama, Sato made his professional debut in MMA on December 7, 1994, winning over Michael McAuliffe with a calf slicer, the first time the move had been used in mixed martial arts. He ascended fastly in the roster by winning 10 straight matches, becoming a fan favourite for his aggressive and spectacular style of grappling.[2] As soon as his fourth match, he submitted his opponent with a flying inverted triangle choke, and at his seventh, he gained worldwide fame by submitting the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Ricardo Botelho, taking advantage of his guard usage to attack him with leglocks and submit him with a heel hook. Sato also defeated another big name of the art when he beat John Lewis, who he submitted in revenge for a match at the Vale Tudo Japan which ended in a draw. Sato would become a usual fighter for this event, representing Shooto in six out of the nine years it had place.

Sato's winning streak finally broke in 1998 when he lost a highly publicized match to Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Joel Gerson by a surprising armbar in the first round of a non-title event in 1998. Sato avenged his defeat in the next Canadian Jiu-Jitsu open tournament the same year, where he faced Gerson again at the finals and submitted him with an ankle lock. After returning to Japan, Sato got also which is thought to be the fastest submission victory in MMA history when he submitted Charles Diaz in a mere five seconds with a flying armbar.[3] At the next event, he would fight former trainee Caol Uno for the vacated Shooto Welterweight Championship to Caol Uno. Although Sato dominated the early parts of the match, Uno defended all his submissions and slowly climbed his way to a rear naked choke, making Rumina tap out in a huge upset. Sato rematched him the next year for the title, but he lost again, this time for KO at the first round.

Rumina famously vowed to never compete in any other organization than Shoot until he won a title there. He won the Shooto Pacific Rim Lightweight Tournament on March 11, 2005.

On July 10, 2009 Sato competed in a grappling super fight at the UFC 100 Fan Expo Grappler's Quest against Ulysses Gomez, winning by submission with an inverted triangle choke/wrist lock combination.

Fighting style[edit]

Sato was primarily a grappler whose main strength was found in his offensive skills.[2] He would attempt submissions relentlessly from unusual positions and entries, and was prone to try and often accomplish low percentage moves, among them flying holds, intrincated leglocks, and several variations of triangle chokes, which he utilized to set up ground and pound and other submissions.[2] His technique was praised by Rickson Gracie, labelling it as "excellent."[4] Though later years showed a weakened chin as his main weak spot, Sato was also an aggressive striker, sometimes indulging in moves like spinning backfists and axe kicks.[5]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 26–17–2 Hideo Tokoro TKO (punches & elbows) Vale Tudo Japan 2012 December 24, 2012 1 0:39 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 26–16–2 Nico Verresen KO (punch) Shooto: Shooto the Shoot 2011 November 5, 2011 1 4:17 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 26–15–2 Masakatsu Ueda TKO (kick to the body) Shooto: Shootor's Legacy 3 July 18, 2011 1 4:23 Tokyo, Japan
Win 26–14–2 Ryota Matsune TKO (knee & punches) Shooto: The Way of Shooto 3: Like a Tiger, Like a Dragon May 30, 2010 2 0:21 Tokyo, Japan
Win 25–14–2 Corey Grant TKO (punches) VTJ 2009: Vale Tudo Japan 2009 October 30, 2009 1 3:20 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 24–14–2 Takeshi Inoue TKO (punches) Shooto: Shooto Tradition Final May 10, 2009 1 4:41 Tokyo, Japan For Shooto Lightweight (143 lbs.) Championship
Loss 24–13–2 Hatsu Hioki TKO (punches) Shooto: Shooto Tradition 4 November 29, 2008 1 3:32 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 24–12–2 Akitoshi Tamura Submission (north-south choke) Shooto: Shooto Tradition 1 May 3, 2008 3 2:37 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 24–11–2 Hideki Kadowaki Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto: Back To Our Roots 5 September 22, 2007 1 4:09 Tokyo, Japan
Win 24–10–2 Augusto Frota TKO (cut) Shooto: Back To Our Roots 2 March 16, 2007 1 1:21 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 23–10–2 Antonio Carvalho TKO (punches) Shooto: The Victory of the Truth February 17, 2006 2 0:49 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 23–9–2 Gilbert Melendez TKO (cut) Shooto: Alive Road August 20, 2005 1 1:32 Kanagawa, Japan
Win 23–8–2 Makoto Ishikawa Decision (unanimous) Shooto: 3/11 in Korakuen Hall March 11, 2005 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan For Shooto Pacific Rim Lightweight Championship
Win 22–8–2 Katsuya Toida KO (punch) Shooto: Year End Show 2004 December 14, 2004 2 1:21 Tokyo, Japan
Win 21–8–2 Bao Quach Submission (armbar) Shooto Hawaii: Soljah Fight Night July 9, 2004 1 3:04 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 20–8–2 Erikas Petraitis Technical Submission (triangle choke) Shooto 2004: 5/3 in Korakuen Hall May 3, 2004 2 2:20 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 19–8–2 Alexandre Franca Nogueira Submission (guillotine choke) Shooto: Year End Show 2003 December 14, 2003 1 0:41 Chiba, Japan
Win 19–7–2 Ryan Ackerman Submission (heel hook) Shooto 2003: 6/27 in Hiroshima Sun Plaza June 27, 2003 1 2:12 Hiroshima, Japan
Loss 18–7–2 Joachim Hansen TKO (punches) Shooto: 3/18 in Korakuen Hall March 18, 2003 1 2:09 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 18–6–2 Takumi Nakayama Draw Shooto: Treasure Hunt 11 November 15, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 18–6–1 Javier Vazquez Decision (unanimous) Shooto: Treasure Hunt 7 June 29, 2002 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 18–5–1 Takanori Gomi Decision (unanimous) Shooto: To The Top Final Act December 16, 2001 3 5:00 Chiba, Japan For Shooto World Welterweight (154 lbs.) Championship
Win 18–4–1 Marcio Ramos Barbosa Decision (unanimous) Shooto: To The Top 7 August 26, 2001 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 17–4–1 Caol Uno KO (punch) Shooto: R.E.A.D. Final December 17, 2000 1 2:21 Chiba, Japan For Shooto World Welterweight (154 lbs.) Championship
Win 17–3–1 Takuya Kuwabara Technical Decision (unanimous) Shooto: R.E.A.D. 9 August 27, 2000 2 5:00 Kanagawa, Japan
Win 16–3–1 Yves Edwards Submission (rear-naked choke) SB 17: SuperBrawl 17 April 15, 2000 1 0:18 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 15–3–1 Rafael Cordeiro Submission (kneebar) VTJ 1999: Vale Tudo Japan 1999 December 11, 1999 1 0:58 Chiba, Japan
Win 14–3–1 Phil Johns Submission (toe hold) Shooto: Renaxis 5 October 29, 1999 1 0:54 Osaka, Japan
Loss 13–3–1 Caol Uno Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto: 10th Anniversary Event May 29, 1999 3 4:02 Yokohama, Japan For Shooto World Welterweight (154 lbs.) Championship
Win 13–2–1 Charles Diaz Submission (flying armbar) Shooto: Devilock Fighters January 15, 1999 1 0:06 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 12–2–1 André Pederneiras KO (soccer kick & punches) VTJ 1998: Vale Tudo Japan 1998 October 25, 1998 1 4:20 Chiba, Japan
Win 12–1–1 Michael Buell Submission (armbar) Shooto: Shoot the Shooto XX April 26, 1998 1 0:31 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 11–1–1 Joel Gerson Technical Submission (armbar) Shooto: Las Grandes Viajes 2 March 1, 1998 1 3:53 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–0–1 John Lewis Submission (armbar) VTJ 1997: Vale Tudo Japan 1997 November 29, 1997 2 1:23 Chiba, Japan
Win 10–0–1 Maurice Corty Submission (kimura) Shooto: Reconquista 4 October 12, 1997 1 2:01 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–0–1 Alan Fried Submission (armbar) Shooto: Reconquista 3 August 27, 1997 1 0:59 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–0–1 Ali Mihoubi Submission (heel hook) Shooto: Reconquista 2 April 6, 1997 1 2:21 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–0–1 Ricardo Botelho Submission (heel hook) Shooto: Reconquista 1 January 18, 1997 3 1:24 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 6–0–1 John Lewis Draw VTJ 1996: Vale Tudo Japan 1996 July 7, 1996 3 8:00 Chiba, Japan
Win 6–0 Kyuhei Ueno Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto: Vale Tudo Junction 2 March 5, 1996 1 4:04 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–0 Masato Suzuki Technical Submission (armbar) Shooto: Vale Tudo Junction 1 January 20, 1996 1 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–0 Isamu Osugi Technical Submission (flying inverted triangle choke) Shooto: Vale Tudo Perception September 26, 1995 1 2:01 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–0 Ron Balicki Technical Submission (armbar) Shooto: Complete Vale Tudo Access July 29, 1995 1 2:14 Saitama, Japan
Win 2–0 Katsuaki Yano TKO (punches) Shooto: Yokohama Free Fight June 4, 1995 1 2:23 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–0 Michael McAuliffe Submission (calf slicer) Shooto: Vale Tudo Access 2 November 7, 1994 2 2:18 Tokyo, Japan

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 0-0-1 Hayato Sakurai Technical Draw World&Wild 1 April 4, 2008 1 3:00 Tokyo, Japan

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Win Japan Hideki Mizutani Submission (neckscissors) All Japan Masters 3 2015
Win Japan Hirokazu Saito Submission (achilles lock) All Japan Masters 3 2015
Loss Japan Yoshihiko Matsumoto Points Shooto Gig Saitama 01 2009
Win United States Ulysses Gomez Submission (reverse triangle wrist lock) UFC Fan Expo 2009
Win Japan Masakazu Imanari Submission (rear-naked choke) 7th All Japan Combat Wrestling Championship -76 kg 2001 Finals
Win Japan Shigefumi Matsunaga Submission (rear-naked choke) 7th All Japan Combat Wrestling Championship -76 kg 2001 Semi-finals
Win Japan Torushi Kuroda Submission (kneebar) 7th All Japan Combat Wrestling Championship -76 kg 2001 Quarter-finals
Win Japan Yuki Takaya Points 7th All Japan Combat Wrestling Championship -76 kg 2001 Opening round
Loss United States Tito Ortiz Technical Submission (north-south choke) ADCC 2000 Openweight 2000 First round
Loss United States Vitor Ribeiro Points ADCC 2000 –77 kg 2000 First round
Loss Brazil Marcio Feitosa Points Canadian Jiu-Jitsu 1998 Finals
Win Canada Joel Gerson Submission (ankle lock) Canadian Jiu-Jitsu 1998

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Finder: Rumina Sato". Sherdog. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Snowden, Jonathan. MMA Encyclopedia, ECW Press, 2010
  3. ^ "Rumina Sato's flying armbar on Charles Diaz (misnamed as Charles Taylor, チャールズ・テイラー, on the video title)". Video.Google.com (in Japanese). 1998-01-15. Archived from the original (flv) on 2011-09-23. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  4. ^ Rickson Gracie interview 2, Onthemat.com
  5. ^ Chris Nelson. "Shooto Tradition Final Results, Notes and Videos". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 

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