Sanae Kikuta

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Sanae Kikuta
Born (1971-09-10) September 10, 1971 (age 44)
Nerima, Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Division Welterweight
Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Style Judo, shoot wrestling
Teacher(s) Satoru Sayama
Toshihiko Koga
Mixed martial arts record
Total 44
Wins 31
By knockout 4
By submission 17
By decision 10
Losses 9
By knockout 4
By submission 2
By decision 3
Draws 3
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Sanae Kikuta (菊田 早苗 Kikuta Sanae?, born September 10, 1971 in Nerima, Tokyo) is a Japanese mixed martial artist who rose to popularity fighting in the Pancrase organization. He is former Pancrase Light heavyweight champion (2001–2003) and the winner of the ADCC 88 kg class in 2001.

Early life[edit]

He started training in judo in his childhood, winning the Kantō Middleweight class when he was in 3rd grade. He became a student at the Satoru Sayama's Super Tiger Gym when he was in the 6th grade, learning shoot wrestling, and later joined a judo team at his high school where he won the 86 kg class at the National Athletic Highschool Meeting. He also learned under Toshihiko Koga at the Nippon Sport Science University. After graduating, he tried professional wrestling, training in dojos around New Japan Pro Wrestling, Union of Wrestling Forces International and Fighting Network Rings, and also learned kickboxing under Stan Longinidis in Australia. He looked to settle down in shootboxing, but after winning the All Japan amateur heavyweight championship, he left for mixed martial arts.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

In 1996 and 1997 he won the first "Tournaments of J" hosted by Lumax Cup, a MMA tournament which featured the use of keikogi, beating once Egan Inoue and twice Masanori Suda.

PRIDE[edit]

Kikuta made his worldwide MMA debut for the Pride promotion at its second event, where he faced Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Renzo Gracie in a special rules match. The fight turned out to be a slow, methodical bout which lasted six fifteen minutes rounds, with Renzo submitting Kikuta via guillotine choke at the sixth one. He returned to Pride to face Takada Dojo understudy Daijiro Matsui. Again, the fight was a technical battle, ending with a draw after none of the could finish the other.

At Pride 20, Kikuta fought Alexander Otsuka. The fight was a controversial one, with Otsuka throwing several low blows which weren't penalized. Despite so, Sanae controlled the match with dominant positions and soccer kicks, and won by unanimous decision.

Pancrase[edit]

After a single match for Shooto, Kikuta joined the Pancrase fighting organization in April 1994. He scored big victories over veterans Minoru Suzuki and Ryushi Yanagisawa, and shortly after he founded the Grabaka team along with Genki Sudo, Eiji Ishikawa and Hiroo Matsunaga. Kikuta also went on to fight at UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 3 in April 2000, and participated in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in April 2001 and won its 88 kg class. In September 2001 he won the title of Pancrase Light Heavyweight Champion.

He currently runs the Grabaka gym in Nakano, Tokyo, which trains fighters such as Kazunori Yokota, Akihiro Gono, and formerly Genki Sudo, and Kazuo Misaki.[1]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Grappling[edit]

  • Abu Dhabi Combat Club
    • ADCC 2001 88 kg class winner (April 2001)

Judo[edit]

  • Kantō region Judo Middleweight winner
  • The National Athletic High School Meeting, Judo 86 kg class Winner

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Lumax Cup
    • Tournament of J'96 Winner
    • Tournament of J'97 Winner
  • Pancrase
    • Pancrase Light heavyweight Champion (1 time)

Shootboxing[edit]

  • Japan Shootboxing Association
    • All Japan Amateur Shoot boxing Championship Heavyweight Winner

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 31–9–3 (1) Kenan Song Decision (unanimous) Real Fighting Championship: Real 1 December 23, 2014 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 31–8–3 (1) Masayuki Naruse Submission (armbar) Grabaka Live 3 October 27, 2013 1 2:25 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 30–8–3 (1) Yuji Sakuragi KO (knee and soccer kick) Grabaka Live 2 October 27, 2012 1 0:35 Tokyo, Japan
Win 30–7–3 (1) Kenichi Yamamoto TKO (punches) Grabaka Live - 1st Cage Attack October 15, 2011 1 2:18 Tokyo, Japan
Win 29–7–3 (1) Lee Sak Kim TKO (corner stoppage) Deep: 50 Impact October 24, 2010 1 1:21 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 28–7–3 (1) Yasubey Enomoto TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 13 June 20, 2010 1 3:57 Tokyo, Japan
Win 28–6–3 (1) Hidehiko Yoshida Decision (split) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009 January 4, 2009 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 27–6–3 (1) Chris Rice Submission (armbar) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3 June 8, 2008 2 3:54 Saitama, Japan
Win 26–6–3 (1) Jean-François Lénogue Decision (unanimous) Pride - Bushido 13 November 5, 2006 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 25–6–3 (1) Makoto Takimoto Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Shockwave 2005 December 31, 2005 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 24–6–3 (1) Webster Dauphiney Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase: Brave 10 November 7, 2004 1 2:14 Urayasu, Japan
Win 23–6–3 (1) Keith Rockel Decision (majority) Pancrase: Brave 4 April 23, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 22–6–3 (1) Yuki Kondo KO (punch) Pancrase - Hybrid 10 November 30, 2003 3 0:08 Tokyo, Japan Lost Pancrase Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 22–5–3 (1) Elvis Sinosic Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - 10th Anniversary Show August 31, 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 21–5–3 (1) Yuki Kondo Draw Pancrase - Hybrid 5 May 18, 2003 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 21–5–2 (1) Eduardo Pamplona Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Spirit 8 November 20, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 20–5–2 (1) Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira KO (punch) UFO - Legend August 8, 2002 2 0:29 Tokyo, Japan
Win 20–4–2 (1) Alexander Otsuka Decision (unanimous) Pride 20 April 28, 2002 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 19–4–2 (1) Daisuke Watanabe Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pancrase - Proof 7 December 1, 2001 1 2:14 Yokohama, Japan
Win 18–4–2 (1) Ikuhisa Minowa TKO (cut) Pancrase - 2001 Anniversary Show September 20, 2001 2 4:30 Yokohama, Japan Wins Pancrase Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 17–4–2 (1) Pshemek Wallace TKO (punches) Deep - 2nd Impact August 18, 2001 1 1:52 Yokohama, Japan
Win 16–4–2 (1) Matt Trihey Submission (armbar) Pancrase - Proof 4 June 26, 2001 1 1:11 Tokyo, Japan
NC 15–4–2 (1) Alex Stiebling No Contest (kikuta cut by accidental headbutt) Pancrase - Proof 1 February 4, 2001 1 3:11 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–4–2 Kazuo Takahashi Submission (arm-triangle choke) Pancrase - Trans 7 December 4, 2000 1 7:22 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14–4–2 Murilo Bustamante Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Trans 6 October 31, 2000 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 14–3–2 Ichio Matsubara Submission (armlock) Pancrase - Trans 4 June 26, 2000 1 2:13 Tokyo, Japan
Win 13–3–2 Eugene Jackson Submission (armbar) UFC 25 April 14, 2000 1 4:38 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–3–2 Ryushi Yanagisawa Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Trans 2 February 27, 2000 1 15:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 11–3–2 Minoru Suzuki TKO (arm-triangle choke) Pancrase - Breakthrough 11 December 18, 1999 1 2:39 Yokohama, Japan
Draw 10–3–2 Travis Fulton Draw Pancrase - Breakthrough 9 October 25, 1999 1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–3–1 Eddy Millis Submission (punches) Pancrase - 1999 Anniversary Show September 18, 1999 1 1:57 Urayasu, Japan
Win 9–3–1 Takafumi Ito Decision (unanimous) Pancrase - Breakthrough 7 July 6, 1999 2 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–3–1 Eric Gedek Submission (rear-naked choke) Pancrase - Breakthrough 6 June 11, 1999 3 1:20 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7–3–1 Paul Jones Decision (unanimous) Shooto - Las Grandes Viajes 6 November 27, 1998 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 7–2–1 Daijiro Matsui Draw (time limit) Pride 4 October 11, 1998 3 10:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7–2 Renzo Gracie Submission (guillotine choke) Pride 2 March 15, 1998 6 0:43 Yokohama, Japan
Win 7–1 Masanori Suda Submission (armbar) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament July 27, 1997 1 3:59 Japan Wins Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament
Win 6–1 Toshinobu Komeya Submission (achilles lock) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament July 27, 1997 1 1:00 Japan
Win 5–1 Jun Kitagawa Submission (achilles lock) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament July 27, 1997 1 3:14 Japan
Loss 4–1 Mushtaq Abdullah Submission (forearm choke) VTJ 1996 - Vale Tudo Japan 1996 July 7, 1996 1 6:27 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–0 Masanori Suda Submission (heel hook) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '96 March 30, 1996 1 1:15 Japan Wins Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '96
Win 3–0 Hiroyuki Yoshioka Submission (heel hook) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '96 March 30, 1996 1 3:05 Japan
Win 2–0 Egan Inoue Decision Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '96 March 30, 1996 1 5:00 Japan
Win 1–0 Saburo Kawakatsu Submission (keylock) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '96 March 30, 1996 1 2:04 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 DEEP 2001 January 8, 2001 1 3:00 Tokyo, Japan

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Win Brazil Saulo Ribeiro Points ADCC 2001 -88 kg 2001
Win Japan Egan Inoue ADCC 2001 -88 kg 2001
Win United States Chris Brown ADCC 2001 -88 kg 2001
Win United States Evan Tanner ADCC 2001 -88 kg 2001
Loss Brazil Rigan Machado Points ADCC 1999 -99 kg 1999 1 10:00

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