Tetsuya Yamato

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Tetsuya Yamato
Tetsuya Yamato.jpg
BornIwashita Tetsuya
岩下 哲也
(1987-12-10) December 10, 1987 (age 31)
Chita, Aichi, Japan
Native name大和 哲也
Other namesStrong-Armed Painter, The Japanese Battleship[1]
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)
StyleMuay Thai, Kickboxing
Fighting out ofNagoya, Aichi, Japan
TeamYamato Kickboxing Gym
Years active6 (2005 -present)
Kickboxing record
By knockout30
By knockout5
Other information
OccupationHouse painter and decorator
last updated on: March 3, 2015

Tetsuya Yamato (大和 哲也, Yamato Tetsuya, born December 10, 1987) is a Japanese Lightweight kickboxer. He won the Japanese national K-1 tournament as a Lightweight in 2010.


Yamato was born in Chita, Aichi, Japan on December 10, 1987 as Tetsuya Iwashita. He took the name Yamato in honour of his gym, Yamato Kickboxing Gym. After graduating from high school he started working in construction, and became a painter to coat buildings with coloured acrylic resin.

Kickboxing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

On July 31, 2005, he made his debut as a professional kickboxer in the R.I.S.E. organization, and he knocked out Eiji Ogawa in the 1st round with left low kick.[citation needed] After this bout he became a member of NJKF and started fighting under the NJKF banner. His second fight was on September 24 against Takuya Minekawa, in which he won by TKO.[citation needed]

On January 15, 2006, Yamato was chosen and awarded the 2005 Rookie Award by NJKF .[2]

Winning national titles[edit]

After Yamato's career of three years with NJKF, he was asked to compete for the vacant NJKF Lightweight title in 2008, and he fought against Hiromi Nakayama in the Semi-final. He won by a TKO in the 4th round because of a cut by an elbow strike.[citation needed] On July 27, 2008, he fought against Hanawa in the final for the title, and he knocked out Hanawa in the 1st round with a left hook.[citation needed]

On January 25, 2009, Yamato was chosen and awarded 2008 MVP[clarification needed] by NJKF, and also awarded GBR[clarification needed][3] award[4] because he won the NJKF title, and he had 3 bouts on NJKF and won 3 times with 2 knockouts in 2008.

In the middle of 2009, he was asked to participate in the "WBC Muaythai Rule Japanese unified Championship Decision Tournament" as a lightweight as NJKF[clarification needed], MAJKF[5] and JPMC[6] announced that they were going to establish the unified championships sanctioned by WBC Muaythai.

On September 23, he fought against Kazuya Oe in the semi-final, and he knocked him out with body shot in the 2nd round.[citation needed] In the tournament final on December 4, he fought against Yūdai Kono for the vacant first Japanese title of WBC, and he won by a TKO with cut as the bout was stopped by a doctor in the 4th round.[citation needed] For this bout, he won his second national title.[citation needed]

On January 24, 2010, he was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Performance Award by NJKF[7] as he had 7 bouts with 6 wins 6 Knock outs and 1 loss.

On March 14, 2010, Yamato fought against Saenchai Sor Kingstar from Thailand in Los Angeles, USA to challenge the vacant world lightweight title sanctioned by Muay Thai Association of America (MTAA). He was knocked out by left high kick at 1R.[citation needed]

Wins K-1 tournament[edit]

In 2010, Yamato was offered by K-1 for K-1 Japanese national tournament at lightweight. On May 2, he fought against Masahiro Yamamoto, and although he was expected to lose, he won by unanimous decision in the extra round. On July 5, he won the Japanese national tournament of K-1 at Lightweight(-63 kg).

On December 9, 2011, Yamato fought Ryuji Kajiwara for the Krush -63 kg Championship but lost via unanimous decision.[8]

Yamato knocked out former Lumpinee Stadium champion Densiam Lookprabaht in the first round on February 18, 2012.[9]

He was scheduled to face Leo Monteiro for the vacant WBC Muaythai International Super Lightweight Championship on September 22, 2012 at NJKF's Kick to the Future 6 in Tokyo, Japan. Monteiro was replaced by Paul Karpowicz, however. Yamato defeated Karpowicz via unanimous decision (49-48, 49-48, 50-48) to win the title.[10]

He challenged Sagetdao Petpayathai for the WBC super lightweight world title at M-One: Reborn in Highland, California, USA on May 16, 2013 and lost via TKO due to a cut in round four.[11][12][13][14][15]

He defeated Kevin Ross by split decision at Lion Fight 11 in Las Vegas on September 20, 2013.[16][17][18]

He retained his WBC Muaythai International Super Lightweight (-63.5 kg/140 lb) Championship with a unanimous decision win over Masaaki Noiri at an NJKF event in Tokyo on February 16, 2014.[19][20]

Tetsuya will be fighting at the K-1 Japan Bantamweight World GP on April 22 against Hiroya.[21]



  • 2009 Outstanding Performance Award (NJKF, January 24, 2010)
  • 2008 MVP (NJKF, January 25, 2009)
  • 2008 GBR Award (gbring.com, January 25, 2009)
  • 2005 Rookie Award (NJKF, January 15, 2006)

Kickboxing record[edit]

Professional kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AXS TV Fights (2014-10-29). "Nightmare on Fremont Street: Tetsuya Yamato vs Kevin Ross Lion Fight 11". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  2. ^ (レポ&写真) [NJKF] 1.15 後楽園:岩井&高橋、ノンタイトル戦で完勝 (Report&Photos) [NJKF] Korakuen: Iwai&Takahashi wins complete victory in Non-Title bout BoutReview.com Retrieved 2010-07-05
  3. ^ GBR is a Japanese news website for combat sports news.
  4. ^ 大和哲也が08年最優秀選手賞。長島が4賞獲得 Tetsuya Yamato is 08 MVP. Nagashima wins 4 awards. BoutReview.com Retrieved 2010-07-05
  5. ^ MAJKF means Martial Arts Japan Kickboxing Federation
  6. ^ JPMC means Japan Professional Muaythai Committee
  7. ^ 09年度MVPは国崇。殊勲賞・大和哲也、敢闘賞・羅紗陀 09 MVP is for Kunitaka. Outstanding Performance Award for Tetsuya Yamamoto, Fighting Spirit Award for Rashata. BoutReview.com Retrieved 2010-07-05
  8. ^ Krush.14 Results: Masaaki Noiri Wins Supernova Tournament, Ryuji Kajiwara Defends 63kg Title
  9. ^ NJKF Kick to the Future 1 Results: Yamato, Adanza Score Stoppage Wins, Kenta Upset by TOMOYUKI
  10. ^ NJKF Kick to the Future 6 Results: Yamato Claims WBC International Title
  11. ^ Romie Adanza, Sagetdao Petpayathai, Tetsuya Yamato headline M-ONE "Reborn" in California
  12. ^ Romie Adanza vs. Jomhod Eminent Air set as main event for M-ONE "Reborn" Archived 2013-06-22 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Programming Alert: M-One Muay Thai on May 16th
  14. ^ M-ONE “Reborn” Full Results: Sagetdao, Superbon, Jomhod Victorious
  15. ^ M-One "Reborn" Results: Sagetdao retains WBC Muay Thail World Super Lightweight Title
  16. ^ Muay Thai fights to put Fremont Street Experience in national spotlight
  17. ^ Lion Fight 11 Results: Cyborg Crushes, Yamato and Ross Wow, Nampon Blahs.
  18. ^ Lion Fight 11 Results and Recap: Yamato and Ross put on a show in co-main event, Cris Cyborg dominates Archived 2014-07-07 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ [1]
  20. ^ 大和哲也、野杁正明との死闘制しWBCムエタイ・インター王座防衛:2.16 後楽園
  21. ^ "K-1 Japan Bantamweight World GP Set For April 22". FightNewswire.com. 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-02-02.

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