Yasuhito Namekawa

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Yasuhito Namekawa
Born (1974-10-27) October 27, 1974 (age 42)
Nationality Japanese
Height 5 ft 11.5 in (1.82 m)
Weight 197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)
Division Light heavyweight
Fighting out of Team M.A.D.
Years active 1998–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 45
Wins 25
By knockout 4
By submission 16
By decision 4
By disqualification 1
Losses 16
By knockout 6
By submission 7
By decision 3
Draws 4
No contests 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Yasuhito Namekawa (滑川康仁 Namekawa Yasuhito?) (born October 27, 1974) is a Japanese mixed martial artist who competes in the light heavyweight division. Namekawa made his Mixed martial arts debut for Fighting Network Rings in 1998. He fought in mainly Shoot fighting bouts until 1999 when Rings introduced the King of King Rules. Throughout his career, Namekawa has fought for organisations such as Rings, Deep and Pride FC. His last fight to date was in 2008, with a professional Mixed martial arts career spanning ten years.

Namekawa has fought notable opponents such as; Alistair Overeem, Volk Han, Maurício Rua and Cyrille Diabate. He holds a professional MMA Record of 25 wins, 16 losses and 4 draws.

Fight career[edit]

Fighting Network RINGS (1998-2002)[edit]

Namekawa made his debut for RINGS on June 20, 1998 against Minoru Toyonaga, the bout ended in a draw. He then went on to submit Daniel Higgins and out point Ryuki Ueyama. Namekawa suffered his first loss on October 11, 1998 against Bakouri Gogitidze, he lost by submission. On October 23, 1998, Namekawa lost to Masayuki Naruse by submission at 4:50 of round 1. He ended the year with a draw against British fighter, Lee Hasdell. On January 23, 1999, Namekawa had a rematch with Hasdell, this time Hasdell was docked a point for an illegal punch. Namekawa won by decision.[1] On March 7, 1999, Namekawa had their third and final match, this time in Milton Keynes, England at Night of the Samurai 3. Hasdell won by KO in 5:55 of round 1.[2]

During the rest of 1999, Namekawa picked up victories over fighters, Troy Ittensohn, Ryuki Ueyama, Sara Umer and Minoru Toyonaga. Also losing to Wataru Sakata, Ryuki Ueyama and Koba Tkeshelashvili. The year 2000 was a bad year for Namekawa as he failed to pick up a single win, losing to, Willie Peeters, Chris Haseman, Alistair Overeem and Volk Han.[1]

2001 would be the complete opposite to the previous year as Namekawa was victorious in 4 out of 5 fights. He defeated Takashi Sonoda, Wataru Imamura, Masutatsu Yano and Dexter Casey, all by submission. On October 20, 2001, Namekawa lost to Egidijus Valavicius by TKO. [1]

Yasuhito Namekawa's final fight for RINGS was on February 15, 2002, on the final ever Rings event. He was submitted by Sam Nest at 4:53 of round 2.[1]

Deep (2002-2004)[edit]

On March 30, 2002, Namekawa made his Deep debut at Deep - 4th Impact. He defeated Daisuke Watanabe by majority decision. He went on to win his next two fights in Deep with submission wins over Makoto Miyazawa and Yuki Ishikawa. On December 31, 2002, he lost to Wallid Ismail by decision at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2002. Namekawa ended the year with a 3-1 record with Deep. He began 2003 with a draw with Osami Shibuya at Deep - 8th Impact. Namekawa did not fight again until January 22, 2004. He defeated Yusuke Imamura by TKO at Deep - 13th Impact.[2]

Pride FC (2004)[edit]

On February 15, 2004, Namekawa made his Pride FC debut with a submission win over Egidijus Valavicius at Pride Bushido 2. He returned to Pride on October 14, 2004, he was defeated by Maurício Rua.[2]

Return to Deep (2005-2008)[edit]

In his second outing in the Deep organisation, Namekawa beat Kenji Akiyama by TKO, Jong Hyuk Moon by submission and lost to Ryuta Sakurai. He also drew with Jeong Ho Lee on December 2, 2005. On April 11, 2006, Namekawa was defeated by Cyrille Diabate by KO at Deep - 24 Impact.[2]

Namekawa beat Peter Iryaku at VFX - Vale Tudo Fighters Mexico before losing to Cyrille Diabate in a rematch on July 30, 2006. He then defeated Mu Jin Na by submission.[2]

Upon returning to Deep, Namekawa remained undefeated during the rest of his time there. Drawing with Fabiano Capoani and defeating Yuji Sakuragi, Hamish Robertson, Katsuhisa Fujii, Carlos Toyota and Claudio Silva. Namekawa's last fight to date was against Katsuyori Shibata at Deep - 38 Impact on October 23, 2008. The fight ended in a draw.[2]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 25-16-4 Katsuyori Shibata Draw Deep: 38 Impact October 23, 2008 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 25-16-3 Cláudio Silva Submission (armbar) Deep: 37 Impact August 17, 2008 1 2:59 Tokyo, Japan
Win 24-16-3 Carlos Toyota Submission (achilles lock) Deep: 34 Impact February 22, 2008 1 2:58 Tokyo, Japan
Win 23-16-3 Katsuhisa Fujii Decision (majority) Deep: 32 Impact October 9, 2007 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 22-16-3 Hamish Robertson Submission (half crab lock) Deep: Glove July 26, 2007 1 1:06 Tokyo, Japan
Win 21-16-3 Yuji Sakuragi Submission (heel hook) Deep: 29 Impact April 13, 2007 1 2:12 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 20-16-3 Fabiano Capoani Draw Deep: 28 Impact February 16, 2007 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 20-16-2 Mu Jin Na Submission (armbar) Heat: Heat 2 September 23, 2006 1 1:45 Aichi, Japan
Loss 19-16-2 Cyrille Diabaté KO (flying knee) Real Rhythm: 4th Stage July 30, 2006 2 1:50 Osaka, Japan
Win 19-15-2  Peter Iryaku KO VFX: Vale Tudo Fighters Mexico May 27, 2006 2 1:00 Tláhuac, Mexico
Loss 18-15-2 Cyrille Diabaté KO (punches) Deep: 24 Impact April 11, 2006 2 2:22 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 18-14-2 Jeong Ho Lee Draw Deep: 22 Impact December 2, 2005 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 18-14-1 Jong Hyuk Moon Submission (forearm choke) Deep: 21st Impact October 28, 2005 1 2:33 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 17-14-1 Ryuta Sakurai Submission (armbar) Deep: 19th Impact July 8, 2005 1 4:40 Tokyo, Japan
Win 17-13-1 Kenji Akiyama TKO (punches) Deep: Hero 1 April 17, 2005 1 3:48 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Loss 16-13-1 Maurício Rua TKO (punches) Pride Bushido 5 October 14, 2004 1 6:02 Osaka, Japan
Win 16-12-1 Fabiano Capoani DQ (knee to the groin) Gladiator FC: Day 1 June 26, 2004 2 1:07 South Korea
Win 15-12-1 Egidijus Valavicius Submission (guillotine choke) Pride Bushido 2 February 15, 2004 1 1:05 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 14-12-1 Yusuke Imamura TKO (punches) Deep: 13th Impact March 4, 2004 2 3:22 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 13-12-1 Osami Shibuya Draw Deep: 8th Impact March 4, 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 13-12 Wallid Ismail Decision (unanimous) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2002: K-1 vs. Inoki December 31, 2002 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 13-11 Yuki Ishikawa Submission (punches) Deep: 7th Impact December 8, 2002 1 3:46 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12-11 Makoto Miyazawa Submission (guillotine choke) Deep: 6th Impact September 7, 2002 3 2:37 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11-11 Daisuke Watanabe Decision (majority) Deep: 4th Impact March 30, 2002 3 5:00 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Loss 10-11 Sam Nest Submission (rear-naked choke) Rings: World Title Series Grand Final February 15, 2002 2 4:53 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Loss 10-10 Egidijus Valavicius TKO (towel) Rings: World Title Series 4 October 20, 2001 1 2:18 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10-9 Dexter Casey Submission (guillotine choke) Rings: Battle Genesis Vol. 8 September 21, 2001 1 1:44 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9-9 Masutatsu Yano Submission (guillotine choke) Rings: World Title Series 2 June 15, 2001 2 0:22 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8-9 Hiroshi Imamura Submission (kneebar) Rings: World Title Series 1 April 20, 2001 1 1:48 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7-9 Takashi Sonoda Submission (armbar) Rings: Battle Genesis Vol. 7 March 20, 2001 1 0:43 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 6-9 Chris Haseman Submission (kimura) Rings USA: Rising Stars Final September 30, 2000 1 1:30 Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 6-8 Chris Munsen Decision (majority) Rings USA: Rising Stars Block B July 22, 2000 2 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 5-8 Falaniko Vitale Submission (guillotine choke) Rings USA: Rising Stars Block B July 22, 2000 2 0:27 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Loss 4-8 Volk Han Decision Rings Russia: Russia vs. The World May 20, 2000 3 5:00 Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia
Loss 4-7 Alistair Overeem Submission (armbar) Rings: Millennium Combine 1 April 20, 2000 1 0:45 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 4-6 Chris Haseman Submission (guillotine choke) Rings Australia: NR 4 March 19, 2000 1 6:50 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Loss 4-5 Willie Peeters TKO (knee to the body) Rings Holland: There Can Only Be One Champion February 6, 2000 2 4:56 Utrecht City, Netherlands
Loss 4-4 Koba Tkeshelashvili Submission (rear-naked choke) Rings: Rings Georgia October 8, 1999 1 6:15 Georgia (country)
Loss 4-3 Ryuki Ueyama Decision (lost points) Rings: Rise 5th August 19, 1999 3 5:00 Japan
Win 4-2 Minoru Toyonaga Submission (guillotine choke) Rings: Rise 4th June 24, 1999 1 9:51 Japan
Win 3-2 Sara Umer Submission (rear-naked choke) Rings: Rise 3rd March 22, 1999 1 3:09 Japan
Loss 2-2 Chris Haseman Submission (arm-triangle choke) Rings: Rise 1st March 20, 1999 1 7:42 Japan
Loss 2-1 Lee Hasdell KO (knee) NOTS 3: Night of the Samurai 3 March 7, 1999 2 N/A Milton Keynes, England
Win 2-0 Ryuki Ueyama Decision Rings: Final Capture February 21, 1999 3 5:00 Japan
Win 1-0 Troy Ittensohn TKO Rings: Fourth Fighting Integration June 27, 1998 2 1:43 Tokyo, Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Pro Wrestling History". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Yasuhito Namekawa MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 

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