Yuta Kubo

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Yuta Kubo
久保 優太
Born Kubo Yūta
[kubo juːta]
(1987-10-19) October 19, 1987 (age 29)
Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan
Native name 久保 優太
Other names Kubokyun, The Smiling Sniper
Nationality Japanese
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 70.0 in (178 cm)
Style Kickboxing, Taekwondo
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan
Team Tachikawa KickBoxing Academy
DC Lab.Gym
Years active 6 (2005 -present)
Kickboxing record
Total 54
Wins 43
By knockout 18
Losses 10
By knockout 3
Draws 1
Other information
Occupation Student of Asia University
Notable relatives Kenji Kubo (brother)
Website http://ameblo.jp/kubo-yuta/
last updated on: December 21, 2013

Yuta Kubo (久保 優太, Kubo Yuta, born October 19, 1987) is Japanese lightweight kickboxer. He won the Japanese national tournament of K-1 at Lightweight in 2011.

Kenji Kubo, his younger brother, is a kickboxer too.


Early life[edit]

Yuta Kubo was put practicing taekwondo at age of 8 with his younger brother, Kenji under Zanichi Korean family friend. He eventually took up kickboxing at the age of 15.


On January 22, 2005, he made a debut as a professional kickboxer on NJKF at featherweight(-57.15 kg). He was a high school student then.[1]

Winning K-1 tournament[edit]

On June 25, 2011, Kubo won the tournament in the lightweight class.[2] He was going to retire if he lost and visited his sponsors to tell them on the day before tournament.

On February 17, 2012, Kubo defeated Charles François via second-round knockout to win the vacant ISKA World Light-Welterweight (64.5 kg) Championship in Tokyo, Japan.[3]

On June 8, 2012, At Krush 18 in Tokyo, Japan, Yuta faced who was talked to be his toughest challenge in Top Welterweight Abdellah Ezbiri (5x France Champion, WKN European Champion, WKA World Champion). Prior to this fight Ezbiri revealed in an interview that he was shot in the face when he was a teenager. Despite his aggressive style Ezbiri seemed gun shy in the 1st round giving it to his opponent. Yuta dropped Ezbiri twice in the second, the 1st time with a right hook, the second with a spinning back fist but got up both times showing extreme toughness and heart and stayed on his feet in the 3rd even though Kubo is known for finishing his opponents quickly when he smells blood. Yuta Kubo won the fight by decision 3-0.

He was expected to make his middleweight (-70 kg) debut at Glory 4: Tokyo - 2012 Heavyweight Grand Slam on December 2, 2012 against an unnamed opponent[4] but it fell through after the event was moved back to December 31 and combined with Dream 18.

Kubo competed in the Krush Grand Prix 2013 ~67kg First Class Tournament~ on January 14, 2012 and was initially set to fight Houcine Bennoui in the quarter-finals.[5][6] However, Bennoui pulled out and was replaced by Roman Mailov.[7][8] Mailov then sustained an injury in training as well, though, and lowly-ranked TaCa was brought in as Kubo's third opponent.[9] He stopped TaCa with one of his signature body shots in round two. In the semis, Kubo dropped Shintaro Matsukura with a first round punch to the body and cruised to a unanimous decision but not without taking significant damage to his lead leg. A rematch with Abdellah Ezbiri then awaited him in the final. Kubo started the fight well but the tide started to turn in round two when Ezbiri began taking advantage of his injured leg to the point where he was having trouble standing. The bout was scored a unanimous draw after the regulation three rounds and so it went to a first extension round which was called a majority draw, much to the distaste of the crowd who booed the decision as they believed Ezbiri was dominant. Kubo rallied in the second extension round to take a unanimous decision, winning the tournament and the inaugural Krush 67 kg title.[10]

He established himself as the world's top 65 kg fighter by winning the eight-man tournament at Glory 8: Tokyo - 2013 65kg Slam on May 3, 2013.[11][12] He KO'd Lim Chi-Bin with a second round body shot in the quarter-finals before taking unanimous decision victories over Gabriel Varga and Masaaki Noiri in the semis and final, respectively.[13][14][15]

Kubo had his three year-spanning, seventeen fight win streak broken in his rubber match with Masaaki Noiri at Krush.32 in Nagoya, Japan on September 1, 2013, losing his Krush 67 kg title in the process.[16] He was docked a point for excessive clinching in round three, allowing Noiri to take a wide unanimous decision.[17]

He lost to Mosab Amrani by unanimous decision at Glory 13: Tokyo - Welterweight World Championship Tournament in Tokyo, Japan on December 21, 2013.[18][19]



  • 2005 Best Rookie Award[20] (NJKF, January 15, 2006)
  • 2005 Gong Kakutogi Magazine Award[20] (NJKF, January 15, 2006)
  • 2005 Full Contact Karate Magazine Award[20] (NJKF, January 15, 2006)
  • 2006 Technique Award[21] (NJKF, December 23, 2006)
  • 2007 Technique Award[22] (NJKF, January 6, 2008)

Kickboxing record[edit]

Professional kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "(レポ&写真) [NJKF] 1.22 後楽園:藤原&高橋防衛。桜井判定負け". 
  2. ^ -63kg MAX: The Cold Dish of Revenge Archived June 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. k-1.co.jp
  3. ^ Walsh, Dave. "Krush.16 Results: Kubo and Sato Claim ISKA Titles, Xu Yan KOs Yuya Yamamoto". 
  4. ^ Scalia, Rian. "Yuta Kubo, Yuichiro Nagashima Fighting At GLORY 4 Tokyo, December 2". 
  5. ^ Walsh, Dave. "Yuta Kubo, Yuji Nashiro to Compete in Krush 67kg GP". 
  6. ^ Walsh, Dave. "Krush Announces 67kg Tournament Quarterfinal Matchups". 
  7. ^ Scalia, Rian. "Roman Mailov replaces Houcine Bennoui, faces Yuta Kubo at Krush GP 2013". 
  8. ^ Scalia, Rian. "Fights To Watch In January 2013". 
  9. ^ Walsh, Dave. "TaCa Replaces Roman Mailov in Krush 67kg Tournament". 
  10. ^ Walsh, Dave. "Krush 67kg Tournament Results: Kubo Wins Tournament in Disputed Decision, Alamos Upsets Takiya". 
  11. ^ Scalia, Rian. "GLORY 8 Tokyo: 65kg Tournament Field Complete, More Fights Added". 
  12. ^ Scalia, Rian. "GLORY 8 Tokyo 65kg Tournament Matches Announced". 
  13. ^ Scalia, Rian. "GLORY 8 Tokyo Live Results". 
  14. ^ GLORY 8 Tokyo Results and Review: Yuta Kubo Proves Why He is the Number One Japanese Fighter in the World Archived May 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Glory 8 Results: Yuta Kubo wins featherweight tournament Archived July 9, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ Scalia, Rian. "Yuta Kubo and Masaaki Noiri Fight For Third Time at Krush.32". 
  17. ^ Walsh, Dave. "Revenge is Sweet: Masaaki Noiri Defeats Yuta Kubo at Krush .32". 
  18. ^ Walsh, Dave. "GLORY SuperFight Series Tokyo and GLORY 13 Spoilers". 
  19. ^ Glory 13 Results and Recap Archived December 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ a b c "(レポ&写真) [NJKF] 1.15 後楽園:岩井&高橋、ノンタイトル戦で完勝". 
  21. ^ "[NJKF] 2006年年間表彰に洋平・米田ら勢揃い|藤田理事長退任". 
  22. ^ "[NJKF] 2007年度MVPは前田浩喜。最高試合賞にTOMONORI". 
  23. ^ 井原芳徳, 有限会社マッスルブレインズ,. "[REPORTS Survivor] 久保優太、元ルンピニー王者からKO勝ち:5.27 新宿". 
  24. ^ 井原芳徳, 有限会社マッスルブレインズ,. "[REPORTS Krush] 完勝の大月、総合に意欲。寺戸・久保も勝利". 
  25. ^ 井原芳徳, 有限会社マッスルブレインズ,. "[REPORTS Survivor] 久保優太、TSUYOSHIに勝利。KENJIは瀧谷に敗れる". 
  26. ^ a b 井原芳徳, 有限会社マッスルブレインズ,. "[REPORTS Krush] 山本真弘がGP制覇。石川、狂拳をKOも負傷リタイア". 
  27. ^ 井原芳徳, 有限会社マッスルブレインズ,. "[REPORTS Survivor] 久保優太、村浜を1R KO。K-1 60kg殴り込み宣言". 
  28. ^ "(写真) [MAキック] 4.29 ディファ:西山、壮泰を1R KO。水町王者に". 
  29. ^ "(レポ&写真) [NJKF] 1.27 後楽園:駿太、久保優太との王者対決制す". 
  30. ^ "(レポ&写真) [NJKF] 9.2 後楽園:笛吹引分防衛。久保弟が王者に". 
  31. ^ "(レポ&写真) [NJKF] 5.13 後楽園:米田、ワンロップに惜敗。久保14連勝". 
  32. ^ "(レポ&写真) [NJKF] 3.18 後楽園:洋平&久保防衛。米田が新王者に". 
  33. ^ "(レポ&写真) [NJKF] 1.28 ディファ:ムエタイ強豪が日本勢を翻弄". 
  34. ^ "(レポ&写真) [ムエタイ] 12.5 タイ:久保優太、30kg差対決制す". 
  35. ^ a b "(結果) [NJKF] 9.10,16 タイ:新鋭・久保優太、1週間で2KO勝ち". 
  36. ^ "(レポ&写真) [NJKF] 5.3 後楽園:笛吹防衛。米田&久保が王座挑戦権". 
  37. ^ "(レポ&写真) [NJKF] 3.5 後楽園:米田、タイ2冠王から大金星のKO勝利". 
  38. ^ "(レポ&写真) [NJKF] 11.20 後楽園:国崇、真二に判定勝ちで王座防衛". 
  39. ^ "(レポ) [NJKF] 9.24 後楽園:国崇&笛吹、タイ強豪の豪打に玉砕". 
  40. ^ "(レポ&写真) [NJKF] 7.23 後楽園:桜井洋平、薄氷防衛。国崇、鬼の復活". 
  41. ^ "(レポ&写真) [NJKF] 5.3 後楽園:笛吹2階級制覇。フェザーは岩井が王者に". 
  42. ^ "(結果) [NJKF] 3.12 後楽園:童子丸、ラジャダムナン1位に判定勝ち". 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tetsuya Yamato
K-1 WORLD MAX 2011 -63kg Japan Tournament Winner
June 25, 2011
Succeeded by