Uno finished second in the All Japan amateur Shooto tournament in 1996. He was a former runner-up in the submission wrestling world championships at ADCC losing in the finals to world-renowned Jean Jacques Machado.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Uno rose through the ranks of the Shooto mixed martial arts organization in Japan. In May 1999, Uno fought the then-legendary Rumina Sato. The fight was hailed as "Fight of the Year", an extremely fast-paced back and forth battle with a wide variety of stand-up and grappling exchanges.Template:Citation needed Eventually, Uno took the back of Sato and choked him into submission.
The two rematched in December 2000. This fight concluded with Uno throwing Sato on his back then striking him with a combination of kicks and punches, eventually knocking him out.
After his second victory over Rumina Sato, Uno was recruited to fight for the UFC's bantamweight (later renamed lightweight) title against Jens Pulver. Throughout the fight, Pulver stopped Uno's takedown attempts and pressed the action on the feet. Uno, who had earned a reputation as being "unflappable", began to show frustration for the first time in his career as Pulver neutralized all his offensive efforts.Template:Citation needed Pulver took a majority decision win in the fight.
After Pulver left the UFC, the lightweight title was vacated. A tournament was put together pitting the top-four 155 pounders in the UFC (B.J. Penn , Din Thomas, Matt Serra, and Caol Uno). In the first round, Uno faced Thomas. Thomas dominated the first round, setting a high pace. However, Uno turned things around, taking the second and third rounds to win the fight.
In the finals of the tournament, Uno faced Penn (who had previously defeated Uno by knockout in under 12 seconds). Uno used angles, and effective wrestling techniques to frustrate Penn, who appeared tentative from the start. Penn was dominant in spurts, and the fight was called a draw. This judges' decision was a disaster for the UFC management. As a result the division was temporarily abolished.Template:Citation needed
Return to JapanEdit
Uno then went on to fight Tatsuya Kawajiri in Shooto before fighting at K-1's 2004 Premium Dynamite!! and K-1 MAX - Japan Grand Prix 2005. His next eleven fights were for the then newly established promotion HERO'S.
Uno next competed in DREAM's Lightweight Grand Prix. He was seeded directly into the 2nd round, DREAM 3, where he beat Mitsuhiro Ishida by rear naked choke to progress to the final round at DREAM.5. At DREAM.5, Uno lost a unanimous decision to Shinya Aoki.
Uno was spotted in attendance at UFC 94, fueling talk of a return to the UFC's lightweight division. It was later confirmed that Uno had signed with the UFC and would face Spencer Fisher at UFC 99: The Comeback, which Uno lost by unanimous decision.
Uno's professional mixed martial arts record:
|Professional record breakdown|
|46||27 wins||12 losses|
|Gleison Tibau||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi||March 31, 2010||Charlotte, North Carolina, US|
|27–12–5||Draw||Fabricio Camoes||Draw (Majority)||UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2||November 21, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|27–12–4||Loss||Spencer Fisher||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 99: The Comeback||June 13, 2009||3||5:00||Cologne, Germany|
|27–11–4||Loss||Shinya Aoki||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM.5 Light Weight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round||July 21, 2008||2||5:00||Osaka, Japan||Semi-Final Round of Dream Lightweight Grandprix|
|27–10–4||Win||Mitsuhiro Ishida||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||DREAM.3 Light Weight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round||May 11, 2008||2||1:38||Saitama, Japan||Quarter-Final Round of Dream Lightweight Grandprix|
|26–10–4||Loss||Andre Amade||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1 Hero's – Tournament Final||September 17, 2007||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|26–9–4||Win||Katsuhiko Nagata||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1 Hero's – Middleweight Tournament Opening Round||July 16, 2007||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|25–9–4||Win||22px Ali Ibrahim||Submission (Armbar)||K-1 – Hero's 8||March 12, 2007||1||1:58||Nagoya, Japan|
|24–9–4||Loss||Gesias Calvancanti||Decision (Majority)||K-1 – Hero's 7||October 9, 2006||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|24–8–4||Win||Ivan Menjivar||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1 – Hero's 7||October 9, 2006||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|23–8–4||Win||22px Kultar Gill||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||K-1 – Hero's 6||August 5, 2006||2||3:30||Tokyo, Japan|
|22–8–4||Win||22px Ole Laursen||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||K-1 – Hero's 5||May 3, 2006||2||4:36||Tokyo, Japan|
|21–8–4||Win||Rich Clementi||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1 – Hero's 4||March 15, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|20–8–4||Loss||Norifumi Yamamoto||TKO (Cut)||K-1 – Hero's 3||September 7, 2005||2||4:04||Tokyo, Japan|
|20–7–4||Win||Hideo Tokoro||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1 – Hero's 3||September 7, 2005||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|19–7–4||Loss||Joachim Hansen||KO (Knee)||K-1 – Hero's 1||March 26, 2005||3||4:48||Japan|
|19–6–4||Win||Serkan Yilmaz||Submission (Armbar)||K-1 MAX – Japan Grand Prix 2005||February 23, 2005||1||1:59||Tokyo, Japan|
|18–6–4||Win||22px Chandet Sorpantrey||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||K-1 – Premium 2004 Dynamite!!||December 31, 2004||2||0:19||Osaka, Japan|
|17–6–4||Draw||Tatsuya Kawajiri||Draw||Shooto 2004 – 3/22 in Korakuen Hall||March 22, 2004||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|17–6–3||Loss||Hermes Franca||KO (Punch)||UFC 44 – Undisputed||September 26, 2003||2||2:46||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|17–5–3||Draw||B.J. Penn||Draw||UFC 41 – Onslaught||February 28, 2003||5||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||For UFC Lightweight Title|
|17–5–2||Win||Din Thomas||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 39 – The Warriors Return||September 27, 2002||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, US||The first bout of a two-round tournament for the vacant UFC Lightweight Championship|
|16–5–2||Win||Yves Edwards||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 37 – High Impact||May 10, 2002||3||5:00||Bossier City, Louisiana, US|
|15–5–2||Loss||B.J. Penn||KO (Punches)||UFC 34 – High Voltage||November 2, 2001||1||0:11||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|15–4–2||Win||Fabiano Iha||TKO (Strikes)||UFC 32 – Showdown in the Meadowlands||June 29, 2001||1||1:48||East Rutherford, New Jersey, US|
|14–4–2||Loss||Jens Pulver||Decision (Majority)||UFC 30 – Battle on the Boardwalk||February 23, 2001||5||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||For UFC Bantamweight (155) title|
|14–3–2||Win||Rumina "Moon Wolf" Sato||KO (Kick and Punch)||Shooto – R.E.A.D. Finalnament Elimination Rounds||December 17, 2000||1||2:21||Chiba, Japan|
|13–3–2||Loss||Marcio Barbosa||TKO (Guillotine Choke)||Shooto – R.E.A.D. 9||August 27, 2000||3||1:49||Yokohama, Japan|
|13–2–2||Win||Dennis Hallman||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto – R.E.A.D. 3||April 2, 2000||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|12–2–2||Draw||Andre Pederneiras||Draw||VTJ 1999 – Vale Tudo Japan 1999||December 11, 1999||3||8:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|12–2–1||Win||Din Thomas||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Shooto – Renaxis 4||September 5, 1999||3||3:16||Tokyo, Japan|
|11–2–1||Win||Rumina Sato||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Shooto – 10th Anniversary Event||May 29, 1999||3||4:02||Yokohama, Japan||For Shooto Welterweight (154) title|
|10–2–1||Win||Ricardo Botelho||Submission (Strikes)||VTJ 1998 – Vale Tudo Japan 1998||October 25, 1998||3||2:03||Tokyo, Japan|
|9–2–1||Win||Zvonko Jakovyevic||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Shooto – Las Grandes Viajes 4||July 29, 1998||1||3:15||Tokyo, Japan|
|8–2–1||Win||Ian James Schaffa||Technical Submission (Armbar)||Shooto – Las Grandes Viajes 3||May 13, 1998||3||3:13||Tokyo, Japan|
|7–2–1||Win||Yuji Fujita||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto – Las Grandes Viajes 2||March 1, 1998||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|6–2–1||Loss||Naoya Uematsu||Submission (Achilles Lock)||Lumax Cup – Tournament of J '97 Lightweight Tournament||December 20, 1997||1||0:23||Japan|
|5–1–1||Win||Hiroki Kotani||Decision (Unanimous)||Lumax Cup – Tournament of J '97 Lightweight Tournament||December 20, 1997||2||3:00||Japan|
|4–1–1||Win||Masahito Wachi||Decision (Unanimous)||Lumax Cup – Tournament of J '97 Lightweight Tournament||December 20, 1997||2||3:00||Japan|
|3–1–1||Draw||Takuya Kuwabara||Draw||Shooto – Reconquista 4||October 12, 1997||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|2–1||Win||Yuzo Tateishi||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Shooto – GIG||June 25, 1997||1||2:14||Tokyo, Japan|
|1–1||Win||Patrick Tapels||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||JECVTO – Japan Extreme Challenge Vale Tudo Open||May 28, 1997||1||2:20||Tokyo, Japan|
|0–1||Loss||Hayato "Mach" Sakurai||Submission (Armbar)||Shooto – Let's Get Lost||October 4, 1996||1||2:52||Tokyo, Japan|