Genki Sudo (Japanese: 須藤元気 Sudo Genki, born March 8, 1978 in Kōtō, Tokyo, Japan) is a retired Japanese mixed martial artist who, up until December 31, 2006 competed in the Japanese based fight organization K-1 HERO'S and before that UFC and Pancrase. He is notable for his elaborate ring entrances and unorthodox fighting style. His philosophy is "We are all one". Signature moves include the flying triangle and spinning backfist.
Although seen as a fighter with good striking ability, and while he has won fights by knockout in both mixed martial arts and kickboxing, Genki Sudo's skill set seems primarily focused on grappling and submission wrestling techniques. Among the rather unorthodox techniques that he favors and can use effectively are the spinning backfist, a flying leg-triangle choke and flying armbar, as well as dancing and turning his back to opponents in order to taunt or distract them.
Prior to his retirement on New Year's Eve Sudo fought for K-1 HERO's, the mixed martial arts branch of the most popular Japanese combat sports circuit. Sudo is well known for his particularly flashy choreographed ring entrances that often include costumed dancers. One entrance featured Sudo doing the robot and operating levers that released a column of smoke from the top of his head while wearing a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket as a hat and a white plastic mask, in an homage to the musician Buckethead.
On a side note, Genki Sudo is a practicing Buddhist and although many think his antics in the ring are disrespectful and arrogant, he explains that it is simply his way of relaxing and having fun with what he is doing. After the fight is over he always kindly smiles and bows to his opponent, makes sure they are not injured, and holds up a United Nations flag with the words "We are all one".
Genki Sudo was defeated by K-1 HERO's lightweight champion Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. The fight was won by a controversial referee stoppage after Sudo was knocked down by a right hand which was followed by some punches.
Genki Sudo has written eight books, is married, started an amateur baseball team for people 30 and over, and has finished filming his part of the movie The R246 Story.
Mixed Martial Arts RecordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|23||16 wins||4 losses|
|Win||16–4–1||Damacio Page||Submission (Triangle Choke)||K-1 – Premium 2006 Dynamite!!||December 31, 2006||1||3:05||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||15-4–1||Ole Laursen||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1 – Hero's 4||March 15, 2006||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||14-4–1||Norifumi Yamamoto||TKO (Punches)||K-1 – Premium 2005 Dynamite!!||December 31, 2005||1||4:39||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||14-3–1||Hiroyuki Takaya||Submission (Triangle Choke)||K-1 – Hero's 3||September 7, 2005||2||3:47||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||13-3–1||Kazuyuki Miyata||Submission (Armbar)||K-1 – Hero's 3||September 7, 2005||2||4:45||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12-3–1||Ramon Dekker||Submission (Heel Hook)||K-1 – Hero's 1||March 26, 2005||1||2:54||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||11-3–1||Royler Gracie||KO (Punches)||K-1 MMA ROMANEX||May 22, 2004||1||3:40||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||10-3–1||Mike Thomas Brown||Submission (Triangle/Armbar)||UFC 47 – It's On||April 2, 2004||1||3:31||Nevada, United States|
|Win||9-3–1||Eric Esch||Submission (Heel Hook)||K-1 – Premium 2003 Dynamite!!||December 31, 2003||2||0:41||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||8-3–1||Duane Ludwig||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 42 – Sudden Impact||April 25, 2003||3||5:00||Florida, United States|
|Win||8-2–1||Leigh Remedios||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 38 – Brawl at the Hall||July 13, 2002||2||1:38||London, England|
|Win||7-2–1||Kenichi Yamamoto||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Rings – World Title Series 5||December 21, 2001||2||1:46||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||6-2–1||Brian Lo-A-Njoe||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Rings – Battle Genesis Vol. 8||September 21, 2001||1||2:17||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5-2–1||Craig Oxley||Submission (Achilles Lock)||Pancrase – Trans 6||October 31, 2000||1||3:14||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||4-2–1||Andre Pederneiras||Draw||C2K – Colosseum 2000||May 26, 2000||1||15:00||Japan|
|Loss||4-2||Kiuma Kunioku||Decision (Unanimous)||Pancrase – Trans 2||February 27, 2000||2||3:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||4-1||Nathan Marquardt||Submission (Armbar)||Pancrase – Breakthrough 11||December 18, 1999||1||13:31||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||3-1||Victor Hunsaker||Submission (Elbows)||Pancrase – Breakthrough 9||October 25, 1999||1||1:43||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||2-1||Minoru Toyonaga||Decision (Unanimous)||Pancrase – 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2||August 1, 1999||2||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2-0||Kousei Kubota||Decision (Unanimous)||Pancrase – 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1||August 1, 1999||2||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1-0||Tiki Ghosn||Decision (Unanimous)||ES 2 – Extreme Shoot 2||June 6, 1998||N/A||California, United States|
- ↑ http://crnavi.jp/sudogenki/blog/profile.html
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPJO8HRyrBY&fmt=18
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pJsbOmrYNY&fmt=18
- ↑ http://crnavi.jp/sudogenki/blog/
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Genki-Sudo-1227
- ↑ http://www.k-1.co.jp/k-1gp/top750.htm
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles.asp?n_id=6446
- ↑ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1160019/
- ↑ http://gsides.typepad.com/g_sides/2009/08/sudo-genki.html
- Official site (Japanese)
- Sherdog.com - professional MMA record
- Template:Imdb namede:Genki Sudōfr:Genki Sudo