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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.[1] He is notable for his elaborate ring entrances[2] and unorthodox fighting style.[3] His philosophy is "We are all one".[4] Signature moves include the flying triangle and spinning backfist.

BiographyEdit

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.[5]

At K-1 Dynamite! on December 31, 2006 he defeated Damacio Page by submission.[6] After his win, and to the shock of the crowd, Sudo announced his retirement.[7]

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.[8]

Mixed Martial Arts RecordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Win 16–4–1 United States flag Damacio Page Submission (Triangle Choke) K-1 – Premium 2006 Dynamite!! 02006-
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December 31, 2006
1 3:05 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
Win 15-4–1 Denmark flag Ole Laursen Decision (Unanimous) K-1 – Hero's 4 02006-
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March 15, 2006
3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14-4–1 Japan flag Norifumi Yamamoto TKO (Punches) K-1 – Premium 2005 Dynamite!! 02005-
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December 31, 2005
1 4:39 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
Win 14-3–1 Japan flag Hiroyuki Takaya Submission (Triangle Choke) K-1 – Hero's 3 02005-
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September 7, 2005
2 3:47 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 13-3–1 Japan flag Kazuyuki Miyata Submission (Armbar) K-1 – Hero's 3 02005-
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September 7, 2005
2 4:45 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 12-3–1 Netherlands flag Ramon Dekker Submission (Heel Hook) K-1 – Hero's 1 02005-
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March 26, 2005
1 2:54 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
Win 11-3–1 Brazil flag Royler Gracie KO (Punches) K-1 MMA ROMANEX 02004-
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May 22, 2004
1 3:40 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
Win 10-3–1 United States flag Mike Thomas Brown Submission (Triangle/Armbar) UFC 47 – It's On 02004-
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April 2, 2004
1 3:31 United States flag Nevada, United States
Win 9-3–1 United States flag Eric Esch Submission (Heel Hook) K-1 – Premium 2003 Dynamite!! 02003-
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December 31, 2003
2 0:41 Japan flag Nagoya, Japan
Loss 8-3–1 United States flag Duane Ludwig Decision (Unanimous) UFC 42 – Sudden Impact 02003-
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April 25, 2003
3 5:00 United States flag Florida, United States
Win 8-2–1 England flag Leigh Remedios Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 38 – Brawl at the Hall 02002-
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July 13, 2002
2 1:38 England flag London, England
Win 7-2–1 Japan flag Kenichi Yamamoto Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Rings – World Title Series 5 02001-
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December 21, 2001
2 1:46 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Win 6-2–1 Netherlands flag Brian Lo-A-Njoe Submission (Triangle Choke) Rings – Battle Genesis Vol. 8 02001-
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September 21, 2001
1 2:17 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 5-2–1 United States flag Craig Oxley Submission (Achilles Lock) Pancrase – Trans 6 02000-
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October 31, 2000
1 3:14 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
zDraw 4-2–1 Brazil flag Andre Pederneiras Draw C2K – Colosseum 2000 02000-
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May 26, 2000
1 15:00 Japan flag Japan
Loss 4-2 Japan flag Kiuma Kunioku Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – Trans 2 02000-
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February 27, 2000
2 3:00 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
Win 4-1 United States flag Nathan Marquardt Submission (Armbar) Pancrase – Breakthrough 11 01999-
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December 18, 1999
1 13:31 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Win 3-1 United States flag Victor Hunsaker Submission (Elbows) Pancrase – Breakthrough 9 01999-
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October 25, 1999
1 1:43 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Loss 2-1 Japan flag Minoru Toyonaga Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2 01999-
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August 1, 1999
2 3:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 2-0 Japan flag Kousei Kubota Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1 01999-
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August 1, 1999
2 3:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win[9] 1-0 United States flag Tiki Ghosn Decision (Unanimous) ES 2 – Extreme Shoot 2 01998-
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June 6, 1998
N/A United States flag California, United States

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