|Listed height||5 ft 9 in|
|Listed weight||193.6 lb|
|Division||Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Openweight|
|Style||Catch wrestling, Freestyle wrestling|
|Born|| January 12, 1976|
Hashima, Gifu, Japan
|Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
Ikuhisa Minowa (born January 12, 1976) in Hashima, Gifu, Japan is a Japanese mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was a long time veteran of Pride Fighting Championships and Pancrase and has also competed in other mixed martial arts promotions such as K-1 HERO'S, Cage Rage, UFC, and DEEP. He was the winner of the DREAM Super Hulk tournament.
MMA career Edit
Minowa was known in PRIDE Fighting Championships for his entertaining entrances and sporting of the Japanese flag as a cape as well as his aggressive, high-risk style of fighting which has seen him employ flying dropkicks amongst other pro-wrestling derived maneuvers.
Beginning his career in the Pancrase 176-pound division and never weighing in at more than 196 pounds, he has taken on fighters at 205 lb and heavier throughout his career, earning him his nickname "The Giant Killer".
Minowa is also known for his eccentric and intense training methods, which include dodging baseballs and training in environments such as rivers. He has trained Muay Thai in Thailand, catch wrestling in Japan, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil with the Brazilian Top Team.
He participated in the PRIDE's first 185 lb tournament where he defeated Phil Baroni, but went on to lose in the second round to former Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu mentor Murilo Bustamante. On December 31, 2005, Minowa fought PRIDE legend Kazushi Sakuraba, in which he almost landed a kneebar and then a heel hook, but was caught with a Kimura and defeated at 9 minutes into the first round. Minowa next fought at PRIDE Bushido 10, where he faced the 7-foot-2 Giant Silva. Minowa dominated the fight, using a forward roll to get past Silva's enormous reach and then landing a single leg takedown that put Silva on his back. Minowa promptly landed multiple knees to the head of Silva, causing the referee to stop the fight at 2:23 of the first round. Following that, he fell to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović due to strikes in the first round. However, he then rebounded with wins over Park Hyun Kab, Eric "Butterbean" Esch, and Mike Plotcheck.
Minowa was knocked out in his last fight for PRIDE by Kiyoshi Tamura at PRIDE Shockwave 2006, but celebrated 10 years as a fighter at the CMA Festival 2 event by defeating Min-Seok Heo in the main event after his opponent's corner threw in the towel after the first round. His next opponent was South Korean wrestler Choi Seung Hyun at Heat4: MEGA BATTLE HEAT from Nagoya. Minowa won the bout via shoulder lock.
He faced the 7'2" Choi Hong-man at Dream 11 on October 6, 2009. Throughout the fight he attempted to take his opponent down, being successful on two occasions in the first round, before submitting his opponent in the second.
At Dynamite!! 2009, Minowa squared off with Cameroonian fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the finals of the DREAM Super Hulk tournament. In the first round Sokoudjou landed many strikes on the smaller fighter while Minowa attempted leglocks. At the end second round Minowa had Sokoudjou in a kneebar but was cut off by the bell before he could adjust his grip. In the third round Minowa and Sokoudjou both received two yellow cards (10% purse deduction for one) for inactivity 3 minutes into the round, but with 90 seconds left Minowa connected against Sokoudjou's jaw with a left hook, dropping him to the ground for the KO.
In his next 5 bouts, Minowa went 4-1 with all of those wins being finishes in the first round.
On April 5th, 2014, Minowa faced MMA new-comer Goran Jettingstad at Inoki Genome Fight 1. "Minowaman" finished the bout at 2:26 in the first round via Achilles lock.
Minowa then faced Jung-Gyo Park at ROAD FC 15 on May 31, 2014. Minowa was knocked out cold with a left hook at 4:42 in the first round.
Championships and accomplishments Edit
- Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling
- 1999 Neo Blood Tournament Winner
- 2000 King of Pancrase Light Heavyweight Championship Tournament Runner Up
Mixed martial arts record Edit
|Professional record breakdown|
|10||0 wins||0 losses|
|Loss||59-36-8||Jung-Gyo Park||KO (punch)||ROAD FC 15||May 31, 2014||1||4:42||Wonju, South Korea|
|Win||59-35-8||Goran Jettingstad||Submission (achilles lock)||Inoki Genome Fight 1||April 5, 2014||1||2:26||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||58-35-8||Atsushi Sawada||TKO (punch and soccer kick)||IGF: Inoki-Bom-Ba-Ye 2013||December 31, 2013||1||3:47||Toyko, Japan|
|Win||57-35-8||Hoon Kim||KO (punch)||ROAD FC 13||October 12, 2013||1||3:37||Seoul, South Korea|
|Loss||56-35-8||Hae Suk Son||TKO (punches)||ROAD FC 11||April 13, 2013||3||0:54||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||56-34-8||Bor Bratovž||Submission (heel hook)||IGF: Inoki-Bom-Ba-Ye 2012||December 31, 2012||1||3:20||Ryogoku Kokugikan, Japan|
|Win||55-34-8||Jin Soo Yuk||Submission (kimura)||Road FC 9||September 15, 2012||1||4:59||Wonju Chiak Indoor Gym, South Korea|
|Loss||54-34-8||Alexander Shlemenko||TKO (knees & punches to the body)||SFL 2||April 7, 2012||1||2:20||Chandigarh, India|
|Win||54-33-8||Shigeki Tsuchiya||Submission (kimura)||Gladiator 30||March 11, 2012||1||1:16||Fukuoka, Japan|
|Win||53-33-8||Toshihiro Koyama||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Gladiator 29||February 19, 2012||1||1:49||Kariya, Aichi, Japan|
|Loss||52-33-8||Kendall Grove||Decision (unanimous)||ProElite 3||January 21, 2012||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||52-32-8||Dev Kumar Ghimire||Submission (armbar)||Gladiator 27||December 18, 2011||1||1:20||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||51-32-8||Young Woo Yu||Submission (kimura)||Gladiator 25||October 30, 2011||1||2:55||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||50-32-8||Baru Harn||Submission (scarf hold armlock)||Dream 17||September 24, 2011||1||4:39||Saitama, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Win||49-32-8||Jair Gomes||Submission (neck crank)||Gladiator 22||August 14, 2011||1||N/A||Gifu, Japan|
|Win||48-32-8||Carlos Toyota||Decision (unanimous)||Heat 18||June 5, 2011||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||47-32-8||Hiroshi Izumi||TKO (punches)||Dynamite!! 2010||December 31, 2010||3||2:50||Saitama, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Win||47-31-8||Chang Hee Kim||Submission (scarf hold armlock)||Deep: 50th Impact||October 24, 2010||1||2:07||Tokyo, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Loss||46-31-8||Satoshi Ishii||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 16||September 25, 2010||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Win||46-30-8||Imani Lee||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Dream 14||May 29, 2010||1||4:16||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Win||45-30-8||Jimmy Ambriz||Submission (toe hold)||Dream 13||March 22, 2010||2||2:42||Yokohama, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Win||44-30-8||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou||KO (punches)||Dynamite!! 2009||December 31, 2009||3||3:29||Saitama, Japan||Dream Super Hulk Grand Prix final.|
|Win||43-30-8||Choi Hong-man||Submission (heel hook)||Dream 11||October 6, 2009||2||1:27||Yokohama, Japan||Dream Super Hulk Grand Prix semifinal.|
|Win||42-30-8||Bob Sapp||Submission (achilles lock)||Dream 9||May 26, 2009||1||1:15||Yokohama, Japan||Dream Super Hulk Grand Prix quarterfinal.|
|Loss||41-30-8||Katsuyori Shibata||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 8||April 5, 2009||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan||88 kg Catchweight bout|
|Win||41-29-8||Errol Zimmerman||Submission (toe hold)||Dynamite!! 2008||December 31, 2008||1||1:01||Saitama, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Loss||40-29-8||Masakatsu Funaki||Submission (heel hook)||Dream 6||September 23, 2008||1||0:52||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||40-28-8||Don Frye||Submission (kneebar)||Deep: Gladiator||August 16, 2008||1||3:56||Okayama, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Loss||39-28-8||Taiei Kin||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 2||April 29, 2008||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Win||39-27-8||Kwan Bum Lee||Submission (kneebar)||Dream 1||March 15, 2008||1||1:25||Saitama, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Loss||38-27-8||Zuluzinho||TKO (corner stoppage)||K-1 PREMIUM 2007 Dynamite!!||December 31, 2007||3||2:13||Saitama, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Loss||38-26-8||Kim Min-Soo||TKO (punches)||Hero's 2007 in Korea||October 28, 2007||1||3:46||Seoul, South Korea||Openweight bout.|
|Win||38-25-8||Kevin Casey||TKO (punches)||Hero's 10||September 17, 2007||2||0:42||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||37-25-8||Seung Hyun Choi||Submission (hammerlock)||Heat 4||August 11, 2007||1||1:41||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||36-25-8||Min Suk Heo||TKO (corner stoppage)||Deep: CMA Festival 2||July 23, 2007||1||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||35-25-8||Kiyoshi Tamura||KO (soccer kicks)||Pride Shockwave 2006||December 31, 2006||1||1:18||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||35-24-8||Mike Plotcheck||Decision (unanimous)||Pride Bushido 13||November 5, 2006||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Win||34-24-8||Eric Esch||Submission (armbar)||Pride Bushido 12||August 26, 2006||1||4:25||Nagoya, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Win||33-24-8||Hyun Gab Park||Submission (heel hook)||Deep: CMA Festival||May 24, 2006||1||0:17||Tokyo, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Loss||32-24-8||Mirko Filipovic||TKO (punches)||Pride Total Elimination Absolute||May 5, 2006||1||1:10||Osaka, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Win||32-23-8||Giant Silva||TKO (knees)||Pride Bushido 10||April 2, 2006||1||2:23||Tokyo, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Win||31-23-8||Dave Legeno||Submission (achilles lock)||Cage Rage 15||February 4, 2006||1||2:21||London, England||Openweight bout.|
|Loss||30-23-8||Kazushi Sakuraba||Technical Submission (kimura)||Pride Shockwave 2005||December 31, 2005||1||9:59||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||30-22-8||Murilo Bustamante||TKO (punches)||Pride Bushido 9||September 25, 2005||1||9:51||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||30-21-8||Phil Baroni||Decision (unanimous)||Pride Bushido 9||September 25, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||29-21-8||Kimo Leopoldo||Submission (achilles lock)||Pride Bushido 8||July 17, 2005||1||3:11||Nagoya, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Loss||28-21-8||Phil Baroni||TKO (stomps)||Pride Bushido 7||May 22, 2005||2||2:04||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||28-20-8||Gilbert Yvel||Submission (toe hold)||Pride Bushido 6||April 3, 2005||1||1:10||Yokohama, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Win||27-20-8||Stefan Leko||Submission (heel hook)||Pride Shockwave 2004||December 31, 2004||1||0:27||Saitama, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Win||26-20-8||Ryuki Ueyama||Decision (split)||Pride Bushido 5||October 14, 2004||2||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||25-20-8||Kenichi Yamamoto||TKO (punches)||PRIDE Bushido 4||June 19, 2004||1||3:23||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||24-20-8||Eduard Churakov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Gladiator FC: Day 1||June 26, 2004||1||2:29||South Korea|
|Loss||23-20-8||Ryan Gracie||Decision (split)||Pride Bushido 3||May 23, 2004||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||23-19-8||Wanderlei Silva||TKO (punches)||Pride Bushido 2||February 15, 2004||1||1:09||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||23-18-8||Quinton Jackson||TKO (punches)||Pride Shockwave 2003||December 31, 2003||2||1:05||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||23-17-8||Silmar Rodrigo||Submission (rolling kneebar)||Brazil Super Fight||September 19, 2003||2||3:00||Porto Alegre, Brazil|
|Loss||22-17-8||Ricardo Almeida||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Hybrid 2||February 16, 2003||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||22-16-8||Yuki Sasaki||Decision (majority)||Pancrase - Spirit 8||November 30, 2002||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||21-16-8||Kiyoshi Tamura||Decision (unanimous)||Deep - 6th Impact||September 7, 2002||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||21-15-8||Mitsuyoshi Sato||Decision (majority)||Pancrase - Spirit 5||May 28, 2002||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||21-14-8||Yoshinori Momose||Draw||Pancrase - Spirit 3||March 25, 2002||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||21-14-7||Kazuki Okubo||Submission (armbar)||Deep - 3rd Impact||December 23, 2001||1||3:38||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||20-14-7||Hiroshi Shibata||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Pancrase - Proof 7||December 1, 2001||1||2:28||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||19-14-7||Sanae Kikuta||TKO (cut)||Pancrase - 2001 Anniversary Show||September 30, 2001||2||4:30||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||19-13-7||Kenji Akiyama||Submission (guillotine choke)||Pancrase - 2001 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round||July 29, 2001||3||2:52||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||18-13-7||Yuki Sasaki||Submission (toe hold)||Pancrase - Proof 3||May 13, 2001||3||0:25||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||17-13-7||Paulo Filho||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase - Proof 2||March 31, 2001||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Draw||17-12-7||Ricardo Liborio||Draw||Deep - 1st Impact||January 8, 2001||3||5:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||17-12-6||Magomed Ismailov||Submission (armbar)||Pancrase - Trans 7||December 4, 2000||1||1:31||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||15-12-6||Keiichiro Yamamiya||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase - 2000 Anniversary Show||September 24, 2000||2||3:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||16-12-6||Brian Gassaway||Submission (toe hold)||Pancrase - 2000 Anniversary Show||September 24, 2000||1||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||15-11-6||Tony Ross||Submission (armbar)||Pancrase - Trans 5||July 23, 2000||1||1:32||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||14-11-6||Masaya Kojima||Submission (toe hold)||Pancrase - Trans 5||July 23, 2000||1||1:43||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||13-11-6||Joe Slick||TKO (cut)||UFC 25||April 14, 2000||3||2:02||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12-11-6||Ichio Matsubara||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pancrase - Trans 2||February 27, 2000||1||1:21||Osaka, Japan|
|Draw||11-11-6||Chris Lytle||Draw||Pancrase - Breakthrough 11||December 18, 1999||1||15:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||11-11-5||Adrian Serrano||Submission (heel hook)||Pancrase - Breakthrough 9||October 25, 1999||1||11:38||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||10-11-5||Semmy Schilt||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase - 1999 Anniversary Show||September 18, 1999||1||10:00||Chiba, Japan|
|Win||10-10-5||Minoru Toyonaga||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pancrase - 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round||August 1, 1999||1||2:57||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9-10-5||Daisuke Watanabe||Submission (triangle choke)||Pancrase - 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round||August 1, 1999||1||4:28||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8-10-5||Daiju Takase||Submission (triangle choke)||Pancrase - 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round||August 1, 1999||1||7:59||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||7-10-5||Jason DeLucia||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase - Breakthrough 6||June 11, 1999||1||10:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||7-9-5||Osami Shibuya||Draw||Pancrase - Breakthrough 5||May 23, 1999||2||3:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Draw||7-9-4||Susumu Yamasaki||Draw||Daidojuku: WARS 5||April 8, 1999||1||15:00||Japan|
|Win||7-9-3||Kosei Kubota||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase - Breakthrough 3||March 9, 1999||1||10:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6-9-3||Daisuke Ishii||Decision (majority)||Pancrase - Breakthrough 2||February 11, 1999||1||10:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||5-9-3||Daisuke Watanabe||Submission (armbar)||Pancrase - Breakthrough 1||January 19, 1999||1||3:18||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4-9-3||Satoshi Hasegawa||Submission (armbar)||Pancrase - Advance 11||November 29, 1998||1||2:43||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||3-9-3||Daisuke Ishii||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase - Advance 10||October 26, 1998||1||10:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||2-9-3||Travis Fulton||Draw||Pancrase - Advance 9||October 4, 1998||2||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||2-9-2||Evan Tanner||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Pancrase - 1998 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round||July 7, 1998||1||4:05||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||2-8-2||Kosei Kubota||Draw||Pancrase - Advance 8||June 21, 1998||2||3:00||Kobe, Japan|
|Win||2-8-1||Adrian Serrano||Decision (lost points)||Pancrase - Advance 7||June 2, 1998||1||10:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||1-8-1||Satoshi Hasegawa||Decision (majority)||Pancrase - Advance 5||April 26, 1998||2||3:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||1-7-1||Satoshi Hasegawa||Submission (leg lock)||Pancrase - Advance 1||January 16, 1998||2||1:10||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||1-6-1||Jason DeLucia||Submission (choke)||Pancrase: Alive 11||December 20, 1997||1||3:47||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||1-5-1||Osami Shibuya||Decision (lost points)||Pancrase: Alive 10||November 16, 1997||1||10:00||Kobe, Japan|
|Loss||1-4-1||Takafumi Ito||Submission (toe hold)||Pancrase: Alive 9||October 29, 1997||1||6:34||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||1-3-1||Kousei Kubota||Draw||Pancrase: 1997 Anniversary Show||September 6, 1997||1||10:00||Chiba, Japan|
|Loss||1-3||Yuki Kondo||Submission (toe hold)||Pancrase: Alive 8||August 9, 1997||1||5:13||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||1-2||Satoshi Hasegawa||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: 1997 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 2||July 21, 1997||2||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1-1||Haygar Chin||Submission (kneebar)||Pancrase: 1997 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1||July 20, 1997||1||2:24||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0-1||Yuzo Tateishi||Decision||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '96||March 30, 1996||2||3:00||Japan|
- ↑ http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=stats.fightCard&eid=04409b15-bfe6-4963-8ee8-048ef77fe71a
- ↑ DREAM.6 Middleweight Grand Prix Final Round Results. mmafighting.com. Retrieved on September 23, 2008.
- ↑ DREAM 8 results and quick recap. mmamania.com. Retrieved on April 5, 2009.
- ↑ http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=stats.fightCard&eid=A115E879-94A0-4A8D-995D-ECFED6FFE67F
- ↑ Dream 11 results: Sokoudjou and Minowaman advance to Super Hulk finale, Kawajiri gets TKO. examiner.com.
- ↑ Ikuhisa Minowa Drops Sokoudjou to Win Super Hulk Final. mmafighting.com. Retrieved on December 31, 2009.
- ↑ DREAM.13 Live Play-by-Play, Results and Commentary. bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
- ↑ Dream.14 Results: Diaz vs. Sakurai, Sakuraba vs. Gracie, More. mmafighting.com. Retrieved on May 29 2010.
- ↑ PROELITE 3 ‘GROVE VS. MINOWA’ RESULTS & PLAY-BY-PLAY. sherdog.com. Retrieved on January 21, 2012.
- ↑ SFL 2 Results: Duffee Smashes Grove, Shlemenko Stuns Minowa. cagepotato.com. Retrieved on April 7, 2012.
- ↑ Inoki Genome Fight 1 Official Results. mixedmartialarts.com. Retrieved on April 5, 2014.
- ↑ DOO-WON SEO STOPS JOACHIM HANSEN, ‘MINOWAMAN’ BRUTALLY KO’ED AT ROAD FC 15. sherdog.com. Retrieved on May 31, 2014.
- ↑ http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/