FANDOM


Kazuyuki Fujita
Former IGF Heavyweight champion
Fujita
Listed height 6 ft 0 in
Listed weight 240 lb
Division Heavyweight
Style Wrestling
Born October 16, 1970 (1970-10-16) (age 46)
Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Team Team Fujita
Organization Inoki Genome Federation
Years active 2000-2013

Kazuyuki Fujita (born October 16, 1970) is a Japanese professional wrestler, a mixed martial arts fighter and a former amateur wrestler. He has fought in mixed martial arts promotions including PRIDE, K-1, Sengoku and IGF. He holds notable wins over James Thompson, Bob Sapp, Peter Graham, Gilbert Yvel, Ken Shamrock and Mark Kerr.

He is known as the last one to keep the tradition of Antonio Inoki's fighting spirit. Fujita's theme song is "Honno No Fighter" Orchestra Version, originally the song for Inoki.

MMAEdit

In January 2000 he put his professional wrestling career on hiatus and began training for mixed martial arts competition. His trainer was his professional wrestling mentor and mixed martial arts legend, Antonio Inoki. He entered the PRIDE organization, and quickly gained success. On January 30 at Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round, Fujita entered Pride's 2000 Openweight Grand Prix where he defeated Hans Nijman by submission. On April 1, Fujita fought at Extreme Shootout - The Underground where he KOed Dan Chase and then submitted Will Childs. On May 1, Fujita competed at Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals. In the quarter finals, Fujita scored his first big victory of his career by defeating Mark Kerr, who at the time was considered to be one of the best heavyweights in Mixed martial arts. During the fight, Fujita took incredible damage to his head yet was unfazed. Kerr delivered so much punishment that he gassed out and Fujita took advantage of Kerr's fatigue by scoring points with strikes and winning a decision. Fujita's win over Kerr was considered to be a gigantic upset and was the first loss in Kerr's career snapping a 13 fight unbeaten streak. Fujita's next fight was against former UFC Heavyweight Champion: Mark Coleman in the semi finals of the Grand Prix but Fujita would lose by TKO due to corner stoppage as he was unable to continue due to injuries.

Fujita next fought MMA superstar Ken Shamrock at Pride 10. Fujita, like in the Kerr fight, took another incredible beating yet was not knocked out. Shamrock then began to experience heart attack symptoms and had his corner throw in the towel, resulting in another massive win for Fujita and his career. PRIDE FC color commentator Eddie Bravo proclaimed during Fujita's fight with Shamrock, "that guy can take a baseball bat to the side of the head!".

He followed up his titanic wins over Kerr and Shamrock with a win over dangerous striker Gilbert Yvel at Pride 12. Fujita became known for a relentless style and his exceptionally strong neck often protected him from being knocked-out by strikes to the head. As Fujita himself noted, "I am not so great a puncher, not so great a kicker. I don't really have anything all that great, but in today's vale tudo, the strongest is the one that can take a beating."[1]

In May 2001 at Pride 14, Fujita defeated fellow pro wrestler: Yoshihiro Takayama by submission in his first PRIDE main event. On August 19 at the K-1 Andy Hug 2001 GP Final, Fujita fought K-1 legend and future MMA legend: Mirko Cro Cop in Cro Cop's MMA debut. Fujita would lose the fight after suffering a cut resulting in a TKO loss.

Fujita returned to fight a year later where he defeated pro wrestler and former sumo wrestler: Tadao Yasuda on August 8 at UFO - Legend. On December 31 at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2002, Fujita fought Mirko Filipović in a rematch but Fujita would lose again this time by unanimous decision.

On May 2, 2003, Fujita defeated another pro wrestler in Manabu Nakanishi by TKO. On June 8 at PRIDE 26, he fought PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko. Fujita rocked Emelianenko with a counter right hand, but despite his best attempts to remain on the offensive Emelianenko recovered and defeated Fujita with a Rear Naked Choke submission. On December 31, Fujita defeated American boxer: Imamu Mayfield by submission at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003.

On May 22, 2004 he defeated Bob Sapp in an MMA fight at K-1 MMA ROMANEX. Sapp was the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and the championship was vacated after his loss to Fujita. On December 31 at K-1 Premium 2004 Dynamite!!, Fujita defeated Egyptian Greco roman wrestler and Olympic gold medalist: Karam Gaber by knockout.

On May 5, 2006 at PRIDE Total Elimination Absolute, he returned to MMA by competing in PRIDE's 2006 Openweight Grand Prix making him the only fighter in PRIDE's history to have competed in both openweight grand prixs. In the first round, Fujita defeated James Thompson by knockout. Thompson dominated Fujita for most of the fight, until Fujita rallied with a flurry of punches that knocked out Thompson. In July 2006 at PRIDE Critical Countdown Absolute, Fujita fought PRIDE Middleweight champion: Wanderlei Silva in the quarterfinals and lost by TKO. At PRIDE Shockwave 2006 on December 31, Fujita defeated Eldar Kurtanidze by submission due to strikes.

Fujita's next fight was against UFC fighter: Jeff Monson in the main event of Pride 34. The fight was historic as it would be the final fight in PRIDE's history. Fujita would lose by submission.

After PRIDE was sold to Zuffa, Fujita joined the new promotion: World Victory Road. He debuted on March 5, 2008 at Sengoku 1 where he defeated Peter Graham by submission. Fujita next fight was against Travis Wiuff at Sengoku 3 where he lost by TKO.

On August 2, 2009, Fujita was defeated by Blagoi Ivanov at World Victory Road's ninth event, Sengoku 9.[2]

On December 31, 2009 at Dynamite!! 2009, Fujita took on Alistair Overeem and was knocked out via knee to the head in the first stanza. This was the first time Fujita has been knocked unconscious.[3]

After a 4 year hiatus from the sport, Fujita returned and defended his IGF title against Japanese prospect and gold medalist in Judo Satoshi Ishii at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013. He lost via unanimous decision, marking his fourth loss in a row.[4]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed Martial Arts

  • Fight Matrix
    • 2000 Rookie of the Year [5]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15-10 Satoshi Ishii Decision (unanimous) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013 02013-
12
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
December 31, 2013
3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Lost IGF Championship
Loss 15-9 Alistair Overeem KO (knee) Dynamite!! 2009 02009-
12
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
December 31, 2009
1 1:15 Saitama, Japan
Loss 15-8 Blagoi Ivanov Decision (split) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 02009-
8
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
August 2, 2009
3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 15-7 Travis Wiuff TKO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3 02008-
6
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
June 8, 2008
1 1:24 Saitama, Japan
Win 15-6 Peter Graham Submission (north-south choke) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 1 02008-
3
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
March 5, 2008
1 1:23 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14-6 Jeff Monson Submission (rear-naked choke) PRIDE 34 02007-
4
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
April 8, 2007
1 6:37 Saitama, Japan
Win 14-5 Eldar Kurtanidze Submission (punches) PRIDE Shockwave 2006 02006-
12
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
December 31, 2006
1 2:09 Saitama, Japan
Loss 13-5 Wanderlei Silva TKO (punches) PRIDE Critical Countdown Absolute 02006-
July
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
July 1, 2006
1 9:21 Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal
Win 13-4 James Thompson KO (punch) PRIDE Total Elimination Absolute 02006-
May
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
May 5, 2006
1 8:25 Osaka, Japan PRIDE 2006 Openweight Grand Prix 1st Round
Win 12-4 Karam Gaber KO (punch) K-1 - Premium 2004 Dynamite!! 02004-
12
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
December 31, 2004
1 1:07 Osaka, Japan
Win 11-4 Bob Sapp Submission (punches) K-1 MMA ROMANEX 02004-
5
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
May 22, 2004
1 2:15 Saitama, Japan
Win 10-4 Imamu Mayfield Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003 02003-
12
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
December 31, 2003
2 2:15 Kobe, Japan
Loss 9-4 Fedor Emelianenko Submission (rear-naked choke) PRIDE 26 02003-
6
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
June 8, 2003
1 4:17 Yokohama, Japan
Win 9-3 Manabu Nakanishi TKO (punches) NJPW - Ultimate Crush 02003-
5
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
May 2, 2003
3 1:09 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 8-3 Mirko Filipović Decision (unanimous) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2002 02002-
12
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
December 31, 2002
3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 8-2 Tadao Yasuda Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFO - Legend 02002-
8
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
August 8, 2002
1 2:46 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7-2 Mirko Filipović TKO (cut) K-1 Andy Memorial 2001 Japan GP Final 02001-
8
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
August 19, 2001
1 0:39 Saitama, Japan
Win 7-1 Yoshihiro Takayama Submission (arm-triangle choke) PRIDE 14 02001-
5
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
May 27, 2001
2 3:10 Yokohama, Japan
Win 6-1 Gilbert Yvel Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 12 02000-
12
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
December 9, 2000
2 10:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 5-1 Ken Shamrock TKO (corner stoppage- exhaustion) PRIDE 10 02000-
8
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
August 27, 2000
1 6:46 Saitama, Japan
Loss 4-1 Mark Coleman TKO (corner stoppage) PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals 02000-
May
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
May 1, 2000
1 0:02 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE 2000 Openweight Grand Prix Semifinals
Win 4-0 Mark Kerr Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Finals 02000-
May
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
May 1, 2000
1 15:00 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE 2000 Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals
Win 3-0 Will Childs Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Shootout - The Underground 02000-
4
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
April 1, 2000
N/A N/A Killeen, Texas, United States
Win 2-0 Dan Chase KO (punch) Extreme Shootout - The Underground 02000-
4
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
April 1, 2000
N/A N/A Killeen, Texas, United States
Win 1-0 Hans Nijman Submission (neck crank) PRIDE Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round 02000-
January
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  
  11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
  21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
-Template:0expr
January 30, 2000
1 2:48 Tokyo, Japan PRIDE 2000 Openweight Grand Prix 1st Round

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.