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Sanae Kikuta (born September 10, 1971 in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter who rose to popularity fighting in the Pancrase organization, and currently fights for World Victory Road. He is former Pancrase Light heavyweight champion (2001-2003) and the winner of the ADCC 88 kg class in 2001.

Biography Edit

Amateur era Edit

Kikuta won the Kantō Middleweight class when he was in 3rd grade. He became a student at the "Super Tiger Gym" when he was in the 6th grade and later joined a Judo team at his high school where he won the 86 kg class at the National Athletic Highschool Meeting. In university he learned Judo under Toshihiko Koga.

After high school he went to Australia to learn kickboxing. On his return he won the heavyweight class of the All Japan Amateur shoot boxing Championship.

Mixed Martial Arts Edit

In 1996 and 1997 he won the first "Tournament of J" which is an MMA tournament that allows matches wearing Keikogis (training uniforms).

Kikuta joined the Pancrase fighting organization in April 1994, went on to fight at UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 3 in April 2000, and founded his own team GRABAKA in June 2000. He participated in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in April 2001 and won its 88 kg class. In September 2001 he won the title of Pancrase Light Heavyweight Champion.

He currently runs the GRABAKA gym in Nakano, Tokyo, which trains fighters such as Kazunori Yokota, Akihiro Gono, and formerly Genki Sudo, and Kazuo Misaki.

Kikuta currently fights for the Japanese SENGOKU promotion.

A fictional version of Kikuta appears in the MMA-themed manga Tough as a leader of "Team D".

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 28-6-3(1) Japan flag Hidehiko Yoshida Decision (Split) Sengoku No Ran 2009 02009-
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January 4, 2009
3 5:00 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
Win 27-6-3(1) England flag Chris Rice Submission (Armbar) Sengoku 3 02008-
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June 8, 2008
2 3:54 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
Win 26-6-3(1) France flag Jean Francois Lenogue Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE Bushido 13 02006-
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November 5, 2006
2 5:00 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Win 25-6-3(1) Japan flag Makoto Takimoto Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE Shockwave 2005 02005-
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December 31, 2005
3 5:00 Japan flag Saitama, Japan
Win 24-6-3(1) United States flag Webster Dauphiney Submission (Achilles Lock) Pancrase - Brave 10 02004-
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November 7, 2004
1 2:14 Japan flag Urayasu, Japan
Win 23-6-3(1) United States flag Keith Rockel Decision (Majority) Pancrase - Brave 4 02004-
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April 23, 2004
3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Loss 22-6-3(1) Japan flag Yuki Kondo KO (Punch) Pancrase - Hybrid 10 02003-
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November 30, 2003
3 0:08 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan Lost Pancrase Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 22-5-3(1) Australia flag Elvis Sinosic Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase - 10th Anniversary Show 02003-
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August 31, 2003
3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Draw 21-5-3(1) Japan flag Yuki Kondo Draw Pancrase - Hybrid 5 02003-
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May 18, 2003
3 5:00 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Win 21-5-2(1) Brazil flag Eduardo Pamplona Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase - Spirit 8 02002-
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November 20, 2002
3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Loss 20-5-2(1) Brazil flag Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira KO (Punch) UFO - Legend 02002-
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August 8, 2002
2 0:29 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 20-4-2(1) Japan flag Alexander Otsuka Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 20 - Armed and Ready 02002-
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April 28, 2002
3 5:00 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Win 19-4-2(1) Japan flag Daisuke Watanabe Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) Pancrase - Proof 7 02001-
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December 1, 2001
1 2:14 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Win 18-4-2(1) Japan flag Ikuhisa Minowa TKO (Cut) Pancrase - 2001 Anniversary Show 02001-
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September 20, 2001
2 4:30 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan Wins Pancrase Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 17-4-2(1) Pshemek Wallace TKO (Punches) DEEP - 2nd Impact 02001-
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August 18, 2001
1 1:52 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Win 16-4-2(1) Australia flag Matt Trihey Submission (Armbar) Pancrase - Proof 4 02001-
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June 26, 2001
1 1:11 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
No Contest 15-4-2(1) United States flag Alex Stiebling No Contest (Kikuta cut by accidental headbutt) Pancrase - Proof 1 02001-
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February 4, 2001
1 3:11 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 15-4-2 Japan flag Kazuo Takahashi Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) Pancrase - Trans 7 02000-
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December 4, 2000
1 7:22 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Loss 14-4-2 Brazil flag Murilo Bustamante Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase - Trans 6 02000-
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October 31, 2000
1 15:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 14-3-2 Japan flag Ichio Matsubara Submission (Armlock) Pancrase - Trans 4 02000-
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June 26, 2000
1 2:13 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 13-3-2 United States flag Eugene Jackson Submission (Armbar) UFC 25 - Ultimate Japan 3 02000-
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April 14, 2000
1 4:38 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 12-3-2 Japan flag Ryushi Yanagisawa Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase - Trans 2 02000-
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February 27, 2000
1 15:00 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
Win 11-3-2 Japan flag Minoru Suzuki TKO (Arm Triangle Choke) Pancrase - Breakthrough 11 01999-
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December 18, 1999
1 2:39 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Draw 10-3-2 United States flag Travis Fulton Draw Pancrase - Breakthrough 9 01999-
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October 25, 1999
1 15:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 10-3-1 United States flag Eddy Millis Submission (Punches) Pancrase - 1999 Anniversary Show 01999-
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September 18, 1999
1 1:57 Japan flag Urayasu, Japan
Win 9-3-1 Japan flag Takafumi Ito Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase - Breakthrough 7 01999-
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July 6, 1999
2 3:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 8-3-1 United States flag Eric Gedek Submission Pancrase - Breakthrough 6 01999-
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June 11, 1999
3 1:20 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7-3-1 United States flag Paul Jones Decision (Unanimous) Shooto - Las Grandes Viajes 6 01998-
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November 27, 1998
3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Draw 7-2-1 Japan flag Daijiro Matsui Draw Pride 4 01998-
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October 11, 1998
3 10:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Loss 7-2 Brazil flag Renzo Gracie Submission (Guillotine Choke) Pride 2 01998-
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March 15, 1998
6 0:43 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Win 7-1 Japan flag Masanori Suda Submission (Armbar) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament 01997-
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July 27, 1997
1 3:59 Japan flag Japan Wins Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament
Win 6-1 Japan flag Toshinobu Komeya Submission (Achilles Lock) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament 01997-
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July 27, 1997
1 1:00 Japan flag Japan
Win 5-1 Japan flag Jun Kitagawa Submission (Achilles Lock) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament 01997-
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July 27, 1997
1 3:14 Japan flag Japan
Loss 4-1 Mushtaq Abdullah Submission (Forearm Choke) VTJ 1996 - Vale Tudo Japan 1996 01996-
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July 7, 1996
1 6:27 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 4-0 Japan flag Masanori Suda Submission (Heel Hook) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '96 01996-
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March 30, 1996
1 1:15 Japan flag Japan Wins Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '96
Win 3-0 Japan flag Hiroyuki Yoshioka Submission (Heel Hook) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '96 01996-
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March 30, 1996
1 3:05 Japan flag Japan
Win 2-0 United States flag Egan Inoue Decision Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '96 01996-
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March 30, 1996
1 5:00 Japan flag Japan
Win 1-0 Japan flag Saburo Kawakatsu Submission (Keylock) Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '96 01996-
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March 30, 1996
1 2:04 Japan flag Japan

Career Edit

  • Amateur sport
    • Judo
      • Kantō region Judo Middleweight winner
      • The National Athletic High School Meeting, Judo 86 kg class Winner
    • Shoot boxing
      • All Japan Amateur Shoot boxing Championship Heavyweight Winner
    • Grappling
      • "The Tournament of J" winner (1996)
      • "The Tournament of J" winner (1997)
      • ADCC 2001 88 kg class winner (April 2001)
  • Professional
    • MMA

Pancrase Light heavyweight champion (2001-2003)

See also Edit

External linksEdit

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