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Template:Nihongo is a retired Japanese mixed martial arts fighter. He has competed in notable mixed martial arts promotions like the Ultimate Fighting Championship, RINGS, and Pancrase. He holds notable wins over Kimo Leopoldo, Mario Sperry, Volk Han, Gilbert Yvel and Egan Inoue, and although controversial, he is the only fighter to hold a victory over Fedor Emelianenko. Kohsaka is known for his conditioning and grappling prowess as well as fighting many of the greatest heavyweight and light heavyweight fighters of all time. His "TK guard" is famous for its efficiency and Frank Shamrock and Maurice Smith have both credited him with having vastly improved their work from that particular position[1].

MMA career Edit

Tsuyoshi Kohsaka won the prestigious Lumax Cup tournament in the beginning of his MMA career, beating out the likes of Akihiro Gono and Egan Inoue. Small for a heavyweight, at 215 pounds, Kosaka has also defeated Ron Waterman and Ricardo Morais, both of whom weighed in for their contests against him in excess of 300 pounds. One of his biggest wins arrived late in his career, when he knocked out Brazilian Top Team coach Mario Sperry on the same day of his son's birth.

In 1999, Kosaka fought MMA legend Bas Rutten in the first round of the "Road to the Heavyweight Title", which was a four man tournament that would crown the next UFC Heavyweight Champion[2]. The fight with Rutten was the source of some controversy due to the fact that John McCarthy seemed to unfairly stand the fight back to the feet even though at some moments Kohsaka was mounted on Rutten and actively landing clean effective punches. Kosaka ultimately lost by KO in overtime. On October 2, 2005, Kohsaka lost to up and comer Mike Kyle. He announced his intentions to retire should he lose any of his matches in 2006. On May 5, 2006, he lost to Mark Hunt at PRIDE Total Elimination Absolute and has not competed in MMA since[3].

Personal lifeEdit

Tsuyoshi Kohsaka now owns and operates a dojo in Japan where he trains his A-Square team along with Hidehiko Yoshida and his stable.

MMA record Edit

Template:Start box |- | align="center" style="background: #f0f0f0"|Result | align="center" style="background: #f0f0f0"|Record | align="center" style="background: #f0f0f0"|Opponent | align="center" style="background: #f0f0f0"|Method | align="center" style="background: #f0f0f0"|Event | align="center" style="background: #f0f0f0"|Date | align="center" style="background: #f0f0f0"|Round | align="center" style="background: #f0f0f0"|Time | align="center" style="background: #f0f0f0"|Notes |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||26-18-2|| New Zealand flag Mark Hunt ||TKO (Punches) ||PRIDE Total Elimination Absolute ||05/05/2006 ||style="text-align:center"| 2 ||4:15 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||26-17-2|| Brazil flag Mario Sperry ||TKO (Punches) ||PRIDE 31: Dreamers ||02/26/2006 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||1:20 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||25-17-2|| United States flag Mike Kyle ||Technical Decision (Unanimous) ||Pancrase-Spiral ||10/02/2005 ||style="text-align:center"| 3 ||1:17 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||25-16-2|| Georgia flag David Shvelidze ||Submission (Armbar)|| Rings - Lithuania ||08/20/2005 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||N/A |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||24-16-2|| Russia flag Fedor Emelianenko ||TKO (Doctor Stoppage) ||PRIDE Bushido 6 ||04/03/2005 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||10:00 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||24-15-2|| United States flag Ron Waterman ||Decision (Unanimous) ||Pancrase-Brave 10 ||11/07/2004 ||style="text-align:center"| 3 ||5:00 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||23-15-2|| Brazil flag Ricardo Morais ||Decision ||NJPW-Ultimate Crush ||10/13/2003 ||style="text-align:center"| 3 ||5:00 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||22-15-2|| 22px Sumiyabazar Dolgorsuren ||TKO (Injury) ||NJPW-Ultimate Crush ||05/02/2003 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||2:56 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||21-15-2|| Brazil flag Antonio Rogerio Nogueira ||Decision (Unanimous) ||DEEP 2001-6th Impact ||09/07/2002 ||style="text-align:center"| 3 ||5:00 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||21-14-2|| United States flag Ricco Rodriguez ||TKO (Strikes) ||UFC 37: High Impact ||05/10/2002 ||style="text-align:center"| 2 ||3:25 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||21-13-2|| Russia flag Bazigit Atajev ||Decision (Majority) ||Rings-World Title Series 5 ||12/21/2001 ||style="text-align:center"| 3 ||5:00 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||21-12-2|| Georgia flag Koba Tkeshelashvili ||KO (Knee) ||Rings-10th Anniversary ||08/11/2001 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||2:17 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||20-12-1|| Brazil flag Renato Sobral ||Decision (Majority) ||Rings-World Title Series 2 ||06/15/2001 ||style="text-align:center"| 3 ||5:00 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||20-11-2|| United States flag Randy Couture ||Decision (Unanimous) ||Rings-King of Kings 2000 Final ||02/24/2001 ||style="text-align:center"| 2 ||5:00 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||20-10-2|| Russia flag Mikhail Illoukhine ||KO (Punches) || Rings - King of Kings 2000 Block B ||12/22/2000 ||style="text-align:center"| 2 ||01:53 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||19-10-2|| Russia flag Fedor Emelianenko || Doctor Stoppage(Cut) || Rings - King of Kings 2000 Block B ||12/22/2000 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||00:17 |- | style="background: #c5d2ea"|Draw ||18-10-2|| Brazil flag Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira ||Draw ||Rings - Millennium Combine 3||08/23/2000 ||style="text-align:center"| 2 ||5:00 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||18-10-1|| United States flag Travis Fulton ||Decision (Unanimous)|| Rings USA - Rising Stars Block A ||07/15/2000 ||style="text-align:center"| 3 ||05:00 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||17-10-1|| United States flag Greg Wikan ||Submission (Toe Hold)|| Rings USA - Rising Stars Block A ||07/15/2000 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||02:53 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||16-10-1|| Australia flag Chris Haseman ||Decision (Split) || Rings - King of Kings 1999 Block B ||12/22/1999 ||style="text-align:center"| 3 ||05:00 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||15-10-1|| Netherlands flag Gilbert Yvel ||TKO (Cut) || Rings - King of Kings 1999 Block B ||12/22/1999 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||01:17 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||15-9-1|| Brazil flag Pedro Rizzo ||TKO (Strikes)|| UFC 23 - Ultimate Japan 2 || 11/19/1999 ||style="text-align:center"| 3 ||01:12 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||15-8-1|| Netherlands flag Gilbert Yvel ||TKO (Injury) || Rings - Rise 5th ||08/19/1999 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||08:17 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||14-8-1|| United States flag Tim Lajcik ||TKO (Concussion)|| UFC 21 - Return of the Champions ||07/16/1999 ||style="text-align:center"| 2 ||05:00 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||13-8-1|| Japan flag Yoshihisa Yamamoto ||Submission|| Rings - Rise 3rd || 05/22/1999 ||style="text-align:center"| 3 ||00:44 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||13-7-1|| Netherlands flag Gilbert Yvel ||TKO (Doctor Stoppage from a Cut) || Rings - Rise 2nd ||04/23/1999 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||14:58 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||13-6-1|| Netherlands flag Bas Rutten ||KO ||UFC 18 - Road to the Heavyweight Title ||01/08/1999 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||14:15 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||13-5-1|| United States flag Pete Williams ||Decision ||UFC Brazil - Ultimate Brazil ||10/16/1998 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||15:00 |- | style="background: #c5d2ea"|Draw ||12-5-1|| Japan flag Kiyoshi Tamura ||Draw|| Rings - Fourth Fighting Integration ||06/27/1998 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||30:00 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win||12-5|| Russia flag Volk Han ||Submission|| Rings - Third Fighting Integration ||05/29/1998 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||10:10 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||11-5|| United States flag Kimo Leopoldo ||Decision ||UFC 16 - Battle in the Bayou ||03/13/1998 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||15:00 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||10-5|| Netherlands flag Rob van Esdonk ||Submission (Heel Hook)|| Rings Holland - The King of Rings ||02/08/1998 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||15:00 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||9-5|| Russia flag Mikhail Illoukhine ||N/A|| Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1997 Final ||01/21/1998 ||style="text-align:center"| N/A ||N/A |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||9-4|| Bulgaria flag Borislav Jeliazkov ||Decision (Lost Points)|| Rings - Mega Battle Tournament 1997 Semifinal 1 ||10/25/1997 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||00:00 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||8-4|| United States flag Frank Shamrock ||Decision|| Rings - Extension Fighting 7 ||09/26/1997 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||30:00 |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||8-3||Japan flag Kiyoshi Tamura ||Submission (Toe Hold)|| Rings - Extension Fighting 2 ||04/22/1997 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||13:57 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||8-2|| Russia flag Mikhail Illoukhine ||N/A|| Rings Mega Battle Tournament - Budokan Hall 1997 ||01/22/1997 ||style="text-align:center"| N/A ||N/A |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||7-2|| Russia flag Volk Han ||Submission (Arm Bar)|| Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1996 Final ||01/01/1997 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||13:52 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||7-1|| Netherlands flag Dick Vrij ||N/A|| Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1996 Opening Round ||10/25/1996 ||style="text-align:center"| N/A ||N/A |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss ||6-1|| Russia flag Volk Han ||Submission (Arm Bar)|| Rings - Maelstrom 6 ||08/24/1996 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||13:52 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||6-0|| Netherlands flag Willie Peeters ||Submission||Rings Holland - Kings of Martial Arts ||02/18/1996 ||style="text-align:center"| N/A ||N/A |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||5-0|| United States flag Maurice Smith ||N/A||Rings - Budokan Hall 1996 ||01/24/1996 ||style="text-align:center"| N/A ||N/A |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||4-0|| Japan flag Hiroyuki Yoshioka ||TKO (Punches)|| Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '95 ||10/13/1995 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||3:40 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||3-0|| Japan flag Susumu Yamasaki ||Submission (Heel Hook)|| Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '95 ||10/13/1995 ||style="text-align:center"| 1 ||0:52 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||2-0|| United States flag Egan Inoue ||Decision (Unanimous) || Lumax Cup - Tournament of J '95 ||10/13/1995 ||style="text-align:center"| 3 ||3:00 |- | style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win ||1-0|| Japan flag Wataru Sakata ||N/A|| Rings - Budokan Hall 1995 ||01/25/1995 ||style="text-align:center"| N/A ||N/A Template:End box

External linksEdit

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