Kaoru "Caol" Uno (宇野薫 Uno Kaoru) (born May 8, 1975) is a Japanese mixed martial artist and professional wrestler. He is the Co-Champion of the UFC 41 Lightweight Tournament and a former Shooto Lightweight Champion. As one of the early Ultimate Fighting Championship's elite Lightweight competitors, Uno competed for the UFC Lightweight Championship on two separate occasions. Despite falling short in both championship bouts; losing a five-round decision against Jens Pulver at UFC 30, to determine the inaugural UFC Lightweight Champion as well as a draw against B.J. Penn at UFC 41 (in a bout which would have determined the new UFC Lightweight Champion and UFC 41 Lightweight Tournament Winner), Uno is acknowledged as a pioneer for his impact and influence during the early era of the UFC Lightweight Division.
|Born||May 8, 1975|
Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
|Other names||Uno Shoten, Little Gremlin|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||143 lb (65 kg; 10.2 st)|
|Reach||70 in (180 cm)|
|Style||Catch wrestling, Judo, Shootfighting|
|Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
|Team||Uno Dojo |
|Teacher(s)||Rumina Sato |
|Rank||A-class Shootist , Black belt in Judo and Jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Representing the Japan|
|ADCC World Championship|
|1999 Abu Dhabi||-77kg|
- 1 Mixed martial arts career
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 3 Championships and accomplishments
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 Submission grappling record
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Uno finished second in the All Japan amateur Shooto tournament in 1996. He was a runner-up in the submission wrestling world championships at ADCC losing in the finals to world-renowned Jean Jacques Machado.
Uno rose through the ranks of the Shooto mixed martial arts organization in Japan. In May 1999, Uno fought the then-legendary Rumina Sato. The fight was hailed as "Fight of the Year", an extremely fast-paced back and forth battle with a wide variety of stand-up and grappling exchanges. Eventually, Uno took the back of Sato and choked him into submission.
The two rematched in December 2000. This fight concluded with Uno standing over Sato on his back, then striking him with a knee and a punch while he was getting up, knocking him out.
After his second victory over Rumina Sato, Uno was recruited to fight for the UFC's Bantamweight (later renamed Lightweight) title against Jens Pulver. Throughout the fight, Pulver stopped Uno's takedown attempts and pressed the action on the feet. Uno, who had earned a reputation as being "unflappable", began to show frustration for the first time in his career as Pulver neutralized all his offensive efforts. Pulver took a majority decision win in the fight.
After Pulver left the UFC, the Lightweight Championship was vacated. A tournament was put together pitting the top Lightweights in the UFC (B.J. Penn, Din Thomas, Matt Serra and Caol Uno). In the first round, Uno faced Thomas. Thomas dominated the first round, setting a high pace. However, Uno turned things around, taking the second and third rounds to win the fight.
In the finals of the tournament, Uno faced Penn (who had previously defeated Uno by knockout in under 12 seconds). Uno used angles and effective wrestling techniques to frustrate Penn, who appeared tentative from the start, while Penn was dominant in spurts. The fight was called a draw and neither fighter won the championship belt.
Return to JapanEdit
Uno then went on to fight Tatsuya Kawajiri in Shooto before fighting at K-1's 2004 Premium Dynamite!! and K-1 MAX: Japan Grand Prix 2005. His next eleven fights were for the then newly established promotion Hero's.
Uno next competed in DREAM's Lightweight Grand Prix. He was seeded directly into the second round, DREAM 3, where he beat Mitsuhiro Ishida via rear-naked choke submission to progress to the Dream 5: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round. At Dream 5, Uno lost a unanimous decision to Shinya Aoki.
Uno was spotted in attendance at UFC 94, fueling talk of a return to the UFC's Lightweight division. It was later confirmed that Uno had signed with the UFC and would face Spencer Fisher at UFC 99: The Comeback. In spite of finishing the bout pounding Fisher with punches from top crucifix position, Uno lost by a controversial unanimous decision. Then, on November 21, 2009, Uno fought UFC newcomer Fabrício Camões to a majority draw at UFC 106.
On March 31, 2010, Uno fought Gleison Tibau at UFC Fight Night 21. He was overpowered by the much bigger Tibau, and suffered a loss via TKO (punches). After the fight he was released from the promotion.
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Uno debuted in professional wrestling in December 2000 as part of the Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye event. He teamed up with Akira Shoji against The Great Sasuke and Daijiro Matsui, but his team lost when Sasuke pinned him.
All Japan Pro Wrestling (2002-2003)Edit
Uno then signed up with All Japan Pro Wrestling in June 2002, where he debuted as a partner for Kendo Kashin against Kaz Hayashi and Kashin's double Mr. Problem (played again by Matsui), albeit in another losing effort. In November, he became also part of the event Wrestle-1, co-promoted with K-1. Coming under a monkey mask (which he quickly lost) and the name "The Apeman Nigo", Uno teamed up with Kashin to defeat La Parka and Super Parka.
He returned to AJPW in May 2003 under his Apeman Nigo persona. He and Kaz Hayashi lost to Kashin and Low Ki, but at the next event he teamed up with Ki to beat Gran Naniwa and Ryuji Hijikata. At the next day, he competed under his true name with Keiji Mutoh, winning over 728% Machine and The Apeman 200%, and then recovered his Nigo mask to team with Mutoh and Taka Michinoku in a winning effort against The Great Sasuke, The Great Kosuke and The Apeman. Uno's last appearance for AJPW would be in July, allying with Kashin and Robbie Brookside to beat Hayashi, Jimmy Yang and Ebessan.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- K-1 Hero's
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|57 matches||33 wins||19 losses|
|Loss||33–19–5||Yutaka Saito||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Professional Shooto 4/23||April 23, 2017||5||5:00||Chiba, Japan|
|Win||33–18–5||Jung Ho Hwang||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto-Mobstyles: Fight and Mosh||April 23, 2016||2||0:31||Chiba, Japan|
|Loss||32–18–5||Shigeki Osawa||TKO (punches)||Shooto: Professional Shooto 7/26||July 26, 2015||2||4:03||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||32–17–5||Yoshifumi Nakamura||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto - 1st Round 2015||January 25, 2015||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||For Shooto Pacific Rim Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||32–16–5||Raja Shippen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 6th||October 4, 2014||2||4:33||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||31–16–5||Taiki Tsuchiya||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 4th Round 2014||May 5, 2014||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||30–16–5||Jesse Brock||Decision (unanimous)||Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 4th||February 23, 2014||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||29–16–5||Daniel Romero||Submission (inverted triangle choke)||Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 3rd||October 5, 2013||2||2:23||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||28–16–5||Anthony Avila||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Vale Tudo Japan: VTJ 2nd||June 22, 2013||3||1:53||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||27–16–5||Kyu Hwa Kim||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: 2nd Round 2013||March 16, 2013||1||4:10||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||26–16–5||Shintaro Ishiwatari||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: 10th Round||September 30, 2012||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||26–15–5||Takeshi Inoue||KO (head kick)||DREAM 17||September 24, 2011||1||4:17||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||26–14–5||Akiyo Nishiura||Decision (unanimous)||Dream: Fight for Japan!||May 29, 2011||2||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||25–14–5||Kazuyuki Miyata||Decision (unanimous)||Dynamite!! 2010||December 31, 2010||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Featherweight debut.|
|Loss||25–13–5||Gleison Tibau||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi||March 31, 2010||1||4:13||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Draw||25–12–5||Fabrício Camões||Draw (majority)||UFC 106||November 21, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||25–12–4||Spencer Fisher||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 99||June 13, 2009||3||5:00||Cologne, Germany|
|Loss||25–11–4||Shinya Aoki||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 5: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round||July 21, 2008||2||5:00||Osaka, Japan||Semi-Final Round of DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix|
|Win||25–10–4||Mitsuhiro Ishida||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Dream 3: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round||May 11, 2008||2||1:39||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Quarter-Final Round of DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix|
|Loss||24–10–4||Andre Amade||Decision (unanimous)||HERO'S 10||September 17, 2007||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan||HERO'S 2007 Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Final.|
|Win||24–9–4||Katsuhiko Nagata||Decision (unanimous)||HERO'S 9||July 16, 2007||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan||HERO'S 2007 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final.|
|Win||23–9–4||Ali Ibrahim||Submission (armbar)||HERO'S 8||March 12, 2007||1||1:58||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||22–9–4||Gesias Cavalcante||Decision (majority)||HERO'S 7||October 9, 2006||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan||HERO'S 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix Final.|
|Win||22–8–4||Ivan Menjivar||Decision (unanimous)||HERO'S 7||October 9, 2006||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan||HERO'S 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Final.|
|Win||21–8–4||Kultar Gill||Submission (rear-naked choke)||HERO'S 6||August 5, 2006||2||3:30||Tokyo, Japan||HERO'S 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final.|
|Win||20–8–4||Ole Laursen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||HERO'S 5||May 3, 2006||2||4:36||Tokyo, Japan||HERO'S 2006 Lightweight Grand Prix Opening Round.|
|Win||19–8–4||Rich Clementi||Decision (unanimous)||HERO'S 4||March 15, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||18–8–4||Norifumi Yamamoto||TKO (doctor stoppage)||HERO'S 3||September 7, 2005||2||4:04||Tokyo, Japan||HERO'S 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Semi-Final.|
|Win||18–7–4||Hideo Tokoro||Decision (unanimous)||HERO'S 3||September 7, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||HERO'S 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Quarter-Final.|
|Loss||17–7–4||Joachim Hansen||KO (knee)||HERO'S 1||March 26, 2005||3||4:48||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||17–6–4||Serkan Yilmaz||Submission (armbar)||K-1 MAX: Japan Grand Prix 2005||February 23, 2005||1||1:59||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||16–6–4||Chandet Sorpantrey||Submission (rear-naked choke)||K-1: Premium 2004 Dynamite!!||December 31, 2004||2||0:19||Osaka, Japan|
|Draw||15–6–4||Tatsuya Kawajiri||Draw||Shooto: 3/22 in Korakuen Hall||March 22, 2004||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||15–6–3||Hermes França||KO (punch)||UFC 44||September 26, 2003||2||2:46||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Draw||15–5–3||B.J. Penn||Draw||UFC 41||February 28, 2003||5||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For the UFC Lightweight Championship. UFC Lightweight Championship tournament final.|
|Win||15–5–2||Din Thomas||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 39||September 27, 2002||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||UFC Lightweight Championship tournament opening round.|
|Win||14–5–2||Yves Edwards||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 37||May 10, 2002||3||5:00||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||13–5–2||B.J. Penn||KO (punches)||UFC 34||November 2, 2001||1||0:11||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||UFC Lightweight title eliminator.|
|Win||13–4–2||Fabiano Iha||TKO (punches)||UFC 32||June 29, 2001||1||1:48||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||12–4–2||Jens Pulver||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 30||February 23, 2001||5||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For the UFC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||12–3–2||Rumina Sato||KO (punch)||Shooto: R.E.A.D. Final||December 17, 2000||1||2:21||Chiba, Chiba, Japan||Defended the Shooto World Welterweight (154 lbs.) Championship.|
|Loss||11–3–2||Marcio Barbosa||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Shooto: R.E.A.D. 9||August 27, 2000||3||1:49||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||11–2–2||Dennis Hallman||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: R.E.A.D. 3||April 2, 2000||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Draw||10–2–2||André Pederneiras||Draw||Vale Tudo Japan 1999||December 11, 1999||3||8:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||10–2–1||Din Thomas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: Renaxis 4||September 5, 1999||3||3:16||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–2–1||Rumina Sato||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: 10th Anniversary Event||May 29, 1999||3||4:02||Yokohama, Japan||Won the Shooto World Welterweight (154 lbs.) Championship.|
|Win||8–2–1||Ricardo Botelho||Submission (punches)||Vale Tudo Japan 1998||October 25, 1998||3||2:03||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7–2–1||Zvonko Jakovcevic||Submission (triangle choke)||Shooto: Las Grandes Viajes 4||July 29, 1998||1||3:15||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–2–1||Ian James Schaffa||Technical Submission (armbar)||Shooto: Las Grandes Viajes 3||May 13, 1998||3||3:13||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–2–1||Yuji Fujita||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Las Grandes Viajes 2||March 1, 1998||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||4–2–1||Naoya Uematsu||Submission (Achilles lock)||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Lightweight Tournament||December 20, 1997||1||0:23||Japan|
|Win||4–1–1||Hiroki Kotani||Decision (unanimous)||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Lightweight Tournament||December 20, 1997||2||3:00||Japan|
|Win||3–1–1||Masahito Wachi||Decision (unanimous)||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Lightweight Tournament||December 20, 1997||2||3:00||Japan|
|Draw||2–1–1||Takuya Kuwabara||Draw||Shooto: Reconquista 4||October 12, 1997||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–1||Yuzo Tateishi||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto: Gig||June 25, 1997||1||2:14||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–1||Patrick Tapels||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Japan Extreme Challenge Vale Tudo Open||May 28, 1997||1||2:20||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0–1||Hayato Sakurai||Submission (armbar)||Shooto: Let's Get Lost||October 4, 1996||1||2:52||Tokyo, Japan|
Submission grappling recordEdit
|Loss||Marcos de Souza||Submission (armbar)||Quintet||April 11, 2018||1|
|Loss||Fredson Paixao||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fan Expo||2010||2||3:15|
|Loss||Minoru Suzuki and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||Submission||The Contenders X-Rage Vol.2||October 3, 2002||1||14:39||Partnered with Osami Shibuya|
|Draw||Minoru Suzuki and Takafumi Ito||Draw||The Contenders 5 Prospective M-1||October 6, 2001||1||10:00||Partnered with Daiju Takase|
|Loss||Fernando Vasconcelos||Points||ADCC 2001 Absolute||2001|
|Loss||Takanori Gomi||Decision||The CONTENDERS 6||2001||3|
|Win||Yasushi Miyake||Decision||The CONTENDERS 4||2000|
|Loss||Genki Sudo||Decision||The CONTENDERS 2000||2000||2|
|Loss||Marcio Feitosa Souza||Points||ADCC 2000 –77 kg||2000||1|
|Loss||Jean-Jacques Machado||Submission (rear naked choke)||ADCC 1999 –77 kg||1999||1||4:45|
|Win||Eddie Ruiz||Submission||ADCC 1999 –77 kg||1999||1||6:00|
|Win||Pedro Duarte||Decision||ADCC 1999 –77 kg||1999||3||20:00|
|Win||John Lewis||Submission (rear naked choke)||ADCC 1999 –77 kg||1999||1||8:05|
|Draw||Yasushi Miyake||-||The CONTENDERS 1||1999||3|
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