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Hiromitsu Kanehara (金原弘光, Kanehara Hiromitsu, (born Kim Wang-hong on October 5, 1970 in Owariasahi, Aichi)) is a former Japanese mixed martial artist and professional wrestler of Korean descent. A professional MMA competitor from 1998 until 2012, he competed for the PRIDE Fighting Championships, DEEP, Pancrase, RINGS, and K-1 HERO'S. Kanehara also once competed in professional kickboxing.
|Born||October 5, 1970|
Owariasahi, Aichi, Japan
|Other names||The Smiley Killer, RINGS Saigo no Ace ("RINGS's Last Ace"), UWF no Chisho ("UWF's Grand General")|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Years active||1996 (Kickboxing)|
1998–2002, 2004–2013 (MMA)
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Although starting as a professional wrestler in 1991, Kanehara did not have much success as such, and eventually abandoned professional wrestling when his then-home circuit, Fighting Network RINGS, abandoned the discipline in the late 1990s. Unlike most shoot-style comrades such as Masayuki Naruse, Wataru Sakata, and Minoru Suzuki, who returned to regular puroresu, Kanehara only has done sporadic appearances.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Fighting Network RINGSEdit
Kanehara had his MMA debut in a fight on May 29, 1998 against Lee Hasdell, winning by decision. He would follow with victories over Sander MacKilljan, Hans Nijman and Hasdell again, but his winning streak broke on February 1999 against Carlson Gracie apprentice Ricardo Morais. The 60 pound heavier Morais controlled Kanehara positionally with the aid of his size, leaving the Japanese relegated to try Kimura locks from underneath and trying to escape unsuccessfully.
On May 22, Kanehara faced Valentijn Overeem from RINGS Holland. Again facing a heavier opponent, Kanehara was hit with knees and kicks to the head and downed in the initial minute, but he managed to execute a takedown on Overeem, who fell badly and dislocated his knee. Judges and referee deliberated about letting the match continue after the knee was relocated, and they eventually conceded. Returning to action, Overeem landed a body kick which Kanehara grabbed for another takedown, but Hiromitsu fell into a guillotine and was forced to spend a rope escape. The sequence repeated itself before Overeem knocked Kanehara out with a high kick.
Kanehara had his debut in worldwide MMA at the 1999 edition of the King of Kings tournament, where he faced tough opposition. Kanehara eliminated Jeremy Horn in a prolonged grappling affair in the first round, winning the unanimous decision thanks to his superior wrestling and ground work, and then went to face eventual winner Dan Henderson. The match was harsh and brutal, with Kanehara getting his nose broken and finally being dominated with repeated takedowns for a majority decision loss.
After the tournament, Kanehara avenged his defeat to Valentijn Overeem, knocking out the Dutch fighter via punch from the clinch in a much shorter match. He was next sent as a RINGS representative to the event Colosseum 2000, where he found himself in front of Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Mario Sperry; even at loss, Kanehara performed impressively, countering and escaping all the bad positions he was caught with by Sperry. Before the next edition of the tournament, Kanehara still fought the former finalist Renato "Babalu" Sobral, losing by decision.
Kanehara returned to KoK format facing popular luta livre practitioner and ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship champion Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira. Although believed to be technically outmatched, Kanehara fought a long, strategic match and ended submitting the decorated grappler by kimura. He then won his next match, quickly knocking out Tommy Sauer with punches, and reached the tournament's final event. There, Kanehara fought and defeated another tough opponent in the form of Dave Menne, dominating the stand-up and knocking him out for a TKO win in round 3, although there was some controversy when Menne's corner protested the stoppage had been premature. Finally, Kanehara faced the eventual winner, Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, losing a very back and forth grappling contest when he was caught in a choke and forced to submit.
After his KoK tenures, Kanehara went to fight another Brazilian exponent and ADCC winner, Ricardo Arona, who he had already wrestled in ADCC in a losing effort. Though Kanehara was able to survive several striking combinations, holding his own on the mat, he was reversed in one of his own kneebar attempts and submitted. Right after he fought future Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Matt Hughes, losing by unanimous decision.
PRIDE Fighting ChampionshipsEdit
At the twilight of his career, Kanehara debuted in PRIDE Fighting Championships as a RINGS veteran, and was pitted against a series of world-level opponents. The first of them would be Wanderlei Silva in a challenge fight in PRIDE 23 for the PRIDE Middleweight Championship, but Kanehara was knocked down with strikes and hit with soccer kicks and stomps until his corner threw the towel.
Hiromitsu returned to PRIDE as part of the Bushido series, taking on another feared striker in Mirko Cro Cop. The match went to the judges this time, as Kanehara absorbed a surprising amount of punishment, including Mirko's dreaded left high kick. He got similar results against Alistair Overeem in PRIDE 28; he survived a barrage of punches, flying knees and even a German suplex-like takedown, until he was finished by doctor stoppage.
His final appearance in PRIDE was in its 29th event, being defeated by Maurício Rua via TKO (stomp) in the first round.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Fighting Network RINGS
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|51 matches||19 wins||27 losses|
|Loss||19–27–5||Yuki Kondo||Decision (points)||U-Spirits: U-Spirits Again||March 9, 2013||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||19–26–5||Ryuta Sakurai||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: Haleo Impact||December 22, 2012||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||19–25–5||Yuki Sasaki||Draw (unanimous)||Grabaka: Grabaka Live 2||October 27, 2012||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||19–25–4||Yusuke Sakashita||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: Cage Impact 2012 in Tokyo: Over Again||April 7, 2012||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||19–24–4||Daijiro Matsui||Draw (majority)||DEEP: 57 Impact||February 8, 2012||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Light Heavyweight bout.|
|Loss||19–24–3||Hideto Tatsumi||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: 54 Impact||June 24, 2011||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||19–23–3||Hiroki Sato||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: 51 Impact||December 11, 2010||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||18–23–3||Yong Choi||Draw||DEEP: 49 Impact||August 27, 2010||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||18–23–2||Riki Fukuda||Decision (unanimous)||DEEP: 46 Impact||February 28, 2010||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||18–22–2||Makoto Miyazawa||TKO (punches)||DEEP: 44 Impact||October 10, 2009||1||0:25||Tokyo, Japan||Catchweight (87 kg) bout.|
|Draw||17–22–2||Ryuta Sakurai||Draw||DEEP: 42 Impact||June 30, 2009||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||17–22–1||Kenji Nagai||TKO (punches)||DEEP: 41 Impact||April 16, 2009||2||3:02||Tokyo, Japan||Catchweight (85 kg) bout.|
|Loss||16–22–1||Ichiro Kanai||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Shining 8||October 1, 2008||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||16–21–1||Keiichiro Yamamiya||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Shining 5||June 1, 2008||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||16–20–1||Izuru Takeuchi||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Shining 2||March 26, 2008||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||16–19–1||Ryo Kawamura||KO (punches)||Pancrase: Rising 3||March 18, 2007||3||1:36||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||16–18–1||Marcelo Brito||Technical Submission (armbar)||MARS 5: Marching On||October 28, 2006||1||0:49||Tokyo, Japan||Catchweight (85 kg) bout.|
|Win||16–17–1||Ruslan Abdulkhamidov||Submission (heel hook)||Kokoro: Kill Or Be Killed||August 15, 2006||1||2:02||Tokyo, Japan||Middleweight debut.|
|Loss||15–17–1||Kestutis Arbocius||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Blow 3||April 9, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||15–16–1||Chalid Arrab||Decision (majority)||HERO'S 2005 in Seoul||November 5, 2005||2||5:00||Seoul, South Korea||Catchweight (90 kg) bout.|
|Loss||15–15–1||Yuki Kondo||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Spiral 8||October 2, 2005||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||15–14–1||Iouri Bekichev||TKO||RINGS Russia: CIS vs. The World||August 20, 2005||1||N/A||Lithuania||Heavyweight bout.|
|Loss||15–13–1||Maurício Rua||TKO (stomp)||PRIDE 29: Fists of Fire||February 20, 2005||1||1:40||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||15–12–1||Alistair Overeem||TKO (doctor stoppage)||PRIDE 28||October 31, 2004||2||3:52||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||15–11–1||Mirko Cro Cop||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 3||May 23, 2004||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan||Heavyweight bout.|
|Loss||15–10–1||Wanderlei Silva||TKO (corner stoppage)||PRIDE 23||November 24, 2002||1||3:40||Tokyo, Japan||For the PRIDE Middleweight Championship.|
|Draw||15–9–1||Mikhail Ilyukhin||Draw||RINGS: World Title Series Grand Final||February 15, 2002||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||15–9||Paul Cahoon||Decision (split)||RINGS: World Title Series 5||December 21, 2001||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||14–9||Kelly Jacobs||TKO (lost points)||RINGS: World Title Series 4||October 20, 2001||2||1:51||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||13–9||Matt Hughes||Decision (majority)||RINGS: 10th Anniversary||August 11, 2001||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||13–8||Ricardo Arona||Submission (kneebar)||RINGS: World Title Series 2||June 15, 2001||2||0:53||Yokohama, Japan||2001 RINGS Middleweight Championship Tournament First Round.|
|Loss||13–7||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||Submission (rear-naked choke)||RINGS: King of Kings 2000 Final||February 24, 2001||2||0:27||Tokyo, Japan||2000 RINGS King of Kings Semifinals.|
|Win||13–6||Dave Menne||TKO (punches)||RINGS: King of Kings 2000 Final||February 24, 2001||3||3:24||Tokyo, Japan||2000 RINGS King of Kings Third Round.|
|Win||12–6||Tommy Sauer||TKO (punches)||RINGS: King of Kings 2000 Block B||December 22, 2000||1||4:14||Osaka, Japan||2000 RINGS King of Kings Second Round.|
|Win||11–6||Alexandre Ferreira||Submission (kimura)||RINGS: King of Kings 2000 Block B||December 22, 2000||2||2:45||Osaka, Japan||2000 RINGS King of Kings First Round.|
|Win||10–6||Josh Hall||Decision (split)||RINGS USA: Rising Stars Block B||July 22, 2000||2||5:00||Hawaii, United States||2000 RINGS Rising Stars Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinals; later pulled out of tournament.|
|Win||9–6||Adrian Serrano||Submission (armlock)||RINGS USA: Rising Stars Block B||July 22, 2000||1||2:07||Hawaii, United States||2000 RINGS Rising Stars Middleweight Tournament First Round.|
|Loss||8–6||Renato Sobral||Decision (unanimous)||RINGS: Millennium Combine 2||June 15, 2000||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||8–5||Mario Sperry||Decision (majority)||C2K: Colosseum 2000||May 26, 2000||2||5:00||Japan|
|Win||8–4||Valentijn Overeem||KO (punch)||RINGS Holland: There Can Only Be One Champion||February 6, 2000||1||4:14||Netherlands|
|Loss||7–4||Dan Henderson||Decision (majority)||RINGS: King of Kings 1999 Block A||October 28, 1999||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||1999 RINGS King of Kings Tournament Second Round.|
|Win||7–3||Jeremy Horn||Decision (majority)||RINGS: King of Kings 1999 Block A||October 28, 1999||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||1999 RINGS King of Kings Tournament First Round.|
|Win||6–3||Wataru Sakata||Decision (lost points)||RINGS: Rise 5th||August 19, 1999||3||5:00||Japan|
|Win||5–3||Masayuki Naruse||Decision (unanimous)||RINGS: Rise 4th||June 24, 1999||3||10:00||Japan|
|Loss||4–3||Valentijn Overeem||TKO (corner stoppage)||RINGS: Rise 3rd||May 22, 1999||1||4:35||Japan|
|Loss||4–2||Kiyoshi Tamura||Submission (armbar)||RINGS: Rise 1st||March 20, 1999||3||0:14||Japan|
|Loss||4–1||Ricardo Morais||Decision||RINGS: Final Capture||February 21, 1999||5||5:00||Japan|
|Win||4–0||Hans Nijman||Submission (armbar)||RINGS: World Mega Battle Tournament||December 23, 1998||1||9:04||Japan|
|Win||3–0||Lee Hasdell||Decision||NOTS 2: Night of the Samurai 2||October 11, 1998||1||15:00||England|
|Win||2–0||Sander MacKilljan||Submission (armlock)||RINGS: Fourth Fighting Integration||June 27, 1998||1||3:26||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Lee Hasdell||Decision||RINGS: Third Fighting Integration||May 29, 1998||1||30:00||Tokyo, Japan|
0 wins, 1 loss
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest
Submission grappling recordEdit
|Loss||Ricardo Arona||Points||ADCC -99 kg First Round||2000||N/A||N/A|
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter, June 7, 1999
- "Pro Wrestling History". prowrestlinghistory.com.
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