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Hiroshi Izumi (泉浩 born June 22, 1982 in Shimokita District Aomori) is a Japanese judoka and mixed martial artist. He has fought in World Victory Road and had a one-fight stint in the Dream promotion for the Dream Light Heavyweight Championship. Izumi also appeared in both Dynamite!! 2009 and Dynamite!! 2010 New Year's Eve events.
|Born||June 22, 1982|
Shimokita District Aomori, Japan
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (205 lb)|
|Fighting out of||Shimokita District Aomori, Japan|
|Rank||Olympian and black belt in Judo|
|Years active||2009 – present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: July 7, 2011
|2004 Athens||-90 kg|
|2005 Cairo||-90 kg|
|2006 Doha||-90 kg|
|2008 Jeju||-90 kg|
|2004 Almaty||-90 kg|
|East Asian Championships|
|2007 Shenzhen||-90 kg|
|2003 Daegu||-90 kg|
Izumi, was born in Aomori, Japan and comes from a fishing family in the Shimokita Peninsula. His father, who can often be seen spectating his son's judo and MMA matches, still fishes for bluefin tuna at over 70 years of age. Izumi began judo at a young age and is known as a very accomplished judoka, winning the men's -90 kg category silver medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and the gold medal at the World Judo Championship Games in Cairo, Egypt in 2005.
Mixed Martial ArtsEdit
Izumi made his mixed martial arts debut against New Zealand kickboxing specialist, Antz Nansen for Japan's Sengoku promotion in September 2009 after Izumi signed with World Victory Road. Instead of using his judo techniques to his advantage during his debut, Izumi attempted to trade punches with the world-class striker. Izumi was beaten badly in his debut and lost the fight by TKO.
After his poor performance in his debut, Izumi began turning his mixed martial arts career around. At Dynamite!! 2009, representing Sengoku, he won via unanimous decision over Katsuyori Shibata. After being dominated through the first few rounds, Izumi came back in the second half of the very final round, landing a great sequence of punches and controlling Shibata on the ground, where he utilized many hammerfists. This win was very significant because Izumi's father was vocal in saying that if Izumi was defeated again, that he would take his son out of MMA and return to judo.
Izumi followed this win up with 3 more wins, including one at Dynamite!! 2010, against former PRIDE veteran and Dream Super Hulk Tournament Champion Ikuhisa Minowa by TKO. This is perhaps the biggest win of Izumi's career to date.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|6 matches||4 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||4-2||Gegard Mousasi||TKO (punches)||Dream: Japan GP Final||July 16, 2011||1||3:28||Tokyo, Japan||For Dream Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||4-1||Ikuhisa Minowa||TKO (punches)||Dynamite!! 2010||December 31, 2010||3||2:50||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Openweight bout|
|Win||3-1||James Zikic||Decision (split)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 15||October 30, 2010||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2-1||Chang Seob Lee||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 13||June 20, 2010||1||4:37||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1-1||Katsuyori Shibata||Decision (unanimous)||Dynamite!! 2009||December 31, 2009||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||0-1||Antz Nansen||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 10||September 23, 2009||1||2:56||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|