|Born||October 21, 1980|
Kanuma, Tochigi, Japan
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Weight||106 lb (48 kg; 7.6 st)|
|Fighting out of||Kanuma, Tochigi, Japan|
|Team||Blue Dog Gym|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
She stands out with her distinctive two-piece leopard-print outfit and matching hair, which was formerly auburn or red but is now blond. She is a former DEEP Women's Lightweight (106 lbs) Champion and currently holds an MMA record of 19-6-0.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Following a successful career in kickboxing, Watanabe debuted in mixed martial arts on April 7, 2002 at Smackgirl: "Royal Smack 2002" but was disqualified after an illegal kick. She won four of her next five fights before losing to Satoko Shinashi in the Grand Final of the 2002 Smackgirl Japan Cup.
Watanabe then won nine straight fights, including two in Pancrase, and became the 2004 Golden Muscle Strongest Queen Tournament Champion.
On August 4, 2006, Watanabe knocked out the previously undefeated Shinashi with a hard punch to the chin in a rematch to capture the DEEP Women's Lightweight Championship. Shinashi suffered a broken jaw and a cheekbone fracture from the punch and a big cut from her face hitting the canvas. She retains a permanent bruise on her left cheek from Watanabe's knockout punch. Watanabe was defeated by Seo Hee Ham in a non-title bout at DEEP: 28th Impact on February 16, 2007.
More than one year later, she competed in an exhibition match against Megumi Fujii at Shoot Boxing Girls Tournament 2009 and announced her intentions to return to MMA at Jewels 6th Ring in December. However, a broken foot suffered in training prevented her from competing.
Watanabe made her Jewels debut in an exhibition match against Naoko Omuro at Jewels: 22nd Ring on December 15, 2012. The exhibition ended when Omuro trapped Watanabe in an armbar late in round one.
Shoot boxing careerEdit
Watanabe was set to compete in a shoot boxing match against 2009 Girls S-Cup Champion Rena Kubota on April 11, 2010. Kubota suffered a broken finger while training and the fight with Watanabe was postponed. Watanabe instead faced karate champion Megumi Igawa and defeated Igawa by TKO in the third round.
She competed again in shoot boxing against Sumie Yamada in a rematch on June 6, 2010. Watanabe had previously knocked out Yamada in a November 2002 mixed martial arts bout. She defeated Yamada by unanimous decision.
Watanabe entered the 2010 Girls S-Cup on August 29, 2010. She faced Rena Kubota in the opening round of the tournament and was defeated by TKO in round two.
Return to kickboxingEdit
On July 19, 2010, Watanabe faced Little Tiger for the WPMF Japan Women's Mini Flyweight Championship at REBELS 3. The five-round fight ended in a Split Draw with scores of 50-49, 49-49 and 48-49.
Watanabe is married to Japanese comic book artist SP Nakatema and has one child. She originates from Tochigi Prefecture but now lives in Tokyo where she trains at the Blue Dog Gym.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||19 wins||6 losses|
|Win||19-6||Genkaam Lookjuapoakum||Submission (armbar)||Deep: 33 Impact||December 12, 2007||1||1:54||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||18-6||Miku Matsumoto||Decision (majority)||Deep: 31 Impact||August 5, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Lost Deep Women's Lightweight Title|
|Win||18-5||Masako Yoshida||Submission (armbar)||Deep: 29 Impact||April 13, 2007||2||1:19||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||17-5||Seo Hee Ham||Decision (unanimous)||Deep: 28 Impact||February 16, 2007||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||17-4||Satoko Shinashi||KO (punch)||Deep: 25 Impact||August 4, 2006||1||3:54||Tokyo, Japan||Won Deep Women's Lightweight Title|
|Win||16-4||Eri Takahashi||KO (punch)||Smackgirl: Advent of Goddess||February 15, 2006||2||0:31||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15-4||Yasuko Mogi||TKO (punches)||Smackgirl: Lightweight Anniversary||November 29, 2005||1||4:03||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||14-4||Maiko Takahashi||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl: Dynamic!!||August 17, 2005||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||13-4||Yuka Tsuji||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl: Road to Dynamic!!||June 28, 2005||1||3:51||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||13-3||Naoko Ohmuro||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Spiral 2||March 6, 2005||5||3:00||Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan|
|Win||12-3||Hisako Watanabe||KO (punch)||Pancrase: Brave 12||December 21, 2004||2||1:07||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||11-3||Mari Kaneko||Decision (unanimous)||Golden Muscle: Strongest Queen Tournament||May 7, 2004||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won Strongest Queen Tournament|
|Win||10-3||Hisako Hoshino||Submission (armbar)||Golden Muscle: Strongest Queen Tournament||May 7, 2004||1||2:07||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9-3||Maki Sakai||KO (head kick and punch)||Golden Muscle: Strongest Queen Tournament||May 7, 2004||1||1:07||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8-3||Caroline Hoeberchts||KO (punch)||Smackgirl: Third Season 6||August 6, 2003||2||2:28||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||7-3||Betta Yeung||KO (flying knee and punches)||Smackgirl: Third Season 4||June 4, 2003||1||2:33||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6-3||Keiko Matsukawa||KO (punch)||Smackgirl: Third Season 3||May 7, 2003||1||3:05||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5-3||Maiko Ohkada||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl: Third Season 2||April 2, 2003||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||4-3||Satoko Shinashi||Submission (heel hook)||Smackgirl: Japan Cup 2002 Grand Final||December 29, 2002||2||0:34||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4-2||Sumie Yamada||KO (punch)||Smackgirl: Japan Cup 2002 Episode 2||November 9, 2002||1||1:31||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3-2||Masae Kita||TKO (punches)||Smackgirl: Japan Cup 2002 Opening Round||October 5, 2002||2||0:32||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||2-2||Mari Kaneko||Submission (armbar)||Smackgirl: Summer Gate 2002||August 4, 2002||2||3:54||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2-1||Eika Muto||TKO (punches)||Smackgirl: Smack Legend 2002||June 1, 2002||1||1:47||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1-1||Naoko Ohmuro||Decision (unanimous)||Smackgirl: Golden Gate 2002||May 6, 2002||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||0-1||Maiko Ohkada||DQ (illegal kick)||Smackgirl: Royal Smack 2002||April 7, 2002||1||2:12||Tokyo, Japan|
- 2004 Golden Muscle Strongest Queen Tournament Champion
- Former DEEP Women's Lightweight (106 lbs) Champion
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- "Kim Destroys Hasegawa, Miku Takes DEEP Women's Title". Sherdog.com. 2007-08-05. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
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- "Hisae Watanabe Considering MMA Return This Fall". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
- "Hisae Watanabe Faces Naoko Omuro In Jewels Exhibition Match". MMARising.com. 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
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- "Hisae Watanabe Victorious In Shootboxing Match". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
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- "RENA Wins 2010 Girls S-Cup, Hiroko Submits Furner". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "Hisae Watanabe & Little Tiger Draw At REBELS.3". MMARising.com. Retrieved 2010-07-19.