Kazuhiro Nakamura (中村和裕, born July 16, 1979) is a retired Japanese mixed martial artist who competed as a Middleweight in DREAM, where he is the current DEEP Middleweight Champion. His primary style is judo, in which he holds a third dan black belt under Hidehiko Yoshida. He fights out of the Yoshida Dojo and has previously competed in the Pride Fighting Championships, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the Sengoku Raiden Championship.
|Born||July 16, 1979|
Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Japan
|Other names||King Kaz, Kaz|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Team||Yoshida Dojo |
|Rank||Third dan black belt in judo|
|Years active||2003 - 2014|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Starting judo at 10 years old, Nakamura went to train under Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki and enter the Fukuyama University team. He became a professional judoka under the sponsorship of Keiyo Gas and competed at national and international level, placing third at the Japanese championships at 100+. His career in judo lasted until 2002, when he met Hidehiko Yoshida and became a member of his Yoshida Dojo.
PRIDE Fighting ChampionshipsEdit
Nakamura made his MMA debut at PRIDE 25 against Antônio Rogério Nogueira, losing by submission in the second round. He has also lost to Nogueira in a rematch at PRIDE Bushido 4. His career in PRIDE was notable for fighting many of PRIDE's top fighters, including Wanderlei Silva, Maurício Rua, Dan Henderson, and Josh Barnett. His final fight in PRIDE was a decision loss to Maurício Rua at PRIDE Shockwave 2006. He was known for his flashy entrances, often coming to the ring wearing sunglasses and accompanied by penguin mascots.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Nakamura made his debut in the UFC at UFC 76 against Lyoto Machida. His first apparition in the promotion was specially notable for his entrance and attire choices, coming to the cage wearing an ornated kimono, a jingasa hat and a gas mask before taking them off to reveal floral print shorts. He also carried a wagasa umbrella and exhibited a haircut adopted from Japanese comedian Toru Hotohara. During the fight, Nakamura absorbed punishment and avoided several possible finishes, but he lost by unanimous decision. After the contest, Nakamura would be suspended and fined $500 by the CSAC for failing a drug test for marijuana. Kazuhiro would protest the results, but it was not revoked.
Sengoku Raiden ChampionshipEdit
After a three-fight losing stint which included losses to future UFC Light Heavyweight Champions Lyoto Machida and Maurício Rua, Nakamura decided to debut at a new weight class Middleweight (185 lbs) after having spent his entire career at Light Heavyweight.
Nakamura debuted at Sengoku: Fifth Battle as an entrant in the inaugural Middleweight Grand prix eliminating British Paul Cahoon. He returned at Sengoku - Sixth battle as part of the final four. Kazuhiro Nakamura defeated fellow countryman Yuki Sasaki via unanimous decision and booked a spot later that evening in the final. Nakamura fought against tournament favourite Jorge Santiago and took him to the third round before losing via KO at 0:49 of the third round.
Nakamura Returned at Sengoku: Ninth Battle in a title eliminator that saw the winner rematch champion Jorge Santiago. Nakamura was stunned by Kazuo Misaki and lost via submission in the first round.
A farewell event for Nakamura's teacher, Hidehiko Yoshida, was held on April 25, 2010. Nakamura defeated Yoshida via unanimous decision.
On October 19, 2012, Nakamura made his debut in DEEP, where he defeated Ryuta Sakurai by majority decision. On February 16, 2013, Nakamura defeated Young Choi to win the vacant DEEP Middleweight Championship which is the first title of his career.
Nakamura faced Daijiro Matsui on June 30, 2013 at DEEP: King Kaz Fight in Fukuyama. Nakamura won via KO in the first round.
On August 25, 2013, Nakamura faced Henry Miller at DEEP: 63 Impact. Nakamura won the bout via first-round knockout.
Nakamura was defeated by Ken Hasegawa via majority decision on March 22, 2014 at DEEP: 65 Impact.
On July 21, 2014, Nakamura faced Seigo Mizuguchi at DEEP: Cage Impact 2014 and won via second round corner stoppage.
Nakamura faced Yoshiyuki Nakanishi on December 21, 2014 in DEEP. He lost the fight by unanimous decision and retired from MMA competition after the fight.
On February 22, 2014, Nakamura made a one-off professional wrestling appearance for the Wrestle-1 promotion, teaming with Masakatsu Funaki, Manabu Soya and Seiya Sanada in an eight-man tag team match, where they defeated Desperado (Masayuki Kono, Kazma Sakamoto, René Duprée and Ryouji Sai).
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|34 matches||21 wins||13 losses|
|Loss||21–13||Yoshiyuki Nakanishi||Decision (unanimous)||Deep: 70 Impact||December 21, 2014||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Loss DEEP Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||21–12||Seigo Mizuguchi||TKO (corner stoppage)||Deep: Cage Impact 2014||July 21, 2014||2||3:25||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||20–12||Ken Hasegawa||Decision (majority)||Deep: 65 Impact||March 22, 2014||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||For the DEEP Megaton Championship.|
|Win||20–11||Yuji Sakuragi||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Deep: Cage Impact 2013||November 24, 2013||3||2:49||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||19–11||Henry Miller||KO (punch)||Deep: 63 Impact||August 25, 2013||1||4:42||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||18–11||Daijiro Matsui||KO (knee and punches)||Deep: King Kaz Fight in Fukuyama||June 30, 2013||1||1:30||Hiroshima, Japan|
|Win||17–11||Young Choi||Decision (unanimous)||Deep: 61 Impact||February 16, 2013||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Won vacant DEEP Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||16–11||Ryuta Sakurai||Decision (majority)||Deep: 60 Impact||October 19, 2012||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||15–11||Gerald Harris||Decision (split)||Dream 17||September 24, 2011||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||15–10||Karl Amoussou||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 15||July 10, 2010||2||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||14–10||Hidehiko Yoshida||Decision (unanimous)||Astra: Yoshida's Farewell||April 25, 2010||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||13–10||Kazuo Misaki||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9||August 2, 2009||1||3:03||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||13–9||Jorge Santiago||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6||November 1, 2008||3||0:49||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix 2008 Final Round.|
|Win||13–8||Yuki Sasaki||Decision (unanimous)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6||November 1, 2008||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix 2008 Semifinal Round.|
|Win||12–8||Paul Cahoon||Decision (unanimous)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 5||September 28, 2008||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Sengoku Middleweight Grandprix 2008 Opening Round. Drops to Middleweight.|
|Loss||11–8||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou||TKO (leg injury)||UFC 84||May 24, 2008||1||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||11–7||Lyoto Machida||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 76||September 22, 2007||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||11–6||Maurício Rua||Decision (unanimous)||Pride FC - Shockwave 2006||December 31, 2006||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||11–5||Travis Galbraith||TKO (knee and punches)||Pride 32 - The Real Deal||October 21, 2006||2||1:16||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–5||Yoshihiro Nakao||Decision (unanimous)||Pride FC - Final Conflict Absolute||September 10, 2006||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||9–5||Evangelista Santos||Submission (americana)||Pride FC - Critical Countdown Absolute||July 1, 2006||1||4:49||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||8–5||Josh Barnett||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pride 31 - Dreamers||February 26, 2006||1||8:10||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||8–4||Yuki Kondo||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Shockwave 2005||December 31, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||7–4||Igor Vovchanchyn||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Final Conflict 2005||August 28, 2005||2||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||6–4||Wanderlei Silva||TKO (punches)||PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005||June 26, 2005||1||5:24||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||6–3||Kevin Randleman||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Total Elimination 2005||April 23, 2005||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan||PRIDE 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Opening Round.|
|Win||5–3||Stefan Leko||TKO (punches)||PRIDE 29||February 20, 2005||1||0:54||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||4–3||Dan Henderson||TKO (shoulder injury)||PRIDE 28||October 31, 2004||1||1:15||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Win||4–2||Murilo Bustamante||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Final Conflict 2004||August 15, 2004||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||3–2||Antônio Rogério Nogueira||Decision (split)||PRIDE Bushido 4||July 19, 2004||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||3–1||Chalid Arrab||Submission (armbar)||PRIDE Bushido 3||May 23, 2004||1||4:45||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||2–1||Dos Caras, Jr.||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE 27||February 1, 2004||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||1–1||Daniel Gracie||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 1||October 5, 2003||2||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||0–1||Antônio Rogério Nogueira||Submission (armbar)||PRIDE 25||March 16, 2003||2||3:49||Yokohama, Japan|
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