Kazuo Misaki (born April 25, 1976) is a retired Japanese professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor from 2001 until 2013, he was the 2006 PRIDE Welterweight (183 lbs) Grand Prix Champion, and also competed in Sengoku, Pancrase, DEEP, and Strikeforce. His 2010 bout with Jorge Santiago for the Sengoku Middleweight Championship was InsideMMA's "Fight of the Year."
|Born||April 25, 1976|
Katori, Chiba, Japan
|Other names||The Grabaka Hitman|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||77 kg (170 lb; 12.1 st)|
|Fighting out of||Chiba Prefecture, Japan|
|Team||Haleo Top Team |
|Rank||Third degree black belt in Judo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
En route to the 2006 PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix finals he defeated Phil Baroni and Dan Henderson in a non-title bout. Misaki was eliminated in the semifinals by Paulo Filho, but Filho injured his knee during the contest and was unable to continue to the finals. Misaki was named as his replacement and defeated Denis Kang by split decision.
At the Yarennoka event on New Year's Eve 2007, he fought Yoshihiro Akiyama. The original result of the match was a knockout victory for Misaki, but Akiyama protested the finish. The knockout kick came as Akiyama attempted to get back to his feet after being knocked down by Misaki. Akiyama contested that one or more of his hands were on the mat at the time of the kick, which would make the kick illegal under Yarennoka! rules. After reviewing video of the knockout, the Yarennoka executive committee agreed; the official result was then changed to "no contest."
His next fight was at Sengoku 3 on June 8, 2008, where he beat Logan Clark by unanimous decision.
Misaki then faced off against MWGP winner Jorge Santiago to determine WVR's first MW champion. Misaki was utilizing striking to keep Santiago at a distance, countering his kicks and punches. Misaki was dominating the fight until he got taken down and submitted in the final round.
On November 8, 2009 Misaki announced he was leaving his long-time gym GRABAKA.
Misaki recently lost to K-1 fighter Melvin Manhoef via a controversial stoppage at Dynamite!! 2009. Misaki was dropped by a punch from Manhoef and the referee stopped the fight before Manhoef could follow him to the ground.
After beating Paul Daley, Misaki retired from MMA competition.
On March 19, 2009, Misaki was pulled over by a police officer for talking on his cellphone while driving, when pulling over Misaki attempted to flee the scene, knocking into the arresting officers' car. On June 26, the Tokyo District Court sentenced him to one year of prison, which has been suspended for three years.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||25 wins||11 losses|
|Win||25–11–2 (1)||Paul Daley||Decision (split)||Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey||March 3, 2012||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Welterweight debut.|
|Win||24–11–2 (1)||Akira Shoji||TKO (punches)||DEEP: 53 Impact||April 22, 2011||2||1:13||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||23–11–2 (1)||Mike Seal||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Soul of Fight||December 30, 2010||1||1:15||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||22–11–2 (1)||Jorge Santiago||TKO (corner stoppage)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 14||August 22, 2010||5||4:30||Tokyo, Japan||For the Sengoku Middleweight Championship; Fight of the Year.|
|Loss||22–10–2 (1)||Melvin Manhoef||TKO (punches)||Dynamite!! 2009||December 31, 2009||1||1:49||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||22–9–2 (1)||Kazuhiro Nakamura||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9||August 2, 2009||1||3:03||Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||21–9–2 (1)||Jorge Santiago||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009||January 4, 2009||5||3:26||Saitama, Japan||For the Sengoku Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||21–8–2 (1)||Joe Riggs||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: At The Mansion II||September 20, 2008||2||2:29||Beverly Hills, California, United States|
|Win||20–8–2 (1)||Logan Clark||Decision (unanimous)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3||June 8, 2008||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||19–8–2 (1)||Siyar Bahadurzada||Submission (guillotine choke)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku First Battle||March 5, 2008||2||2:02||Tokyo, Japan|
|NC||18–8–2 (1)||Yoshihiro Akiyama||No Contest||Yarennoka||December 31, 2007||1||7:48||Saitama, Japan||Originally knockout win; Akiyama was hit with illegal soccer kick.|
|Loss||18–8–2||Frank Trigg||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE 33||February 24, 2007||3||5:00||Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–7–2||Denis Kang||Decision (split)||PRIDE Bushido 13||November 5, 2006||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan||Won PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix; replaced Filho.|
|Loss||17–7–2||Paulo Filho||Submission (armbar)||PRIDE Bushido 13||November 5, 2006||1||9:43||Yokohama, Japan||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||17–6–2||Dan Henderson||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 12||August 26, 2006||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight G Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Win||16–6–2||Phil Baroni||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 11||June 4, 2006||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan||PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round.|
|Loss||15–6–2||Dan Henderson||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 10||April 2, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15–5–2||Akira Shoji||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||DEEP: 23 Impact||February 5, 2006||1||2:32||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||14–5–2||Daniel Acacio||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 8||July 17, 2005||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||14–4–2||Flavio Luiz Moura||Submission (north-south choke)||Pancrase: Spiral 2||March 6, 2005||2||2:13||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||13–4–2||Nate Marquardt||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Brave 10||November 7, 2004||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||For the King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||13–3–2||Ed Herman||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Pancrase: 2004 Neo-Blood Tournament Final||July 25, 2004||2||3:31||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12–3–2||Jorge Patino||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Bushido 3||May 23, 2004||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||11–3–2||Kiuma Kunioku||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Pancrase: Brave 1||February 6, 2004||2||1:31||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||10–3–2||Jake Shields||Draw||Pancrase: Hybrid 10||November 30, 2003||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||10–3–1||Ricardo Almeida||Decision (majority)||Pancrase: 10th Anniversary Show||August 31, 2003||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||10–2–1||Yuji Hisamatsu||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pancrase: Hybrid 5||May 18, 2003||3||2:34||Yokohama, Japan|
|Draw||9–2–1||Yuji Hisamatsu||Draw||Pancrase: Hybrid 3||March 8, 2003||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–2||Joe D'Arce||TKO (punches)||Pancrase: Hybrid 1||January 26, 2003||2||4:51||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–2||Masaya Kojima||Submission (armbar)||Pancrase: Spirit 8||November 30, 2002||1||4:40||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||7–2||Kousei Kubota||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: 2002 Anniversary Show||September 29, 2002||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||6–2||Nate Marquardt||TKO (broken arm)||Pancrase: Spirit 3||March 25, 2002||1||0:29||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||6–1||Ryuki Ueyama||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Spirit 2||February 17, 2002||3||5:00||Umeda Stella Hall|
|Loss||5–1||Chris Lytle||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Proof 7||December 1, 2001||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||5–0||Takaku Fuke||KO (punches)||Pancrase: Proof 6||October 30, 2001||1||0:08||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–0||Hiroki Nagaoka||Submission (guillotine choke)||Pancrase: 2001 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round||July 29, 2001||2||1:21||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Seiki Ryo||Decision (split)||Pancrase: 2001 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round||July 29, 2001||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||2–0||Hikaru Sato||Submission (rear naked choke)||Pancrase: 2001 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round||July 29, 2001||1||4:08||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Kenichi Serizawa||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: 2001 Neo-Blood Tournament Eliminations||May 5, 2001||3||5:00||Japan|
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