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Hirokazu Nagai (長井 弘和, Nagai Hirokazu, born November 10, 1968), better known as Mitsuya Nagai (長井満也, Nagai Mitsuya), is a Japanese mixed martial artist, kickboxer and professional wrestler. He is known for his work in Fighting Network RINGS and later in pro wrestling companies like Battlarts and New Japan Pro Wrestling. He currently wrestles for Dradition Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Noah.[2]

Mitsuya Nagai
Born (1968-11-10) November 10, 1968 (age 50)
Sunagawa, Hokkaido, Japan
Other namesMitsuyaman
Makai #5
Great Tiger
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight108 kg (238 lb; 17.0 st)
TeamRINGS Japan
Teacher(s)Akira Maeda
Satoru Sayama
Naoyuki Taira
Years active1999-present[1]
Kickboxing record
By knockout0
By knockout4
No contests1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission2
By decision0
By knockout3
By submission0
By decision1
No contests0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: January 8, 2014



Hirokazu trained in Satoru Sayama's Super Tiger Gym during secondary school and tried to join All Japan Pro Wrestling immediately afterwards, but its chairman Giant Baba asked him to finish high school first. While studying, Nagai started competing in amateur shootboxing and amassed a 5-2 record, which made him change his ambition, so after graduating he went to join UWF Newborn instead of AJPW. He became a trainee under Akira Maeda and learned the shoot-style, but he got injured and UWF closed his doors before he could debut. Nagai eventually followed Maeda to his new promotion, Fighting Network RINGS.

Fighting Network RINGS (1991-1997)Edit

Nagai debuted in RINGS on August 1, 1991 in a match against Herman Renting. He revealed himself as a promising rookie, showing will and toughness, but aside of a high-profile match against Gerard Gordeau on December 7, in which he was defeated in 0:34, Nagai was relegated to low profile matches. He qualified for the Mega Battle Tournament 1991, but was eliminated on the first round by Masaaki Satake. Nagai competed both in professional wrestling and mixed martial arts, though only sporadically in the latter. He was defeated by Dick Vrij on May 16, 1992 by TKO, and would also lost to Willie Peeters on July 16, 1992, both in special shoot matches.

In 1994, Nagai looked to ascend the scale by taking part on the Mega Battle Tournament 1994, eliminating Ameran Bitsadze on the first round, but then losing to Chris Dolman in the second. Next year, he faced Dick Vrij in a shoot rematch held in RINGS Holland on February 19, 1995, but he fell knocked by a knee strike while Vrij was illegally holding the ropes in the corner, an action which went unnoticed or the referee. However, Mitsuya would get booked for a trend of victories back in Japan, beating the likes of Andrei Kopylov, Yoshihisa Yamamoto and Carl Greco. He finally would get his retribution over Vrij submitting him via heel hook on a third shootfight in August 24, 1996. Nagai then got the greatest victory until the moment, submitting Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in a match, but his momentum got cut short by Kiyoshi Tamura at the Mega Battle Tournament 1996.

In 1997, Nagai got a license by the All Japan Kickboxing Federation and competed at the Kick Over IX event as a RINGS representative. It would be his last year in the promotion, as he left RINGS after a match with Akira Maeda in which Maeda shot on him after the bell.

Other promotions (1991-present)Edit

After leaving RINGS and started to fight in K-1 and Seikendo, finally landing in Yuki Ishikawa's pro wrestling company Battlarts. He wrestled as a heel/tweener for years before joining his originally desired promotion, All Japan Pro Wrestling. He formed a tag team with fellow UWF alumnus Masahito Kakihara calling themselves Team Strongs and defeated Yuji Nagata and Shinya Makabe for the vacant All Asia Tag Team titles. He also appeared in New Japan Pro Wrestling as part of the Makai Club.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
11 matches 4 wins 7 losses
By knockout 1 3
By submission 2 0
By decision 0 1
Unknown 1 3

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 7-6 Akira Maeda N/A Rings - Mega Battle Tournament 1997 Final January 27, 1998 N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan
Win 7-5 Chris Haseman Submission (heel hook) Rings - Mega Battle Tournament 1997 Semifinal 1 October 25, 1997 1 9:18 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 6-5 Joop Kasteel TKO (lost points) Rings - Extension Fighting 2 April 22, 1997 1 6:27 Osaka, Japan
Loss 6-4 Joop Kasteel KO (punches) Rings Holland - The Final Challenge February 2, 1997 1 5:12 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Loss 6-3 Nikolai Zouev N/A Rings - Budokan Hall 1997 January 22, 1997 N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan
Loss 6-2 Kiyoshi Tamura N/A Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1996 Final January 1, 1997 N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan
Win 6-1 Willie Peeters N/A Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1996 Opening Round October 25, 1996 N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan
Win 5-1 Dick Vrij Submission (heel hook) Rings - Maelstrom 6 August 24, 1996 1 6:16 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4-1 Ruud Ewoldt TKO (retirement) Rings Holland - Kings of Martial Arts February 18, 1996 1 2:12 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 3-1 Tony Halme Submission Rings - Budokan Hall 1996 January 24, 1996 1 8:58 Tokyo, Japan
Win 2-1 Bakouri Gogitidze N/A Rings - Battle Dimensions Tournament 1995 Opening Round October 21, 1995 1 3:07 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1-1 Dick Vrij KO (knee) Rings Holland - Free Fight February 19, 1995 1 3:07 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 1-0 Mark Ashford N/A Rings - Budokan Hall 1995 January 25, 1995 N/A N/A Tokyo, Japan

Mixed rulesEdit

Professional record breakdown
5 matches 2 wins 3 losses
By knockout 0 2
By submission 2 0
By decision 0 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 2–3 Andre Mannaart Submission Rings: Fourth Fighting Extension July 21, 1997 1 0:20 Tokyo, Japan
Win 1–3 Glenn Brown Submission Rings: Maelstrom II April 26, 1996 1 0:40 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 0–3 Masaaki Satake KO (palm strike) Rings: Mega Battle Tournament 1992 First Round October 29, 1992 1 1:24 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 0–2 Willie Peeters Decision (unanimous) Rings: Mega Battle VI July 16, 1992 5 3:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 0–1 Dick Vrij TKO (palm strike) Rings: Mega Battle IV May 16, 1992 1 6:11 Tokyo, Japan

Kickboxing recordEdit

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest


  1. ^ "Mitsuya Nagai profile". Sherdog. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  2. ^ "Profile at Puroresu Central". Puroresu Central. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  3. ^ "11月24日(木)東京・後楽園ホール". Chō Sentō Puroresu FMW (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2016-11-25. Retrieved 2016-11-25.

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