Sanae Kikuta (Japanese: 菊田 早苗, Kikuta Sanae, born September 10, 1971 in Nerima, Tokyo) is a Japanese mixed martial artist currently competing in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 1996, he has competed for the UFC, PRIDE Fighting Championships, Pancrase, DREAM, World Victory Road, DEEP, Shooto, and Vale Tudo Japan. He is the former Pancrase Light Heavyweight Champion (2001–2003) and the winner of the ADCC 88 kg class in 2001.
|Sanae Kikuta |
|Born||September 10, 1971|
Nerima, Tokyo, Japan
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||178.4 lb (80.9 kg; 12.74 st)|
|Style||Judo, Karate, Kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Shooto|
|Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
|Rank||3rd Dan Black Belt in Judo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|ADCC World Championship|
Kikuta started training in Judo in his childhood, winning the Kantō Middleweight class when he was in 3rd grade. He became a student at the Super Tiger Gym when he was in the 6th grade, learning Shooto under Satoru Sayama, but he left on the feeling that he wasn't being given enough attention in the combative aspect. Kikuta later joined the Judo team again at high school, where he won the 86 kg class at the National Athletic Highschool Meeting. He also learned under Toshihiko Koga at the Nippon Sport Science University.
During his university tenure, Kikuta also tried Professional Wrestling, failing to enter New Japan Pro-Wrestling, but being accepted in Union of Wrestling Forces International and training with them for a time before leaving. After considering finding a job as a Judo teacher, Kikuta applied again to the entrance exam for NJPW, but he failed for a second time, this time due to showing dehydration symptoms during a sparring with fellow examinee Kenichi Yamamoto. Kikuta left college and went to train Kickboxing under Stan Longinidis in Australia. Upon his return to Japan, Kikuta started training at Seidokaikan and won the All Japan amateur Shootboxing heavyweight championship. However, after watching Royce Gracie win the first Ultimate Fighting Championship events, he became interested in Mixed Martial Arts.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Kikuta had his MMA debut for the first tournament hosted in 1996 by Lumax Cup, which featured the use of keikogi. Kikuta won after beating Egan Inoue and Masanori Suda. He then went to compete in the Vale Tudo Japan event, but was defeated by Mushtaq Abdullah by forearm choke. After returning to Lumax Cup, he won the 1997 tournament, too, defeating Suda again.
PRIDE Fighting ChampionshipsEdit
Kikuta made his worldwide MMA debut for the PRIDE promotion at its second event, where he faced Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Renzo Gracie in a special rules match. The fight turned out to be a slow, methodical bout which lasted six fifteen minutes rounds, whose end saw Renzo submitting Kikuta via guillotine choke at the sixth one.
At PRIDE 20, Kikuta fought Alexander Otsuka. This time the fight was a controversial one, with Otsuka throwing several knees to the groin which weren't penalized. Despite so, Sanae controlled the match with dominant positions and soccer kicks, and won by unanimous decision.
At UFO Legend, Kikuta fought PRIDE competitor Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The two grappling specialists exchanged assaults on the ground, with the Brazilian taking down Kikuta and attacking his half guard before the Japanese capitalized on a failed calf slicer to switch positions. Kikuta pressed from the top, but Nogueira regained full guard and scrambled to switch positions again, where the Japanese defended again from half guard. At the second round, Kikuta looked to take the match to the ground again, but it took a sudden twist when Nogueira landed a surprising right hook, knocking Sanae out completely. Nogueira was declared the winner.
Sanae fought again for PRIDE in the event Shockwave 2005, taking on Makoto Takimoto, judo gold medalist and apprentice to Hidehiko Yoshida. Kikuta opened the fight pulling guard, after which the two judoka traded positions and submission attempts with Sanae coming over in most of them. Having maintained the advantage for all of the three rounds both standing and on the ground, Kikuta was given the unanimous decision win.
After a single match for Shooto, Kikuta joined the Pancrase fighting organization in April 1994. He scored big victories over veterans Minoru Suzuki and Ryushi Yanagisawa, and shortly after he founded the Grabaka team along with Genki Sudo, Eiji Ishikawa and Hiroo Matsunaga. Kikuta also participated in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in April 2001 and won its 88 kg class. In September 2001 he won the title of Pancrase Light Heavyweight Champion.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
In his sole apparition for Ultimate Fighting Championship, Kikuta took part in the event Ultimate Japan III in April 2000. He defeated Eugene Jackson in dominant fashion, taking him down and locking an armbar for the submission.
World Victory RoadEdit
On January 4, 2009 at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Rebellion 2009, Kikuta faced fellow judoka Hidehiko Yoshida. The bout started characteristically slow, with Kikuta taking Yoshida down and tentatively exchanging strikes with him. At the second round, Kikuta opted for pulling guard and pursuing an ankle lock, but Yoshida remained on top and landed several punches through his guard. Afterwards, however, Kikuta reversed and got the mount, unloading ground and pound until the end of the round. The third round saw Yoshida stunning Kikuta with a punch and scoring a judo throw, but Sanae took his back and kept striking on him for the rest of the match, eventually winning the decision.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Abu Dhabi Combat Club
- ADCC 2001 88 kg class winner (April 2001)
- Kantō region Judo Middleweight winner
- The National Athletic High School Meeting, Judo 86 kg class Winner
Mixed martial artsEdit
- Lumax Cup
- Tournament of J'96 Winner
- Tournament of J'97 Winner
- Pancrase Light heavyweight Champion (One time)
- Tokyo Sports
- Technique Award (2001)
- Japan Shootboxing Association
- All Japan Amateur Shoot boxing Championship Heavyweight Winner
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|44 matches||31 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||31–9–3 (1)||Song Kenan||Decision (unanimous)||Real Fighting Championship: Real 1||December 23, 2014||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||Return to Welterweight.|
|Win||31–8–3 (1)||Masayuki Naruse||Submission (armbar)||Grabaka Live 3||October 27, 2013||1||2:25||Tokyo, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Loss||30–8–3 (1)||Yuji Sakuragi||KO (knee and soccer kick)||Grabaka Live 2||October 27, 2012||1||0:35||Tokyo, Japan||Light Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||30–7–3 (1)||Kenichi Yamamoto||TKO (punches)||Grabaka Live: 1st Cage Attack||October 15, 2011||1||2:18||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||29–7–3 (1)||Lee Sak Kim||TKO (corner stoppage)||DEEP: 50 Impact||October 24, 2010||1||1:21||Tokyo, Japan||Catchweight (79 kg) bout.|
|Loss||28–7–3 (1)||Yasubey Enomoto||TKO (punches)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku Raiden Championships 13||June 20, 2010||1||3:57||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||28–6–3 (1)||Hidehiko Yoshida||Decision (split)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009||January 4, 2009||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan||Return to Light Heavyweight.|
|Win||27–6–3 (1)||Chris Rice||Submission (armbar)||World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 3||June 8, 2008||2||3:54||Saitama, Japan||Middleweight bout.|
|Win||26–6–3 (1)||Jean-François Lénogue||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE: Bushido 13||November 5, 2006||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||25–6–3 (1)||Makoto Takimoto||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE Shockwave 2005||December 31, 2005||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||24–6–3 (1)||Webster Dauphiney||Submission (achilles lock)||Pancrase: Brave 10||November 7, 2004||1||2:14||Urayasu, Japan|
|Win||23–6–3 (1)||Keith Rockel||Decision (majority)||Pancrase: Brave 4||April 23, 2004||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||22–6–3 (1)||Yuki Kondo||KO (punch)||Pancrase: Hybrid 10||November 30, 2003||3||0:08||Tokyo, Japan||Lost Pancrase Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||22–5–3 (1)||Elvis Sinosic||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: 10th Anniversary Show||August 31, 2003||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||21–5–3 (1)||Yuki Kondo||Draw||Pancrase: Hybrid 5||May 18, 2003||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||21–5–2 (1)||Eduardo Pamplona||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Spirit 8||November 20, 2002||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||20–5–2 (1)||Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira||KO (punch)||UFO: Legend||August 8, 2002||2||0:29||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||20–4–2 (1)||Alexander Otsuka||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE 20||April 28, 2002||3||5:00||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||19–4–2 (1)||Daisuke Watanabe||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Pancrase: Proof 7||December 1, 2001||1||2:14||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||18–4–2 (1)||Ikuhisa Minowa||TKO (cut)||Pancrase: 2001 Anniversary Show||September 20, 2001||2||4:30||Yokohama, Japan||Won Pancrase Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||17–4–2 (1)||Pshemek Wallace||TKO (punches)||DEEP: 2nd Impact||August 18, 2001||1||1:52||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||16–4–2 (1)||Matt Trihey||Submission (armbar)||Pancrase: Proof 4||June 26, 2001||1||1:11||Tokyo, Japan|
|NC||15–4–2 (1)||Alex Stiebling||No Contest (Kikuta was cut by an accidental headbutt)||Pancrase: Proof 1||February 4, 2001||1||3:11||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15–4–2||Kazuo Takahashi||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Pancrase: Trans 7||December 4, 2000||1||7:22||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||14–4–2||Murilo Bustamante||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Trans 6||October 31, 2000||1||15:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||14–3–2||Ichio Matsubara||Submission (armlock)||Pancrase: Trans 4||June 26, 2000||1||2:13||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||13–3–2||Eugene Jackson||Submission (armbar)||UFC 25||April 14, 2000||1||4:38||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||12–3–2||Ryushi Yanagisawa||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Trans 2||February 27, 2000||1||15:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||11–3–2||Minoru Suzuki||TKO (arm-triangle choke)||Pancrase: Breakthrough 11||December 18, 1999||1||2:39||Yokohama, Japan|
|Draw||10–3–2||Travis Fulton||Draw||Pancrase: Breakthrough 9||October 25, 1999||1||15:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||10–3–1||Eddy Millis||Submission (punches)||Pancrase: 1999 Anniversary Show||September 18, 1999||1||1:57||Urayasu, Japan|
|Win||9–3–1||Takafumi Ito||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Breakthrough 7||July 6, 1999||2||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||8–3–1||Eric Gedek||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pancrase: Breakthrough 6||June 11, 1999||3||1:20||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||7–3–1||Paul Jones||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto: Las Grandes Viajes 6||November 27, 1998||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||7–2–1||Daijiro Matsui||Draw (time limit)||PRIDE 4||October 11, 1998||3||10:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||7–2||Renzo Gracie||Submission (guillotine choke)||PRIDE 2||March 15, 1998||6||0:43||Yokohama, Japan|
|Win||7–1||Masanori Suda||Submission (armbar)||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament||July 27, 1997||1||3:59||Japan||Won Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament.|
|Win||6–1||Toshinobu Komeya||Submission (achilles lock)||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament||July 27, 1997||1||1:00||Japan|
|Win||5–1||Jun Kitagawa||Submission (achilles lock)||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Heavyweight Tournament||July 27, 1997||1||3:14||Japan|
|Loss||4–1||Mushtaq Abdullah||Submission (forearm choke)||VTJ 1996: Vale Tudo Japan 1996||July 7, 1996||1||6:27||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||4–0||Masanori Suda||Submission (heel hook)||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '96||March 30, 1996||1||1:15||Japan||Won Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '96.|
|Win||3–0||Hiroyuki Yoshioka||Submission (heel hook)||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '96||March 30, 1996||1||3:05||Japan|
|Win||2–0||Egan Inoue||Decision||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '96||March 30, 1996||1||5:00||Japan|
|Win||1–0||Saburo Kawakatsu||Submission (keylock)||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '96||March 30, 1996||1||2:04||Japan|
Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||0 losses|
|Draw||0-0-1||Manabu Yamada||Technical Draw||DEEP 2001||January 8, 2001||1||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
Submission grappling recordEdit
- Kaminoge Vol.64, Toho Publishing
- "Grabaka Announces Oct. 15 Event in Tokyo with Kikuta, Somdet". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
- Scott Newman (2004-06-28). "MMA Review: #21: UFC 25: Ultimate Japan III". The Oratory. Retrieved 2016-10-30.