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Satoru Kitaoka (北岡悟, Kitaoka Satoru, born 4 February 1980), is a Japanese shoot wrestler and mixed martial artist who most recently competed for RIZIN. A professional competitor since 2000, he has also competed for DREAM, Pancrase, DEEP, and World Victory Road. Kitaoka is renowned for his Catch wrestling abilities which he learned studying under two of Japan's most respected shoot wrestlers Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki. He was the inaugural Sengoku Lightweight Champion as well as the former DEEP Lightweight Champion. 18 of his 20 career submission wins have ended via guillotine choke or leg lock.

Satoru Kitaoka
Born (1980-02-04) February 4, 1980 (age 39)[1]
Nara, Japan[1]
Other names"Ai Senshi" ("Soldier of Sorrow")
"Shimewaza Kuma Shōgun" ("The Shōgun Bear of Chokes")
NationalityJapanese[1]
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Weight154.3 lb (70.0 kg; 11.02 st)[1]
Division
Fighting out ofShinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Team
Teacher(s)
Rank
Years active2000–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total71
Wins42
By submission20
By decision22
Losses20
By knockout10
By decision10
Draws9
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 11, 2009

BackgroundEdit

In addition to mixed martial arts success, Kitaoka has also won several submission grappling tournaments, including being the reigning Brazilian jiu-jitsu and No-Gi Open Champion in both the 79.7-kilogram (176 lb) and Absolute divisions.

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

PancraseEdit

Renowned originally for his catch wrestling abilities, Kitaoka made his professional debut for Pancrase on October 31, 2000, losing via majority decision. After submitting then 3-0 Kurt Pellegrino, Kitaoka drew with Heath Sims before losing to Katsuya Inoue. After picking up two wins to start 2005, Kitaoka improved to 12-6-8 before he faced future UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit on October 2, 2005. Kitaoka defeated Condit in an upset, submitting him with a heel hook at 3:57 of the first round.

A leg lock specialist, Kitaoka would improve to 19-7-9 before facing Katsuya Inoue on January 30, 2008 for the third time after being defeating in their first meeting and a draw in the previous bout. Kitaoka lost via split decision.

SengokuEdit

After signing with World Victory Road, Kitaoka's first fight for Sengoku was a submission win over Ian James Schaffa at Sengoku 2 on 18 May 2008 before entering Sengoku's eight-man lightweight tournament.[3] In the first round of the tournament at Sengoku 4 on 24 August 2008 he was put up against American Clay French. Kitaoka made short work of French, winning by submission due to an achilles lock at 1:21 of the first round.[4] The win put him up against fellow Japanese fighter Eiji Mitsuoka in the tournament's semifinal taking place at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6. Kitaoka again made short work of his opponent winning by a heel hook submission at 1:16 of the first round. The win earned him a place in the tournament's final taking place that same night against Kazunori Yokota. The fight proved longer than Kitaoka's three previous fights as it went the distance completing all three five-minute rounds with Kitaoka being awarded the unanimous decision, thus winning the 2008 Sengoku Lightweight Grand Prix.[1][5]

The Lightweight tournament win set up Kitaoka to fight the last reigning PRIDE Lightweight Champion, Takanori Gomi, for Sengoku's newly created Sengoku Lightweight Championship.[2] The two fought at Sengoku no Ran 2009 on 4 January 2009 and ended with Kitaoka defeating Gomi with an achilles lock at 1:41 of the first round.[1][6]

In his first title defence, on August 2, 2009, at World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9, Kitaoka lost his lightweight championship to Mizuto Hirota.[7]

Return to PancraseEdit

Following his title loss in Sengoku, Kitaoka returned to his home promotion Pancrase picking up wins over Jorge Rogrigues and Kuniyoshi Hironaka.

DREAMEdit

Kitaoka faced former UFC fighter Willamy Freire at DREAM 17.[8] Kitaoka entered the bout on a three fight win streak picking up victories in both Pancrase and DEEP. He won the fight via split decision.

Kitaoka faced teammate and fellow Yuki Nakai black belt Shinya Aoki at DREAM's year end event for the DREAM Lightweight Championship. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

RIZIN FFEdit

Kitaoka made his debut for Rizin Fighting Federation in 2016. He faced Daron Cruickshank on December 29, 2016, at RIZIN World Grand-Prix 2016: 2nd Round and won the fight via technical submission in the first round.

Kitaoka next faced Yusuke Yachi on July 30, 2017, at Rizin FF 6: RIZIN World Grand Prix 2017 Opening Round Part 1. He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

Kitoaka returned at RIZIN World Grand Prix 2017: Second Round, facing Kiichi Kuniomoto in a catchweight bout of 165 lbs. Kitoka lost via unanimous decision.

After picking a first-round heel hook win in Pancrase, Kitaoka returned to the RIZIN ring at RIZIN 11 against Diego Brandao. While attempting a leg lock submission on the ground, Kitoka left himself vulnerable to a flurry of right hands from Brandao on the top, being knocked out just 1:38 into the fight.

After losing to Brandao, Kitoaka lost in his fifth defense of his DEEP Lightweight Championship to Koji Takeda via unanimous decision.

Kitaoka returned to face Tatsuya Kawajiri at RIZIN: Heisei's Last Yarennoka! for New Year's Eve in 2018. After a fairly impressive performance which included a surprising Kitoka knockdown from a left cross, Kitoaka won via split decision.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • Sengoku Raiden Championship
    • 2008 Sengoku Lightweight Grand Prix Champion [5]
    • Sengoku Raiden Championship Lightweight Champion (One time; first)[6]
  • DEEP
    • DEEP Lightweight Champion (One time)
    • Four successful title defenses

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
71 matches 42 wins 20 losses
By knockout 0 10
By submission 20 0
By decision 22 10
Draws 9
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 42–20–9 Johnny Case TKO (corner stoppage) Rizin 17 July 28, 2019 1 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 42–19–9 Roberto de Souza TKO (punches) Rizin 15 April 21, 2019 2 3:56 Yokohama, Japan
Win 42–18–9 Tatsuya Kawajiri Decision (split) RIZIN: Heisei's Last Yarennoka! December 31, 2018 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Loss 41–18–9 Koji Takeda Decision (unanimous) DEEP: 86 Impact October 27, 2018 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Lost DEEP Lightweight Championship.
Loss 41–17–9 Diego Brandao KO (punches) RIZIN 11 July 29, 2018 1 1:38 Saitama, Japan
Win 41–16–9 Taras Sapa Submission (heel hook) Pancrase 295 April 15, 2018 1 4:44 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 40–16–9 Kiichi Kunimoto Decision (unanimous) RIZIN World Grand Prix 2017: Second Round December 29, 2017 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan 75 kg (165 lbs) bout.
Loss 40–15–9 Yusuke Yachi TKO (punches) RIZIN FF 6: RIZIN World Grand Prix 2017 Opening Round Part 1 July 30, 2017 2 4:46 Saitama, Japan
Win 40–14–9 Daron Cruickshank Technical Submission (guillotine choke) RIZIN World Grand-Prix 2016: 2nd Round December 29, 2016 1 8:18 Saitama, Japan
Win 39–14–9 Leonardo Mafra Texeira Submission (heel hook) Pancrase 281 October 2, 2016 1 1:05 Tokyo, Japan
Win 38–14–9 Kota Shimoishi Decision (unanimous) DEEP: 76 Impact June 26, 2016 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Defended DEEP Lightweight Championship.
Loss 37–14–9 Kazuki Tokudome KO (punches) Pancrase: 271 November 1, 2015 4 1:24 Tokyo, Japan For Vacant Lightweight King of Pancrase Championship.
Win 37–13–9 Yuki Okano Submission (guillotine choke) DEEP: Cage Impact 2015 July 20, 2015 2 0:54 Tokyo, Japan Defended DEEP Lightweight Championship.
Win 36–13–9 Akira Okada Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: 265 March 15, 2015 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 35–13–9 Yoshiyuki Yoshida Decision (unanimous) DEEP: DREAM Impact 2014: Omisoka Special December 31, 2014 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Defended DEEP Lightweight Championship.
Win 34–13–9 Richie Whitson Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: 261 October 5, 2014 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 33–13–9 Naoto Miyazaki Decision (unanimous) DEEP: 66 Impact April 29, 2014 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Defended DEEP Lightweight Championship.
Loss 32–13–9 Ramazan Esenbaev KO (punches) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2013 December 31, 2013 2 0:19 Tokyo, Japan
Win 32–12–9 Dom O'Grady Technical Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase 252: 20th Anniversary September 29, 2013 1 1:19 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 31–12–9 Daisuke Nakamura Decision (Unanimous) DEEP: 62 Impact April 26, 2013 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Won DEEP Lightweight Championship.
Loss 30–12–9 Will Brooks TKO (punches) DREAM 18 December 31, 2012 2 1:18 Tokyo, Japan
Win 30–11–9 Katsunori Kikuno Decision (unanimous) DEEP: 58 Impact June 15, 2012 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 29–11–9 Shinya Aoki Decision (unanimous) Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 December 31, 2011 5 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan For DREAM Lightweight Championship.
Win 29–10–9 Willamy Freire Decision (split) DREAM 17 September 24, 2011 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 28–10–9 Jutaro Nakao Decision (unanimous) DEEP: 53 Impact April 22, 2011 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Welterweight bout.
Win 27–10–9 Kuniyoshi Hironaka Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase: Passion Tour 9 October 3, 2010 2 4:22 Tokyo, Japan
Win 26–10–9 Jorge Rodrigues Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Passion Tour 5 June 5, 2010 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 25–10–9 Jorge Masvidal KO (punches) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11 November 7, 2009 2 3:23 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 25–9–9 Mizuto Hirota TKO (knees) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9 August 2, 2009 4 2:50 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Lost Sengoku Lightweight Championship.
Win 25–8–9 Yukio Sakaguchi Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase: Changing Tour 3 June 6, 2009 1 1:26 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 24–8–9 Takanori Gomi Submission (achilles lock) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009 January 4, 2009 1 1:41 Saitama, Japan Won Sengoku Lightweight Championship.
Win 23–8–9 Kazunori Yokota Decision (unanimous) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6 November 1, 2008 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Won Sengoku Lightweight Grandprix 2008.
Win 22–8–9 Eiji Mitsuoka Submission (heel hook) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 6 November 1, 2008 1 1:16 Saitama, Japan
Win 21–8–9 Clay French Submission (achilles lock) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 4 August 24, 2008 1 0:31 Saitama, Japan
Win 20–8–9 Ian James Schaffa Submission (guillotine choke) World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 2 May 18, 2008 1 0:50 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 19–8–9 Katsuya Inoue Decision (split) Pancrase: Shining 1 January 30, 2008 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 19–7–9 Jason Palacios Decision (split) Pancrase: Rising 6 September 5, 2007 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 18–7–9 Fabricio Monteiro Submission (arm-triangle choke) DEEP: 29 Impact April 13, 2007 2 2:37 Tokyo, Japan
Win 17–7–9 Gustavo Picone Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Rising 2 February 28, 2007 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 16–7–9 Ju Pyo Hong Submission (achilles lock) Pancrase: Blow 9 October 25, 2006 1 0:24 Tokyo, Japan
Win 15–7–9 Paul Daley Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase: Blow 6 August 27, 2006 1 2:54 Yokohama, Japan Welterweight bout.
Loss 14–7–9 Daizo Ishige Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Blow 4 May 2, 2006 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 14–6–9 Tatsunori Tanaka Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase: Blow 2 March 19, 2006 2 2:53 Osaka, Japan
Draw 13–6–9 Katsuya Inoue Draw Pancrase: Blow 1 January 26, 2006 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 13–6–8 Carlos Condit Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Spiral 8 October 2, 2005 1 3:57 Yokohama, Japan Welterweight bout.
Win 12–6–8 Thomas Schulte Submission (heel hook) Pancrase: Spiral 5 July 10, 2005 1 1:11 Yokohama, Japan
Win 11–6–8 Hidehiko Hasegawa Decision (split) Pancrase: Spiral 2 March 6, 2005 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 10–6–8 Katsuya Inoue Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Brave 10 November 7, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 10–5–8 Heath Sims Draw Pancrase: Brave 8 September 24, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 10–5–7 Kurt Pellegrino Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase: 2004 Neo-Blood Tournament Semifinals July 25, 2004 2 0:34 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–5–7 Takaichi Hirayama Submission (guillotine choke) Pancrase: Brave 5 May 28, 2004 2 4:05 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 8–5–7 Eiji Ishikawa Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Brave 3 March 29, 2004 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 8–4–7 Tadahiro Hosaka Draw Pancrase: Brave 2 February 15, 2004 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 8–4–6 Naoki Seki Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Hybrid 9 October 31, 2003 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 7–4–6 Yuji Hoshino Draw Pancrase: Hybrid 7 June 22, 2003 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Draw 7–4–5 Takuya Wada Draw Pancrase: Hybrid 4 April 12, 2003 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–4–4 Hiroki Nagaoka Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Hybrid 1 January 26, 2003 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 6–4–4 Taro Minato Decision (majority) Pancrase: Spirit 7 October 29, 2002 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 5–4–4 Hidetaka Monma KO (knee) Pancrase: 2002 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round July 28, 2002 1 0:05 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–3–4 Kenji Arai Submission (toe hold) Pancrase: 2002 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round July 28, 2002 3 2:08 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–3–4 Hiroyuki Nozawa Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: 2002 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round July 28, 2002 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–3–4 Kenji Arai Decision (majority) Pancrase: Spirit 4 May 11, 2002 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Loss 2–3–4 Koji Oishi Decision (majority) Pancrase: Spirit 3 March 25, 2002 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 2–2–4 Hiroki Nagaoka Draw Pancrase: Proof 7 December 1, 2001 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 2–2–3 Yohei Ota Decision (39-38) GCM: The Contenders 6 October 8, 2001 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Draw 1–2–3 Junya Miyakawa Draw Pancrase: Proof 5 August 25, 2001 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Draw 1–2–2 Kenichi Serizawa Draw GCM: Club Contenders 1 August 15, 2001 2 3:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 1–2–1 Yuji Hoshino Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Proof 4 June 26, 2001 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Draw 1–1–1 Kousei Kubota Draw Pancrase: Proof 2 March 31, 2001 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 1–1 Kazuhito Kikuchi Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: Trans 8 December 9, 2000 1 10:00 Aomori, Aomori, Japan
Loss 0–1 Yoshinori Kawasaki Decision (majority) Pancrase: Trans 6 October 31, 2000 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japan

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Sherdog Fight Finder – Satoru Kitaoka". Sherdog.com.
  2. ^ a b Loiseleur, Tony (2009-01-03). "Kitaoka on Gomi: 'I think I hate him'". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  3. ^ Mendoza, Ricardo (2008-10-23). "Fight-By-Fight: Sengoku 4 Preview". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
  4. ^ Herbertson, Daniel. "Gomi, Trigg Get Wins; Schultz Knocked Out". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  5. ^ a b Stupp, Dann (2008-11-04). "Sengoku 6 results: Gomi upset, Santiago and Kitaoka win grand prix crowns". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  6. ^ a b Sengoku 7 play-by-play from Sherdog.com
  7. ^ Morgan, John. "WVR crowns featherweight grand prix winner, lightweight belt on line at "Sengoku Ninth Battle"". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  8. ^ "Dream 17 Adds Shinya Aoki vs. Razor Rob McCullough, Kitaoka vs. Freire". MMAweekly.com. 2011-07-29.

External linksEdit

New championship 1st Sengoku Lightweight Champion
January 4, 2009 – August 2, 2009
Succeeded by
Mizuto Hirota