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Shungo Oyama (大山 峻護 Ōyama Shungo [oːjama ɕɯŋɡo]; born April 11, 1974) is a Japanese former professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor from 2001 to 2014, he competed for the PRIDE Fighting Championships, Pancrase, RINGS, DREAM, K-1, and King of the Cage. He is one of four fighters to defeat at least two members of the Gracie family, and also holds notable wins over Denis Kang and former UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton.
IPA: [oːjama toɕijɯki]
April 11, 1974
Nasu District, Tochigi, Japan
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||83.4 kg (184 lb; 13.13 st)|
|Fighting out of||Tokyo, Japan|
|Rank||Black belt in Judo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||International Budo University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Oyama was born in Nasu District in Tochigi Prefecuture, Japan on April 11, 1974 as Toshiyuki Oyama. He started practicing judo when he was five years old, winning the All Japan Businessmen's Individual Championship, among other titles. He did not limit itself to a single grappling style, and also won the All Japan Sambo Championship and the All Japan Combat Wrestling Championship. Then, he began training MMA and won All Japan Amateur Shooto Championship, making a pro debut in 2001.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Background and fighting styleEdit
He is best known for being a student of Japanese judo superstar Hidehiko Yoshida, and briefly trained with three-time King of Pancrase Bas Rutten. Shungo has also trained at the famed Takada Dojo, run by former PRIDE General Director Nobuhiko Takada.
Though his record is not impressive, Shungo has gained respect for his die hard spirit, and stubbornness to submit. On more than one occasion he has been injured or choked unconscious due to his refusal to tap out.
Oyama had his anticipated debut in PRIDE Fighting Championships in 2001 against feared Wanderlei Silva. In a fight of 30 seconds, Oyama met a spirited striking exchange, but he was overwhelmed and knocked out while he tried to avoid Silva. Shungo followed with a bout against famed Brazilian jiu-jitsu Wallid Ismail, but he underperformed again. The judoka met Ismail in his field of expertise by pulling guard early with a guillotine choke, which only allowed the Brazilian to pass guard, but Oyama escaped and contained Wallid until the second round. At the end, however, Ismail blocked a triangle choke attempt from Oyama and locked an arm triangle choke which Shungo refused to tap out to, rendering the Japanese unconscious. After the match, it was revealed that Oyama had suffered a retinal detachment.
His third match in PRIDE finally dissipated the negative criticism towards Oyama when he faced Renzo Gracie of the famed Gracie Jiu-Jitsu family. With a combination of his own unorthodox striking style, a good takedown defense and a little Kazushi Sakuraba imitation, Shungo was able to frustrate Gracie and dominate the fight to gain a unanimous decision. In a controversial moment, Gracie, irritated by his fight antics, spit in Shungo’s face. Shortly after, Ryan Gracie challenged him to a fight to avenge Renzo. Oyama and Ryan met in the main event of PRIDE 22-Beasts From The East 2, in a fight in which the BJJ specialist caught Oyama in an armbar. The judoka, in a last action of defiance, refused to submit and got his arm broken. After the fight, Ryan assaulted Oyama and verbally insulted him before being restrained.
Oyama faced Dan Henderson in 2003, going to the fight with an arm injury. After being knocked out by punches, medical examination showed that his eye injury had reopened, and he had to go to hiatus. His last fight in PRIDE was against Mirko Cro Cop, losing again by KO.
In 2006, Oyama faced another Gracie family member in the form of Rodrigo Gracie at the HERO'S 6 event. He got his second victory over the family, controlling Rodrigo and landing ground and pound for a unanimous decision.
Oyama faced Handong Kong at Pancrase 257 on March 30, 2014. He won by first round heel hook.
He participated "Martial Combat 10" as a substitute of Daiju Takase in Singapore for the title of Light Heavyweight(-87 kg) on September 16, 2010. He beat Brian Gassaway from USA with an inverted triangle choke and won the first professional title in his career.
After winning, he proposed to Junko Kawada, with whom he had a four-year relationship while in the cage. They were married in his hometown.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||14 wins||19 losses|
|Loss||14–19||Yuji Sakuragi||TKO (corner stoppage)||Pancrase 263||December 6, 2014||2||1:03||Tokyo, Japan||Openweight bout.|
|Loss||14–18||Ikkei Nagamura||KO (punch)||Pancrase 260||August 10, 2014||2||1:01||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||14–17||Handong Kong||Submission (heel hook)||Pancrase 257||March 30, 2014||1||3:26||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Loss||13–17||Jordan Currie||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Pancrase 252: 20th Anniversary||September 29, 2013||1||5:00||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Loss||13–16||Eun Soo Lee||KO (punches)||Road FC 10: Monson vs. Kang||November 12, 2012||1||2:48||Busan, South Korea||Lost the ROAD FC Middleweight Championship.|
|Loss||13–15||Asif Tagiecv||TKO (knees and punches)||RINGS Vol. 2: Conquisito||September 23, 2012||1||4:44||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||13–14||Ryo Kawamura||KO (soccer kick)||Pancrase: Progress Tour 7||June 2, 2012||1||4:19||Tokyo, Japan||For the King of Pancrase Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||13–13||Hae Suk Son||TKO (punches)||Road FC 6: The Final Four||February 5, 2012||1||2:10||Seoul, South Korea||Won the ROAD FC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||12–13||Jong Dae Kim||Submission (heel hook)||Road FC 6: The Final Four||February 5, 2012||1||1:44||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||11–13||Denis Kang||TKO (knees)||Road FC 5: Night of Champions||December 3, 2011||1||4:30||Seoul, South Korea|
|Win||10–13||Kyu Suk Son||KO (punch)||Pancrase: Impressive Tour 9||September 4, 2011||1||0:11||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–13||Brian Gassaway||Technical Submission (inverted triangle choke)||MC: Martial Combat 10||September 16, 2010||1||1:50||Sentosa, Singapore||Won the Martial Combat Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||8–13||Vitalius Shemetov||KO (punches)||X-1 Nations Collide||June 4, 2010||1||1:31||Honolulu, Japan|
|Win||8–12||Mike Wimmer||Submission (heel hook)||KOTC: Toryumon||January 30, 2010||1||1:07||Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan|
|Loss||7–12||Andrews Nakahara||TKO (punches)||DREAM.8||April 5, 2009||1||2:00||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan||Catchweight (86 kg) bout.|
|Loss||7–11||Yoon Dong-Sik||Decision (unanimous)||DREAM 2: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 First Round||April 29, 2008||2||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||[[Middleweight (84 kg) debut; 2008 DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix First Round.|
|Win||7–10||Carlos Newton||Submission (punches)||HERO'S 2007 in Korea||October 28, 2007||3||2:42||Seoul, South Korea||Catchweight (90 kg) bout.|
|Loss||6–10||Melvin Manhoef||TKO (punches)||HERO'S 7||October 9, 2006||1||1:04||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan||HERO'S 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal.|
|Win||6–9||Rodrigo Gracie||Decision (unanimous)||HERO'S 6||August 5, 2006||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||HERO'S 2006 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||5–9||Melvin Manhoef||TKO (doctor stoppage)||HERO'S 4||March 15, 2006||1||2:51||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||5–8||Peter Aerts||Submission (heel hook)||K-1-Premium 2005 Dynamite||December 31, 2005||1||0:30||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||4–8||Yun Seob Kwak||Submission (achilles lock)||HERO'S 2005 in Seoul||November 5, 2005||1||1:14||Seoul, South Korea||Catchweight (90 kg) bout.|
|Loss||3–8||Sam Greco||KO (knees and punches)||HERO'S 3||September 7, 2005||1||2:37||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–7||Valentijn Overeem||Submission (toe hold)||HERO'S 1||March 26, 2005||1||1:28||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||2–7||Sean O'Haire||TKO (punches)||K-1 Fighting Network Rumble on the Rock 2004||November 20, 2004||1||0:31||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||2–6||Mirko Cro Cop||TKO (punches)||PRIDE Bushido 4||July 19, 2004||1||1:00||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Loss||2–5||Dan Henderson||TKO (punches)||PRIDE 25||March 16, 2003||1||3:28||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan||Middleweight (93 kg) bout.|
|Loss||2–4||Ryan Gracie||Submission (armbar)||PRIDE 22||September 29, 2002||1||1:37||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Win||2–3||Renzo Gracie||Decision (unanimous)||PRIDE 21||June 23, 2002||3||5:00||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||1–3||Wallid Ismail||Submission (triangle choke)||PRIDE 15||July 29, 2001||2||2:30||Saitama, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||1–2||Wanderlei Silva||TKO (punches)||PRIDE 14: Clash of the Titans||May 27, 2001||1||0:30||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Loss||1–1||Phillip Miller||TKO (strikes)||KOTC 8: Bombs Away||April 29, 2001||2||3:00||Williams, California|
|Win||1–0||Mike Bourke||KO (punch)||KOTC 7: Wet and Wild||February 24, 2001||1||0:17||San Jacinto, California|
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- K-1 Hero's
- 2006 K-1 Hero's Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinalist
- Martial Combat
- Martial Combat Light Heavyweight Championship (1 Time)
- ROAD FC
- ROAD FC Middleweight Championship (1 Time, first)
- 28th All Japan Business Groups Judo Individual Championship, Men 81 kg class winner
- 21st All Japan Sambo Championship, Men Senior 82 kg class runner-up (1997)
- 22nd All Japan Sambo Championship, Men Senior 82 kg class winner (1998)
- 24th All Japan Sambo Championship, Men Senior 82 kg class winner (June 28, 1998)
- 25th All Japan Sambo Championship, Men Senior 82 kg class winner (1999)
- 26th All Japan Sambo Championship, Men Senior 82 kg class winner (July 16, 2000)
- "PANCRASE 263 – 12/06/2014: Oyama's Retiremant Fight is the Hedaliner". 21 November 2014.
- "Full Results: Pancrase 257". fightsportasia.com. March 30, 2014.