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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.

Shungo Oyama
BornŌyama Toshiyuki
IPA: [oːjama toɕijɯki]
大山 利幸
(1974-04-11) April 11, 1974 (age 45)
Nasu District, Tochigi, Japan
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight83.4 kg (184 lb; 13.13 st)
Light Heavyweight
Fighting out ofTokyo, Japan
RankBlack belt in Judo
Years active2001–2014
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission8
By decision2
By knockout15
By submission3
By decision1
No contests1
Other information
UniversityInternational Budo University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Early lifeEdit

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.[1]

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.[2]

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
By knockout 4 15
By submission 8 3
By decision 2 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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


    • 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)


  1. ^ "PANCRASE 263 – 12/06/2014: Oyama's Retiremant Fight is the Hedaliner". 21 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Full Results: Pancrase 257". March 30, 2014.

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