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Vale Tudo Japan (VTJ) is an annual mixed martial arts competition held in Japan. Arranged by promoter Satoru Sayama, it ran from 1994 to 1999 with three reunion events in 2009, 2012 and 2016. A pair of tournaments were held in 1994 and '95, both of which were won by Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Rickson Gracie.

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Events and ResultsEdit

Vale Tudo Japan 1994Edit

Vale Tudo Japan 1994 was held on July 29, 1994 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1   Bud Smith   Chris Bass TKO (Straight Punch) 1 0:54
2   Jan Lomulder   Kenji Kawaguchi KO (Punch) 1 2:29
3   David Levicki   Kazuhiro Kusayanagi KO (Punches) 1 1:20
4   Rickson Gracie   Yoshinori Nishi Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:52
5   Rickson Gracie   David Levicki Submission (Punches) 1 2:40
6   Naoki Sakurada   Yasushi Warita Draw 3 5:00
7   Rickson Gracie   Bud Smith Submission (Punches) 1 0:39

Vale Tudo Japan 1995Edit

Vale Tudo Japan 1995 was held on April 20, 1995 at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1   Craig Pittman   Wayne Emons Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) 1 2:12
2   Yuki Nakai   Gerard Gordeau Submission (Heel Hook) 4 2:41
3   Todd Hays   Koichiro Kimura Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 2:55
4   Rickson Gracie   Yoshihisa Yamamoto Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 3 3:49
5   Yuki Nakai   Craig Pittman Submission (Armbar) 2 7:32
6   Koichiro Kimura   Wayne Emons Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 6:05
7   Rickson Gracie   Koichiro Kimura Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:07
8   Kenji Kawaguchi   Tommy Walkingstick Submission (Armbar) 1 6:29
9   Enson Inoue   Rene Rooze Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 6:41
10   Rickson Gracie   Yuki Nakai Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 6:22

Vale Tudo Japan 1996Edit

Vale Tudo Japan 1996 was held on July 7, 1996 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1   Alex Cook   Tomoaki Hayama Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 2 6:23
2   Mushtaq Abdullah   Sanae Kikuta Submission (Forearm Choke) 1 6:27
3   Yumiko Hotta   Margot Neyhoft Submission (Keylock) 2 4:14
4   Ed de Kruijf   Joe Estes Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 0:53
5   Todd Bjornethun   Eric Lavigne KO (Punches) 1 6:53
6   Dan Severn   Doug Murphy Submission (Keylock) 1 3:23
7   John Lewis   Rumina Sato Draw 3 8:00
8   Igor Zinoviev   Enson Inoue TKO (Punches) 1 0:44
9   Royler Gracie   Noboru Asahi Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 5:07

Vale Tudo Japan 1997Edit

Vale Tudo Japan 1997 was held on November 29, 1997 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1   Jutaro Nakao   Steve Nelson Submission (Triangle Choke) 2 5:31
2   Hayato Sakurai   Marcelo Aguiar Draw 3 8:00
3   Kenji Kawaguchi   Jan Lomulder Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 3:49
4   João Roque   Uchu Tatsumi Draw 3 8:00
5   Carlos Newton   Erik Paulson Submission (Armbar) 1 0:41
6   Tom Erikson   Ed de Kruijf TKO (Punches) 1 0:37
7   Rumina Sato   John Lewis Submission (Armbar) 2 1:23
8   Frank Shamrock   Enson Inoue DQ (Egan Inoue Ran Into the Ring) 2 7:17

Vale Tudo Japan 1998Edit

Vale Tudo Japan 1998 was held on October 25, 1998 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1   Caol Uno   Ricardo Botelho Submission (Punches) 3 2:03
2   Vladimir Matyushenko   Kenji Kawaguchi KO (Punches) 1 3:10
3   Branden Lee Hinkle   Masanori Suda TKO (Upkicks) 1 5:26
4   Frank Trigg   Jean Jacques Machado TKO (Corner Stoppage) 3 0:20
5   Noboru Asahi   João Roque Draw 3 8:00
6   Hayato Sakurai   Sergei Bytchkov Submission (Armbar) 1 4:59
7   Andre Pederneiras   Rumina Sato KO (Soccer Kick and Punches) 1 4:20
8   Enson Inoue   Randy Couture Submission (Armbar) 1 1:39

Vale Tudo Japan 1999Edit

Vale Tudo Japan 1999 was held on December 11, 1999 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1   Rumina Sato   Rafael Cordeiro Submission (Kneebar) 1 0:58
2   Tetsuji Kato   Angelo Sergio Submission (Punches) 1 7:45
3   Takanori Gomi   Johnny Eduardo Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 1:43
4   Hisao Ikeda   João Roque Draw 3 8:00
5   Uchu Tatsumi   Alexandre Franca Nogueira Draw 3 8:00
6   Caol Uno   Andre Pederneiras Draw 3 8:00
7   Hayato Sakurai   Haroldo Bunn TKO (Punches) 3 1:31

Vale Tudo Japan 2009Edit

Vale Tudo Japan 2009 was held on October 30, 2009 at the JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1   Masato Sannai   Kosuke Eda Draw (Majority) 2 5:00
2   Jung Min Kang   Yoichiro Sato KO (Punches) 1 2:48
3   Mamoru Yamaguchi   Jesse Taitano TKO (Punches) 1 4:41
4   Willamy Freire   Kenichiro Togashi TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 1 2:05
5   Tito Jones   Tenkei Oda Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
6   Rumina Sato   Corey Grant TKO (Punches) 1 3:20
7   Takeshi Inoue   Alexandre Franca Nogueira TKO (Punches) 4 2:58
8   Takanori Gomi   Tony Hervey Decision (Unanimous) 5 5:00

Vale Tudo Japan 2012Edit

Vale Tudo Japan 2012 (also known as VTJ 1st) was held on December 24, 2012 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
Welterweight   Daisuke Hoshino   Kuntap Weerasakreck Submission (armbar) 1 2:19
Middleweight   Keita Nakamura   Nobutatsu Suzuki Submission (rear naked choke) 1 2:09
Bantamweight   Kenji Osawa   Takeshi Inoue Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Women's Strawweight   Megumi Fujii   Mei Yamaguchi Decision (unanimous) 2 5:00
Bantamweight   Kyoji Horiguchi   Ian Loveland Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Flyweight   Darrell Montague   Mamoru Yamaguchi Decision (split) 3 5:00
Lightweight   Kuniyoshi Hironaka   Carlo Prater Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Bantamweight   Hideo Tokoro   Rumina Sato TKO (punches and elbows) 1 0:39

Vale Tudo Japan 2013Edit

Vale Tudo Japan 2013 (also known as VTJ 3rd) was held on December 6, 2013 at Ota City General Station, station #7, Ota, Tokyo, Japan. The Main Event featured longtime # 1 ranked Megumi Fujii in her retirement bout.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
Featherweight   Taiyo Hayashi   Yuji Kurogane TKO (punches) 2 2:18
Flyweight   Seiichiro Ito   Taku Kajikawa Submission (armbar) 1 1:35
Strawweight   Ryuto Sawada   Hiroyuki Takahashi Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Welterweight   Koshi Matsumoto   Kengo Ura Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Featherweight   Akiyo Nishiura   Shigeki Osawa Decision (split) 3 5:00
Bantamweight   Yuta Nezu   Motonobu Tezuka Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Lightweight Brodee Hudson   Daisuke Hoshino Submission (flying triangle choke) 3 3:57
Featherweight   Yuta Sasaki   Geun Do Park Submission (rear naked choke) 1 1:36
Featherweight   Yusuke Yachi   Takeshi Inoue Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Flyweight   Will Campuzano   Hideo Tokoro Decision (split) 3 5:00
Featherweight   Caol Uno   Daniel Romero Submission (inverted triangle choke) 2 2:23
Women's Strawweight   Jessica Aguilar   Megumi Fujii TKO (doctor's stoppage) 2 5:00

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