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Yoshihiro Sato (佐藤 嘉洋, Satō Yoshihiro, born January 25, 1981) is a Japanese kickboxer competing in K-1 at middleweight (−70 kg). He is the former world champion of Muay Thai in WKA and WPKC, and he won the Japanese national tournament of K-1 twice in 2006 and 2007.[1] His official nickname is "Mugen Sniper" which means Infinite Sniper.

Yoshihiro Sato
BornSato Yoshihiro
(1981-01-25) January 25, 1981 (age 38)
Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Native name佐藤 嘉洋
Other namesMugen Sniper
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Fighting out ofTokyo, Japan
Nagoya JK Factory
Years active1998–present
Kickboxing record
By knockout20
By knockout4
Other information
UniversityMeijo University
last updated on: March 23, 2014


Amateur eraEdit

Born in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan on January 25, 1981, Sato began training in kickboxing in 1994 when he was in his second year of junior high school. Originally, Sato had been going to visit a boxing gym with his friend, but he argued and fought just before visiting. Sato was defeated completely in the fight. For this incident, he visited "Nagoya JK Factory", a kickboxing gym near to Sato's house, and started learning kickboxing. He won the Glove Karate Open Championship Tournament when he was just 16 years old, still in his second year of high school. He also won the championship the next year in 1997.

Fight as a professional kickboxerEdit

He passed the examination for professional kickboxing of New Japan Kickboxing Federation (NJKF) in 1998. He won his first match against Isao Miyamoto by decision on December 25, 1998. He changed his weight class from lightweight to welterweight in April 2000. He moved to All Japan Kickboxing Federation from NJKF in June 2001. He won the title of WKA World Muay Thai Welterweight by KO Milan Stevic in Germany on 23 November 2001. It was the first time for him to fight in the oversea.

Entry to K-1Edit

In his K-1 debut on May 3, 2005, he beat William Diender by decision. He lost to Virgil Kalakoda in a K-1 Superfight in the K-1 MAX Finals. On October 12, 2005, he defeated Kaoklai Kaennorsing, the only fighter who has fought in both K-1's heavyweight division and in K-1 MAX. On February 4, 2006 he defeated Akeomi Nitta, Ryuki Ueyama and Tatsuji to win the K-1 MAX Japan Grand Prix 2006 tournament. On February 5, 2007 he won the K-1 MAX Japan Grand Prix 2007 tournament. In April 2007 he lost to Dutch fighter Andy Souwer by decision. His latest fight was on July 7, 2008 in which he defeated Buakaw Por. Pramuk by KO in the 3rd round in the Quarterfinals for the K-1 MAX Finals and he is set to fight Masato on October 10, 2008.

On February 17, 2012, Sato defeated Fadi Merza via unanimous decision after 5th round to take the Merza's ISKA World Light Middleweight (-72.3 kg) Championship under Oriental rules in Tokyo, Japan.[2]

He was scheduled to face Dzhabar Askerov in a tournament reserve bout at Glory 3: Rome - 2012 Middleweight Slam Final 8 to be held on November 3, 2012 in Rome, Italy.[3] However, when quarter finalist Albert Kraus came down with the flu, Sato was given his place in the tournament proper.[4] He was TKO'd by Sanny Dahlbeck.[5][6]

In an upset, Sato lost a unanimous decision to Kenta in the co-main event of Krush.26 in Tokyo on January 28, 2013.[7][8][9][10][10]

He broke a three-fight losing streak when he took a majority decision win over Henri van Opstal at Shootboxing 2013 - Act 1 in Tokyo on February 22, 2013.[11][12][13]

Sato defeated Lee Sun-Hyun via unanimous decision at Glory 8: Tokyo - 2013 65kg Slam in Tokyo on May 3, 2013.[14][15][16][17]

He beat Yuichiro Nagashima by unanimous decision at Hoost Cup: Kings in Nagoya, Japan on June 16, 2013.[14][18][19][20]

Sato beat Shintaro Matsukura by unanimous decision at Krush.32 in Nagoya on September 1, 2013.[21][22]

In their fourth meeting, Sato lost to Buakaw Banchamek on points at MAX Muay Thai 4 in Sendai, Japan on October 6, 2013.[23][24][25][26][27]

He lost to Dzhabar Askerov by unanimous decision at Tech-Krep FC: Southern Front 2 in Kiev, Ukraine on December 8, 2013.[28]

Sato lost via unanimous decision to Petchmankong Gaiyanghaadao at Hoost Cup: Legend in Nagoya, Japan on March 23, 2014.[29][30]


Kickboxing recordEdit

Professional Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "K-1 fighter profile".
  2. ^ Krush.16 Results: Kubo and Sato Claim ISKA Titles, Xu Yan KOs Yuya Yamamoto
  3. ^ GLORY 3 Rome: Final 8 Matches Set, Petrosyan Fights Hollenbeck
  4. ^ Kraus Out With Flu, Yoshihiro Sato in Glory Final 8 Tournament
  5. ^ GLORY 3 Rome - Final 8: Live Results
  6. ^ Glory 3 Live Play By Play Archived April 16, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Krush Adds Bennoui, Ezbiri to 67kg Tournament
  8. ^ Yoshihiro Sato vs Kenta Added to Krush.26
  9. ^ Fights To Watch In January 2013
  10. ^ a b Krush.26 Results: Kido Defends 70kg Title
  11. ^ Ten Kickboxing Fights to Watch in February
  12. ^ Yoshihiro Sato Wins at Shootboxing 2013 Act. 1
  13. ^ Japanese Kickboxing Scene: February Recap
  14. ^ a b Japanese Scene Weekly Recap: April 14th - 21st
  15. ^ GLORY 8 Tokyo Live Results
  16. ^ GLORY 8 Tokyo Results and Review: Yuta Kubo Proves Why He is the Number One Japanese Fighter in the World Archived May 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Glory 8 Results: Yuta Kubo wins featherweight tournament Archived July 9, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Japanese Kickboxing Scene: June Preview
  19. ^ Saenchai Wins Kickboxing Debut in Japan, Considering Move to K-1 Archived June 20, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Saenchai Wins at the Hoost Cup - Will He Go to K-1?
  21. ^ Yuta Kubo and Masaaki Noiri Fight For Third Time at Krush.32
  22. ^ Revenge is Sweet: Masaaki Noiri Defeats Yuta Kubo at Krush .32
  23. ^ MAX Japan Roster Released: Could We See Buakaw vs. Sato IV?
  24. ^ Buakaw Banchamek Will Face Yoshihiro Sato at MAX Japan
  25. ^ Max Muay Thai Japan – Big names on board Archived August 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Buakaw Victorious Over Yoshihiro Sato at MAX Muay Thai IV
  27. ^ MAX Muay Thai IV: Sendai Results Archived March 21, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ 佐藤嘉洋、ジャバル・アスケロフに判定負け:12.8 ウクライナ
  29. ^ Photo of the Day: Ernesto Hoost Victorious in Japan
  30. ^ 佐藤嘉洋&翔センチャイジム、タイの強豪に判定負け:3.23 名古屋
  31. ^ 日本拳王被判不敌中国格斗第一人 瞬间瘫倒在地(in Chinese)

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