Fight sports activities have gotten more and more widespread all over the world. For a few years, Japan was a significant vacation spot for visiting fight sports activities organizations as a result of reputation of the martial arts.
Between 1997 and 2007, the Satisfaction Preventing Championships operated in Japan and a number of other occasions have been held all year long.
The UFC has hosted a number of occasions in Japan through the years and has acquired a few of the greatest fighters in MMA historical past after buying and absorbing the Satisfaction roster. Listed below are all of the UFC occasions ranked from worst to greatest.
9 UFC 23
UFC 23 occurred in 1999 and was a middleweight event. Kenichi Yamamoto offered Katsuhisa Fujii with a second-round knee damage on the conclusion of the event. The primary card featured 4 fights together with a showdown between Joe Slick and Jason DeLucia and Pedro Rizzo and Tsuyoshi Kosaka.
The primary occasion resulted in Kevin Randleman defeating Pete Williams to grow to be the brand new heavyweight champion following the retirement of Bas Rutan.
8 UFC Struggle Night time: St. Prix vs. Okami
UFC Struggle Night time: Saint Prix vs Okami occurred in Saitama, Japan in 2017. Ovins St. Preux claimed the Knight Bonus efficiency by defeating Japanese-born Yushin Okami within the first spherical in the principle occasion.
The combat of the evening was a ladies’s strawweight showdown between top-ranked strawweights Jessica Andrade and Claudia Gadelha. Andrade defeated Gadelha in a unilateral unanimous resolution.
7 UFC Struggle Night time: Barnett vs Nelson
Heavyweight clashes have at all times been a preferred promoting level when holding MMA occasions in Japan. On this case, UFC Struggle Night time 75 was a five-round essential occasion that includes Josh Barnett and Roy Nelson. Josh Barnett was already a longtime identify in Japan after competing in Satisfaction for a number of years. He defeated Nelson by unanimous resolution and earned the bonus efficiency of the evening.
Essentially the most stunning efficiency at UFC Struggle Night time 75 was a comeback win executed by Uriah Corridor. Corridor was dominated by Gegard Aunty within the first spherical, however got here again sturdy within the second spherical and landed a flying knee which resulted in a TKO win for the Jamaican native.
6 UFC 25
UFC 25 was the third UFC occasion held in Japan and was highlighted by a lightweight heavyweight match between Tito Ortiz and Wanderly Silva. After the retirement of Frank Shamrock, Ortiz defeated Silva to grow to be the brand new Mild Heavyweight Champion.
The occasion marked the debut of Murillo Bustamante, who defeated Yoji Anjo within the co-main occasion and ultimately grew to become the UFC Middleweight Champion.
5 UFC Struggle Night time: Hunt vs Nelson
UFC Struggle Night time 52 featured many fighters from Asia, however was headlined by a extremely anticipated essential occasion. Heavyweight energy punchers Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson squared off, and because of the combat, Hunt brilliantly knocked Nelson off and walked away.
The cardboard had a complete of six finishes and included spectacular performances by Miles Jury, Kyoji Horiguchi, and Lim Hyun-gyu.
4 UFC on Gasoline TV: Silva vs. Stan
Wanderly Silva Vs Brian Stan is likely one of the greatest fights of 2013. The 2 met within the gentle heavyweight essential occasion, the place Silva knocked out Stan in spherical three after a back-and-forth brawl. Mark Hunt brilliantly knocked out Stephen Struve within the co-main occasion and earned the Knockout of the Night time Honors.
Dong Hyun Kim, Kazuki Tokudom, and Brad Tavares all scored main resolution victories over their respective opponents.
3 UFC 144
UFC 144 is the one PPV UFC occasion that occurred in Japan within the fashionable period of MMA. The primary occasion resulted in Benson Henderson defeating Frankie Edgar to grow to be the brand new UFC Light-weight Champion of the world.
Mark Hunt, Anthony Pettis, and Takanori Gomi all knocked out their opponents in spectacular style, together with a knockout of knight honors for Pettis. Ryan Bader defeated Quinton Jackson by unanimous resolution within the co-main occasion. The cardboard resulted in a complete of 5 finishes.
2 UFC 29
A complete of seven fights have been featured at UFC 29 and Tito Ortiz made headlines defending his gentle heavyweight title in opposition to Yuki Kindo. Ortiz defeated Kindo by submission within the first spherical and recorded his first title protection.
Pat Miletich defended his light-weight title within the co-main occasion in opposition to Kenichi Yamamoto. He retained the title by defeating Yamamoto within the second spherical. Additionally on the cardboard have been Matt Lindland, Dennis Hollman, Matt Hughes, Evan Tanner, Chuck Liddell. Six out of seven fights resulted in submission or knockout.
1 UFC Japan: Final
UFC Japan: Final is undoubtedly the most effective UFC occasion that has occurred in Japan. The occasion was a heavyweight event, which resulted in Kazushi Sakuraba defeating Marcus Silveira by first spherical submission.
Frank Shamrock defeated Kevin Jackson in lower than 30 seconds within the first spherical for the inaugural UFC Middleweight Championship. Vitor Belfort defeated Joe Charles within the first spherical after dropping to Randy Couture two months earlier.
The primary occasion resulted in Randy Couture defeating Maurice Smith to grow to be the brand new UFC Heavyweight Champion. It will be the primary of 5 UFC titles that Couture would win throughout his time with the UFC. In complete, the occasion consisted of 4 submission finishes by means of the armbar.