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12-8-0

Enson Inoue

Enson "Yamato Damashi" Inoue
  • Given Name: エンセン井上, Enson Inoue
  • MMA Record: 12-8-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Yamato Damashi
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 48 | Date of Birth: 1967.04.15
  • Last Fight: April 25, 2010
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 204.8 lbs
  • Affiliation: Purebred Omiya
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm) | Reach: N/A
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $0 USD
  • Born: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Omiya, Saitama, Japan
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One of the best fighters to come out of the Japanese Shooto organization, in which he was once Heavyweight Champion, Enson Inoue’s most notable victory on the world stage came in 1998, when he defeated future UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture with an Armbar in the first round. Outside of that win, Inoue’s pedestrian record bears losses to some of the elite fighters in history, including Frank Shamrock, Igor Vovchanchyn, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Inoue has experience fighting for some of the biggest MMA promotions in history, and has never won a fight by decision, instead finishing all of his career opponents by submission or knockout.


Inoue is one of the most respected veterans of the sport, less for his accomplishments in the cage, and more for the way he carries himself outside of it. In addition to owning and operating several gyms in Japan, Saipan, Guam, Thailand, and the United States, Inoue is known as one of the most amicable fighters of his generation.

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Enson Inoue MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:10 Round 1 of 3

Antz Nansen
11-8-0 1-0-0

Astra: Yoshida's Farewell
Main Card | Light Heavyweight

2010.04.25
Weigh-In: 204.8 lbs (92.9 kgs) | Referee: Ryogaku Wada
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes

Tom Sauer

Icon Sport

2004.04.16
Win | Submission | Choke

Soichi Nishida

Guam Regional

2004.01.10
Loss | Submission | Choke
6:17 Round 1 of 3

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
10-6-0 14-1-1

Pride 19: Bad Blood
Main Card | Heavyweight

2002.02.24
Loss | KO/TKO | Knees
4:52 Round 1 of 3

Heath Herring
10-5-0 15-5-0

Pride 12: Cold Fury
Main Card | Heavyweight

2000.12.09
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
10:00 Round 1 of 3

Igor Vovchanchyn
10-4-0 40-3-1

Pride 10: Return of the Warriors
Main Card | Heavyweight

2000.08.27
Weigh-In: 214.7 lbs (97.4 kgs)
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
1 Round

Mark Kerr
10-3-0 11-0-0

Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16

2000.01.30
Win | Submission | Choke
0:24 Round 1 of 3

Soichi Nishida
9-3-0 0-0-0

Pride 5
Main Card | Heavyweight

1999.04.29
Win | Submission | Armlock
1:39 Round 1

Randy Couture
8-3-0 4-0-0

Vale Tudo Japan

1998.10.25
Loss | Disqualificaton
7:17 Round 2, 0:00 Total

Frank Shamrock
8-2-0 13-7-1

Vale Tudo Japan

1997.11.29
Win | Submission | Punches

Joe Estes

Shooto

1997.10.12
Win | Submission | Armlock
1:36 Round 1 of 1

Royce Alger
6-2-0 0-0-0

UFC 13: Ultimate Force
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 199 lbs

1997.05.30
Weigh-In: 199.0 lbs (90.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Elbows

Rei Zulu

Shooto

1997.04.06
Win | Submission | Punches

Mushtaq Abdullah

Shooto

1996.10.04
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Igor Zinoviev

Vale Tudo Japan

1996.07.07
Loss | Decision | Majority

Joe Estes

Shooto

1996.05.07
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Andre Mannaart

Shooto

1996.01.20
Win | Submission | Armlock

Ed de Kruijf

Shooto

1995.07.29
Win | Submission | Choke
6:41 Round 1 of 1

Rene Rooze
1-0-0 1-0-0

Vale Tudo Japan 1995
Co-Main Event

1995.04.20
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Shingo Shigeta

Shooto

1995.01.21

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