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Hiroko Yamanaka

Hiroko "Cat's Eye" Yamanaka
  • Given Name: 山中 裕子 Yamanaka Hiroko
  • Professional MMA Record: 12-3-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Cat's Eye
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1978.10.24
  • Last Fight: January 05, 2013 in IFC
  • Weight Class: Featherweight | Last Weigh-In: 145.6 lbs
  • Affiliation: Master Japan
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm) | Reach: 71.0" (180cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $16,000 USD
  • Born: Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Kisarazu, Chiba, Japan
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Yamanaka is a Featherweight fighter with a Muay Thai and Submission grappling background. She has fought in Smackgirl, Jewels, Strikeforce, and Invicta FC. She holds notable victories over Yoko Takahashi, Mayumi Aoki, Hitomi Akano, and Molly Helsel

Yamanaka would start her professional career in Smackgirl's Super Gals Mix Cup Open Weight Tournament. She would go 4-0 to win the tourney and become the Smackgirl Open weight champion. Yamanaka next entered the 2008 Smackgirl World Remix Open weight Tournament. She lost in the opening round to Hitomi Akano. She would then rattle off 8 straight wins, including a win over Akano, before signing to Strikeforce.

Yamanaka's Strikeforce debut was for the Featherweight title against Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Cyborg would quickly KO the overwhelmed Yamanaka but the fight became a No Contest when Cyborg tested positive for Stanozolol. Yamanaka would next fight Dutch Kickboxing champion Germaine de Randamie. Yamanaka would lose by decision.

Looking to get back on track, Yamanaka made her Invicta debut against Ediane Gomes. Gomes would outstrike the tentative Yamanaka for a decision victory.

Yamanaka holds a 1-2 record in Submission grappling. In the 2006 Smackgirl Openweight Grappling Queen Tournament Yamanaka lost a decision to Roxanne Modafferi in the opening round. She also competed in the 2008 Openweight Expert Queen Tournament, winning her first match by armbar and losing in the semifinals by armbar.

Yamanaka also holds a 2-0 Shoot Boxing record. She won both bouts by TKO over Mayumi Aoki and Megumi Yabushita

Last updated 03.23.2013, 7:57 AM ET
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Hiroko Yamanaka MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ediane Gomes
12-2-0 9-2-0

Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2013.01.05
Weigh-In: 145.6 lbs | Referee: Rob Hinds
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Germaine de Randamie
12-1-0 2-2-0

Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2012.08.18
Odds: +105 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 Base | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs | Referee: Mike Beltran
No Contest | KO/TKO
0:16 Round 1 of 5

Cristiane Justino
12-1-0 9-1-0

Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal
Co-Main Event | Title Challenge | Featherweight | 145

2011.12.17
Odds: +850 (Huge Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 Base | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs | Referee: Luis Cobian
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:20 Round 2 of 2, 7:20 Total

Bolormaa Erdenebileg
11-1-0 2-1-0

Jewels: 15th Ring
Main Card | 65 kg | 65 kg

2011.07.09
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:12 Round 2 of 2, 8:12 Total

Molly Helsel
10-1-0 8-11-1

Jewels: 11th Ring
Co-Main Event | 65 kg | 65 kg

2010.12.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Sandy Furner

Shoot Boxing

2010.08.29
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Atsuko Emoto
8-1-0 2-3-0

Jewels: 8th Ring
Co-Main Event | Open Weight

2010.05.23
Win | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Hitomi Akano
7-1-0 15-6-0

Jewels: 7th Ring
Main Event | 65 kg | 65 kg

2010.03.19
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Shannon Hooper
6-1-0 1-3-0

Jewels: 3rd Ring
Main Event | Open Weight

2009.05.16
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:25 Round 2 of 2, 8:25 Total

Michiko Takeda
5-1-0 4-2-1

Jewels: 2nd Ring
Co-Main Event | Open Weight

2009.02.04
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Mayumi Aoki
4-1-0 2-5-0

Jewels: 1st Ring
Main Card | Open Weight

2008.11.16
Loss | Submission | Armlock

Hitomi Akano

Smackgirl

2008.04.25
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Yoko Takahashi

Smackgirl

2007.09.06
Win | Decision | Split

Michiko Takeda

Smackgirl

2007.05.19
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Yuiga

Smackgirl

2007.03.11
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Rie Murakami

Smackgirl

2006.11.29

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