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"Lion"

21-10-0

Takeshi Inoue

"Lion" Takeshi Inoue

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  • Given Name: 井上 武, Inoue Takeshi
  • MMA Record: 21-10-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Lion
  • Current Streak: 5 Losses
  • Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1980.03.18
  • Last Fight: October 04, 2014 in VTJ
  • Weight Class: Featherweight | Last Weigh-In: 145.1 lbs
  • Affiliation: Shooting Gym Yokohama
  • Height: 5'8" (173cm) | Reach: N/A
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $0 USD
  • Born: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
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Tapology Worldwide Rankings

  • Japan
    #80
    Takeshi Inoue is the 80th ranked of 512 active Japan Pro Featherweights.
    Also ranked at: Bantamweight (81st)

Takeshi Inoue Wiki Update Wiki

Takeshi Inoue is a Japanese MMA fighter born on March 18, 1980 in Yokohama, Japan. Takeshi is mostly known by his MMA name Lion Takeshi. Lion Takeshi trains and fights out of the Shooting Gym Yokohama. His MMA background is in the art of judo in which he has trained in since his junior high school days where he competed in various tournaments through his high school years.


LIon Takeshi began his MMA career competing in amateur Shooto tournaments in 2001 and 2002. He made his pro debut by defeating Hayate Usui by unanimous decision on May 30, 2003.


Inoue is a veteran Lightweight (145) fighter who has fought in Dream and primarily in Shooto. He was the 2004 Shooto Lightweight Tournament Champion and a 2 time Lightweight champion with the organization. On New Year's Eve 2011 Takeshi fought fellow striker Hiroyuki Takaya for the Dream featherweight title but ultimately fell short loosing by unamious decision. He holds notable victories over Caol Uno, Koichiro Matsumoto, Rumina Sato, Alexandre Nogueira, Cole Miller, Antonio Carvalho, and Akitoshi Tamura.


Inoue also holds a professional Kickboxing record of 1-1.



Last updated 12.17.2013, 6:45 PM ET
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Takeshi Inoue Featherweight Ranking History

Takeshi Inoue MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

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

Isao Kobayashi
21-9-0 15-1-4

VTJ 6th
Co-Main Event | 66 kg | 66 kg

2014.10.04
Loss | Submission | Choke
3:19 Round 2 of 3, 8:19 Total

Robert Lisita
21-8-0 12-5-0

Rebel FC 1: Into the Lion's Den
Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2013.12.21
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Yusuke Yachi
21-7-0 9-4-0

VTJ 3rd
Main Card | Featherweight | 66 kg

2013.10.05
Weigh-In: 145.064 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Kenji Osawa
21-6-0 18-10-2

VTJ 1st
Main Card | Bantamweight | 61 kg

2012.12.24
Referee: Toshiharu Suzuki
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Hiroyuki Takaya
21-5-0 16-9-1

Dream: Fight For Japan! New Year! 2011
Main Card | Title Challenge | Featherweight | 65 kg

2011.12.31
Odds: -160 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 142.86 lbs | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
4:17 Round 1 of 3

Caol Uno
20-5-0 26-14-5

Dream 17
Main Card | Featherweight | 65 kg

2011.09.24
Odds: -110 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 143.3 lbs | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
6:51 Round 1 of 2

Koichiro Matsumoto
19-5-0 14-2-1

Dream: Fight For Japan!
Main Card | Featherweight | 65 kg

2011.05.29
Odds: -195 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 143.3 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Taiki Tsuchiya

Shooto

2011.04.28
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Kazuyuki Miyata
18-4-0 9-7-0

Dream 16
Main Card | Featherweight | 63 kg

2010.09.25
Odds: -130 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 143.3 lbs | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
Loss | Decision | Split

Hatsu Hioki

Shooto

2010.05.30
Win | Submission | Armlock

Gerald Lovato

Shooto

2010.01.23
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Alexandre Franca Nogueira

Vale Tudo Japan

2009.10.30
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Rumina Sato

Shooto

2009.05.10
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Hideki Kadowaki

Shooto

2008.11.29
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Savant Young

Shooto

2008.05.03
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Katsuya Toida

Shooto

2007.11.08
Win | Submission | Choke

Marc Duncan

Shooto

2007.07.15
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Akitoshi Tamura

Shooto

2007.05.18
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Hiroyuki Abe

Shooto

2007.02.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Navid Yousefi

Shooto

2006.10.14
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Cole Miller

Shooto

2006.07.21
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Antonio Carvalho

Shooto

2006.05.12
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Makoto Ishikawa

Shooto

2006.02.17
Win | Decision | Majority

Akitoshi Tamura

Shooto

2005.11.06
Loss | Decision | Majority

Antonio Carvalho

Shooto

2005.08.20
Win | Submission | Choke

Jin Kazeta

Shooto

2005.03.11
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Hayate Usui

Shooto

2004.11.12
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Keisuke Yamada

Shooto

2004.07.16
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Yohei Suzuki

Shooto

2004.03.22
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Masanori Sugatani

Shooto

2003.10.31
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Hayate Usui

Shooto

2003.05.30

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