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Masakazu Imanari

Masakazu "Ashikan Judan" Imanari
  • Given Name: 今成正和, Imanari Masakazu
  • MMA Record: 36-17-2 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Ashikan Judan
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 42 | Date of Birth: 1976.02.10
  • Last Fight: January 20, 2018 in ONE
  • Weight Class: Featherweight | Last Weigh-In: 145.1 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team ROKEN
  • Height: 5'5" (165cm) | Reach: N/A
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $0 USD
  • Born: Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  Promoter
  • Fighting out of: Tokyo, Japan
  • Personal Pages: Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: N/A
  • Foundation Style: Combat Wrestling

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    Masakazu Imanari is the 17th ranked of 418 active Japan Pro Featherweights.

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Masakazu Imanari MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

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

Ru Yusup Saadulaev
36-16-2 16-4-1

Id ONE Championship: Kings of Courage
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2018.01.20
Odds: +700 (Huge Underdog)
Draw | Decision
Grappling Bout

Jp Tomoshige Sera

Jp TTF Challenge 07
Main Card | 70 kg | 70 kg

2017.10.09
Win | Submission | Leglock
0:23 Round 1 of 3

Jp Juri Ohara
35-16-2 20-11-2

Jp DEEP 78 Impact: Welterweight GP 2nd Round
Main Card | Featherweight | 66 kg

2017.03.18
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Tatsunao Nagakura
34-16-2 12-5-0

Jp DEEP Cage Impact 2016: DEEP vs. WSOF-GC
Main Event | Vacant Title | Featherweight | 66 kg

2016.12.17
Weigh-In: 145.1 lbs (65.8 kgs)
Win | Submission | Leglock
0:32 Round 1 of 2

Jp Yoshihiko Shinzato
33-16-2 3-2-1

Jp DEEP Cage Impact 2016: Korakuen Hall
Main Card | Featherweight | 66 kg

2016.10.18
Loss | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Kr Jae Woong Byun
33-15-2 1-0-0

Jp DEEP 77 Impact x DEEP JEWELS 13
Main Card | Featherweight | 66 kg

2016.08.27
Weigh-In: 144.6 lbs (65.6 kgs)
Win | Submission | Leglock
0:35 Round 1 of 3

Us Nam Phan
32-15-2 21-15-0

Jp DEEP Cage Impact 2016
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 66 kg

2016.04.23
#46 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2016
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Kazunori Yokota
32-14-2 24-5-3

Jp DEEP 74 Impact
Main Event | Featherweight | 66 kg

2015.12.20
Win | Submission
0:21 Round 1 of 3

Kr Moon Hwan Yang
31-14-2 0-0-0

Jp DEEP Cage Impact 2015
Main Card | Featherweight | 66 kg

2015.08.29
Cancelled Bout Katsuyoshi Beppu DEEP Cage Impact 2015 2015.08.29
Reason: Beppu Foot Injury
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:33 Round 1 of 3

It Cristian Binda
30-14-2 9-9-0

It Venator FC 1: Guerrieri Italiani
Main Event | Catchweight | 141 lbs

2015.05.30
Weigh-In: 140.9 lbs (63.9 kgs)
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:11 Round 1 of 2

Jp Daisuke Maku
29-14-2 3-4-0

Jp DEEP: Hachioji Chojin Matsuri
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 66 kg

2015.04.05
Win | Submission | Choke
4:06 Round 2 of 3, 9:06 Total

Jp Kenichi Ito
28-14-2 12-12-8

Jp GRANDSLAM 2: Way of the Cage
Main Card | Featherweight | 66 kg

2015.02.08
Weigh-In: 144.8 lbs (65.7 kgs)
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:38 Round 2 of 3, 6:38 Total

Jp Mizuto Hirota
28-13-2 15-7-1

Jp DEEP 69 Impact
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 66 kg

2014.10.26
Win | Submission | Leglock
0:22 Round 1 of 3

Kr Chan Jung Park
27-13-2 3-3-0

Jp DEEP 68 Impact
Main Card | Bantamweight | 61 kg

2014.08.23
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
0:51 Round 2 of 3, 5:51 Total

Jp Haruo Ochi
27-12-2 10-4-1

Jp DEEP 67 Impact
Co-Main Event | Flyweight | 57 kg

2014.06.22
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Yuki Motoya
27-11-2 9-4-0

Jp DEEP 65 Impact
Co-Main Event | Flyweight | 57 kg

2014.03.22
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Jp Kenichi Ito
26-11-2 10-9-8

Jp DEEP 61 Impact
Main Card | Bantamweight | 61 kg

2013.02.16
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:10 Round 1 of 3

Jp Masahiro Oishi
25-11-2 22-16-9

Jp DEEP 59 Impact
Co-Main Event | Bantamweight | 66 kg

2012.08.18
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Leandro Issa
25-10-2 9-2-0

My ONE FC 4: Destiny of Warriors
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2012.06.23
Weigh-In: 135.7 lbs (61.6 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:18 Round 1 of 3

Ph Kevin Belingon
24-10-2 9-0-0

Sg ONE FC 3: War of the Lions
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2012.03.31
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 135.3 lbs (61.4 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Loss | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Us Antonio Banuelos
24-9-2 19-7-0

Jp Dream: Fight For Japan! New Year! 2011
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 61 kg

2011.12.31
Odds: -145 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs (60.8 kgs) | Referee: Samio Kimura
Win | Submission | Armlock
0:46 Round 3 of 3, 10:46 Total

Us Abel Cullum
23-9-2 18-5-0

Jp Dream 17
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 61 kg

2011.09.24
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs (60.8 kgs) | Referee: Samio Kimura
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Hideo Tokoro
23-8-2 29-23-2

Jp Dream: Fight For Japan! 2
Co-Main Event | Tournament Finals | 61 kg

2011.07.16
Odds: -155 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 134.5 lbs (61.0 kgs) | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
Win | Submission | Leglock
0:58 Round 2 of 2, 10:58 Total

Jp Kenji Osawa
21-8-2 16-9-2

Jp Dream: Fight For Japan!
Main Event | Tournament Semifinal | 61 kg

2011.05.29
Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs (60.8 kgs)
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Keisuke Fujiwara
21-8-2 11-2-4

Jp Dream: Fight For Japan!
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 61 kg

2011.05.29
Odds: -245 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 134.0 lbs (60.8 kgs)
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Hiroshi Nakamura
21-7-2 11-4-4

Jp Deep 52 Impact
Main Card | Bantamweight | 61 kg

2011.02.24
Win | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Daiki Hata
20-7-2 11-7-4

Jp Deep 50 Impact
Main Card | Bantamweight | 61 kg

2010.10.24
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Tomoya Miyashita
19-7-2 17-7-8

Jp Deep 49 Impact
Main Card | Title Defense | Bantamweight | 62 kg

2010.08.27
Win | Submission | Armlock
0:27 Round 3 of 3, 10:27 Total

Jp Isao Terada
18-7-2 8-9-4

Jp Deep 47 Impact
Main Card | Bantamweight | 61 kg

2010.04.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Gu Justin Cruz

Jp DEEP

2009.12.19
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Tomohiko Hori
16-7-2 10-6-5

Jp Deep 43 Impact
Main Card | Title Defense | Bantamweight | 62 kg

2009.08.23
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Bibiano Fernandes
16-6-2 4-2-0

Jp Dream 9: Featherweight GP 2009 Second Round
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 63 kg

2009.05.26
Odds: +152 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 138.9 lbs (63.0 kgs) | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
Win | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Atsushi Yamamoto
15-6-2 12-5-3

Jp Dream 7: Featherweight GP 2009 First Round
Main Event | Tournament Round of 16 | 63 kg

2009.03.08
Odds: -213 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 139.0 lbs (63.0 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | Submission | Leglock
0:29 Round 1 of 3

Jp Hiroshi Umemura
14-6-2 11-7-3

Jp Deep 37 Impact
Main Event | Vacant Title | Bantamweight | 62 kg

2008.08.17
Loss | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Dokonjonosuke Mishima
14-5-2 18-6-2

Jp Deep 35 Impact
Co-Main Event | Title Defense | Featherweight | 66 kg

2008.05.19
Win | Submission | Leglock

Br Jean Silva

Gb Cage Rage

2008.03.08
Win | Submission | Leglock
4:32 Round 3 of 3, 14:32 Total

Jp Hiroyuki Abe
12-5-2 7-12-3

Jp Deep 32 Impact
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 65 kg

2007.10.10
Win | Submission | Armlock
3:28 Round 1 of 2

Kr Jong Man Kim
11-5-2 20-4-1

Jp Deep 31 Impact
Main Card | Featherweight | 66 kg

2007.08.05
Win | Submission | Armlock

Gb Robbie Olivier

Gb Cage Rage

2007.02.10
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
1:49 Round 3 of 3, 11:49 Total

Jp Takeshi Yamazaki
9-5-2 10-5-2

Jp Deep 26 Impact
Main Event | Title Defense | Featherweight | 65 kg

2006.10.10
Loss | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Fredson Paixão
9-4-2 6-2-0

Jp Deep 25 Impact
Main Card | 68 kg | 68 kg

2006.08.04
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:31 Round 3 of 2, 0:00 Total

Jp Yoshiro Maeda
7-4-2 16-1-3

Jp Deep 22 Impact
Main Card | Tournament Finals | 65 kg

2005.12.02
Win | Submission
3:38 Round 2 of 2, 8:38 Total

Us Mike Brown
7-4-2 12-3-0

Jp Deep 22 Impact
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal | 65 kg

2005.12.02
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Fabio Mello
6-4-2 4-3-0

Jp Deep 21 Impact
Co-Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal | 65 kg

2005.10.28
Loss | KO/TKO | Knee
2:34 Round 1 of 2

No Joachim Hansen
6-3-2 10-2-1

Jp Pride Bushido 8
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg

2005.07.17
Referee: Minoru Toyonaga
Draw
5:00 Round 3 of 3, 15:00 Total

Jp Yoshiro Maeda
6-3-1 12-0-2

Jp Deep 18 Impact
Main Card | Featherweight | 65 kg

2005.02.12
Win | Submission | Leglock
2:36 Round 2 of 3, 7:36 Total

Br Renato Tavares
5-3-1 3-2-0

Jp Deep 17 Impact
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 65 kg

2004.12.18
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Luiz Firmino
5-2-1 9-1-0

Jp Pride Bushido 5
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg

2004.10.14
Loss | Decision | Split

Br Marcus Aurelio

Jp Fighting Network ZST

2004.01.11
Win | Submission | Leglock

Br Jorge Gurgel

Jp Fighting Network ZST

2003.11.23
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:58 Round 2 of 3, 7:58 Total

Jp Dokonjonosuke Mishima
4-0-1 12-2-2

Jp Deep 11 Impact
Main Event | 69 kg | 69 kg

2003.07.13
Win | Submission | Armlock
0:43 Round 1 of 2

Gb Danny Batten
3-0-1 5-1-2

Jp ZST 3: The Battlefield 3
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2003.06.01
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Lt Erikas Petraitis
2-0-1 4-0-0

Jp ZST 2: The Battlefield 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2003.03.09
Win | Decision | Majority

Jp Yuji Oba

Jp Pancrase

2002.09.29
Win | Submission | Leglock

Tokusaburo Iwama

Jp Japan Regional

2002.05.06
Draw

Ryoji Sai

Jp Japan Regional

2000.09.29

Masakazu Imanari Wiki Update Wiki

Masakazu Imanari is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter born on February 10, 1976 in Kanagawa Perfecture, Japan. Imanari is a BJJ black belt and is famously known as for submitting the most BJJ black belts in MMA and for his extensive use of diverse leglocks though mainly heel hooks.


He initially fought as a lightweight, and submitted fighters such as BJJ black belt Jorge Gurgel, and infamously shredded the knee of future WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown with a devastating knee lock. He went 0-2 as a lightweight in Pride, including a tough knockout loss to Joachim Hansen, then went back to fighting in Japanese promotion DEEP. He would then go on to take the Cage Rage featherweight championship from Robbie Olivier, and only needed 27 seconds, defeating Olivier by spectacular flying armbar.

After defending the Cage Rage featherweight title twice, he would continue fighting for DEEP until he made his DREAM debut at DREAM 7 against Atsushi Yamamoto, as part of the organization's featherweight grand prix. After a loss to Bibiano Fernandes in the tournament's quarterfinal, he would make the drop to bantamweight, where he currently fights. After a few more fights in DEEP, he would take part in DREAM's bantamweight grand prix, defeating Keisuke Fujiwara and Kenji Osawa in one night at DREAM: Fight for Japan! He would lose in the tournament final to veteran Hideo Tokoro by decision, but bounced back to submit Abel Cullum at DREAM 17 via armbar. After a loss to WEC vet Antonio Banuelos, he would make the move to One FC. 

Imanari's next two bouts would take place under the ONE FC banner. His first fight was at One FC 3: War of the Lions on on March 31, 2012. He faced Kevin Belingon, winning the bout via reverse heel hook only one minute and eighteen second into the first round. Imanari's second fight would end in defeat, as he lost a unanimous decision to Leandro Issa at One FC 4: Destiny of Warriors on June 23, 2012.

Imanari would return to Deep at Deep - 59 Impact on August 18, 2012. He would square off with Masahiro Oishi, winning the bout via toe hold at only one minute and one second of the opening round.  In his only fight of 2013, Imanari would pick up a win over Kenichi Ito at Deep - 61 Impact on February 16.    

2014 would be Imanari's least successful year since 2004-2005; he would drop three of four fights. His first bout of the year was unanimous decision loss to Yuki Motoya at Deep - 65 Impact on March 22, 2014. He would lose his second straight fight at Deep - 67 Impact, falling to Haruo Ochi via TKO. His lone win of the year came next against Chan Jung Park at Deep - 68 Impact, where Imanari would win via heel hook. Imanari would then lose his final fight of 2014, suffering a TKO loss to fellow Japanese stalwart Mizuto Hirota at Deep - 69 Impact.    

The misfortunes of 2014 were completely reversed in 2015, as Imanari has won all of his fights thus far. He first bout was a rematch with Kenichi Ito at Grandslam MMA 2: Way of the Cage on February 8, 2015, which Imanari won via rear naked choke. He then defeated Daisuke Maku via armbar at Deep - Deep Hachioji Chojin Matsuri on April 5, 2015. His third straight win came at Venator FC - Guerrieri Italiani Finals on May 30, 2015, where Imanari defeated Cristian Binda via first round armbar.   
Imanari's nickname is 'Ashikan Judan,' which loosely translates to 'The Master of Leglocks.' He is widely known throughout the MMA world as one of the best leglock artists out there, but possesses a wide array of submission as well, including a rarely seen omoplata crossface victory over Justin Cruz. This BJJ black belt is simply known as one of the best at what he does, and is a threat no matter where he is when the fight hits the mat.

Last updated 07.12.2015, 9:47 PM ET
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