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Masakazu Imanari

39Wins21Losses2Draws

Win Rate
63 %
Finish Rate
74 %
Decision Win %
37 %

Masakazu Imanari

Age
46
Height
5' 5 (165 cm)
Stance
Southpaw
Nationality
Japan
Main Division
Featherweight
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Rank
black_belt
Biography
Masakazu Imanari is a Japanese former professional wrestler and current mixed martial artist currently competing in the Bantamweight division of Rizin Fighting Federation. A professional competitor since 2000, he is a veteran of ONE Championship, DEEP, ZST, Pancrase, PRIDE Fighting Championships, and Cage Rage. Imanari also has had a successful career in Combat Wrestling, placing as high as third and second in their All-Japan championship tournaments.
Combat Approach
Though his striking game is considered inferior, Imanari often engages in stand-up battles in order to bait the opponent to the ground, usually by dropping down after or while seizing control of his leg or by way of ashi garami. He stands out for his dexterity in toehold and heel hook variations, and is an avid user of the 50/50 guard in order to transition between submission attempts. He describes his signature leglock style as not based in sambo as it is popularly believed, but "purely self-taught", and explained his preference for it as "because it hurts the opponent".

Awards & Accolades

  • Cage Rage: Cage Rage World Featherweight Championship (One time, first, last). One Successful Title Defense
  • Cage Rage: One Successful Title Defense
  • Cage Rage: One Successful Title Defense
  • DEEP: DEEP Bantamweight Championship (One time; first). Two Successful Title Defenses
  • DEEP: Two Successful Title Defenses
  • DEEP: DEEP Featherweight Championship (Two times, first). One Successful Title Defense
  • DEEP: One Successful Title Defense
  • DEEP: Two Successful Title Defenses
  • DEEP: One Successful Title Defense
  • DREAM: 2011 Japan Bantamweight Grand Prix Runner Up
  • DREAM: 2011 World Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinalist

Twitter Timeline

Fighter Videos

Masakazu Imanari vs. Mikey Musumeci | ONE Championship Full Fight
Full Fight | 今成正和 vs. 春日井“寒天”たけし / Masakazu Imanari vs. Takeshi"Kanten"Kasugai -RIZIN LANDMARK vol.1
Kevin Belingon vs. Masakazu Imanari | Full Fight From The Archives
Masakazu Imanari vs. Dae Hwan Kim | Full Fight Replay
Masakazu Imanari vs. Yusup Saadulaev | Full Fight Replay
Masakazu Imanari vs. Kevin Belingon | ONE Championship Full Fight | March 2012
Yusup Saadulaev vs. Masakazu Imanari | ONE: Full Fight | Seesaw Grappling Affair | January 2018
ONE: Full Fight | Masakazu Imanari vs. Radeem Rahman | Grappling Clinic | October 2018

 

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