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Daiju Takase Bio

Daiju Takase (高瀬 大樹, Takase Daiju, born April 20, 1978 in Tokyo) is a Japanese mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He has fought as a middleweight and welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and PRIDE Fighting Championship. He is noted for being the second of six fighters to defeat and first of three fighters to finish former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.


  • 1 Mixed martial arts career
    • 1.1 PRIDE Fighting Championships
    • 1.2 Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • 1.3 Other promotions
  • 2 Mixed martial arts record
  • 3 Kickboxing record
  • 4 Submission grappling record
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Mixed martial arts career

PRIDE Fighting Championships

A representative of Yoshinori Nishi's Wajyutsu Keishukai MMA dojo, Takase made his debut in PRIDE Fighting Championship at its third event, facing amateur sumo champion Emmanuel Yarborough. Outweighted by a total of 430-ib, more than twice his own weight, Takase resolved to get his opponent tired by running around the ring and make him chase Takase, which gained him a yellow card. At the second round, Daiju tried a single leg takedown only for Yarborough to land on top of him, but the Japanese managed to get his arms free and landed punches to the head for the TKO.

Takase didn't return to PRIDE until 2002, when he got a win and a loss against Brazilians Johil de Oliveira and Nino Schembri. However, his popularity came in PRIDE 26, when he fought Chute Boxe rising star Anderson Silva. At the time, Silva was on a 9-match winning streak, and given Takase's unimpressive record, he was a heavy underdog. However, Takase surprised spectators with a first round triangle choke submission victory. With this win, he becomes notable for being one of the six men to ever defeat Silva.

He next faced Rodrigo Gracie from the Gracie family at the first event of PRIDE Bushido, which featured a special Team Gracie vs Team Japan series of matches. Takase came to the fight wearing orange tights similar to "Gracie Hunter" Kazushi Sakuraba's, including his initials on the back. During the match, Gracie took down repeatedly Takase and landed hard ground and pound, but the Japanese was skilled enough to keep him from passing guard or knocking him out. The second round would see similar action, with Takase losing striking exchanges by punches and knees and avoiding submissions on the ground. After the action, Gracie was awarded with a unanimous decision.

At PRIDE Shockwave 2003, Takase fought former Shooto champion Hayato Sakurai. Daiju controlled a part of the first round, taking down Sakurai and bloodying his nose with punches. At this point, however, Sakurai started coming back, hijacking the standing segments with superior striking and negating Takase's submission attempts in order to do damage through his guard. The Shooto fighter ended the fight taking down Takase several times and controlling the action, which gained him a unanimous decision.

After defeating Chris Brennan by decision, Takase accomplished another of his biggest wins in his match on May 23, 2004 against grappling expert Carlos Newton. The first round of the bout saw multiple exchanges on the mat between the two contenders and increasingly complex submissions attempts by the Japanese, including an omoplata, a series of triangle chokes and even a cartwheel into a flying triangle choke while standing; however, Newton was able to defend all of them and land minor striking in every opportunity. The last half saw instead the two trading strikes, and it ended with Takase stopping Newton from passing his guard and trying a last triangle choke. After the battle, Takase was awarded the split decision.

Daiju's last apparition in PRIDE would be on April 3, 2005, losing to Daniel Acacio by TKO.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Takase made his debut in Ultimate Fighting Championship on July 16, 1999 at UFC 21, where he was pitted against Jeremy Horn, who sported a large size advantage and a 31-4-4 record. The Japanese lost the fight by TKO after receiving a long punishment in ground and pound.

He returned at UFC 23, the second event of the promotion in Japanese ground. Takase took part in a four-man tournament which got him pitted against former RINGS fighter Kenichi Yamamoto in the semi-finals. Takase controlled portions of the fight through striking from the guard and defensive grappling, but he was ultimately defeated by unanimous decision.

Takase's final return to UFC would be in 2000 at UFC 29, fighting Brazilian jiu-jitsu exponent Fabiano Iha. The bout was short, with Iha knocking out Takase with punches in 2:24.

Other promotions

Takase most recently fought on July 26, 2014, when he got a TKO win over Hee Seung Kim at ROAD FC 16.

Mixed martial arts record

Kickboxing record

Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest

Submission grappling record

See also

External links

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