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Enson Inoue Bio

Enson Inoue (Japanese: エンセン井上, born April 15, 1967) is a Japanese-American retired mixed martial artist. He has a professional MMA record of 12-8. He is a former Shooto Heavyweight Champion. He had also previously fought in Pride Fighting Championships, one of the biggest mixed martial arts organization at the time. Inoue was featured in the documentary film Rites of Passage: The Rebirth of Combat Sports. He also appeared in the martial arts movie Redbelt.

Contents

  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Championships and accomplishments
  • 4 Mixed martial arts record
  • 5 Submission grappling record
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Biography

Enson's achievements include a victory over UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, and giving Frank Shamrock one of his toughest matches. Enson had an exhibition match in Mudo Spirit on September 16, 2007.

Enson and his brother were awarded black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by John Lewis. He subsequently demoted himself to purple belt in July 2016 citing that BJJ has moved on since attaining his black belt. He also holds a yondan (fourth degree black belt) in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and was a former College Wrestler. He won the Shooto Heavyweight Title against Joe Estes on October 12, 1997. Enson appeared in the 2008 martial arts film Redbelt as a cameo role.

Personal life

Enson, a Japanese American from Hawaii has a stepson (Erson) and is the brother of Egan Inoue, a mixed martial artist and a two time racquetball World Champion player. He was married to the sister of Ultimate Fighting Championship Bantamweight fighter Norifumi Yamamoto in which he took in and trained Norifumi in mixed martial arts after an incident with the Yakuza. Enson has asserted that he is "not Yakuza" but admits to doing business with members of Yakuza.

Enson runs several MMA gyms located in Japan, Saipan, Palau and Guam under the name Purebred. He also has affiliated gyms located in Thailand, Canada and the USA.

In 2011, Enson travelled to northeast Japan to directly help the earthquake and tsunami victims in areas such as Fukushima.

Championships and accomplishments

  • Shooto
    • Heavyweight Championship (1 Time)
  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • UFC 13 Lightweight Tournament Finalist

Mixed martial arts record

Submission grappling record

External links

  • Professional MMA record for Enson Inoue from Sherdog Edit this at Wikidata
  • Official blog
  • Professional MMA record
  • PRIDE profile
  • Information on inoue grappling, I
  • Information on inoue grappling, II
  • NERDSociety - Interview with Enson Inoue

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