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Lee Hasdell Bio
Lee Hasdell (born 13 December 1966, in Northampton, England) is a British mixed martial artist, kickboxer and promoter. He promoted the first professional Mixed martial arts events in the United Kingdom. Lee Hasdell turned professional as a Kickboxer in 1989, eventually becoming a 3-times British champion in and Kickboxing and Thai Boxing. In 1995 Hasdell transitioned into Mixed martial arts and on 18 February 1996, Hasdell made his RINGS debut at RINGS Holland. Then on 20 April 1996, Hasdell won the World Oktagon Shoot boxing Tournament in Milan, Italy.
Throughout his career, Hasdell has fought in organisations such as K-1, Fighting Network RINGS, Pankration, Cage Rage and fought in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. Lee Hasdell is a RINGS veteran, fighting for them 22 times between 1996-2001 in Japan, the Netherlands and Russia.
Martial arts background 
Hasdell began martial arts in 1979 at the age of 12, he learned taekwondo under Morris Young who was the European Full Contact taekwondo Heavyweight champion. Lee Later took up boxing and then karate as he felt that it was more of a mixed style that suited his stand up. After winning a number of local tournaments he decided to study full-contact Karate. In 1985 when he was 18 he started weight training and kickboxing. In 1987 he moved to Milton Keynes from Northampton where he began training in Thai Boxing and began his competitive Amateur Kick Boxing career.
Kickboxing career (1989-2002) 
Domestic career & undefeated British champion (1989-1993) 
Hasdell began his professional Kick Boxing career as a Light-Middleweight in 1989 at the age of 22. Taught by Brian Walker, one of Master Toddy's first generation instructors. Hasdell met his instructor in 1987 and stayed with him for six years. In 1991, Lee went over to study in the Netherlands at the Gym International and the Dojo Chakuriki in Amsterdam, this is where Lee was first introduced to Japanese Kickboxing and Kyokushin methods. This transformed Lee's approach to his Kick Boxing training and tuition. This became his foundation for his Mixed martial arts style.
On 9 March 1991, Hasdell captured the WKA British Super-Middleweight Kickboxing title, defeating Tony Manterfield by a seventh round TKO. On 26 April 1991, Hasdell defeated Nick Pavlovic for the BIKMA British Light-Heavyweight Thai Boxing title. On 3 July 1992, Hasdell won the BIKMA British Light-Heavyweight Free Style title with a second round knock-out of Bertil Queely. Hasdell had a record of only 5 defeats in 25 bouts and was undefeated as British champion for two years.
Fighting across Europe (1993-1995) 
Hasdell's quest for the European title began on 28 May 1993, against Paval Rumas for the ISKA European Light-Heavyweight Full Contact title. The fight was held in Katowice, Poland. Scheduled for 10 rounds, Hasdell lost the fight by split decision. Kick Boxing representatives from all over Europe were in attendance, they were impressed with Hasdell's performance, Hasdell was later offered a four fight package to fight in the Netherlands, France, Russia and Germany.
Lee Hasdell suffered cuts in two major fights when he was well ahead on points. The first was against Perry Telgt, a Thai Boxing match held in the Netherlands on 2 October 1993. The second was when he fought for the WKA Commonwealth Super Light-Heavyweight Thai Boxing title against Duncan Airlie James a week later.
On 22 January 1994, Hasdell got a shot at the WKA European Super Light-Heavyweight Thai Boxing title against Bob Schrijber from the Netherlands. The fight was held at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow in front of over 20,000 spectators. Hasdell was stopped near the end of the last round due to leg kicks. After his fight against Bob Schrijber, Hasdell continued to fight in the Super Light-Heavyweight division and on 10 April 1994, Hasdell defeated Bertil Queely in the third round by knock out. On 17 October 1994, Hasdell made a move to Cruiserweight, defeating Bruno Fariot by a first round knock out. On November 27, 1994, Lee Hasdell fought Danny Norton for the WKA Commonwealth Super Light-Heavyweight Full-Contact title.
In April 1995, Hasdell fought Undefeated Curtis Schuster for the ISKA World Super-Heavyweight Thai Boxing title. Hasdell had moved up in weight and was a very small Heavyweight. This was Schuster's first defence of his title. The fight ended in the first round after a Schuster won with a right Knee to the face.
K-1 Revenge II 
Hasdell trained at the Seidokaikan in Japan, the headquarters for the K1 organisation, in 1994. In September 1995, he became one of the first English fighters to compete in K-1 when he fought Duane Van Der Merwe at K-1 Revenge II in Yokohama, Japan. Hasdell was defeated thirty seconds into the first round by a knock out from a knee while in a clinch. K-1 since banned strikes while in the clinch.
On 13 December 1995, Hasdell competed in an 8-man Tournament in Prague, Czech Republic. The Tournament was under K-1 rules. Hasdell was eliminated in the Quarter-Finals by Mirko Cro Cop by a cut in the 2nd round. Cro Cop went on to win the tournament.
World Oktagon Shootboxing Challenge (1996) 
On 20 April 1996, Hasdell entered the Fenasco Oktagon Challenge, an eight man Shoot Boxing tournament held in Milan, Italy in front of 15,000 spectators. The tournament featured eight fighters from all over the world, representing eight different martial arts, Hasdell represented the art of Freestyle fighting.
Hasdell went through to the final with two knockouts over American Scott Dobbs and Italian Judo champion, Paulo Di Clemente. In the final he faced and defeated Andre Mannaart by decision to become the new World Fenasco Shoot Boxing champion. This victory raised his profile and Fighting Network RINGS president Akira Maeda eventually offered Hasdell a one-year contract with RINGS as a professional shootfighter.
K-1 UK Battle of Britain 2000 
On 16 April 2000, Hasdell made his return to kick boxing at the K-1 UK Battle of Britain 2000 held in Birmingham, England. Hasdell fought WKA World Heavyweight Kick Boxing champion Simon Dore in a non-tournament fight. Hasdell won by flying knee at thirty seconds of round three. This was Hasdell's first kickboxing bout in four years.
Shoot Boxing: S Volume 1 (2002) 
Lee Hasdell competed in a Shoot Boxing fight on 2 February 2002, held in Tokyo, Japan. The fight was against French fighter Cyrille Diabate at Shoot Boxing: S Volume 1. Hasdell lost by TKO at 2:18 of the fourth round.
Mixed martial arts career (1995-2007) 
Becoming a Shootfighter 
While competing at K-1 Revenge II in September 1995, Hasdell witnessed Rings rules and Shootfighting bouts on the same card. On 15 October 1995, Hasdell promoted a Kickboxing event in Milton Keynes, England which featured three shootfights. The main event was a bout between Lee Hasdell and American free fighter, Boston Jones in a shootfight. The bout was billed as the first ultimate shootfight in Britain. Hasdell won the fight by Technical-Knockout due to a cut in the 2nd round.
Early career (1996-1997) 
On 18 February 1996 at the age of 29, Lee Hasdell made his RINGS debut at RINGS Holland-Kings of Martial Arts. His opponent was Dutch fighter Andre Mannaart. Although the fight ended in a draw, it brought Hasdell to the attention of Akira Maeda, the president of Fighting Network Rings, a major Japanese promotions company. Akira Maeda was impressed by Hasdell's performance and invited Hasdell to train at Akira Maeda's private Dojo in Yokohama, Japan.
On 26 October 1996, Hasdell fought Cees Bezems in a no holds barred match at IMA - Battle of Styles held in Amsterdam, Holland. Hasdell lost by Technical knockout due to a cut.
On 2 February 1997, Hasdell returned to RINGS Holland where he fought Dutch fighter, Hans Nijman at RINGS Holland-The Final Challenge. This bout ended up having a controversial finish. In the match Nijman had Hasdell in a guillotine choke, Hasdell grabbed the ropes for a rope escape although the referee did not see it, forcing Hasdell to tap out to break the hold at 51 seconds of round 2.
On 4 April 1997, Hasdell made his mixed martial arts debut in Japan at RINGS: Battle Genesis. He defeated American fighter, Sean McCully within four minutes by guillotine choke. In his second bout in Japan, on 21 June 1997, Hasdell was entered into the RINGS Light-Heavyweight Title Tournament, for fighters under 95 kg. In the first round of the tournament, Hasdell lost to Masayuki Naruse by submission. Naruse ended up winning the tournament to become Rings's first Light-Heavyweight champion.
Hasdell then went on to defeat Peter Dijkman by rear naked choke on 5 October 1997 at Total Fight Night. This bout was for the vacant Universal Total-Fight Forum RINGS rules superfight title. On 25 October 1997, he fought and lost by submission to Joop Kasteel in the first round of the RINGS: Mega Battle Tournament in Japan.
Gatekeeper (1998-1999) 
On 7 March 1998, Hasdell fought and defeated Sander Thonhauser by armbar at 0:55 of round 1. This was a vale tudo match for the vacant Total-Fight Forum Vale Tudo superfight title. Hasdell then fought Hiromitsu Kanehara for thirty minutes in Japan on 29 May 1998, Hasdell lost on points. On 7 June 1998, he fought Dutch fighter, Dave van der Veen in the Netherlands. Hasdell was knocked down in the first round before forcing Dave van der Veen to make two rope escapes. Hasdell then won the match by knockout in the second round.
Hasdell was promoted to the shooter category and was given the nickname The Gatekeeper, meaning if a fighter from another organisation wanted to join RINGS they had to beat Hasdell first. On 21 September 1998, Hasdell lived up to his name when he knocked out UFC Japan Tournament Champion, Kenichi Yamamoto, after eleven minutes.
On 11 October 1998, Hasdell fought Hiromitsu Kanehara in a rematch at Night of the Samurai II held in Milton Keynes, England. Hasdell made two rope escapes in the fight and eventually lost by decision after 15 minutes. He then fought Gilbert Yvel, in his second fight of October 1998. Hasdell lost the fight by TKO, due to a cut.
On 20 November 1998, Hasdell began what would be a trilogy of fights with Japanese fighter, Yasuhito Namekawa. Their first confrontation was held in Osaka, Japan and after twenty minutes, it ended in a draw. Their second bout was held on 23 January 1999 in Tokyo, Japan. Hasdell lost on points after receiving a yellow card for an illegal punch during the fight. Their first two bouts in Japan went the full twenty minutes, without a break. Their third and final bout was held in Milton Keynes, England at Night of the Samurai 3, on 7 March 1999. Hasdell was trailing the fight by two points before knocking Namakawa out with a knee at 5:55.
He returned to Japan on 23 April 1999, defeating Ryuki Ueyama due to disqualification and submitting Ricardo Fyeet four months later. On 15 September 1999, Hasdell fought Satoshi Honma in Tokyo, Japan. After twenty minutes, the bout ended in a draw. The following month, Hasdell faced Dave van der Veen for a second time, this time in Milton Keynes, England. Hasdell won by armbar at 1:47 to retain his UTF RINGS Rules Shootfighting title.
RINGS King of Kings Tournament 1999 
On 28 October 1999, Hasdell entered the RINGS: King of Kings tournament, Lee Hasdell was placed in Block A of the tournament, in the Round of 32 he defeated Achmed Labasanov by TKO at 3:33 of round 2. Hasdell was then eliminated in the Round of 16 by Brazilian fighter, Renato Sobral by unanimous decision. This was the first event in RINGS to introduce the now familiar Mixed martial arts rules. Previous events had used Shootfighting rules.
Losing streak (2000) 
On 29 April 2000, after a six-month break from the sport, Hasdell travelled to Russia where he fought in the Absolute Fighting Challenge's Pankration World Championship 2000. The fight was scheduled for one thirty-minute round in an octagon cage. Hasdell lost to Mikhail Avetisyan after tapping out due to strikes. Hasdell began a losing streak upon returning to RINGS. His first fight back was against Mikhail Illoukhine, at RINGS Russia on 20 May 2000. Hasdell dominated the first round with strikes, the second round was much the same but with Illoukhine going for submissions. After two rounds, an extra third round was called for and Illoukhine eventually won by split decision. He then fought Joop Kasteel for a second time, this time at RINGS King of Kings Holland on 4 June 2000. Hasdell floored Kasteel twice in the opening minute before ultimately losing due to a dislocated shoulder at 1:18 of round one.
At this point, Hasdell had competed in four different fighting styles within only three months; ADCC Submission Wrestling, K-1, Pankration and two Rings King of King rules bouts. On 12 June 2000, Hasdell stated: Taking on 5 matches in 3 months was little bit to much for me I think. Most pro fighters carefully select there fights I did not ever choose the style or fighter so I feel that I took unnecessary risks that most fighters wouldn't.
King of Kings 2000 
Hasdell had taken six months off to heal his injuries. He returned on 22 December 2000 and took on Volk Han in the Round of 32 at the RINGS: King of Kings tournament. Hasdell lost due to TKO at 0:08 of the second round, Hasdell suffered an eye injury from one of the punches. This was Hasdell's fourth loss in a row under RINGS.
No Contest with Thonhauser & break from MMA (2001) 
On 28 January 2001, Hasdell travelled to the Netherlands to fight Sander Thonhauser for a second time. Thonhauser kneed Hasdell clean in the face while Hasdell was still on the floor, an illegal move. Due to the following retaliation by Hasdell, the fight was declared a no contest in round 1. Hasdell was then scheduled to face British fighter James Zikic on 11 March at Millennium Brawl 2, but pulled out due to an eye injury received in training. After this incident Hasdell took most of the year off. During this time Hasdell appeared in a music video for American singer Shea Seger.
In 2001, Hasdell was given an award from Akira Maeda in Japan for his hard work, dedication and contribution to the martial arts worldwide.
RINGS Absolute Class Tournament 2001 
On 20 October 2001, Hasdell returned to winning ways when he fought Bulgarian, Georgi Tonkov at RINGS: World Title Series 4. Hasdell won the match with a flying knee at four minutes and twenty-two seconds of round one. This bout was the first round of the RINGS Absolute Class Tournament 2001. In the Semi-Final of the tournament, on 21 December 2001, Hasdell fought and lost to Fedor Emelianenko by Guillotine Choke at four minutes and ten seconds of the first round. The RINGS company eventually folded in 2002 due to the growing success of Pride FC, making this Hasdell's final fight for RINGS.
Later career 
Pain & Glory (2004) 
After almost two and a half years away from Mixed martial arts, Hasdell returned on 24 April 2004. Now fighting at 92 kg, around 10 kg lighter than his fighting weight in RINGS. His fight was against Japanese fighter, Hiroyuki Ito at Pain and Glory, held at the NEC in Birmingham, England. Hasdell won by Knock-out at 0:32 of round 1.
Cage Rage (2007) 
At the age of 40, after a 3 year hiatus from the sport, Hasdell made an unsuccessful return to Mixed martial arts. On 14 July 2007, he fought Brazilian, Mario Sperry, in the Light-Heavyweight division. The event was Cage Rage 22: Hard as Hell, held in Wembley arena, London. Hasdell lost by Rear naked choke in the first round.
Lee Hasdell's last Mixed martial arts fight to date was against Ivan Serati on 1 December 2007, at Cage Rage 24: Feel the Pain. Hasdell began the fight hesitant to throw strikes with Serati dominating the first round with takedowns. Hasdell defended well on the ground until Serati unloaded his ground and pound tactics. Hasdell was lucky to escape the first round after Serati had hyper extended Lee's arm in an armbar at the end of the round.
Hasdell came into the second round with a now injured arm and the round began much the same as the first. To evoid Serati's ground and pound, Hasdell gave up his back to the Italian to set up the Rear naked choke at 1:34 of round 2. Hasdell has now lost 7 out of his last 10 Mixed martial arts fights since 2000.
Other Martial arts 
In 2000, Hasdell was awarded his blackbelt in Ju Jutsu and personally invited by the Prince of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to compete in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship on 1 March 2000. Hasdell competed in the +99 kg category and was eliminated by Mark Robinson after the bout went the distance.
On 21 January 2001, Hasdell won the Kamon European Brazilian Jujitsu tournament in London.
Lee Hasdell studied the mixed martial arts of Kudo. Sensei Lee received his black-belt directly from Kudo's founder Master Azuma. In February 2008, Lee Hasdell became the first Kudo (also known as Daido Juku) black belt in the UK, under Master Azuma. On 18 November 2008, Lee Hasdell achieved his second Kudo black belt.
On 23 May 2009, Lee Hasdell took part in the U.M.A. International Open Groundfighting and Grappling Championships. Hasdell achieved Gold in the open weight masters division.
Before his Mixed martial arts events in the UK, Hasdell has promoted multiple thai-boxing events in the early 1990s.
While fighting in RINGS, Hasdell formed Universal Total-Fight Forum (UTF), later known as Total Fight Forum (TFF) and promoted the first Mixed martial arts events in the UK. Which were all held in Milton Keynes, England. The first event was in October 1997. The show featured Vale Tudo and (Rings rules) Shoot fighting matches. Lee's vision for a UK pro-mma scene materialised in 1998, the first in a trilogy of professional MMA events in the UK called Night of the Samurai which featured international fighters from Japan, USA, the Netherlands, France and Spain. These were among the first mixed martial arts events in Britain. Lee Hasdell also became the representative for RINGS UK in 1998.
Professional Mixed Martial Arts Events 
- Total Fight Night - 5 October 1997
- Night Of The Samurai 1â€“7 March 1998
- Night Of The Samurai 2â€“11 October 1998
- Night Of The Samurai 3â€“7 March 1999
- KRG 5â€“3 October 1999
- Ring Of Truth 1â€“12 March 2000
- Ring Of Truth 2â€“9 July 2000
- Ring Of Truth 3â€“8 October 2000
- UZI 1: Cage combat Evolution - 30 November 2002
- UZI 2: Combat Evolution - 8 March 2003
- Combudo 2â€“18 July 2009
The Combudo organisation was founded by MMA pioneer and innovator Lee Hasdell in 2000 the year of the new millennium. Lee's vision was to create an MMA game that would challenge the mind, body and fighting spirit of the participants in a safe, disciplined and respectful environment. Combudo was developed after Lee spent many years staging MMA events in the UK throughout the 90's.
Hasdell's last Kickboxing event was held on 5 July 2008 called COMBUDO 1. The event featured K-1, Kickboxing and Thai Boxing rules. COMBUDO 2 was held on 18 July 2009, which featured mixed martial arts matches.
Media criticism 
The events was the source of some criticism in the UK with critics arguing for an outright ban or better regulation of the events. Hasdell responded to the complaints, arguing "In Japan you are seen as an athlete. [...] Here there is this taboo. It's always on the fringe. I admit it's dangerous but that adds to the thrill of taking part and watching. [...] The sport's appeal is the fact that it is the most dangerous martial art in this country which is a pull for audiences, half of which are women. [...] But all the fighters are properly trained, the rule book is 32 pages long, and there is not much contact to the head.".
Hasdell's events were also criticised on Trevor McDonald's Tonight programme on 22 July 1999. During this time Hasdell featured on Nightlife LWT and other News programmes. The events were often compared to the Ultimate Fighting Championships, which at the time had very few rules compared to Hasdell's "Total Fighting", which was based on Vale Tudo and RINGS rules matches. Criticism of Hasdell's events continued and on 15 March 2000, Lee Hasdell, Dexter Casey and Lee Murray appeared on Johnny Vaughan's The Big Breakfast.
Teaching Methods 
Lee 'Kagemusha' Hasdell was trained in the arts of Japanese Submission Fighting in Japan from 1996 to 2002 at the Maeda Dojo in Yokohama. The lineage of his training goes from Maeda, Yoshihisa Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, Hiromitsu Kanehara right through to submission fighting legends like Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Karl Gotch, Billy Robinson and Mas Oyama.
In 1998 Lee formed the RINGS Submission Fighting UK group after Akira Maeda the founder of RINGS Japan came to visit Milton Keynes to watch the legendary Hasdell V Kanehara UK 'Shoot-fighting' match.
Lee was nicknamed the 'Kagemusha' or Shadow Warrior by his fans in Japan, and true to his nickname he keeps many of the training techniques he was taught in the shadows of his own private dojo. He says that he modelled himself on the submission hero Yoshaiki Fujiwara who also started out as a Muaythai and Japanese Kickboxing champion and then studied indepth the arts of Billy Robinson and Karl Gotch submission fighting and became the founder of modern day 'Shootfighting'.
Japanese Submission Fighting is a system of fighting that evolved from the grappling method of 'Catch as Catch Can'. Because Japanese Submission Fighting has always been without a Gi or 'No-Gi' as it is now called. JSF uses techniques like hooking, catching, shooting and figure 4's, it also uses dynamic non-positional speed to secure a finishing hold.
Mixed Martial Arts record 
- This Mixed martial arts record contains fights under Unified MMA, RINGS: Shootfighting/King of Kings rules, Vale Tudo, Pankration and No Holds Bared Rules.
Partial Kickboxing record 
- This Kickboxing record includes the styles of; Full Contact, Thai Boxing/Muay Thai, Freestyle (Low Kicks)/Kickboxing, Shoot Boxing and K-1/Oriental.
- Professional kickboxing record - 59 Fights, 43 wins (28 T/KO) and 16 losses.
Submission Grappling record 
Championships & Accomplishments 
- Kick Boxing titles
- WKA British Super-Middleweight Kickboxing champion (March 9, 1991)
- BIKMA British Light-Heavyweight Thai Boxing champion (April 26, 1991)
- BIKMA British Light-Heavyweight Free Style champion (July 3, 1992)
- World Fenasco Shoot Boxing champion (April 20, 1996)
- Mixed martial arts titles
- UTF Shootfighting Super-fight champion (October 5, 1997)
- UTF Vale Tudo Super-fight champion (March 7, 1998)
- Grappling titles
- Kamon European Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu open winner (2001)
- UMA 'No Gi' Groundfighting Championships (Mens Masters Division Open Weight) winner (2009)
External links 
- Professional MMA record for Lee Hasdell from Sherdog
- Profile at K-1
- RINGS fight history
- Official Kudo UK website
- Combudo website
- A Brief History Of British MMA
- Interview by Idai Makaya
- The British are Coming