Kickboxer

Masato (kickboxer)

Masato (Japanese: 魔裟斗; born March 10, 1979) is a professional Japanese Welterweight kickboxer and a two-time K-1 World MAX champion. He won his first K-1 World MAX title on July 5, 2003 by defeating Mike Zambidis in the quarterfinals, knocking out Sakkedaw Kiatputon in the semifinals and defending champion Albert Kraus with a left hook KO in the tournament finals. Masato was also the K-1 World MAX tournament finalist in 2004 and 2007. On October 1, 2008 Masato won his second K-1 MAX title, defeating Yoshihiro Sato and Artur Kyshenko.

Biography

Masato Kobayashi (小林 雅人) was born in Chiba, Japan on March 10, 1979. He started training kickboxing at the age of 17 and made his professional debut on March 23, 1997 against Hutoshi Takehara. Masato won his professional debut by KO in the first round. After three years of fighting for the All Japan Kickboxing Federation, Masato fought some fights in Thailand, Wolf Revolution and K-1. Since 2002, after K-1 introduced their middlweight (70kg/154lb) division, Masato has been one of their most popular and dominant fighters. He is the only K-1 World MAX champion that has yet to be knocked unconscious in a professional match and is also the only fighter that has qualified for the semi-finals of every single K-1 World MAX tournament (2002-2008). Masato has appeared in films such as Izo, Buyuden, Dead or Alive 2, Shukyoku Ninja and Shamo. He is the husband of Japanese actress Shin Yazawa.

Career

All Japan Kickboxing Federation

Masato started fighting for the All Japan Kickboxing Federation when he was 18 years old. He stayed there for three years and became the welterweight champion at the age of 20 by knocking out Tomoharu Chiba on March 17, 1999. He only lost one fight in the AJKF to Takayuki Kohiruimaki.

Thailand

Much of Masato's early career was spent training in Thailand, although he only fought there twice. In his first match in Thailand, Masato knocked Kongnapa Looktubpha out cold with a swift left uppercut. Later that year he was scheduled to fight Orono Por.Muang U-Bon but due to speculation that Orono had hepatitis, Masato's team opted not to fight, only days before the event. Instead, he fought Suriya Sor.Pleonchit, a highly ranked southpaw, who would later go on to compete in the 2004 Summer Olympics and win a bronze medal in Welterweight boxing. Masato was unprepared for Suriya's southpaw style and was dominated for the entire five rounds.

Wolf Revolution

Wolf Revolution was an event that mixed live bands with MMA and kickboxing matches. Masato headlined on each event and won all of his fights by KO. Masato's last fight for the Wolf Revolution was against Canadian Melvin Murray, who he managed to finish in the 2nd round. Masato fought two more semi-contact exhibition matches for the Wolf Revolution, including a single round of MMA rules against Caol Uno.

K-1 World MAX 2007 Finals

On October 3, 2007 he participated on his 6th consecutive K-1 World MAX Final held in Tokyo, Japan. In quarter finals he was matched up against reigning champion Buakaw Por. Pramuk. Near the end of the first round, Masato connected with a left uppercut and right cross combo and Buakaw was knocked down. Masato maintained the pace of offense throughout the fight and won the fight by unanimous decision.

In the semis, Masato was paired up against Artur Kyshenko. The first round unfolded with Kyshenko imposing his range and size on Masato, keeping him at bay throwing hard right hands and left hooks. The second round saw Masato pushing the pace with more leg kicks and combinations. At the two minute mark, Masato threw an overhand right which stunned Kyshenko, and then followed up with a left hook which sent the Ukrainian to the canvas. Kyshenko did not make the count, sending Masato to the finals against Dutch Shoot boxer Andy Souwer.

Masato dominated the first round by throwing body-head combinations and backing Souwer onto the ropes. However, at the end of the round Souwer's methodical leg kicks started to take its toll. In the second the leg kicks were visibly affecting Masato and at the very end, Souwer deliverd two knee strikes to the left leg while chlinching with Masato which made it obvious that Masato couldn't walk straight afterwards and he did not answer the bell for the third round, giving Souwer the victory and making him the 2007 K-1 World MAX champion.

Titles

  • 2008 K-1 World MAX Champion
  • 2007 K-1 World MAX Finalist
  • 2004 K-1 World MAX Finalist
  • 2003 K-1 World MAX Champion
  • 2003 K-1 World MAX Japan Champion
  • 2002 K-1 World MAX Japan Champion
  • 2000 ISKA World Oriental Welterweight Champion
  • 1999 AJKF Welterweight Champion

Kickboxing Record

53 Wins (24 (T)KO's, 29 Decisions), 6 Losses, 2 Draws
Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
2008-10-01 Win Artur Kyshenko K-1 World MAX 2008 Final, Japan Decision (Ext R.) 4 3:00
2008-10-01 Win Yoshihiro Sato K-1 World MAX 2008 Final, Japan Decision (Ext R.) 4 3:00
2008-07-07 Win Gago Drago K-1 World MAX 2008 Final 8, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2008-04-09 Win Virgil Kalakoda K-1 World MAX 2008 Final 16, Japan KO (Right Hook) 3 0:22
2007-12-31 Win Yong Soo Choi K-1 Premium 2007 Dynamite , Japan TKO (Corner Stoppage) 3 0:51
2007-10-03 Loss Andy Souwer K-1 World MAX 2007 World Championship Final, Japan TKO (Corner Stoppage) 2 3:00
2007-10-03 Win Artur Kyshenko K-1 World MAX 2007 World Championship Final, Japan KO (Left Hook) 2 0:41
2007-10-03 Win Buakaw Por. Pramuk K-1 World MAX 2007 World Championship Final, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2007-06-28 Win Gesias Calvancante K-1 World MAX 2007 World Tournament Open, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2007-04-04 Win Ole Laursen K-1 World MAX 2007 World Elite Showcase, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2006-12-31 Win Satoru Suzuki K-1 Premium 2006 Dynamite , Japan TKO (Referee Stoppage) 2 2:22
2006-06-30 Loss Andy Souwer K-1 World MAX 2006 World Championship Final, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2006-06-30 Win Takayuki Kohiruimaki K-1 World MAX 2006 World Championship Final, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2006-04-05 Win Remigijus Morkevicius K-1 World MAX 2006 World Tournament Open, Japan TKO (Corner Stoppage) 2 1:56
2006-02-04 Win Ian Schaffa K-1 Japan MAX 2006, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2005-12-31 Win Akira Ohigashi K-1 Premium 2005 Dynamite , Japan TKO (Referee Stoppage) 2 1:58
2005-07-20 Win Mike Zambidis K-1 World MAX 2005 World Championship Final, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2005-05-04 Win Chi Bin Lim K-1 World MAX 2005 World Tournament Open, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2004-12-31 Win Norifumi Yamamoto K-1 Premium 2004 Dynamite , Japan Decision 3 3:00
2004-07-07 Loss Buakaw Por. Pramuk K-1 World MAX 2004 World Championship Final, Japan Decision 4 3:00
2004-07-07 Win Albert Kraus K-1 World MAX 2004 World Championship Final, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2004-07-07 Win Jadamba Narantungalag K-1 World MAX 2004 World Championship Final, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2004-04-07 Win Serkan Yilmaz K-1 World MAX 2004 World Tournament Open, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2003-11-18 Win Vince Phillips K-1 World MAX 2003, Japan KO (Right Low-Kick) 2 0:15
2003-07-05 Win Albert Kraus K-1 World MAX 2003 World Championship Final, Japan KO (Left Hook) 2 2:26
2003-07-05 Win Sakeddaw Kiatputon K-1 World MAX 2003 World Championship Final, Japan KO (Right Uppercut) 2 2:55
2003-07-05 Win Mike Zambidis K-1 World MAX 2003 World Championship Final, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2003-03-01 Win Kozo Takeda K-1 Japan MAX 2003, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2003-03-01 Win Takehiro Murahama K-1 Japan MAX 2003, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2003-03-01 Win Genki Sudo K-1 Japan MAX 2003, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2002-10-11 Draw Albert Kraus K-1 World MAX 2002, Japan Draw 5 3:00
2002-08-06 Win Melvin Murray Wolf Revolution ~Resurrection~, Japan TKO (Referee Stoppage) 2 2:59
2002-05-11 Loss Albert Kraus K-1 World MAX 2002 World Championship Final, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2002-05-11 Win Duane Ludwig K-1 World MAX 2002 World Championship Final, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2002-02-11 Win Takayuki Kohiruimaki K-1 Japan MAX 2002, Japan Decision 3 3:00
2002-02-11 Win Ryuji Goto K-1 Japan MAX 2002, Japan TKO (Referee Stoppage) 3 2:52
2002-02-11 Win Takehiro Murahama K-1 Japan MAX 2002, Japan TKO (Referee Stoppage 3 0:30
2001-12-08 Win Noel Soares K-1 World Grand Prix 2001, Japan KO (Right Straight) 3 1:30
2001-08-23 Win Ben Burton Black List 010 meets Wolf Revolution, Japan KO (Right Low-Kick) 4 1:10
2001-06-22 Win Goran Danilovic Wolf Revolution Third Wave, Japan KO (Right Low-Kick) 2 2:06
2001-04-15 Win Patrik Eriksson K-1 Burning 2001, Japan Decision 5 3:00
2001-01-12 Win Mohamed Ouali Wolf Revolution Second Wave, Japan TKO (Corner Stoppage) 3 1:26
2000-12-05 Loss Suriya Sor. Ploenchit King's Birthday, Thailand Decision 5 3:00
2000-11-01 Win Mourad Sari K-1 J-MAX 2000, Japan KO (Left Hook) 2 0:48
2000-07-26 Win Clayton Collier Wolf Revolution First Wave, Japan KO (Left Jab) 1 1:15
2000-05-26 Win Melchor Menor Colosseum 2000, Japan TKO (Referee Stoppage) 4 2:59
2000-04-16 Win Kongnapa Looktubpha Thailand KO (Left Uppercut) 2
1999-11-22 Win Eval Denton All Japan Kickboxing Federation WAVE-XIII, Japan Decision 5 3:00
1999-10-08 Win Nick Mitch All Japan Kickboxing Federation WAVE-XII, Japan Decision 5 3:00
1999-08-17 Win Steve Mitch All Japan Kickboxing Federation WAVE-V, Japan TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 2 2:15
1999-07-13 Win Matteo Trevisian All Japan Kickboxing Federation WAVE-IV, Japan Decision 5 3:00
1999-05-11 Win James Schaser All Japan Kickboxing Federation WAVE-III, Japan Decision 5 3:00
1999-03-17 Win Tomoharu Chiba All Japan Kickboxing Federation WAVE-II, Japan KO (Left Hook) 3 0:34
1999-01-25 Draw Hiroyuki Doi All Japan Kickboxing Federation WAVE-I, Japan Draw 5 3:00
1998-11-14 Win Tetsumasa Shimamura Shoot Boxing Ground Zero Tokyo, Japan KO (Left Hook) 1 2:32
1998-10-16 Win Jyunji Tsuboi All Japan Kickboxing Federation, Japan Decision 5 3:00
1998-09-19 Win K-Takahashi All Japan Kickboxing Federation Kick Champion's Night, Japan Decision 4 3:00
1998-07-08 Win Takami Kawano All Japan Kickboxing Federation, Japan Decision 3 3:00
1998-03-22 Win Tomoharu Chiba All Japan Kickboxing Federation, Japan Decision 3 3:00
1997-05-30 Loss Takayuki Kohiruimaki All Japan Kickboxing Federation KICK OVER-V, Japan TKO (Referee Stoppage) 3 2:52
1997-03-23 Win Hutoshi Takehara All Japan Kickboxing Federation KICK OVER-IV, Japan KO (Right Straight) 1 2:52

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