Vale Tudo Japan

Vale Tudo Japan

Vale Tudo Japan (VTJ) is an annual mixed martial arts competition held in Japan. Arranged by promotor Satoru Sayama, it ran from 1994 to 1999 with three reunion events in 2009, 2012 and 2013. A pair of tournaments were held in 1994 and '95, both of which were won by Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Rickson Gracie.

Events and Results

Vale Tudo Japan 1994

Vale Tudo Japan 1994 was held on July 29, 1994 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Bud Smith Chris Bass TKO (Straight Punch) 1 0:54
2 Jan Lomulder Kenji Kawaguchi KO (Punch) 1 2:29
3 David Levicki Kazuhiro Kusayanagi KO (Punches) 1 1:20
4 Rickson Gracie Yoshinori Nishi Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:52
5 Rickson Gracie David Levicki Submission (Punches) 1 2:40
6 Naoki Sakurada Yasushi Warita Draw 3 5:00
7 Rickson Gracie Bud Smith Submission (Punches) 1 0:39

Vale Tudo Japan 1995

Vale Tudo Japan 1995 was held on April 20, 1995 at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Craig Pittman Wayne Emons Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) 1 2:12
2 Yuki Nakai Gerard Gordeau Submission (Heel Hook) 4 2:41
3 Todd Hays Koichiro Kimura Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 2:55
4 Rickson Gracie Yoshihisa Yamamoto Technical Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 3 3:49
5 Yuki Nakai Craig Pittman Submission (Armbar) 2 7:32
6 Koichiro Kimura Wayne Emons Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 6:05
7 Rickson Gracie Koichiro Kimura Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:07
8 Kenji Kawaguchi Tommy Walkingstick Submission (Armbar) 1 6:29
9 Enson Inoue Rene Rooze Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 6:41
10 Rickson Gracie Yuki Nakai Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 6:22

Vale Tudo Japan 1996

Vale Tudo Japan 1996 was held on July 7, 1996 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Alex Cook Tomoaki Hayama Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 2 6:23
2 Mushtaq Abdullah Sanae Kikuta Submission (Forearm Choke) 1 6:27
3 Yumiko Hotta Margot Neyhoft Submission (Keylock) 2 4:14
4 Ed de Kruijf Joe Estes Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 0:53
5 Todd Bjornethun Eric Lavigne KO (Punches) 1 6:53
6 Dan Severn Doug Murphy Submission (Keylock) 1 3:23
7 John Lewis Rumina Sato Draw 3 8:00
8 Igor Zinoviev Enson Inoue TKO (Punches) 1 0:44
9 Royler Gracie Noboru Asahi Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 5:07

Vale Tudo Japan 1997

Vale Tudo Japan 1997 was held on November 29, 1997 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Jutaro Nakao Steve Nelson Submission (Triangle Choke) 2 5:31
2 Hayato Sakurai Marcelo Aguiar Draw 3 8:00
3 Kenji Kawaguchi Jan Lomulder Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 3:49
4 João Roque Uchu Tatsumi Draw 3 8:00
5 Carlos Newton Erik Paulson Submission (Armbar) 1 0:41
6 Tom Erikson Ed de Kruijf TKO (Punches) 1 0:37
7 Rumina Sato John Lewis Submission (Armbar) 2 1:23
8 Frank Shamrock Enson Inoue DQ (Egan Inoue Ran Into the Ring) 2 7:17

Vale Tudo Japan 1998

Vale Tudo Japan 1998 was held on October 25, 1998 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Caol Uno Ricardo Botelho Submission (Punches) 3 2:03
2 Vladimir Matyushenko Kenji Kawaguchi KO (Punches) 1 3:10
3 Branden Lee Hinkle Masanori Suda TKO (Upkicks) 1 5:26
4 Frank Trigg Jean Jacques Machado TKO (Corner Stoppage) 3 0:20
5 Noboru Asahi João Roque Draw 3 8:00
6 Hayato Sakurai Sergei Bytchkov Submission (Armbar) 1 4:59
7 Andre Pederneiras Rumina Sato KO (Soccer Kick and Punches) 1 4:20
8 Enson Inoue Randy Couture Submission (Armbar) 1 1:39

Vale Tudo Japan 1999

Vale Tudo Japan 1999 was held on December 11, 1999 at the Tokyo Bay NK Hall in Urayasu, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Rumina Sato Rafael Cordeiro Submission (Kneebar) 1 0:58
2 Tetsuji Kato Angelo Sergio Submission (Punches) 1 7:45
3 Takanori Gomi Johnny Eduardo Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 1:43
4 Hisao Ikeda João Roque Draw 3 8:00
5 Uchu Tatsumi Alexandre Franca Nogueira Draw 3 8:00
6 Caol Uno Andre Pederneiras Draw 3 8:00
7 Hayato Sakurai Haroldo Bunn TKO (Punches) 3 1:31

Vale Tudo Japan 2009

Vale Tudo Japan 2009 was held on October 30, 2009 at the JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
1 Masato Sannai Kosuke Eda Draw (Majority) 2 5:00
2 Jung Min Kang Yoichiro Sato KO (Punches) 1 2:48
3 Mamoru Yamaguchi Jesse Taitano TKO (Punches) 1 4:41
4 Willamy Freire Kenichiro Togashi TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 1 2:05
5 Tito Jones Tenkei Oda Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
6 Rumina Sato Corey Grant TKO (Punches) 1 3:20
7 Takeshi Inoue Alexandre Franca Nogueira TKO (Punches) 4 2:58
8 Takanori Gomi Tony Hervey Decision (Unanimous) 5 5:00

Vale Tudo Japan 2012

Vale Tudo Japan 2012 (also known as VTJ 1st) was held on December 24, 2012 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
Welterweight Daisuke Hoshino Kuntap Weerasakreck Submission (armbar) 1 2:19
Middleweight Keita Nakamura Nobutatsu Suzuki Submission (rear naked choke) 1 2:09
Bantamweight Kenji Osawa Takeshi Inoue Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Women's Strawweight Megumi Fujii Mei Yamaguchi Decision (unanimous) 2 5:00
Bantamweight Kyoji Horiguchi Ian Loveland Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Flyweight Darrell Montague Mamoru Yamaguchi Decision (split) 3 5:00
Lightweight Kuniyoshi Hironaka Carlo Prater Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Hideo Tokoro Rumina Sato TKO (punches and elbows) 1 0:39

Vale Tudo Japan 2013

Vale Tudo Japan 2013 (also known as VTJ 3rd) was held on October 5, 2013 at Ota City General Gymnasium, Ota, Tokyo, Japan. The Main Event featured longtime # 1 ranked Megumi Fujii in her retirement bout.

Match Winner Loser Method Round Time
Featherweight Taiyo Hayashi Yuji Kurogane TKO (punches) 2 2:18
Flyweight Seiichiro Ito Taku Kajikawa Submission (armbar) 1 1:35
Strawweight Ryuto Sawada Hiroyuki Takahashi Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Welterweight Koshi Matsumoto Kengo Ura Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Featherweight Akiyo Nishiura Shigeki Osawa Decision (split) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Yuta Nezu Motonobu Tezuka Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Lightweight Naoyuki Kotani Daisuke Hoshino Submission (armbar) 1 3:57
Featherweight Yuta Sasaki Geun Do Park Submission (rear naked choke) 1 1:36
Featherweight Yusuke Yachi Takeshi Inoue Decision (unanimous) 3 5:00
Flyweight Will Campuzano Hideo Tokoro Decision (split) 3 5:00
Featherweight Caol Uno Daniel Romero Submission (inverted triangle choke) 2 2:23
Women's Strawweight Jessica Aguilar Megumi Fujii TKO (doctor's stoppage) 2 5:00

External links

  • Official Website
  • Vale Tudo Japan Results on Sherdog.com