Yoji Anjo chronicle

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  1. JacJeanFinger

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    What his colleagues say about his skills:

    "Anjo-san is the only Japanese MMA fighter I know who could have a competitive fight with Maurith Smith on feel"
    - Masakatsu Funaki (founder of Pancrase)

    "The only Japanese fighter today (mid- 90's) who is capable of submitting BJJ black belts from Brazil is Anjo-san"
    -Naoyuki Taira (JMMA's original Jiu-Jitsu hero produced by K-1)



    VS Ken Shamrock 


    VS Rickson Gracie

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    Takada's entrace at PRIDE 1 was criticized by Rickson as "weak demonstration".
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    VS Sakuraba (his own student) 1997



    Nobody knew there was a Japanese pro wrestler who outgrappled and outstruck prime Sakuraba.

    VS Ogawa (only Japanese who beat Goodrich in MMA)



    VS Maeda (Korean founder of RINGS)

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    CS was 1999 UFC Japan where TK fought Pedro Rizzo for the HW title.
    Anjo was also scheduled to fight in the main card but the fight was canceled due to his opponent (Frank Shamrock) being psychologically injured. Anjo showed out of nowhere when Maeda was doing the interview with a group of sport media and attacked him from behind.

    Anjo retired in 2015 followed by release of an autobiography. He revealed the true reason why he had to kill Maeda. "When I was a freshman wrestler, Maeda examined my genital for infection and touched it."
     
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    When will Rizin lure him out of retirement to be a Cro Cop opponent?
     
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    the battle cage/galapagos mma
    That was the apotheosis of the entire Anjo bloodline
     
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    crazy thing - Anjo is probably the first mixed martial artist i ever heard of. in early 2000's, 2001-2002 most likely, small local tv channel in Russia were showing old UWF tapes. for some reason it was called Busido Put' Voina (Bushido the Way of Warrior). i was like 11 y.o. ( at least 8 years before I heard a name Emelianenko for the first time and 12-13 years before i start caring about mma) and don't remember anything about it exept Yoji Anjo's name. i don't know why him and not Victor Zangiev for example (would have been much more logical) but it is what it is. thanks for the memories TS.

     
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    There were more victims of Maeda's sexual harassment in UWF, Anjo says.
    In 2007, Maeda confessed in the talk show that he'd put his son's penis in his mouth twice.
    I'm not bullshitting. (source) ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNhje5dcaZc

    Anjo holding the kicking pads for Maeda back in the days
     
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    After retirement, Anjo works as a chef at his friend's restaurant.
     
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    Anjo was offered a fight with Mirko Crocop in K-1 when Mirko was still billed as "Mirko Tiger".
    Anjo watched a few fights of his on video and declined the offer.

    Anjo fought a Muey Thai champion in 1989 and it is considered as one of the earliest fights in history in which a pro wrestler fought a legitimate MMA fight in the ring.
    http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm11926647
     
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    Where are the young Japanese punching bags at heavyweight and light heavyweight nowadays? Are they a bunch of snowflakes over in Japan now too?

    Nice info on the Cro Cop offer and I would say good call.
     
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    Anjo made comments during his appearance on a podcast show last year

    (Karl Gotch)

    Beside his notable strength, I don't recall anything worth to mention about him.
    Bill Robinson is a better catch wrestling fighter and coach.

    (Yuko Miyato)

    He's in North Korea now on a mission to convince Kim Jong Un to give up with nuclear attack on Japan.

    (Kiyoshi Tamura)

    Tamura is the best Pro-wrestler-turned- MMA fighter as a striker.
     
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    Never knew Maeda did those kind of things...!!
     
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    It's Japan... is normal
     
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    The Maeda sucker punch is one of my favorite pictures of all time
     

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