|Association||Wajyutsu Keisyukai Tokyo|
|Weight Class||Lightweight (155 lbs.) / Featherweight (145 lbs.)|
|Height||5' 7" (171 cm)|
|Birth Date||May 8, 1975|
|Fighting Out Of||Kanagawa, Japan|
|Caol Uno Pictures||Official Website|
Kaoru "Caol" Uno is a Japanese mixed martial artist who competes as a Featherweight, though he competed in the past as a Featherweight. He has competed in major mixed martial arts promotions such as Shooto, the UFC, K-1, and DREAM.
|Record||27 - 16 - 5 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Win||Kyu Hwa Kim||Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)||Shooto: 2nd Round 2013||3/16/2013||1||4:10|
|Loss||Shintaro Ishiwatari||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto: 10th Round||9/30/2012||3||5:00|
|Loss||Takeshi Inoue||KO (Head Kick)||DREAM.17||9/24/2011||1||4:18|
|Win||Akiyo Nishiura||Decision (Unanimous)||DREAM: Fight for Japan||5/29/2011||2||5:00|
|Loss||Kazuyuki Miyata||Decision (Unanimous)||DREAM and K-1: Dynamite!! 2010- The Power of Courage||12/31/2010||3||5:00|
|Loss||Gleison Tibau||TKO (Punches)||UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs. Gomi||3/31/2010||1||4:13|
|Draw||Fabricio Camoes||Draw (Majority)||UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin II||11/21/2009||3||5:00||Judges scored the bout 29-27, 28-28 and 28-28|
|Loss||Spencer Fisher||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 99: The Comeback||6/13/2009||3||5:00||Return to the UFC after competing elsewhere for 6 years.|
|Loss||Shinya Aoki||Decision (Unanimous)||DREAM 5: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Final||7/21/2008||2||5:00||Lightweight Grand Prix Semi Final|
|Win||Mitsuhiro Ishida||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||DREAM 3: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Quarterfinals||5/11/2008||2||1:39||Lightweight Grand Prix Quarter Final|
|Loss||Andre Amade||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1 HERO's: Tournament Final||9/17/2007||3||5:00|
|Win||Katsuhiko Nagata||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1 HERO's: Middleweight Tournament Opening Round||7/16/2007||3||5:00|
|Win||Ali Ibrahim||Submission (Armbar)||K-1: Hero's 8||3/12/2007||1||1:58|
|Loss||Gesias Cavalcante||Decision (Majority)||K-1: Hero's 7||10/09/2006||2||5:00||K-1 HERO'S 2006 Middleweight Grand Prix Championship Finals|
|Win||Ivan Menjivar||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1: Hero's 7||10/09/2006||2||5:00|
|Win||Kultar Gill||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||K-1: Hero's 6||8/05/2006||2||3:30|
|Win||Ole Laursen||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||K-1: Hero's 5||5/03/2006||2||4:36|
|Win||Rich Clementi||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1: Hero's 4||3/15/2006||2||5:00|
|Loss||Norifumi Yamamoto||TKO (Cut)||K-1: Hero's 3||9/07/2005||2||4:04|
|Win||Hideo Tokoro||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1: Hero's 3||9/07/2005||2||5:00|
|Loss||Joachim Hansen||KO (Knee)||K-1: Hero's 1||3/26/2005||3||4:48|
|Win||Serkan Yilmaz||Submission (Armbar)||K-1 Max: Japan Grand Prix 2005||2/23/2005||1||1:59|
|Win||Chandet Sorpantrey||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||K-1: Premium 2004 Dynamite!!||12/31/2004||2||0:19|
|Draw||Tatsuya Kawajiri||Draw||Shooto: 3/22 in Korakuen Hall||3/22/2004||3||5:00|
|Loss||Hermes Franca||KO (Punch)||UFC 44: Undisputed||9/26/2003||2||2:46|
|Draw||B.J. Penn||Draw||UFC 41: Onslaught||2/28/2003||5||5:00||Final round of 4-man UFC Lightweight Championship tournament|
|Win||Din Thomas||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 39: The Warriors Return||9/27/2002||3||5:00||First round of 4-man UFC Lightweight Championship tournament|
|Win||Yves Edwards||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 37: High Impact||5/10/2002||3||5:00|
|Loss||B.J. Penn||KO (Punches)||UFC 34: High Voltage||11/02/2001||1||0:11|
|Win||Fabiano Iha||TKO (Punches)||UFC 32: Showdown in the Meadowlands||6/29/2001||1||1:48|
|Loss||Jens Pulver||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk||2/23/2001||5||5:00||For UFC Bantamweight (155 lbs.) Championship|
|Win||Rumina Sato||KO (Punch)||Shooto: R.E.A.D. Final||12/17/2000||1||2:21|
|Loss||Marcio Barbosa||Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Shooto: R.E.A.D. 9||8/27/2000||3||1:49|
|Win||Dennis Hallman||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto: R.E.A.D. 3||4/02/2000||3||5:00|
|Draw||Andre Pederneiras||Draw||VTJ 1999: Vale Tudo Japan 1999||12/11/1999||3||8:00|
|Win||Din Thomas||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Shooto: Renaxis 4||9/05/1999||3||3:16|
|Win||Rumina Sato||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Shooto: 10th Anniversary Event||5/29/1999||3||4:02||For Shooto Welterweight (154) Title|
|Win||Ricardo Botelho||Submission (Punches)||VTJ 1998: Vale Tudo Japan 1998||10/25/1998||3||2:03|
|Win||Zvonko Jakovcevic||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Shooto: Las Grandes Viajes 4||7/29/1998||1||3:15|
|Win||Ian James Schaffa||Technical Submission (Armbar)||Shooto: Las Grandes Viajes 3||5/13/1998||3||3:13|
|Win||Yuji Fujita||Decision (Unanimous)||Shooto: Las Grandes Viajes 2||3/01/1998||2||5:00|
|Loss||Naoya Uematsu||Submission (Achilles Lock)||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Lightweight Tournament||12/20/1997||1||0:23|
|Win||Hiroki Kotani||Decision (Unanimous)||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Lightweight Tournament||12/20/1997||2||3:00|
|Win||Masahito Wachi||Decision (Unanimous)||Lumax Cup: Tournament of J '97 Lightweight Tournament||12/20/1997||2||3:00|
|Draw||Takuya Kuwabara||Draw||Shooto: Reqonquista 4||10/12/1997||2||5:00|
|Win||Yuzo Tateishi||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Shooto: GIG||6/25/1997||1||2:14|
|Win||Patrick Tapels||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||JECVTO: Japan Extreme Challenge Vale Tudo Open||5/28/1997||1||2:20|
|Loss||Hayato Sakurai||Submission (Armbar)||Shooto: Let's Get Lost||10/04/1996||1||2:52|
Although he has shown great stand-up techniques in the past, Uno is known primarily for his grappling ability. He was a former runner-up in the submission wrestling world championships at ADCC losing in the finals to world-renowned Jean Jacques Machado. Specifically, Uno is known for his low single leg takedown and rear naked choke.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Uno rose through the ranks of the Shooto mixed martial arts organization in Japan. In May 1999, Uno fought the then-legendary Rumina Sato. The fight was hailed as "Fight of the Year", an extremely fast-paced back and forth battle with a wide variety of stand-up and grappling exchanges. Eventually, Uno took the back of Sato and choked him into submission.
The two rematched in December 2000. This fight concluded with Uno throwing Sato on his back then striking him with a combination of kicks and punches, eventually knocking him out.
After his second victory over Rumina Sato, Uno was recruited to fight for the UFC's bantamweight (later renamed lightweight - 155 lbs.) title against Jens Pulver. Just days before the fight, a good friend of Pulver's, Dusty, died of cancer. Pulver promised Dusty that he would win the title for him.
In the fight, Pulver demonstrated what Olympic gold medalist Jeff Blatnick called "a different kind of strength" as he fought off Uno's trademark rear naked choke. Throughout the fight, Pulver stopped Uno's takedown attempts and pressed the action on the feet. Uno, who had earned a reputation as being "unflappable", began to show frustration for the first time in his career as Pulver neutralized all his offensive efforts. Pulver took a majority decision win in the fight.
After Pulver left the UFC, the lightweight title was vacated. A tournament was put together pitting the top-four 155 pounders in the UFC (B.J. Penn, Din Thomas, Matt Serra, and Caol Uno). In the first round, Uno faced Thomas. Thomas dominated the first round, setting a high pace. However, Uno turned things around, taking the second and third rounds to win the fight.
In the finals of the tournament, Uno faced Penn (who had previously defeated Uno by knockout in under 12 seconds). Uno used angles, and effective wrestling techniques to frustrate Penn, who appeared tentative from the start. Penn was dominant in spurts, and the fight was called a draw. This judges' decision was a disaster for the UFC management. As a result the division was temporarily abolished.
Uno then went on to fight Tatsuya Kawajiri in Shooto before fighting at K-1's 2004 Premium Dynamite!! and K-1 MAX - Japan Grand Prix 2005. His next eleven fights were for the then newly established promotion HERO'S.
Uno currently competes in DREAM's Lightweight Grand Prix. He was seeded directly into the 2nd round where he beat Mitsuhiro Ishida to progress to the final round at DREAM 3. At DREAM 5, Uno lost a unanimous decision to Shinya Aoki.
Return to the UFC
Uno was spotted in attendance at UFC 94, fueling talk of a return to the UFC's lightweight division. It was later confirmed that Uno had signed with the UFC and would face Spencer Fisher at UFC 99: The Comeback. Uno lost by Decision (Unanimous).
Uno next fought Fabricio Camoes on November 21, 2009 at UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin II. The two fighters battled it out for three straight rounds, with Camoes being deducted a point for illegally kicking Uno in the head. The judges scored the fight 29-27, 28-28 and 28-28, ending the fight in a Draw (Majority).
It was learned that Uno's next opponent will be Gleison Tibau in March 2010 at UFC Fight Night 21. With Uno's second go in the UFC's record at 0-1-1, this was a must win situation. Unfortunately Tibau used his obvious size advantage to overwhelm Uno, dropping his opponent with a pair of straight lefts and then shoved Uno to the mat after he got to his knees early in the first round. With the fighter on his stomach, Tibau unloaded a flurry of blows from behind and forced the stoppage moments later when Uno rolled to his back to absorb more punishment. The TKO (Punches) victory came at the 4:13 mark of the round, though Uno remained dazed long after the fight-ending bell. The loss put Uno's UFC record at 0-2-1, and he was subsequently released.
Return to DREAM
After the losses in the UFC, Uno announced he would return to Featherweight, and compete in DREAM.