|Nickname||Neo-Samurai (UFC) / Transforming Trickster (K1-Hero's)|
|Association||Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club|
|Weight Class||Lightweight (155 lbs.)|
|Height||5' 9" (176 cm)|
|Birth Date||March 8, 1978|
|Fighting Out Of||Tokyo, Japan|
|Genki Sudo Pictures||Official Website|
Genki Sudo is a retired Japanese mixed martial artist who, up until December 31, 2006 competed in the Japanese based fight organization K-1 HERO'S and before that UFC and Pancrase. He is notable for his elaborate ring entrances and unorthodox fighting style. His philosophy is 'We are all one.' Signature moves include the Flying Triangle Choke and Spinning Backfist.
He received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Watanabe Yoshinao at Triforce Academy.
|Record||16 - 4 - 1 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Win||Damacio Page||Submission (Triangle Choke)||K-1: Premium 2006 Dynamite!!||12/31/2006||1||3:05||Announced his retirement after the bout|
|Win||Ole Laursen||Decision (Unanimous)||K-1: Hero's 4||3/15/2006||3||5:00|
|Loss||Norifumi Yamamoto||TKO (Punches)||K-1: Premium 2005 Dynamite!!||12/31/2005||1||4:39||K-1 HERO'S 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Finals|
|Win||Hiroyuki Takaya||Submission (Triangle Choke)||K-1: Hero's 3||9/07/2005||2||3:47||K-1 HERO'S 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals|
|Win||Kazuyuki Miyata||Submission (Armbar)||K-1: Hero's 3||9/07/2005||2||4:45||K-1 HERO'S 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals|
|Win||Ramon Dekker||Submission (Heel Hook)||K-1: Hero's 1||3/26/2005||1||2:54|
|Win||Royler Gracie||KO (Punches)||K-1 MMA: ROMANEX||5/22/2004||1||3:40|
|Win||Mike Brown||Submission (Triangle Armbar)||UFC 47: It's On||4/02/2004||1||3:31|
|Win||Eric Esch||Submission (Heel Hook)||K-1: Premium 2003 Dynamite!!||12/31/2003||2||0:41|
|Loss||Duane Ludwig||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 42: Sudden Impact||4/25/2003||3||5:00|
|Win||Leigh Remedios||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall||7/13/2002||2||1:38|
|Win||Kenichi Yamamoto||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Rings: World Title Series 5||12/21/2001||2||1:46|
|Win||Brian Lo-A-Njoe||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Rings: Battle Genesis Vol. 8||9/21/2001||1||2:17|
|Win||Craig Oxley||Submission (Achilles Lock)||Pancrase: Trans 6||10/31/2000||1||3:14|
|Draw||Andre Pederneiras||Draw||C2K: Colosseum 2000||5/26/2000||1||15:00|
|Loss||Kiuma Kunioku||Decision (Unanimous)||Pancrase: Trans 2||2/27/2000||2||3:00|
|Win||Nate Marquardt||Submission (Armbar)||Pancrase: Breakthrough 11||12/18/1999||1||13:31|
|Win||Victor Hunsaker||Submission (Elbows)||Pancrase: Breakthrough 9||10/25/1999||1||1:43|
|Loss||Minoru Toyonaga||Decision (Unanimous)||Pancrase: 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round||8/01/1999||2||3:00|
|Win||Kosei Kubota||Decision (Unanimous)||Pancrase: 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round||8/01/1999||2||3:00|
|Win||Tiki Ghosn||Decision (Unanimous)||ES 2: Extreme Shoot 2||6/06/1998||N/A||N/A|
Although seen as a fighter with good striking ability, and while he has won fights by knockout in both mixed martial arts and kickboxing, Genki Sudo's skill set seems primarily focused on grappling and submission wrestling techniques. Among the rather unorthodox techniques that he favors and can use effectively are the spinning backfist, a flying leg-triangle choke and flying armbar, as well as dancing and turning his back to opponents in order to taunt or distract them.
Prior to his retirement on New Year's Eve Sudo fought for K-1 HERO's, the mixed martial arts branch of the most popular Japanese combat sports circuit. Sudo is well known for his particularly flashy choreographed ring entrances that often include costumed dancers. One entrance featured Sudo doing the robot and operating levers that released a column of smoke from the top of his head while wearing a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket as a hat and a white plastic mask, in an homage to the musician Buckethead.
On a side note, Genki Sudo is a practicing Buddhist and although many think his antics in the ring are disrespectful and arrogant, he explains that it is simply his way of relaxing and having fun with what he is doing. After the fight is over he always kindly smiles and bows to his opponent, makes sure they are not injured, and holds up a United Nations flag with the words "We are all one".
Genki Sudo was defeated by K-1 HERO's Lightweight Champion Norifumi Yamamoto. The fight was won by a controversial referee stoppage after Sudo was knocked down by a right hand which was followed by some punches.
At K-1 Dynamite! on December 31, 2006 he defeated Damacio Page by submission. After his win, and to the shock of the crowd, Sudo announced his retirement.
Genki Sudo has written eight books, is married, has a baseball team for over 30's and has finished filming his part of the movie The R246 Story.
Ranks and Titles
- K-1 HERO'S 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Finalist
- Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu