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Akira Shoji

Akira Shoji

Perhaps no other fighter in PRIDE FC embodies the "way of the warrior" more than Akira Shoji. No matter who the opponent or what the circumstances, Shoji will fight as if every match was his last. He is one of the smallest competitors in the heavyweight division, yet constantly displays incredible tenacity, endurance and a willingness to take on any opponent, regardless of size (at PRIDE FC "Beasts from the East" the 5'8 Shoji battled the 6'10 Semmy Schilt). Because of this warrior spirit, Shoji has gained a legion of followers and has fought in PRIDE FC nineteen times. His strength is in his very solid Jiu Jitsu skills, which often leads opponents to avoid a ground fight with him. Recently, however, Shoji has traveled to the United States to hone his striking skills and work on his overall game. Along the way he has gained a new group of American fans that have come to learn what the Japanese fans already knew??hoji is a fireplug who hits hard and is very difficult to beat.
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NAME Akira Shoji
NICK NAME
ASSOCIATION
HEIGHT 5'8 / 172cm
WEIGHT 194 lbs / 88 kg
STYLE Jiu-Jitsu
BIRTH DATE 1974-01-31
CITY
STATE Toyama 
COUNTRY Japan
PRIDE RECORD 9 / 12 / 2 (win/lose/draw)
MMA RECORD 11 / 10 / 5 (win/lose/draw)

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PRIDE.34 KAMIKAZE

Gilbert
Yvel
vs Akira
Shoji
1R 3"46' TKO - Referee Stoppage  

BUSHIDO 6

Dean
Lister
vs Akira
Shoji
1R 3"13' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Choke  
BUSHIDO 4  

Paulo
Filho
vs Akira
Shoji
1R 8"7' Decision  

BUSHIDO 3

Akira
Shoji
vs
Tamakairiki
1R 0"18' TKO - Referee Stoppage  

SHOCKWAVE 2003  

Murilo
Rua
vs Akira
Shoji
1R 2"24' IPPON (KO) - Punching  

BUSHIDO 1  

Mauricio
Rua
vs Akira
Shoji
1R 3"47' IPPON (KO) - Punching  

PRIDE 25 BODY BLOW  

Akira
Shoji
vs Alex
Stiebling
3R 5"0' Decision  
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PRIDE 22 BEASTS FROM THE EAST 2  

Paulo
Filho
vs Akira
Shoji
1R 2"48' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armbar  

PRIDE 18 COLD FURY 2

Jeremy
Horn
vs Akira
Shoji
3R 5"0' Decision  
PRIDE 16 BEASTS FROM THE EAST  

Semmy
Schilt
vs Akira
Shoji
1R 8"19' IPPON (KO) - Punching  
PRIDE 14 CLASH OF THE TITANS  

Dan
Henderson
vs Akira
Shoji
3R 3"18' TKO - Referee Stoppage  
PRIDE 12 COLD FURY  

Ricardo
Almeida
vs Akira
Shoji
2R 5"0' Decision  
PRIDE 11 BATTLE OF THE RISING SUN

Akira
Shoji
vs Herman
Renting
1R 3"48' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armbar  
PRIDE 9 NEW BLOOD

Akira
Shoji
vs John
Renken
1R 6"44' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armbar  
GRAND PRIX 2000 FINALS

Mark
Coleman
vs Akira
Shoji
1R 15"0' Decision  
GRAND PRIX 2000

Akira
Shoji
vs Ebenezer Fontes
Braga,
1R 15"0' Decision  
PRIDE 7

Akira
Shoji
vs Larry
Perker
3R 5"0' Decision  
PRIDE 6

Akira
Shoji
vs Guy
Mezger
3R 5"0' Decision  
PRIDE 5

Igor
Vovchanchyn
vs Akira
Shoji
2R 10"0' Decision  
PRIDE 4

Akira
Shoji
vs Wallid
Ismail
2R 1"26' TKO - Referee Stoppage  
PRIDE 3

Akira
Shoji
vs Daijiro
Matsui
  3R 10"0' Decision  
PRIDE 2

Akira
Shoji
vs Juan
Mott
1R 3"47' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Choke  
PRIDE 1

Akira
Shoji
vs Renzo
Gracie
  Decision