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Nobuhiko Takada

Nobuhiko Takada

As a child, Nobuhiko Takada's dream was to become a professional wrestler and follow in the footsteps of his idol, Antonio Inoki. Through hard work and natural athleticism, he was able to accomplish this and for much of the 1980's he was one of the top wrestlers in Japan under the New Japan and UWF promotions. His popularity in Japan grew immense, so much so, that he became a cultural icon akin to Hulk Hogan in the United States. After retiring from pro-wrestling, Takada opened up his own school, the Takada Dojo, which teaches professional wrestling and mixed martial arts (his students include Daijiro Matsui and Kazushi Sakuraba). Unsatisfied with retirement, Takada made his comeback in October 1997 as a mixed martial artist. In one of the biggest matches in the history of the sport, Takada took on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and vale tudo legend, Rickson Gracie. Though Takada lost the match, he became one of PRIDE FC's most popular stars in Japan. Relying on his pro wrestling techniques, athleticism, and grace, Takada's success in the ring was mixed, though one of the most impressive victories of his career was against legendary MMA star, Mark "The Hammer" Coleman.
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NAME Nobuhiko Takada
NICK NAME
ASSOCIATION Takada Dojo
HEIGHT 6'0 / 180cm
WEIGHT 220 lbs / 100 kg
STYLE Pro Wrestling
BIRTH DATE 1962-04-12
CITY Yokohama
STATE Kanagawa 
COUNTRY Japan
PRIDE RECORD 3 / 6 / 1 (win/lose/draw)
MMA RECORD 3 / 6 / 2 (win/lose/draw)

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PRIDE 23 CHAMPIONSHIP CHAOS 2  

Kiyoshi
Tamura
vs Nobuhiko
Takada
2R 1"0' IPPON (KO) - Punching  
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PRIDE 11 BATTLE OF THE RISING SUN

Igor
Vovchanchyn
vs Nobuhiko
Takada
2R 3"17' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Other Submission  
GRAND PRIX 2000

Royce
Gracie
vs Nobuhiko
Takada
1R 15"0' Decision  
PRIDE 7

Nobuhiko
Takada
vs Alexander
Otsuka
2R 1"32' TKO - Referee Stoppage  
PRIDE 6

Mark
Kerr
vs Nobuhiko
Takada
1R 3"4' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armlock  
PRIDE 5

Nobuhiko
Takada
vs Mark
Coleman
2R 1"44' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Heel Hook  
PRIDE 4

Rickson
Gracie
vs Nobuhiko
Takada
1R 9"30' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armbar  
PRIDE 3

Nobuhiko
Takada
vs Kyle
Sturgeon
1R 2"18' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Heel Hook  
PRIDE 1

Rickson
Gracie
vs Nobuhiko
Takada
1R 4"47' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armbar