Ryushi Yanagisawa

Ryushi Yanagisawa

Ryūshi Yanagisawa
Born Atsushi Yanagisawa
(1972-06-22) June 22, 1972 (age 42)
Aomori, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Style Kickboxing
Fighting out of Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan[1]
Team Team Dragon
Years active 1993 - 2001, 2004, 2009
Kickboxing record
Total 9
Wins 2
By knockout 2
Losses 6
By knockout 3
Draws 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 58
Wins 24
By knockout 4
By submission 15
By decision 5
Losses 25
By knockout 6
By submission 5
By decision 14
Draws 9
Other information
Sherdog

Ryūshi Yanagisawa (柳澤 龍志; born June 22, 1972) is a Japanese professional wrestler, mixed martial artist and kickboxer. His real name is Atsushi Yanagisawa (柳澤 敦史). As a martial artist, he competed in K-1, Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling and Fighting Network RINGS. As a professional wrestler he competed in New Japan Pro Wrestling and Inoki Genome Federation.[2]

Career

Mixed martial arts (1993-2001, 2004, 2009)

Yanagisawa joined Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling upon the formation of the company in 1993. He lost his first two fights to future legends Bas Rutten and Masakatsu Funaki. He then went on a four fight winning streak including a win over Vernon White but his win streak ended when he lost to another future MMA legend: Ken Shamrock. After the Shamrock fight, Yanagisawa entered Pancrase's 1995 Neo Blood Tournament where he made it to the finals before losing to Takafumi Ito.[3] Following the loss, Yanagisawa would go winless for his next 5 fights including a draw with Guy Mezger, a loss to Frank Shamrock, and losses in rematches to Rutten and Funaki. Yanagisawa would snap his losing streak at Pancrase - Truth 3 in a victory over Larry Papadopoulos by submission but would then lose a rematch to Mezger. After that, Yanagisawa would go a three fight winning streak including victories over Vernon White by submission and a decision victory over UFC 6 tournament winner: Oleg Taktarov. After another loss to Mezger, Yanagisawa went on an 11 unbeaten streak including wins over future K-1 legend: Semmy Schilt and UFC 7 tournament runner-up: Paul Varelans before he lost once again to Mezger. On September 14, 1998, Yanaigisawa challenged Guy Mezger for the King of Pancrase Openweight Championship but lost by Decision. After one more victory, Yanagisawa would go winless for his last 9 fights in Pancrase (including a loss to future UFC Middleweight Champion: Evan Tanner) before leaving Pancrase in early 2000.

In late 2000, Yanagisawa joined Fighting Network RINGS. On October 9, 2000, Yanagisawa entered RINGS' King of Kings tournament where he defeated Borislav Jeliazkov in the first round but lost to former UFC Heavyweight Champion: Randy Couture in the quarterfinals. Yanagisawa would go 1-2 in his next fights including losses to Bobby Hoffman and Fedor Emelianenko before leaving RINGS and MMA in late 2001.

In 2004, Yanagisawa returned to fighting at Pancrase - Brave 10 where he lost to Ryuta Noji by Decision. In 2009, Yanagisawa fought two more fights for DEEP but lost both fights.

Professional wrestling (1992, 2002-2007)

Yanagisawa debuted in wrestling in 1992 originally competing for Pro Wrestling Fujiwawa Gumi[4] but made no impact on the promotion. By 1993, Yanagisawa left the promotion, following Masakatsu Funaki and Minoru Suzuki to Pancrase.

Ten years after debuting in wrestling, Yanagisawa returned to the sport when he joined New Japan Pro Wrestling. He originally debuted on August 8, 2002 under a mask as he attacked Masahiro Chono.[5] After unmasking, he joined Tadao Yasuda's Makai Club stable which feuded with New Japan. In November 2002, Yangisawa teamed with Yasuda and Makai #1 in the Triathlon Survivor Tournament but the group finished in last place with 1 point.[6] On December 10, 2002, Yanagisawa teamed with Yasuda to challenge Cho-Ten for the IWGP Tag Team Championship but they lost.[7]

At Wrestling World 2003, Yanagisawa entered the Young Generation Cup tournament. He would emerge victorious, defeating Kenzo Suzuki in the semi-finals and then Yutaka Yoshie in the finals to win the cup.[8] On February 1, 2003, Yanagisawa entered the Teisen Hall Six Man Tag Team Tournament teaming with Makai #1 and Makai #2 but the team lost in the first round to eventual winners: Hiro Saito, Tatsutoshi Goto, and Shinsuke Nakamura.[9] A few weeks later on February 16, Yanagisawa challenged Yoshihiro Takayama for the NWF Heavyweight Championship but came up short.[10] After the NWF Title match, Yanagisawa largely went into the midcard for the next year and a half continuing to represent the Makai Club. After the Club broke up, Yanagisawa joined Masahiro Chono's new stable: Black New Japan. He continued to remain in the midcard with his only notable moment was when he competed in the 2005 New Japan Cup but lost in the first round to Koji Kanemoto.[11] Yanagisawa would continue to compete in New Japan until leaving January 2006. Since leaving New Japan, Yanagisawa has wrestled once for Antonio Inoki's new promotion: Inoki Genome Federation on their December 20, 2007 show losing to Chris Moore (Chris Masters).[12]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

Professional wrestling

Mixed martial arts record

|- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|24-25-9 | Lee Dool-Hee | Decision (unanimous) | DEEP: Fan Thanksgiving Festival 2 | 02009-11-10November 10, 2009 | align=center|2 | align=center|5:00 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|24-24-9 | Bernard Ackah | TKO (head kick & punches) | DEEP: 43rd Impact | 02009-08-23August 23, 2009 | align=center|1 | align=center|0:07 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|24-23-9 | Ryuta Noji | Decision (unanimous) | Pancrase: Brave 10 | 02004-11-07November 7, 2004 | align=center|3 | align=center|5:00 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|24-22-9 | Fedor Emelianenko | Decision (unanimous) | Rings: World Title Series 4 | 02001-10-20October 20, 2001 | align=center|3 | align=center|5:00 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|24-21-9 | Bobby Hoffman | Decision (unanimous) | Rings: World Title Series 1 | 02001-04-20April 20, 2001 | align=center|2 | align=center|5:00 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|24-20-9 | Wataru Sakata | Decision (split) | Rings: King of Kings 2000 Final | 02001-02-24February 24, 2001 | align=center|2 | align=center|5:00 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|23-20-9 | Ibragim Magomedov | Decision (unanimous) | S - Samurai 2000 | 02000-10-22October 22, 2000 | align=center|N/A | align=center|0:00 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|23-19-9 | Randy Couture | Decision (majority) | Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block A | 02000-10-09October 9, 2000 | align=center|2 | align=center|5:00 | Japan | King of Kings 2000 Block A Quarterfinal |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|23-18-9 | Borislav Jeliazkov | Submission (toe hold) | Rings: King of Kings 2000 Block A | 02000-10-09October 9, 2000 | align=center|1 | align=center|3:45 | Japan | King of Kings 2000 Block A First Round |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|22-18-9 | Sanae Kikuta | Decision (unanimous) | Pancrase - Trans 2 | 02000-02-27February 27, 2000 | align=center|1 | align=center|15:00 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|22-17-9 | Bob Stines | TKO (punches) | Pancrase - Breakthrough 10 | 01999-11-28November 28, 1999 | align=center|1 | align=center|1:53 | Japan | |- | Draw | align=center|22-16-9 | Akira Shoji | Draw | Pancrase - 1999 Anniversary Show | 01999-09-18September 18, 1999 | align=center|1 | align=center|15:00 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|22-16-8 | Leon Dijk | TKO (cut) | Pancrase - 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round | 01999-08-01August 1, 1999 | align=center|1 | align=center|12:48 | Japan | |- | Draw | align=center|22-15-8 | Takafumi Ito | Draw | Pancrase - Breakthrough 6 | 01999-06-11June 11, 1999 | align=center|2 | align=center|3:00 | |Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|22-15-7 | Jason Delucia | Decision (majority) | Pancrase - Breakthrough 5 | 01999-05-23May 23, 1999 | align=center|1 | align=center|15:00 | Japan | |- | Draw | align=center|22-14-7 | Manabu Yamada | Draw | Pancrase - Breakthrough 3 | 01999-03-09March 9, 1999 | align=center|1 | align=center|15:00 | Japan | |- | Draw | align=center|22-14-6 | Satoshi Hasegawa | Draw | Pancrase - Breakthrough 2 | 01999-02-11February 11, 1999 | align=center|2 | align=center|3:00 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|22-14-5 | Evan Tanner | Submission (arm-triangle choke) | Pancrase - Advance 12 | 01998-12-19December 19, 1998 | align=center|1 | align=center|2:24 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|22-13-5 | Kosei Kubota | Submission (toe hold) | Pancrase - Advance 11 | 01998-11-29November 29, 1998 | align=center|1 | align=center|2:35 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|21-13-5 | Guy Mezger | Decision (lost points) | Pancrase - 1998 Anniversary Show | 01998-09-14September 14, 1998 | align=center|1 | align=center|30:00 | Japan | For King of Pancrase Openweight Championship |- | Draw | align=center|21-12-5 | Yuki Kondo | Draw (unanimous) | Pancrase - 1998 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round | 01998-07-26July 26, 1998 | align=center|1 | align=center|20:00 | Japan | |- | Draw | align=center|21-12-4 | Keiichiro Yamamiya | Draw (majority) | Pancrase - Advance 8 | 01998-06-21June 21, 1998 | align=center|2 | align=center|3:00 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|21-12-3 | Omar Bouiche | Submission (achilles lock) | Pancrase - Advance 6 | 01998-05-12May 12, 1998 | align=center|1 | align=center|2:35 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|20-12-3 | Jason DeLucia | Submission (toe hold) | Pancrase - Advance 5 | 01998-04-26April 26, 1998 | align=center|1 | align=center|12:44 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|19-12-3 | Guy Mezger | Decision (unanimous) | Pancrase - Advance 4 | 01998-03-18March 18, 1998 | align=center|1 | align=center|20:00 | Japan | |- | Draw | align=center|19-11-3 | Keiichiro Yamamiya | Draw (unanimous) | Pancrase - Advance 2 | 01998-02-06February 6, 1998 | align=center|1 | align=center|10:00 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|19-11-2 | Jason Godsey | KO (knee) | Pancrase - Advance 1 | 01998-01-16January 16, 1998 | align=center|1 | align=center|3:14 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|18-11-2 | John Lober | TKO (broken ankle) | Pancrase: Alive 11 | 01997-12-20December 20, 1997 | align=center|1 | align=center|0:55 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|17-11-2 | Les Johnston | Submission (banana split) | Pancrase: Alive 6 | 01997-06-18June 18, 1997 | align=center|1 | align=center|8:35 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|16-11-2 | Paul Varelans | Decision (lost points) | Pancrase: Alive 4 | 01997-04-27April 27, 1997 | align=center|1 | align=center|15:00 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|15-11-2 | Keiichiro Yamamiya | Decision (lost points) | Pancrase: Alive 3 | 01997-03-22March 22, 1997 | align=center|1 | align=center|10:00 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|14-11-2 | Paul Lazenby | Decision (lost points) | Pancrase: Alive 2 | 01997-02-22February 22, 1997 | align=center|1 | align=center|12:39 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|13-11-2 | Kim Jong-Wang | Submission (achilles lock) | Pancrase: Alive 1 | 01997-01-17January 17, 1997 | align=center|1 | align=center|1:47 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|12-11-2 | Jack McGlaughlin | Submission (twister) | Pancrase - Truth 10 | 01996-12-15December 15, 1996 | align=center|1 | align=center|0:51 | Japan | |- | Draw | align=center|11-11-2 | Takafumi Ito | Draw (unanimous) | Pancrase - Truth 8 | 01996-10-22October 22, 1996 | align=center|1 | align=center|10:00 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|11-11-1 | Semmy Schilt | Submission (achilles lock) | Pancrase - Truth 7 | 01996-10-08October 8, 1996 | align=center|1 | align=center|0:51 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|10-11-1 | Guy Mezger | Decision (unanimous) | Pancrase - 1996 Anniversary Show | 01996-09-07September 7, 1996 | align=center|1 | align=center|20:00 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|10-10-1 | Kazuo Takahashi | Decision (lost points) | Pancrase - 1996 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1 | 01996-07-22July 22, 1996 | align=center|1 | align=center|15:00 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|10-9-1 | Takaku Fuke | Decision (lost points) | Pancrase - Truth 6 | 01996-06-25June 25, 1996 | align=center|1 | align=center|15:00 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|9-9-1 | Oleg Taktarov | Decision (lost points) | Pancrase - Truth 5 | 01996-05-16May 16, 1996 | align=center|1 | align=center|15:00 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|8-9-1 | Guy Mezger | KO (palm strikes) | Pancrase - Truth 4 | 01996-04-07April 7, 1996 | align=center|1 | align=center|12:21 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|8-8-1 | Vernon White | Submission (achilles lock) | Pancrase - Truth 3 | 01996-04-07April 7, 1996 | align=center|1 | align=center|12:47 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|7-8-1 | Larry Papadopoulos | Submission (achilles lock) | Pancrase - Truth 3 | 01996-04-07April 7, 1996 | align=center|1 | align=center|3:21 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|6-8-1 | Frank Shamrock | Decision (lost points) | Pancrase - Truth 2 | 01996-03-02March 2, 1996 | align=center|1 | align=center|20:00 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|6-7-1 | Masakatsu Funaki | Technical Submission (keylock) | Pancrase - Truth 1 | 01996-01-28January 28, 1996 | align=center|1 | align=center|8:42 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|6-6-1 | Bas Rutten | Submission (rear-naked choke) | Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 7 | 01995-12-14December 14, 1995 | align=center|1 | align=center|27:35 | Japan | |- | Draw | align=center|6-5-1 | Guy Mezger | Draw (unanimous) | Pancrase - Eyes Of Beast 6 | 01995-11-04November 4, 1995 | align=center|1 | align=center|10:00 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|6-5 | Jason Delucia | Submission (triangle choke) | Pancrase - 1995 Anniversary Show | 01995-09-01September 1, 1995 | align=center|1 | align=center|2:25 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|6-4 | Takafumi Ito | Decision (majority) | Pancrase - 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round | 01995-07-23July 23, 1995 | align=center|1 | align=center|30:00 | Tokyo, Japan | 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Final |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|6-3 | Gregory Smit | Submission (rear naked choke) | Pancrase - 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round | 01995-07-23July 23, 1995 | align=center|1 | align=center|7:30 | Tokyo, Japan | 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Second Round |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|5-3 | Christopher DeWeaver | Submission (kimura) | Pancrase - 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament Opening Round | 01995-07-22July 22, 1995 | align=center|1 | align=center|3:38 | Tokyo, Japan | 1995 Neo-Blood Tournament First Round |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|4-3 | Ken Shamrock | Submission (heel hook) | Pancrase - Pancrash! 3 | 01994-04-21April 21, 1994 | align=center|1 | align=center|7:30 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|4-2 | Todd Bjornethun | Submission (heel hook) | Pancrase - Pancrash! 2 | 01994-03-12March 12, 1994 | align=center|1 | align=center|7:12 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|3-2 | James Mathews | Submission (armbar) | Pancrase - Pancrash! 1 | 01994-01-19January 19, 1994 | align=center|1 | align=center|2:58 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|2-2 | Vernon White | TKO (lost points) | Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 4 | 01993-12-08December 8, 1993 | align=center|1 | align=center|8:55 | Japan | |- | style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win | align=center|1-2 | Andre van den Oetelaar | Submission (heel hook) | Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 3 | 01993-11-08November 8, 1993 | align=center|1 | align=center|15:51 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|0-2 | Masakatsu Funaki | Submission (kneebar) | Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 2 | 01993-10-14October 14, 1993 | align=center|1 | align=center|1:35 | Japan | |- | style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss | align=center|0-1 | Bas Rutten | KO (palm strike) | Pancrase: Yes, We Are Hybrid Wrestlers 1 | 01993-09-21September 21, 1993 | align=center|1 | align=center|0:43 | Tokyo, Japan | |}

Kickboxing record

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest

References

External links

Sherdog

See also