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"RINGS is always modest about their fighters' non-pro competitions including the credentials of several Olympic athletes but it is well-known that they are all real world class elite athletes which gives them a lot of credibility."
Dave Meltzer about RINGS at Wrestling Observer Newsletter, February 17, 1997.

"RINGS rules takes some getting used to. You have to look at things differently… you can’t just go out, look for the takedown, pass the guard and get the mount… that doesn’t mean as much as in NHB. You have to control the opponent throughout and hold your own on your feet."
Jeremy Horn

"I am the champion, I rule all the ring. I am I, the king of the universe, I am I who conquers all. If you mess with me, your gonna get slayed. Cause I'm the king among kings, I mean what I mean, let me tell you, lets step into the ring. Ankle hold, armlock, a front suplex, and that ain't all. High kick, middle kick, and low kick, I let you know who is the best. I got a German suplex hold, a front suplex. And if you really get nasty dude, I got something in store for you, my special captured!"
The Original RINGS theme, when it had "rap" lyrics.
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As a whole

  • Action Survivor: Even if you see RINGS representatives losing MMA fights, you will be hard-pressed to find any of them getting actually finished (unless you are watching Valentijn Overeem or Yoshihisa Yamamoto, that is). The most technical, like Kohsaka, Han and Kopylov, were almost impossible to submit or KO.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: From its beginning to its use of the KOK rules, fighters were expected to keep the action going with virtually no opportunities for stalling and little rest to keep the entertainment aspect of the promotion’s shootfighting roots.
  • Badass Crew: Its fighters did significantly well with the MMA format against world-class opponents in the King of Kings tournaments, while Pancrase and UWF-i mostly failed at doing the same in UFC and PRIDE aside from individual exceptions.
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  • Badass on Paper: As stated by Dave Meltzer above, RINGS brought in a lot of real world class elite athletes which gave them a lot of credibility as a combat sport. Their success in the ring was a mixed bag, with some like RINGS Russia's Fedor Emelianenko (who was a world medalist in combat sambo) dominated the promotion in his short time there, while others like RINGS Russia's Suren Balachinsky (who actually beat Fedor in sambo competition twice) had one fight in RINGS, lost it and left right after.
  • Bushido Index: For some reason RINGS Lithuania events always had the words Bushido as part of their sub-headings.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Their logo was dark red, like Akira Maeda's colour motif. However, they were also known for their blue ring mat.
  • Cool Crown: Winners of the Battle Dimensions Tournament were rewarded with a golden Laurel Wreath.
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  • Cosmopolitan Council: One that featured representatives of each branch: Akira Maeda from Japan, Chris Dolman from Holland, Vladimir Pagodin from Russia, Nodar Ekvtimishvili from Georgia, Nikola Zahariev from Bulgaria, Chris Haseman from Australia, Lee Hasdell from England, Monte Cox from USA, Donatas Simanaitis from Lithuania, and some unspecified others.
  • Faction Motto: Unofficial, but Akira Maeda frequently stated, "Sekai saikyo no otoko wa RINGS ga kimeru rashii!" ("RINGS will declare the strongest man in the world!")
  • Follow the Leader / Insistent Terminology: Like Pancrase, RINGS created a special ruleset in the late 1990s, which they dubbed "Vale Tudo rules" which was basically the UFC's rules in the mid-1990s.
  • Guest Fighter: Aside from the RINGS branches, the promotion also used fighters from other gyms and organisations like Seidokaikan, Submission Arts Wrestling, Shootboxing, Wajutsu Keishukai, and many others.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Their staff looked more like the cast of a martial arts manga, with big Kickboxing bullies, crazy sambo technicians, hairy karatekas and inscrutable Japanese wrestlers, but they were arguably the widest MMA talent pool among the UWF offshoots.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to other MMA rules, RINGS used a ruleset called "King of Kings" rules (usually shortened to "RINGS KOK" rules) that banned ground-and-pound during its last years.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Just look at this list.
  • Mighty Whitey: Like Pancrase, RINGS is well known for their foreign talent and some of them dominated the promotion like the guys from RINGS Holland, RINGS Russia, Dan Henderson from America, etc.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Volk Han and RINGS also helped establish the Japan Command Sambo Federation. It closed down with RINGS in 2002, but came back in 2012 when Maeda launched The Outsider.
  • The Missing Faction: RINGS Korea, it only had one member when it was formed in 1994 and quickly disappeared after that member's one appearance in RINGS Japan. It was briefly resurrected in 2005, but disappeared almost as quickly.
  • Multinational Team: Had the most diverse cast out of all the U-System.
  • Party of Representatives: RINGS was divided in branches from all around the world. RINGS' system was largely much inspired by organizations such as the National Wrestling Alliance and FIFA World Cup, and featured fighters from different countries organized into stables. We had RINGS Japan (a small team of native shoot wrestlers), RINGS Holland (a clan of Dutch kickboxers and freefighters from the Jon Bluming lineage), RINGS Russia (an union of sambo champions from the former USSR), RINGS Georgia (random boxing, wrestling, Judo, sambo, and Karate champions from Georgia), RINGS Bulgaria (similar structure to RINGS Georgia), RINGS Korea (solely represented by Taekwondo champion Kim Lee Klin and notably got shut down after his one fight in RINGS), RINGS Australia (jiu-jitsu students under Mark and Chris Haseman), RINGS UK (a sort of grassroots movement among martial arts gyms headed by Lee Hasdell), RINGS USA (fighters under Miletich Fighting Systems and others managed by Monte Cox), RINGS Brazil (young bloods from future legendary MMA teams), RINGS Lithuania (a collection of various martial arts clubs under Donatas Simanaitis), RINGS France (a small team of fighters from Cyrille Diabaté's French Konnection and his Snake Team school) and some other minor branches.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They were formed by fighters and martial artists who had barely a clue about pro wrestling, which can be noted in the overall quality of the matches, but there were some very gifted people among them.
  • Special Guest: Chris Dolman's master Jon Bluming would appear on several RINGS Holland shows.
    • Chris Haseman's father Mark Haseman and his students would appear on the RINGS Australia shows to present Tohkon Ryu Ju Jitsu demonstrations as half-time entertainment.
    • For Akira Maeda's retirement show, his trainers Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Antonio Inoki, and Kotetsu Yamamoto, his UWF peers Nobuhiko Takada and Kazuo Yamazaki, his New Japan peers Junji Hirata (aka Super Strong Machine) and Animal Hamaguchi, his old opponent Don Nakaya Nielson, and for some reason Genichiro Tenryu.
  • Spin-Off: The official one is RINGS: The Outsider, that was made for Maeda's later students. Unofficial ones include Kiyoshi Tamura's U-FILE and the MMA promotion HERO'S.
  • Spiritual Successor: Had one in ZST, which is sometimes known as Fighting Network ZST and was formed by many members of the RINGS management staff.
  • Thug Dojo: RINGS Holland had a lot of guys that liked to play dirty in their fights. It was pretty much advertised as part of their charm in Japan.
  • Tournament Arc: Held the most well known tournaments out of all the U-System, the yearly Mega Battle Tournaments that evolved into the King of Kings Tournaments, the Light Heavyweight, Middleweight and Openweight Championship Tournaments to crown the first champions of the promotion, the two RINGS USA Tournaments, and finally the Absolute Class Tournament of 2001.

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Academia Alliance

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THE Most Successful BJJ Team Ever

Leonardo Castello Branco

Fábio Gurgel

  • The Apprentice: To Romero "Jacaré" Cavalcanti and was his first black belt. He also trained under Carlson Gracie Sr for his Vale Tudo and MMA fights.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Is the President of the Professional League of Jiu-Jitsu.
  • Badass Family / Bash Brothers: His older brother Fernando Gurgel is also a BJJ black belt, competitor, and coach.
  • Badass Teacher: Was a co-founder of Academia Alliance, head of his branch in Sao Paulo, and a good fighter himself.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Big Little Brother: Was a lot bigger than his older brother Fernando, who is nicknamed “Magrão”, which means lanky, or tall and skinny.
  • Elite Four: With Romero “Jacaré” Cavalcanti, Alexandre Paiva, and his brother Fernando Gurgel as the founders of Academia Alliance.
  • I Know Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Was a black belt since he was 19 and is now a 6th degree black belt with a Brazilian national, a Pan American, 3 European and 4 World Championships under his belt.
  • The Nicknamer: Gave Fernando Pontes his nickname; “Margarida”.
  • Non-Action Guy: Didn’t compete in RINGS, he was a cornerman for his fighters from Academia Alliance.
  • Red Baron: "The General".
  • The Worf Effect: Was worfed by Jerry Bohlander at UFC 11 and Mark Kerr at World Vale Tudo Championship 3.

Roberto Traven

  • A Day in the Limelight: His major achievement in MMA was winning the IAFC 2 Day 1 Tournament.
  • The Apprentice: To Romero "Jacaré" Cavalcanti, Alexandre “Gigi” Paiva, Fabio and Fernando Gurgel.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Cool Teacher: Has his own BJJ team and academy.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Won his fights in the IAFC 2 show in less than 3 minutes each.
  • Guest Fighter: From Academia Alliance.
  • Hero Killer: Beat Hayato Sakurai for the 1999 ADCC Absolute Division Championship and has beaten John Machado and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira at the 1998 and 1999 World Jiu-Jitsu Championships (Mundials) +100 kg division respectively.
  • I Know Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: A 6th degree black belt, national, world and world master champion as well as the 1999 ADCC Absolute Division Champion.
  • Red Baron: "Spider".
  • The Worf Effect: Got armbared by Frank Mir at UFC 34 in about a minute into the fight and also got KO'ed by Elvis Sinosic and John Salter. He also got outscored by Jeff Monson in the semifinals of the 1999 ADCC +99kg Division tournament, beaten by Mario Sperry in their ADCC Super Fight, crushed by Tom Erickson in the first round of the 2001 ADCC +99kg tournament, beaten by Mario Cruz in first round of the 2001 ADCC Absolute Division tournament, and got triangled by Jefferson Moura in the 2003 World Jiu-Jitsu Championships (Mundials) -94 kg Division semifinals.

Brazilian Top Team

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The Creontes of Carlson Gracie

Ricardo Arona

"When I arrived at Carlson Gracie's gym at 16 years old, I already wanted to fight in MMA, and one of my specialties was taking my opponent down, striking him and hurting him from that position. This was cut from MMA when I went to fight in Japan. In the UFC, you can use the cage, which is perfect for me, because once you have your opponent in the corner, there's no escape; it's excellent to use to get the takedown. Once on the ground, it's perfect for striking; it's fatal. With those rules, I guess the referee will have to stop a lot of my fights quickly, because my great strong point is striking from above, from any position. The third factor I see is that anyone in the ring who gets tired in five minutes is in the wrong place. I'm accustomed to fighting one 10-minute round and two five-minute rounds. In the UFC, it's three five-minute rounds, which is like child's play for me. I'm flying in and out with that time. I wouldn't even stop to wipe my forehead. The UFC rules were made for me — no doubt about it."
— Ricardo Arona, on how he would do in UFC, even though he ended up retiring and never fighting there.

  • The Ace: He is undefeated in submission wrestling with 13-0 and has never lost a point in a match.
  • The Apprentice: To Carlson Gracie.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Blood Knight: If only RINGS had allowed ground-and-pound, he would have had a lot of fun.
  • Boring, but Practical: His style was based around holding down and controlling his opponent. Only when the rules allowed him to rain punches the thing got more exciting.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Famously raked Kazushi Sakuraba's cuts in an attempt to deepen them to get a cheap win by stoppage. While not exactly illegal, it was considered a very low life technique.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Won his RINGS debut against aging sambo champion Andrei Kopylov by unanimous decision after controlling him positionally for most of the match and once threw Kopylov like a rag doll with a double leg takedown.
  • Guest Fighter: From Brazilian Top Team.
  • Heroic Build: Ripped to the bones.
  • Hero Killer: He went to defeat both Kazushi Sakuraba and Wanderlei Silva, both considered as invincible and heroes to their respective people, in PRIDE. Also beat Mark Kerr, Tito Ortiz, Jeff Monson, Vitor Belfort, and Jean Jacques Machado in ADCC as well as Andrei Kopylov, Jeremy Horn, Gustavo Machado, Dan Henderson, Guy Mezger, and Alistar Overeem in MMA (Hiromitsu Kanehara in both).
  • I Know Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: A three time ADCC gold medalist. He also knows Karate, Judo and a bit of Capoeira.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Back in 2000's ADCC, Arona was involved in an illegal slap fest with Karimula Barkalaev, Abu Dhabi's Judo and sambo instructor, it was rumoured that the incident got the latter disqualified, but the video of their match shows that they calmed down and continued the match. However, the incident supposedly got completely off hands when the Sheik in charge, who was a personal fan of Arona, was offended by this and ordered his security men to pull Barkalaev away after the match. The poor guy supposedly spent a week in jail, locked up and blindfolded, until they could stuff him on a plane and send him to his country. Even worse, there is a rumor in Brazil which says that the guards were actually readying to shoot Karimula in the head and Arona himself had to plead them to spare him. These statements were never verified, but what is certain is that Karimula said he would never return to Abu Dhabi, as his presence was no longer pleasing to the Sheikh.
  • Red Baron: "The Brazilian Tiger", "The Brazilian Volcano", "Jujutsu Oji" ("The Prince of Jiu-Jitsu"), "Hijo no Newaza O" ("The Heartless King of Groundfighting").
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Subverted - he was strong and skilled, both in high quantities, which gave him a huge advantage over the average ADCC player.
  • The Worf Effect: His lost to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson by powerbomb and his KO lose to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
  • Worf Had the Flu: He claims he suffered from a dengue hemorrhagic fever going into his fight against Sokoudjou at PRIDE 34 and because of it, he was knocked out by Sokoudjou in just under 2 minutes.

Carlos Barreto

"Your opinion of Carlos Barreto's career will vary wildly based on how deeply you look into his record. He was by no means unsuccessful, sporting nine years of competition, a dominant record in his prime and two championships, but he's another of those fighters that couldn't get it done on the main stage despite having all of the tools. He was a BJJ black belt under Bolao Souza, he'd been practicing muay thai since his youth, and at 6'4" he was a bonafide heavyweight and far more well-rounded than most of his competition, but his regional success never translated to the spotlight: When the cameras weren't watching he destroyed Pedro Otavio and Kevin Randleman and even knocked out a young Ben Rothwell, but his only victory on the national circuit was a skin-of-his-teeth corner stoppage against Tra Telligman. He fought until just shy of his 37th birthday and retired when his leg imploded twenty-five seconds into a fight. None of this downplays his legacy—he was a historically important fighter and one of the first well-rounded heavyweights, and has an enormous amount to be proud of. It's just one of those cases where you wonder if, had he been born a decade later, had access to different training, had circumstances been just a touch different, he could have been a star."
— A profile of Barreto from a Fire Pro Wrestling user Carl CX from https://steamcommunity.com

  • The Apprentice: To Sergio “Bolão” Souza and Carlson Gracie.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The co-founder and head fighter and coach of Team Black House (Casa Preta) before his retirement. He also first founded the Tough Brothers team when he separated from Carlson Gracie
  • Combat Commentator / Combat Referee: He has played these roles after he retired from fighting.
  • Guest Fighter: From Brazilian Top Team.
  • Hero Killer: Has beaten guys like Mikhail Ilyukhin, John Dixson, Geza Kalman, Kevin Randleman, Paul Varelans, Branden Lee Hinkle, Gary Myers, Tra Telligman, Bobby Hoffman, Ben Rothwell, etc.
  • I Know Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: A 5th degree black belt, won a world championship as a brown belt. He also knows Muay Thai.
  • Red Baron: "Carlão", "Kumo Otoko" ("Spider Man").
  • Scary Black Man
  • Ur-Example: Was the first man to wear a blue gi/kimono at an official BJJ event.
  • The Worf Effect: Lost his first match in the 2000 King of Kings Tournament to Chris Haseman. He also lost by unanimous decision to Dave Beneteau at UFC 15, Ian Freeman at HOO Kn SHOOT Kings 1, and Alexander Emelianenko at the M-1 MFC: Middleweight GP. He also lost by split decision to Igor Vovchanchyn, got KO'ed by Gilbert Yvel, and TKO'ed by Vladimir Matyushenko.

Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

"Minotauro is a very logical fighter. He thinks very deeply about what he is doing. He does an explosive move, and thinks, then does an explosive move again, and thinks, and then he waits calmly for his opponent to make a mistake."
— Ricardo Arona

  • Always Identical Twins: With his brother Antônio Rogério "Minotouro" Nogueira. The way to tell them apart is that Little Nog is lighter in weight and shorter in height, and by the presence of a scar on Big Nog's lower back.
  • The Apprentice: To Luiz Carlos Dórea, Ricardo de la Riva, Guilherme Assad, Murilo Bustamante, Ricardo Libório, Mário Sperry and Luis Roberto Duarte.
  • Badass Family: His brother Antônio Rogério "Minotouro" Nogueira is a 3rd degree BJJ black belt and MMA fighter in his own right.
  • Bash Brothers: With his twin brother Antônio Rogério "Minotouro" Nogueira. They were known in Japan as "Rio no Kansetsu Sōseiji" ("Rio’s Joint Twins") And "Saikyō Jūjutsu Tsuinzu"("The Strongest Jiu-Jitsu Twins").
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After losing to Dan Henderson at the finals of King of Kings Tournament 1999 in a controversial decision, Dan sent a pack of beers to his dresser.
  • Fan Nickname: "Big Nog" to avoid confusion with his brother, who they named "Little Nog".
  • Guest Fighter: From Brazilian Top Team.
  • Hero Killer: He trampled everybody in RINGS: Overeem, Han, Tamura, Kanehara, and almost Kohsaka.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Anderson Silva.
  • I Know Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: And also Judo and boxing.
  • Made of Iron: The guy was just indestructible. Not only he got powerbombed and piledriven by Bob Sapp without flinching a bit, but he was also driven over by a truck at age 10 and healed after seven months in which doctors believed he would die sooner or later.
  • Name's the Same: Aside from their surname their mother first named both Nogueira brothers after their father Antônio.
  • Red Baron: "Minotauro", "Jiu-Jitsu Magician", "Rio no Shizuma nu Taiyo" ("The Sun which Sets in Rio de Janeiro"), "Sen no Waza o Motsu Otoko" ("The Man of A Thousand Holds").

Renzo Gracie Combat Team

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Impossible Is Nothing

Sean Alvarez

  • The Apprentice: To Nelson Monteiro and Renzo Gracie.
  • Big Applesauce: Is from New York City.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Fought Yoji Anjo at The U-Japan Super Fighting '96 before his fights in RINGS in 1997 and 1999.
  • Expy: He seems to have one strangely in Ricardo Arona, as both have very noticeable Heroic Build's, and while Sean is a 3 time silver medalist in the ADCC, Ricardo is a 3 time gold medalist in the ADCC.
  • Guest Fighter: From Renzo Gracie Combat Team.
  • Hero Killer: Beat Yoji Anjo, Willie Peeters, and Wataru Sakata.
  • Heroic Build: Look at him.
  • Hidden Depths: Worked in real estate development in Mexico after he retired from fighting.
  • I Know Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: A world champion, Pan American champion and a 3 time silver medalist in the ADCC championships.
  • Red Baron: "The Poker Brat".
  • The Worf Effect: Was KO'd by Oleg Taktarov in less than a minute. He also got KO'ed by Eric Pele and TKO'ed by Wesley Correira.

Renzo Gracie

"A boxer is like a lion, the greatest predator on land, but you throw him in the shark tank and he's just another meal."

  • Always Someone Better: He was defeated by Kazushi Sakuraba in an MMA match and years later with a more beaten down Sakuraba in a Metamoris match he could only get a draw against him.
  • The Apprentice: To Carlos Gracie Jr.
  • Badass Family: To MMA fans his family name says it all.
  • Badass Teacher: Owns his own school, the Renzo Gracie Academy, and has trained names like Matt Serra, Ricardo Almeida, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Georges St-Pierre, Chris Weidman, Frankie Edgar, Roy Nelson, Gunnar Nelson, Joe D'Arce, etc.
  • Bash Brothers: With his brothers Ralph and Ryan.
  • Bouncer: Was a bouncer at a whorehouse in the Amazon at the Improbable Age of 14.
  • Bullying a Dragon: His first opponent at the World Combat Championship, Dutch judoka Ben Spijkers, taunted Renzo in the press conference and pranked him in his hotel room the previous night. Renzo would choke him out and after the bout, he intentionally stepped on Spijkers's head as he walked away as an act of revenge for the pranking, an act Renzo later apologized for.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: His exhibition grappling match at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2000 with Antonio Inoki.
  • Dramatic Dislocation: Got his arm dislocated in his fight with Kazushi Sakuraba.
  • Drugs Are Bad: He claimed to have been drugged by PRIDE promoters before his fight with Sanae Kikuta to explain his poor performance in that fight.
  • Graceful Loser: Even after getting his arm dislocated, Renzo took the mic after the match and declared Sakuraba was the better man. Similarly, years later Gracie called Sakuraba "his hero" and remembered their match as "one of the biggest lessons he learned in his life".
  • Guest Fighter: From Renzo Gracie Combat Team.
  • Hero Killer: Has defeated guys like Oleg Taktarov, Sanae Kikuta, Alexander Otsuka, Wataru Sakata, Maurice Smith and Carlos Newton. His win over Frank Shamrock was fortuitous because Frank got disqualified by kneeing Renzo on the ground.
  • I Know Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: His family basically remade old school Judo into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he himself a 6th degree black belt. He is also a black belt in Judo and also had training in boxing, Kickboxing and amateur wrestling.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Is described as the most all rounded MMA fighter in the Gracie family.
  • Nice Guy: Described as the nicest of his generation of Gracie cousins.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Though not really his fault, he fought against Luta Livre fighter Eugenio Tadeu at the Pentagon Combat event, during which audience members pushed their way through security staff and grabbed the very cage, screaming insults to the fighters and even attacking them through the netting whenever they came near. The situation exploded when Renzo fought back one of his attackers, causing a massive brawl to erupt among the over 400 spectators. Audience members threw chairs and seats to each other, the lights were turned off, and gunshots were heard. The event caused mixed martial arts to be banned in Rio de Janeiro for ten years.
  • Red Baron: "Shinka-kei no Gracie Jiu-Jitsu" ("The Evolution of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu")
  • Screwed by the Network: Has claimed this against the Pride promoters.
    • His claim of being drugged by them before his fight with Sanae Kikuta.
    • His decision lost against Shungo Oyama, which he believes he lost the decision only because he spat on Oyama, which he did because Oyama had taunted him all throughout the bout.
    • He also disputed his split decision loss to Carlos Newton in Pride, but he later got his revenge via split decision in a rematch in the International Fight League promotion, though in an interesting twist he felt Newton was the winner of that bout.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With his brothers Ralph and Ryan, they were both quick-tempered and at times just mean-spirited, Renzo on the other hand was described as quick to laugh, friendly, and an indefatigable bundle of energy.
  • The Worf Effect: Lost to Dan Henderson by knockout in just under two minutes.

Adilson Lima

  • Always Someone Better: Beaten twice by Igor Vovchanchyn on the same night.
  • The Apprentice: To Geny Rebello, Carlos Gracie Jr, Carlos Rollyson, and Renzo Gracie.
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Family: His wife Ursula Lima is also a BJJ black belt.
  • Badass Teacher: Founder of Pitbull Clube de Jiu Jitsu & MMA in Teresópolis, Brazil where he trained world champion BJJ stylists and MMA fighters.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: His vale-tudo career was stopped short when a motorcycle accident almost ripped one of Adilson’s feet off. His foot was reattached but Lima could never compete inside a cage again.
  • Guest Fighter: From the Renzo Gracie Combat Team.
  • Handicapped Badass: After his injury above he continued competing in BJJ competitions with the aid of a foot support.
  • Hero Killer: Beat Mikhail Ilyukhin, Yoshihisa Yamamoto, and Alexander Fedorov.
  • I Know Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: A Brazilian, European and World champion.
  • Red Baron: "Bitta". Adilson earned the name as a toddler. His family owned goats, which are called “cabra” or “cabrita” in Portuguese. When Adilson was an infant, he couldn’t say “cabrita” properly, shortening it to “bita” (bitta). His brothers found it so funny, they started calling him Bita and from their the name was how he became recognized.

Ricardo Morais

"Ricardo Morais is not an inexperienced or unaccomplished fighter. The 6'8" teacher-proclaimed Mutant trained BJJ under Renzo Gracie before starting his MMA career, which began in the first Absolute Fighting Championship Tournament—which, to be clear, was one of those insane, old-school barely-any-rules bareknuckle vale tudo tournaments where you fight five times in one night and Igor Vovchanchyn lost because someone was trying to gouge one of his eyes out with their chin. Morais won the tournament by choking out the guy who did it. He had enough succes to make it to Pride with an 8-1-1 record as an accomplished, dangerous heavyweight prospect. Then he got ragdolled by Mark Coleman, outgrappled by Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, and in the only thing anyone now remembers him for, knocked completely cold by Aleks Emelianenko in about fifteen seconds. No matter what else happens in your fighting career, if you get knocked stone dead on an international broadcast and don't pay it back to someone else, that's probably what will define you. Sorry, Ricardo. If it's any consolation, you still look terrifying."
— A profile of Morais from a Fire Pro Wrestling user Carl CX from https://steamcommunity.com

Ruas Vale Tudo

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The Subjects of The King of The Streets

Carlos Clayton

Alexandre Ferreira

"I want to be the champion. I don't want to know who (to fight), I just want to know when."

  • The Apprentice: To Roberto Leitao, Roberto Leitao Filho, Hugo Duarte, Marco Ruas, Roberto “Gordo” Correa, Murilo Bustamante, and Rudimar Fedrigo.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Cool Teacher: Has his own MMA gym and team, Alexandre Cacareco Team.
  • Guest Fighter: From Ruas Vale Tudo.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Retired from fighting after losing family and friends in the January 2011 Brazilian floods and mudslides, resulting in him being in "no condition to train or fight."
  • Hero Killer: Beat guys like Rodney Glunder, Heath Herring, Bob Schrijber, and Branden Lee Hinkle.
  • I Know Luta Livre: A 7th degree black belt under Hugo Duarte and also trained in Ruas Vale Tudo. He also learned a bit of Capoeira, is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, trained in freestyle wrestling, learned Muay Thai at the Chute Boxe Academy and later trained with Brazilian Top Team and the Gracie Barra Combat Team.
  • Red Baron: "Cacareco".
  • The Worf Effect: Was submitted by both Hiromitsu Kanehara and Chris Haseman.

Roberto Leitão

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Arguably to Yoshiaki Fujiwara as they are both considered the highest authority in their respective Catch Wrestling-based styles in their countries.
  • The Apprentice: To Luta Livre founder Euclydes Hatem.
  • Badass Family: His son Roberto Leitao Filho (basically another way of writing Jr.) is a Luta Livre practitioner and coach and an Olympic level freestyle wrestler.
  • Badass Grandpa / Cool Old Guy: More than 80 years old and still spars with people at least a few decades younger than him and wipes the floor with them.
  • Badass Teacher: The most prolific trainer in Luta Livre. Every serious practitioner today has trained with him at some point in their lives.
  • Cool Teacher: Was a university professor and also writes about martial arts and grappling.
  • Genius Bruiser: Holds a degree in mechanical engineering.
  • I Know Luta Livre: A 10th dan black belt. He was originally trained in Judo and is a 4th dan black belt.
  • Old Master: The highest authority in Luta Livre today and was also fundamental in developing Brazil’s freestyle wrestling scene.
  • Non-Action Guy: Never fought in MMA, he was mostly a coach and cornerman.

Roberto Leitão Filho

  • Affectionate Nickname: Is called "Beto" to not confuse him for his father.
  • The Apprentice: To his father Roberto Leitao and Marco Ruas.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Is the superintendent of the Confederação Brasileira de Wrestling (Brazilian Confederation of Associated Wrestling)
  • Badass Family: Is the son of Luta Livre grandmaster Roberto Leitao.
  • Cool Teacher: Was a coach for Ruas Vale Tudo and a long time coach of the Brazilian freestyle wrestling national teams.
  • He Also Did: Was in Marco Ruas’ video instructional videos by Panther Productions.
  • I Know Luta Livre: An 8th dan black belt. He also trained in Ruas Vale Tudo and was a Brazilian freestyle wrestling champion, being one of the first to represent Brazil in international tournaments, the world championships, and most notably competed in 1988 and 1992 Olympics.
  • Non-Action Guy: Never fought in MMA, he was mostly a coach and cornerman.

Gustavo Machado

  • The Apprentice: To Roberto Leitao, Roberto Leitao Filho, Joao Ricardo, Marco Ruas, and Roberto “Gordo” Correa.
  • Badass Teacher: Has his own MMA school, Gustavo Ximu Vale Tudo.
  • Guest Fighter: From Ruas Vale Tudo.
  • Hero Killer: He has beaten guys like Wataru Sakata, Chris Haseman, KEI Yamamiya, Allan Goes and Kiyoshi Tamura.
  • I Know Luta Livre: Learned at the Luta Livre Budokan Academy and at Ruas Vale Tudo. He is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 3rd degree black belt and trained at the Gracie Barra Combat Team and also trained in Judo, Capoeira, and is a Brazilian national champion in boxing and Muay Thai.
  • Name's the Same: Not to be confused with another BJJ black belt and trainer called Gustavo Machado, nicknamed "Guga".
  • Red Baron: "Ximu".
  • Unrelated Brothers: Despite his surname, he is not a member of the Machado jiu-jitsu family. This is why some sites list him as Gustavo Ximu.
  • The Worf Effect: Was TKO'ed by Ricardo Arona by leg kicks and punches.

Renato Sobral

"I’ve been taking head shots since I was 11 years old."

  • Always Someone Better: Was beaten twice by Dan Henderson and Chuck Lidell.
  • The Apprentice: To Roberto Leitao, Roberto Leitao Filho, Joao Ricardo, Marco Ruas, and Roberto “Gordo” Correa.
  • Badass Teacher: Head Instructor of Babalu's Iron Gym Cerritos.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: A very strong fighter and once threw Mikhail Ilyukhin out of the ring with little effort.
  • Fan Nickname: "Seraldo Babalu" or as the UK likes to say "Sir Waldo Babalu" thanks to Tito Ortiz fudging up his name when he went to interview him after Babalu’s fight with Sokoudjou.
  • Guest Fighter: From Ruas Vale Tudo.
  • Hero Killer: The guy was unstoppable, beating everybody at both King of Kings tournaments until he faced respectively Dan Henderson and Valentijn Overeem. He also defeated both Kiyoshi Tamura and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka via majority decision.
  • I Know Luta Livre: Trained at Ruas Vale Tudo and the Luta Livre Budokan Academy. He also knew Freestyle wrestling and Muay Thai and was a champion in both, with him being a former member of the Brazilian Freestyle Wrestling National Team, is a 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and trained with the Gracie Barra Combat Team.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Wore shoes in RINGS, despite his background where he would be used to fighting without them.
  • Red Baron: "Babalu", which is almost more famous than his actual last name. Apparently, his nickname comes from a brand of bubblegum he likes.

    RINGS Bulgaria 

Appeared in RINGS Japan

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Unity Makes Strength

Kiril Barbutov

Alben Belinski

Valentin Davidov

  • Boxing Battler: Fought with boxing gloves on when possible.
  • Cool Teacher: President and boxing coach for Boks Klub Akademik.
  • I Know Boxing: A 10 time national champion, a two time Strandzha Cup champion, placed fifth in the 1993 World Amateur Boxing Championships, placed sixth in the 1994 European Championships, and also trained in Kickboxing.
  • Jobber

Sotir Gotchev

  • I Know Freestyle Wrestling: A three time Bulgarian national champion and was an alternative of the 1992 Olympic team. He also trained in sambo and competed in amateur Sumo Wrestling.
  • Name's the Same: Not to be confused with another Bulgarian wrestler of the same name.
  • Red Baron: "Maboroshi no Gorin Daihyō" ("Phantom Olympic Representative").
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Gotchev or Gochev? His name also gets spelt as Sotel Kachiev for some reason and his first name is also spelt as Satir.
  • Stout Strength
  • Suplex Finisher: Favoured using an assortment of suplexes, takedowns, throws and slams.

Borislav Jeliazkov

Emil Krastev

Krassen Krastev

Tsvetan Pavlov

Dimitŭr Petkov

"Petkov, who is 6-3, 334, and looked like a monster next to Yamamoto, overpowered him, hit a belly-to-belly (real rare to see suplexes in RINGS nowadays) and got a necklock submission in 3:32. This left a "tired" giant against 206-pound Kanehara. As a story it was good since Kanehara looked like a well-conditioned mini against a Gulliver-like monster who was blown up."
— Dave Meltzer

Stefanov Petrov

  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Threw spinning backfists and kicks in his fight with Mitsuya Nagai.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: He was strong enough to throw Nagai around, had ineffective but spirited striking and was a decent grappler though he needed more polish to be successful. Unfortunately he only had one match in RINGS, so we will never know how far he could have gone.
  • I Know Judo: A multiple time national and international medalist. He also trained in sambo.
  • Jobber: Had only one match in RINGS against Mitsuya Nagai, which he lost.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is sometimes listed as Stepepanov Petrov. It is believed that his real name is Stefan Petrov.
  • Stout Strength: 5ft 10, heavy build, and threw Nagai around like a rag doll.

Svilen Rusinov

  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Was the captain of the Olympic Bulgarian boxing team. He was also a deputy mayor of his hometown of Teteven.
  • Boxing Battler: Fought with boxing gloves when possible.
  • Carpet of Virility
  • Hero Killer: Has a victory over Vitali Klitschko in his amateur days.
  • I Know Boxing: A Bulgarian amateur boxing national champion, was a multiple time medalist at the European and World Championships as well the World Cup, was a bronze medalist at the 1992 Olympics in the superheavyweight division and also competed in 1988 Olympics. He later had one professional boxing match which he won.
  • Real Name as an Alias: Was sometimes introduced with his middle name Aldinov instead of his first name.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Rusinov or Roussinov?

Mikhail Simov

Todor Todorov

  • '80s Hair: A mullet.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Badass Beard
  • Cool Teacher: Is now a coach of Sports Club Lokomotiv Sofia Sambo - Judo.
  • I Know Judo: A multiple time Bulgarian national champion in this and sambo and also won gold and bronze medals at the 1992 European and World Sambo Championships respectively. He has also trained in amateur wrestling and later learned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Was part of the Bulgarian team along with Dimitar Petkov and Borislav Jeliazkov for the World Mega Battle Tournament of 1998.

Georgi Tonkov

"The opponent of Lee was Georgi Tonkov who is an active international class judoist from Bulgaria. RINGS Bulgaria places their hopes on the judo giant, it is rumored that they want to feature him as an ace of RINGS Bulgaria and to provide their own show in Bulgaria."
— Yoshi@Rising Flame, from a SFUK Submission Fighting UK forum dated 30th October 2001

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: To RINGS Georgia's David Khakhaleishvili as they were both stocky and successful judokas and sambists on the international level, were brought to RINGS to give their respective branches much needed star power and had very short runs in RINGS. They have faced each other in sambo competition with Khakhaleishvili coming out on top.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Many consider him one of the most talented Bulgarian judoka and sambist ever along with Georgi Georgiev, but they also noted that he trained much less than others but was physically very gifted from a very young age.
  • Downer Ending: Died of thyroid cancer in 2008, he was 33 years old.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Was brought into RINGS as his Judo and sambo credentials would have made him the most decorated fighter in RINGS Bulgaria and was rumored that his expected success would eventually lead to a RINGS show in Bulgaria, but he did poorly in his fight with Lee Hasdell and left right after that fight.
  • I Know Judo: Represented Bulgaria in the European, International, and World Championships and was a two time national champion in 2001 and 2002 with a silver in 2005. He also trained in sambo and represented Bulgaria in the European Championships, winning gold in 1999 and 2001, bronze in 2000 and also won bronze medals at the 1996, 1999, and 2002 World Sambo Championships with silver medals in 1995, 2000, and 2003.
  • Stout Strength: Was nearly 300 pounds.

Georgi Tsvetkov

  • Acrofatic / Stout Strength: Put on some weight after he retired from active sambo competition, though he busted short cartwheels in his fight with Roberto Traven to escape being grabbed.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Is one to RINGS Russia's Alexander Fedorov. Both were veteran sambo world champions that became trainers for their respective stables and both threw themselves at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters and champions that were a lot younger and more experienced in MMA in their sole fights in RINGS.
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Teacher: Was a trainer for RINGS Bulgaria.
  • Challenge Seeker: Threw himself at Roberto Traven in the latter's debut in RINGS and even led him to a majority decision win. To give some clarity, Tzvetkov was 44 years old and retired for many years and went in without gloves while Traven was 32 years old, a two time world champion in BJJ, the 1999 ADCC Absolute Division Champion with wins over John Machado, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Hayato Sakurai to win those championships and also won a Russian MMA tournament in 1997 by running through his opponents in less than 3 minutes each.
  • Cool Old Guy: Definitely, though a Retired Badass by his time in RINGS.
  • I Know Sambo: Was the first Bulgarian to win a World Championship in 1982 and also won bronze in the 1979 world championships, with another bronze at the 1982 European championships. He is also a national Judo champion and trained in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling.
  • Old Master: A legendary Bulgarian sambist and judoka since the 1970s and a trainer in retirement.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": For some reason in English his name is spelt as Gueorguiev Tzvetkov or Georgiev Tsvetkov.
  • The Unpronounceable
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Attempted a front dropkick near the end of his fight with Roberto Traven.

Others

Mikhail Apostolov

  • I Know Sambo: A Bulgarian national champion, a 2004, 2005 and 2006 European bronze medalist and also won silver at the 2004 and 2005 World Sambo Championships. He also knew Judo and was a national champion and medalist.
  • Jobber: Had one fight in RINGS against Fedor Emelianenko.

Bozhidar Boyadzhiev

Veselin Bozhinov

Dimitŭr Doĭchinov

Dian Hristov

  • Cool Teacher: Is a Judo coach for Sports Club Judo "CSKA" and Sports Club "Olympic Hopes".
  • I Know Judo: A national champion of Bulgaria and winner of international tournaments in Greece and Turkey. He also trained in sambo.
  • Jobber
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is also spelt as Deyan Khristov.

Aleksander Ivanov

  • I Know Boxing: A national champion and won international tournaments in Turkey, Italy and Canada.
  • Jobber
  • Name's the Same: Not to be confused with several Russian boxing and MMA fighters.
  • Stout Strength: Fought in the superheavyweight division in boxing.

Martin Lazarov

Georgi Nikolov

  • Dummied Out: Was going to debut at the Russia vs Bulgaria I event in 21 March 2000, but he dropped out due to injury and was replaced by Deyan Khristov against Vasiliy Gorbonos
  • I Know Judo:

Stoyan Saladinov

  • Alliterative Name
  • The Apprentice: To Nikola Zahariev.
  • Badass Teacher: Trained Bulgarian Commandos, "Spetsializiran Otryad Za Borba S Terorizma" ("Specialized Anti-Terrorism Task Force") and is also a MMA trainer to many Bulgarians like Blagoi Ivanov, Rossen Dimitrov, Marco Kossev, Kamen Georgiev, Tihomir Blagovestov, Nikola Dipchikov, Martin Marinkov and many others.
  • Dummied Out: Never appeared at any RINGS event.
  • Friend to All Children: Is a advocate for "Detsa Sreshtu Drogata" ("Children Against Drugs").
  • Genius Bruiser: Has a doctorate in Pedagogical Sciences
  • I Know Judo: As well as sambo, freestyle wrestling, and Karate and was a multiple time national champion in all of them.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Is a christian.
  • Ur-Example: Is considered the father of combat sambo in Bulgaria.

Tsvetko Tsvetkov

Nikola Zahariev

"Mr. Zahariev was incredible organizer, speaker and very daring person. He always has something to show and something to teach us, his students."
— Stoyan Saladinov

  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Is an honorary vice chairman of the World Sambo Federation and a longtime vice-head of the sambo division of the CSKA (Central Sports Club of the Army) in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Badass Teacher: Was the head trainer of RINGS Bulgaria.
  • Cool Old Guy: Definitely, he was born on 15 May 1938.
  • I Know Sambo: As well as amateur wrestling.
  • Non-Action Guy: Was the manager of RINGS Bulgaria and didn't compete there.
  • Old Master: A long time Bulgarian sambo coach and was an amateur wrestling coach since 1971, a few years before he even learned sambo.
  • Old Soldier: Was a Colonel in the Bulgarian Armed Forces.

    RINGS France 
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School of the Super Strikers
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Cyrille Diabaté

Marc Emmanuel

Christophe Lardot

Cheick Ouedraogo

  • Badass Family: He is a cousin of rugby star Fulgence Ouedraogo, the French back-rower.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has intentionally fouled in his matches to get the upper hand.
  • Cool Teacher: Has his own gym, Kongo Smashin' Club.
  • Embarrassing Nickname / Fan Nickname: "Cup" is so called due to the number of times he "cup checked" his opponent Mirko Cro Cop with illegal groin strikes.
  • French Jerk / Scary Black Man: Born to a Burkinabé father and a Congolese mother in Paris, France.
  • Hero Killer: Has victories over Hans Njman, Joop Kasteel, and Mirko Filipović.
  • I Know Karate: A black belt in Karate and Kendo. He later learned Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Savate and Greco-Roman wrestling at age of 16. At age 19, he studied Pencak Silat Setia Hati Terate and was coached by Charles Joussot and Franck Ropers, men who brought silat to France. He later trained for MMA under Shooto veteran Daniel Quoniam.
  • Red Baron: "Kongo" which is most well known than his real surname, "The African Gladiator", "The French Sensation".

    RINGS Georgia 

Appeared in RINGS Japan

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Strength Is In Unity

Amiran Bitsadze

  • Always Someone Better: Once had a match in RINGS against Tariel to determine who was the better fighter. Tariel won of course.
  • The Apprentice: To Shokei Matsui.
  • Bald of Awesome: Started losing his hair during the end of his run in RINGS.
  • Bash Brothers / Big Little Brother: With Tariel, and while his brother weighed more than him, Amiran was actually taller.
  • Battle Strip: In a match against Joop Van Kasteel, where he started in his gi top but took it off after a rope escape.
  • Carpet of Virility: Not as much as his brother though.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He wore only footguards along his gi pants.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: Another thing he shared with his brother was his use of spinning kicks. He was however lighter and a lot more agile that his brother and could do jumping spinning kicks with ease, multiple times in a match.
  • The Giant: Was slightly taller than his brother who was about 6ft 7 and was himself almost 300 pounds.
  • I Know Karate: From the Kyokushin kind like his brother. He competed in the 1999 World Championships, but was taken out by Brazilian karateka Glaude Feitosa and also competed in the 2003 Championships, but didn’t past his first match.
  • Jobber: Despite his size and striking prowess, he rarely won any of his RINGS matches.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Ameran or Amiran?
  • Tag Along Kid: Was in RINGS mostly for being Tariel's younger brother. Which is odd considering he appeared before Tariel debuted.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Was part of the Georgian team along with Tariel and Grom Zaza for the World Mega Battle Tournament of 1998. Team Georgia won that tournament.
  • The Unpronounceable: Like his brother.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Inverted. For some reason he usually wore either his gi top or a singlet with his gi pants instead of going shirtless like the other karatekas.

Tariel Bitsadze

"The way he uses his physical build is outstanding. He is built like a giant robot."

  • Acrofatic: Capable of pulling off axe kicks, spinning kicks and on rare occasions; jumping spinning kicks despite his size.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Was probably one to Pancrase’s Semmy Schilt, another giant karateka that caused trouble for other fighters due to his size and striking power.
  • The Apprentice: To Shokei Matsui.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Was the head of the RINGS Georgia team.
  • Bash Brothers: With Amiran.
  • The Big Guy: Was the heaviest of the Georgian fighters.
  • Carpet of Virility: Chest and shoulders.
  • Colossus Climb / Puzzle Boss: Due to his size, he could grab the ropes from nearly anywhere to escape submissions and provided a lot of problems to opponents who couldn’t take him down.
  • Cool Teacher: Is now a Kyokushin Karate instructor.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: He wore only footguards along his gi.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: Favored spinning kicks, despite his size.
  • Expy: With his gi pants, Carpet of Virility, and Karate expertise, he looks basically like a bigger version of Chuck Norris's character in Bruce Lee's Way of the Dragon.
  • The Giant: 6ft 7 and over 300 pounds of Georgian mass.
  • Glass Cannon: A stamina one.
  • Hidden Depths: According to Chris Haseman, Tariel was not your typical one-dimensional striker and knew how to choke for real. In an unrelated note, Tariel also has the Georgian record in shot put.
  • I Know Karate: From the Kyokushin kind. One defeat to the legendary Andy Hug took him away from the world championship in 1991. He also participated in the 1995 and 1999, but had to quit in the former due to a hand injury and was eliminated by Aleksandr Pitchkunov in the latter, both of them at the fourth round. He also competed in the 2007 Championships but didn’t past his first match.
  • Mighty Glacier: Slow but hard hitting.
  • Old Soldier: Quite literally: he fought in the Georgian Civil War.
  • Red Baron: "Tsuyoshi Kobushi" ("Strong Fist").
  • Stout Strength: Had a huge waist.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Was the captain of the Georgian team along with his brother Amiran and Grom Zaza for the World Mega Battle Tournament of 1998. Team Georgia won that tournament.
  • The Unpronounceable: Good luck trying to spell his surname.

Ramaz Buzariashvili

  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Was the original head fighter of RINGS Georgia.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Was considered the best of the Georgian fighters, before Tariel Bitsadze and Grom Zaza caught up anyway. Unfortunately his run in RINGS was cut short due to an unspecified injury, so we’ll never know what his full potential could have looked like.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Injuries cut his RINGS career short before they went into full shoots.
  • I Know Freestyle Wrestling: A Soviet national champion. He also knew sambo and was a 1986 USSR champion, and is considered a master of chidaoba, a Georgian jacket wrestling style.
  • Old Soldier: Inverted, he was in his 20s when he debuted in RINGS but he was part of the Georgian Armed Forces in his teens when Georgia was still part of the USSR.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Ramaz or Ramazi? Also Buzariashvili or Busariashvili?
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Not a great striker nor a good submission technician, but he was a high level wrestler and could even takedown guys like Chris Dolman and easily threw around Volk Han in a friendly chidaoda sparring session (though Han first easily twisted him up in a friendly sambo sparring session).
  • The Unpronounceable: Yep.

Vladimer Chanturia

  • Boxing Battler: Wore gloves in RINGS
  • Cool Teacher: Is a boxing coach for the national team.
  • I Know Boxing: A bronze medalist in the 2000 Olympics, winner of international tournaments in Dagestan, Bulgaria, and Azerbaijan, was a bronze medalist at the Military World Games, and also won silver at the 1998 European Cup. He was also a professional boxer and won a national heavyweight championship.
  • Jobber: Lost to a young Alistair Overeem in his only match for RINGS.
  • Red Baron: "Midnight Train".
  • Spell My Name with an "S": His name is also spelt as Vladimir Tchanturia.
  • The Unpronounceable: Indeed.

Levan Ebanoidze

Bakur Gogitidze

  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Was a former vice-president of the Georgian Wrestling Federation.
  • I Know Greco-Roman Wrestling: Was a 1989 USSR Youth champion, a 1993 World Junior Champion, won a silver medal at the 1994 World Championships, placed sixth in the 1996 and 1997 European Championships, and competed in the 100kg division at the 1996 Olympics. He also trained in a bit of boxing under Georgi Kandelaki.
  • Leotard of Power: An amateur wrestling one, though he also wore short tights on occasion.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Was quite short for a Georgian and the shortest guy in his stable, but that didn't stop him from deadlift suplexing some of the bigger and heavier guys he faced.
  • Red Baron: "Suplex Man".
  • Spell My Name with an "S": RINGS spelled his name as Bakouri Gogitidze.
  • Suplex Finisher: Had an affinity for suplexes and slams.
  • The Unpronounceable: No doubt.

Georgi Kandelaki

  • The Apprentice: To Gunia Zurab and Tarash Kandelaki.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Founded the Georgian Professional Boxing Association and became its president. He was also the president of the Georgian Amateur Boxing Association from 2002 to 2006.
  • Badass Family: His father Tarash Kandelaki is also a boxer and introduced Georgi to the sport.
  • Boxing Battler: Always fought with boxing gloves whenever he could.
  • Cool Teacher: Is now a boxing coach.
  • Eye Scream: Retired from boxing after an eye injury.
  • I Know Boxing: Represented Georgia at the 1996 Olympic Games, claimed a World Amateur title in 1997 (the first of his people to so do) with a silver medal in 1993, won the 1992 Junior World Championships, won an European amateur championship in 1993, and held the World Boxing Union Heavyweight title in 2002 through to 2003 as a professional boxer and retired unbeaten after 24 fights as a pro (though he did not meet a serious opponent).
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Kandelaki or Keandelaki? Also Georgi or Giorgi?
  • Teen Genius: Was 18 when he debuted in RINGS.
  • The Unpronounceable: Sure.

David Khakhaleishvili

"In 1996, Russian Judo competitor, David Khakhaleichvili was the defending Olympic Heaveyweight Champ and the favorite to win the Gold in Atlanta. He was told by an official that he was to weigh in (why would a heavyweight have to weigh in?) and given an address to go to. It turned out that he was sent to the wrong building, didn't make the weigh in and was refused the chance to compete. He had to sit in the stands and watch - Screwed!"

  • Badass Family: His son, Rostomi is also an accomplished judoka.
  • Cool Teacher: Became a Judo and sambo trainer after he retired. One of his students is professional sumo wrestler Gagamaru Masaru (real name: Teimuraz Jugheli), who trained under Khakhaleishvili in judo and sambo before he took up sumo.
  • Hero Killer: Defeated Naoya Ogawa for his Olympic gold medal.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Was brought into RINGS to give RINGS Georgia a sort of ace figure, but he didn't do as well as expected and left RINGS after a few matches.
  • I Know Judo: An accomplished judoka representing Georgia, with medals in the USSR, European, and World Championships, and won the Olympic gold medal in the +95kg division in 1992 representing the unified Olympic team and is considered the first official Georgian Olympic gold medalist. He is also a 2 time sambo world champion.
  • The Rival: With Naoya Ogawa in Judo. They battled on the mats multiple times, with Ogaya besting Khakhaleishvili for the gold at the 1991 World Championships and Khakhaleishvili besting Ogaya for the gold at the 1992 Olympics.
  • Screwed by the Network: He didn't compete at the 1996 Olympics because he was told by an official that he had to weigh in and was given an address to go to. It turned out that he was sent to the wrong building, didn't make the weigh in and was disqualified.
  • Stout Strength: Had a wide waist.
  • The Unpronounceable: Noticing a pattern yet?

Siera Khvitcha

Koba Kupatadze

Zurab Sarsania

  • Boxing Battler: Fought with boxing gloves on.
  • Downer Ending: Was shot and killed at the age of 21.
  • Hero Killer: Has a victory over Ukrainian heavyweight boxing ace Wladimir Klitschko in his amateur days.
  • I Know Boxing: A European championship silver medalist, a world championship medalist and part of the Georgian national team.
  • Stout Strength: Competed as a super heavyweight in boxing.
  • The Unpronounceable: Surprisingly averted.

Tengiz Tedoradze

Koba Tkeshelashvili

Zaza Tkeshelashvili

"Zaza, a former Olympic wrestler, took Morais, a 6-8, muscular 265 pounder down at the bell and mainly controlled him in boring fashion, throwing a few punches here and there. The crowd was chanting for Zaza since Morais could never get control. Morais got one brief reversal, but Zaza reversed back almost immediately. Morais had the guard on most of the way and really this match could have been a draw, although the crowd was so into seeing Zaza on top and chanting for him that it was a unanimous decision."
— Dave Meltzer

  • The Ace: Was arguably the best fighter of RINGS Georgia.
  • The Apprentice: To Vano Nikoladze.
  • Bash Brothers: With Koba.
  • Cool Teacher: Works now as a physical education teacher.
  • Genius Bruiser: Aside from wrestler and fighter, Zaza is also a fully qualified veterinarian.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Lost to Bobby Hoffman by KO, but he protested the decision as he was only knocked down and still conscious when the referee stopped the fight.
  • I Know Freestyle Wrestling: Was a member of the Georgian Olympic team, competed in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, was a 1986 European Champion, a World Cup winner and a 4 time Soviet Champion. He also learned sambo to learn about leg locks and even had a sambo exhibition on one of the RINGS shows with Tomoyuki Horigome. He also knows a traditional Georgian jacket folk wrestling style called chidaoba.
  • Red Baron: "Grom" ("Thunder").
  • Silver Fox: Had silver hair.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Was part of the Georgian team along with Amiran and Tariel Bitsadze for the World Mega Battle Tournament of 1998. Team Georgia won that tournament.
  • The Unpronounceable: Which is why most of sites list him as Grom Zaza or Zaza Grom.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He was mostly a wrestler, but his takedowns were fearsome, and he later put effort in learning about leglocks.
  • Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: He faced Brazilian giant Ricardo Morais in a vale tudo fight and won the decision.

Andrei Turmanidze

  • Bald of Awesome: Not completely but he didn't have much at the top.
  • Cool Teacher: Was the former head coach of the Georgian National Freestyle Wrestling team.
  • I Know Freestyle Wrestling: Competed in the 1996 Olympics and was part of the Georgian Freestyle wrestling team. He is also a 1987 European Champion, won silver medals in the 1989 and 1991 World Cup and placed 4th in the 1993 and 1995 World Championships.
  • One Steve Limit: Apparently his real name is Zaza Turmanidze, he was renamed in RINGS so people wouldn't confused him for Grom Zaza.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": He name was sometimes listed as Andre Tourminadze.
  • The Unpronounceable: So much so that he is sometimes introduced as Andre Ruminezei for some reason.

Others

Vepcho Bardanashvili

Nodar Ekvtimishvili

Gega Gegeshidze

Levon Lagvilava

Ilya Tlashadze

    RINGS Holland 

    RINGS Japan 

Official Fight Team

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The Forefathers of Maeda-ism

Hiroyuki Ito

Tsuyoshi Kohsaka

Mitsuya Nagai

  • The Apprentice: To Satoru Sayama, Naoyuki Taira, and Akira Maeda.
  • Bald of Awesome: After RINGS closed.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After months of work disagreements with Maeda, not only Nagai got de-pushed and belittled, but also slapped in the face by Maeda for no reason after an important match. At that point Nagai snapped, told RINGS to screw themselves and left the promotion.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He originally wanted to go into pro wrestling before finishing high school and needed Giant Baba to remind him his duties. Actually inverted in RINGS itself - he was the oldest member of the first generation native team, not counting Maeda.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Often wore neon green tights or shorts.
  • Cool Mask: Wore one as Makai #5.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": His real first name is Hirokazu.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Was a trainee for UWF Newborn, but was injured before he could debut. He was also briefly a trainee for UWF International before he switched to RINGS.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Naomichi Marufuji once called him "Bald Octopus" when he worked in Pro Wrestling Noah.
  • Fake Russian: In Dramatic Dream Team he sometimes wrestled as Vladimir Nagai.
  • I Know Shootboxing: And later competed in K-1. He also trained in Satoru Sayama's Super Tiger Gym, and was a part of his Seikendo school in 1999.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Could work well and wasn't a bad shooter, but he unfortunately shared the ring with guys who were either way better workers and/or way better fighters. He ended up being one of the least notable people in the team despite having been the first RINGS trainee.
  • Red Baron: "Shippūdotō" ("Storm and Stress" a reference to Sturm und Drang) "Shippu Ikaru" ("Hurricane Fury"), "Gogatana" ("The Little Sword"), "Great Tiger".
  • Sore Loser: Once blew off Mikhail Ilyukhin’s handshake after Mikhail beat him by armbar.

Yasuhito Namekawa

"Namekawa's career started on the undercard of early, worked-shoot RINGS events, but his crisp, technical grappling translated well to legitimate shootfights—to a point. Namekawa went 4-8 in his first two years of professional (real) fighting within RINGS, some of which can be blamed on particularly stiff competition that included larger, more experienced fighters like Chris Haseman, Willie Peeters, Alistair Overeem, Lee Hasdell and even the old wolf Volk Han himself. It was an entirely familiar career trajectory for fighters transitioning from shoot-style wrestling, and when RINGS sent Namekawa to America as a part of their RINGS USA initiative, it was more as a warm body than a competitor. And, somehow, that's where Namekawa turned his career around. As said, in his first two years Namekawa had gone 4-8: In the following four he went 10-4-1, including a shocking chokeout of rising star Falaniko Vitale and a hard-fought decision loss against Wallid Ismail, one of the best grapplers in the world. By 2004 he'd reversed his losing record and risen to 14-12-1, and Pride, in its big Bushido expansion period, was interested. They also wanted to test him: His first fight with the organization, at Pride: Bushido 2, would be a rematch with the Lithuanian prospect Egidijus Valavicius, who'd notched one of those aforementioned four losses in Namekawa's belt by beating him so soundly that his corner threw in the towel in just 2:18. Pride wanted Namekawa, but they wanted him to prove he belonged. Somewhat shockingly, he did. Valavicius immediately backed Namekawa into a turnbuckle with punches, Namekawa shot for a takedown, the two scrambled and Namekawa abruptly jumped on a guillotine choke, the same one he'd finished five other men with in his career. Valavicius struggled, punched, strained so hard his mouthpiece popped out of his mouth, and ultimately tapped out just 65 seconds into the fight. It was the best moment of Namekawa's career—after its troubled beginning, after his journey back to a winning record, he'd avenged the worst loss of his career on the biggest stage he'd ever seen with his favorite maneuver. It was the best introduction a fighter could possibly ask for."
— A profile of Namekawa from a Fire Pro Wrestling user Carl CX from https://steamcommunity.com

  • The Apprentice: To Animal Hamaguchi and Akira Maeda.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Mostly wore dark blue gear in RINGS.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Participated in the first amateur RINGS event before officially joining the team.
  • Expy: Shares a lot with Wataru Sakata, RINGS career-wise. Both were Animal Hamaguchi trainees before their RINGS careers, were Akira Maeda fans, had rivals in RINGS in the form of Willie Peeters for Sakata and Lee Hasdell for Namekawa (both of their opponents were also considered the Gate Guardian during certain periods in RINGS, Willie in the first half and Lee in the second half), and were two of the most improved shooters by the end of RINGS.
  • Hidden Depths: Is a Judo therapist, a treatment method that exclusively treats external injuries related to bones and joints.
  • I Know Amateur Wrestling: Trained at the Animal Hamaguchi gym.
  • Jobber: Mostly in 2000 as he failed to pick up a single win in the first half of that year.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Joined RINGS in 1998 and never got off the ground before the promotion folded down.
  • Promoted Fan Boy: Was a Akira Maeda fan boy.
  • Red Baron: "Sasurai no Nekketsu Fighter" ("The Hot-Blooded Wandering Fighter").
  • The Rival: Had a trilogy of fights against Lee Hasdell.
  • Rugby Is Slaughter: Played in high school.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Like Wataru Sakata, he was one of the most improved shooters by the end of RINGS.

Masayuki Naruse

"Whatever it is, I'll do it."

  • A Day In The Lime Light: Won an eight man tournament to become the first RINGS Little Heavyweight Champion.
  • The Apprentice: To Akira Maeda.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: Which got him the nickname "Berserker", after the character from Fate/stay night.
  • Cool Teacher: Is now a personal trainer and has his own gym.
  • David vs. Goliath: His MMA fight with Jan "The Giant" Nortje, who towered over him and outweighed him by 50kg, which he won by rear naked choke.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: He loved the spinning backfist and used it whenever he could (and, in case of shoot fights, even whenever he could not).
  • Fearless Fool: He was the second worst mixed martial artist in the native team of RINGS (the worst would be Yoshihisa Yamamoto), but as the quote above says, he gladly threw himself to any opponent they wanted to put against him.
  • The Heart: Charismatic and brave, a symbol of RINGS undercard.
  • He Also Did: Was involved in the creation of the rules for New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Ultimate Crush event.
  • I Know Karate: A black belt from the Shotokan school.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Unusually long hair? Check. Good looks? Check. Style? Check.
  • Nice Guy: Even after Egan Inoue disqualified himself in order to beat down Naruse as a revenge to a fortuitous eye gouge, Naruse still tried to plead reason with him.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: A small but valiant guy.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: His entrance theme, "Ultra Soul" by B'z.
  • Red Baron: "Ultra Soul", "Kyosenshi" ("Mad Soldier"), "Jiyujin" ("The Free Man"), "Jikken Rīgu Otoko" ("Experimental League Man"), "Berserker", "Phantom".
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Was part of the Japanese "B" team along with Kiyoshi Tamura and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka for the World Mega Battle Tournament of 1998.
  • The Un-Favourite: He was pushed at the end because he had charisma and good working skills, which the promotion needed in its final years, but before that the stardom had been kept away from Naruse for years, especially due to his little success in legit shoots.
  • Ur-Example: The first RINGS Little Heavyweight Champion.

Wataru Sakata

  • The Apprentice: To Akira Maeda. He also started his pro wrestling training under Animal Hamaguchi.
  • Arch-Enemy: Willie Peeters.
  • Ascended Extra: And how. He went from a lowly MMA fighter in RINGS to the junior ace of ZERO-ONE and later the main hero in HUSTLE.
  • Boring, but Practical: His style of wrestling and fighting was pretty generic, but he was pretty efficient.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Light yellow tights and boots.
  • Cool Teacher: Had his own dojo called Evolution.
  • Determinator: Especially against Peeters, who usually had the upper hand in their matches.
  • Expy: Somewhat to Minoru Suzuki, as both had feuds against legit guys in which they were screwed by the rules at first but won at the end, ando also because they were quite lookalike when younger. In fact, they had some confrontation in Fighting Opera HUSTLE about the matter.
  • Flipping the Bird: Did this once to Herman Renting after Sakata submitted him.
  • Henpecked Husband: Like Nobuhiko Takada he has this reputation in Japanese pop culture towards his wife, Eiko Koike a Japanese actress, gravure idol, former ring side commentator and spokesperson for PRIDE, which has made his friends and Japanese media jokingly refer to him mainly as "Koike no Dan'na" ("Koike's Husband").
  • Hidden Depths: Once owned a restaurant that he started in 2006, it closed in 2010. He currently owns a salad bar.
  • I Know Karate: Practised Kyokushin while in high school.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: His finishing moves in pro wrestling were kicks, suplexes and aerial moves.
  • Keet: Characteristically.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Young, handsome, recklessly brave and often clad in yellow.
  • Loony Fan: He was the self-proclaimed "world's best Akira Maeda fan", and often wrote about him in his blog.
  • Manly Tears: After besting Chris Haseman in a shoot.
  • Plucky Guy
  • Red Baron: "Hangyaku no Ippikiōkami" ("Rebellious Lone Wolf"), "HUSTLE Aniki" ("HUSTLE Big Brother"), "LOVE & HUSTLE".
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After being beaten by Willie Peeters in a particularly wild shootfight in 1995, Sakata went Super-Persistent Predator for him and literally chase him to the other side of the world. His efforts were harsh, as he went to lose their rematch and rubber match by KO and north/south choke respectively, and even came short by decision in a fourth fight in RINGS Holland by an amazingly irregular refereeing. Sakata got finally his revenge in 1998 after submitting Peeters with a leglock in one minute. Wataru really wanted that tap out.
  • Smug Snake: Made the "get smart" head tap gesture to a defeated Willie Peeters.
  • Start My Own: Founded a Spin-Off wrestling promotion to Fighting Opera Hustle; Hustle Man's World.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Was part of the Japanese "A" team along with Hiromitsu Kanehara and Yoshihisa Yamamoto for the World Mega Battle Tournament of 1998.
  • Took a Level in Badass: One of the most improved native shooters at the end of his career in RINGS.

Yukihiro Takenami

Yoshihisa Yamamoto

"This time I am willing to do it. This time I will win, at any prize."

  • A Day in the Limelight: After he did exceptionally well against Rickson Gracie, Yamamoto was looked to be pushed as the company's next main eventer. After he did exceptionally bad against Ricardo Morais, it was all forgotten and he was given back to the low/midcard.
  • Alliterative Name
  • The Apprentice: To Akira Maeda, and later to Nobuhiko Takada at Takada Dojo when he left RINGS.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Of the boastful variety.
  • Badass on Paper: If ever was one. Most of his fame came from lasting three rounds against the mighty Rickson, but it was due not to fighting skill, but merely to capitalizing in the legality of grabbing the ropes and holding for dear life to them not to be taken down. Yamamoto's soon potential, or rather lack thereof, was soon exposed in his next shoots, although it is up to debate whether he could have become legitimately good in mixed martial arts had he really tried.
  • Big Eater: According to training partners.
  • The Big Guy: The physically strongest of the RINGS Japan team.
  • Boisterous Weakling: He was brave, plucky and big, and often carried himself in interviews as if he was among the best fighters in Japan, but he was one of the worst Japanese fighters ever came out of the U-system.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Had a strong judo background and could have been a solid fighter with the proper training, but it is a known fact that he wasn't interested at all in fighting. When in the gym, he rarely sparred, and instead just lifted weights, slacked around and ate the food sent by his fans.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Mixed with Too Dumb to Live in his PRIDE fight with Mirko Cro Cop, where he taunted Cro Cop by offering "free shots" throughout the fight and naturally got destroyed.
  • Catchphrase: "Futou Fukutu" ("unyielding and indomitable").
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: White tights and boots. Before that he usually wore red or orange gear.
  • David vs. Goliath: His MMA fights with Ricardo Morais (who KO'ed him), Semmy Schilt (who also KO'ed him), Jan Nortje (who Yamamoto submitted with an armbar), and Bob Sapp (who as expected KO'ed him).
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Would sometimes fight with only shinguards and knee pads to cover his feet and legs.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Was a trainee for UWF Newborn, but didn’t debut there due to suffering a broken jaw while training.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: His training partners called him "Georgie", for some unknown reason.
  • Fearless Fool: Say what you will about his fighting ability or attitude towards fighting in general, he still fought some of the greatest names in the sport without backing down.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Once broken his own arm on the ring while posting it on the mat to attempt a kani basami.
  • I Know Judo: A 1st dan black belt. How did he get it is a Riddle for the Ages.
  • Improv Fu: Managed to turn a ill-performed double leg by Mark Kerr into a DDT of all things to knock him out, although the pundits were skeptical about whether it had been an intentional technique or he had been simply lucky enough that Kerr drove his own head against the mat.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After the mentioned DDT, Yamamoto boasted in the post-match interview about how he had trained all along to perform it on the ring and such. PRIDE's general manager Takada, who was also Yamamoto's trainer and knew it was all Blatant Lies, proclaimed that if it wasn't pure luck, he had to repeat it in the match he was going to put him against Mirko Cro Cop.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Despite his bad performances overall, he could be a tough opponent if he wanted: he beat Maurice Smith in a mixed rules fight, knocked out the always technical Chris Haseman in the second King of Kings, and even tapped out the notoriously hard-to-submit Daijiro Matsui in a grappling match in the Takada Dojo, not to mention his famous three-round Rickson match.
  • Man in White: Liked to wear white tights and boots inspired on Rickson Gracie's.
  • Red Baron: "The Outlaw", "Yamayoshi", "Maedaism Keishosha" ("The Inheritor of the Maeda-ism"), "Rickson O Oitsumeta Otoko" ("The Man Who Chased Rickson").
  • Sincerest Form of Flattery: After his fight against Rickson, Yamamoto adopted his attire, techniques and even facial mannerisms to an almost parodic degree. It was soon phased out, although the attire part remained among his traits.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: During the mentioned fight with Smith, Yamamoto kept breaking late his holds, which normally would have granted him a yellow card, but as he was the native and Smith the foreigner from Pancrase, well, you can guess.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Went by the name of Norihisa during his PRIDE run for some reason.
  • Stone Wall: Got his aura (and its subsequent push) after stalling Rickson Gracie for three rounds via the Loophole Abuse of holding the ropes for all the match.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Was part of the Japanese "A" team along with Hiromitsu Kanehara and Wataru Sakata for the World Mega Battle Tournament of 1998.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: His style was based around powering out of holds when possible and opting for eat any punishment instead of trying to outstrike.

Debutants that competed in Amateur RINGS

Tomoki Kanuka

  • The Apprentice: To Yuki Nakai and Animal Hamaguchi.
  • Cool Teacher: Former head instructor of Paraestra Iwate, Kuji, and Mutsu. He now has his own gym called LAZOONA Academy.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Debuted in RINGS and was an amateur RINGS 80kg class champion in 1998, but spent most of his MMA career in Shooto.
  • I Know Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Trained at Paraestra Tokyo and is a black belt, as well as shoot wrestling. He also trained in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Animal Hamaguchi Dojo and also knows sambo and won the 2003 Aomori Prefecture Sambo Championships in the 82kg class. He also placed third in 2007 Pancrase Pro-Am Catch Wrestling tournament in the under 100kg class and was the runner-up in the 2009 All Japan Combat Wrestling Championships in the 80kg class.

Naoyuki Kotani

Debutants from U-File Camp

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Fight Training With Style

Goro Kobayashi

Eriya Matsuda

  • The Apprentice: To Kiyoshi Tamura, Makoto Ohe, Yukio Sakaguchi, and Kensaku Maeda.
  • Cool Teacher: Is the MMA and personal fitness trainer at the Typhoon Club Fight Fitness Gym.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Had his first amateur and pro fights in RINGS, he later became a regular Pancrase fighter.
  • I Know Karate: Won 2nd place at the 1996 All Okinawa Karate Championships, also trained in Kyokushin and Judo, later trained at U-FILE Camp and was a 80kg champion at the 7th amateur RINGS tournament in 1999 and then Sakaguchi Dojo for MMA and also trained at Dragon Dojo for Kickboxing.

Tashihiro Nishiuchi

Kazuki Okubo

"Okubo was something of an enhancement talent for U-STYLE: A solid technical grappler, but not particularly successful enough to stand out from the pack. He mostly put over other wrestlers, most notably the organization's owner Kiyoshi Tamura, and split his time evenly between wresling and mixed martial arts. He didn't fare much better at all there, either. Okubo was a can crusher, as in a five-year, sixteen-fight career, his only victories came against 0-0 fighters, most of whom would fight only rarely afterward—in fact, the combined record of his opponents at the end of their careers was 10-18, which becomes more damning when you add that 8 of those wins came from one opponent, Ryuichi Murata, who was solely a judoka with no MMA experience or training when he fought Okubo. He had two Pride appearances—a Pride 24 decision loss to Daijiro Matsui and a Pride: Bushido 8 battle with the aforementioned Murata—and was notably for being a tough man to stop. That didn't make it past the Japanese circuit, though: When he left the country to fight for the Mix-Fight group he took three quick, violent losses, including a Kurt Pellegrino slam TKO and one of Jeremy Horn's very rare knockouts, and after a decision loss to one-time WEC title challenger Hiromitsu Miura, he called it a day. Okubo retired from MMA at 7-9. He still makes sporadic pro-wrestling appearances, but for the most part he works in the gym. It's probably a better fit."
— A profile of Okubo from a Fire Pro Wrestling user Carl CX from https://steamcommunity.com

Kyosuke Sasaki

"Today's entrant is Kyosuke Sasaki, another of the original U-STYLE shoot-wrestling rebels—the runner-up of the U-STYLE tournament to crown a challenger worthy of facing Kiyoshi Tamura, the man who founded the company, who proceeded to defeat the winner, then challenge Sasaki and go over him too. (Here's a spoiler for the entire history of wrestling: Nine times out of ten, the person who signs the checks is going over.) Sasaki was one of the rare cases who fought in MMA before he became a professional wrestler, participating over in RINGS and DEEP before parlaying his real martial training into the performance of wrestling. You would think, with the core of his skills being real rather than performative, he would have considerably more success on the fighting circuit than his U-STYLE peers. Unfortunately for his fighting career, he was even less successful than most of them. Sasaki was tough—he was only stopped twice in 14 fights, both at the hands of British kickboxing champions—but he also only won three fights. Some part of that can be blamed on stiff competition, as in his career he tangled with the likes of Yushin Okami, Seichi Ikemoto, Eiji Mitsuoka and Jutaro Nakao, but he floundered against rookies, too. He was a talented defensive fighter, but was never able to mount offense in turn. After amassing a record of 3-7-4, he cut his losses and returned to a fulltime wrestling schedule as part of Japan's independent scene, where he's still performing as Hitamaru Sasaki. Everyone wanted to be Sakuraba, Fujita or Tamura, in the end. Unfortunately, most of them wound up as cross-sport midcarders."
— A profile of Sasaki from a Fire Pro Wrestling user Carl CX from https://steamcommunity.com

Debutants from Power of Dream

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Live The Dream

Ken Orihashi

"Orihashi was a heavyweight student at the Power of Dream gym, an early Japanese MMA academy founded by RINGS, Pride and UFC veteran Kenichi Yamamoto. POD was nver an enormously successful gym, but it put together a few well-rounded fighters, most notably DEEP standout Tomoya Miyashita, who was on his way to a title before he was claimed by cancer at the tragically young age of 30. Orihashi, for his part, was not one of those well-roudned fighters. Despite having some wrestling skills, he was a puncher, and was not content with his fights unless punching was heavily involved. At 5'10" and 250 pounds, Orihashi was a stout, reckless brawler. It showed in his results. Of his final 8-7 record, seven wins were TK Os anchored by his hands and six losses were TK Os incurred as the price for his style, and only three fights in total made it past one round. The first six fights of Orihashi's career happened on two nights— a pair of single-day tournaments with the Tokyo-based Titan F Ighting Championship—and none lasted longer than 93 seconds. He failed to capture either tournament, and wouldn't win another fight for three and a half years afterward. But that's the life of a brawler. He did it unrepentantly and he succeeded more often than he failed: That's all you can ask of the brawling journeyman. It's a shame his one Pride appearance has been lost."
— A profile of Orihashi from a Fire Pro Wrestling user Carl CX from https://steamcommunity.com

Hideo Tokoro

"The way he was marketed in K-1, it was always tempting to dismiss Hideo Tokoro as a gimmick. A good-looking Japanese kid who worked as a janitor, lived in a tiny apartment, and bathed in a sink while fighting to make it as a mixed martial artist for the tiny ZST promotion, there's no doubt Tokoro was a compelling story."
— Tokoro's profile in the book, The MMA Encyclopedia.

  • Almighty Janitor: He is a former janitor in real life.
  • The Apprentice: To Kenichi Yamamoto from his Power of Dream gym.
  • Cool Teacher: Has his own gym now, Reversal Gym Musashi Kosugi Tokoro Plus.
  • Elite Four: Was part of the "ZST Shi Kyōdai" ("ZST Four Brothers").
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: Is fond of using spinning backfists and heel kicks.
  • Hero Killer: Has victories against Alexandre Pequeno, Royler Gracie, Masakazu Imanari, and Rumina Sato.
  • I Know Shoot Wrestling: Under Kenichi Yamamoto who also trained him in Muay Thai. He also has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: To Kazushi Sakuraba as he was seen as another Gracie hunter has a draw against Royce Gracie, a victory against Royler Gracie and loss against Kron Gracie.
  • Rags to Riches: A downplayed example, but he was a janitor and bathing in a sink before his fighting career.
  • Red Baron: "Little Volk Han", "Ringu no Majutsu-shi" ("The Magician of the Ring"), "The Human Octopus", "Gyakkyō Faitā" ("Adversity Fighter"), "Tatakau Furītā ("Fighting Freeter"), "Cinderella Boy", "Tatakau Sutōkā" ("Fight Stalker").
  • Technician vs. Performer: Mostly a performer, his style is described as "breakneck paced" and "exciting" as he works at high-speed on the ground and takes all risks with bold submission attempts, often leaving himself open to counterattacks in order to seek a chance to win.

Japan Command Sambo Federation & Debutants from SK Absolute

Yoshikazu Endo

Akihiro Gono

"1-2-1-2-3-4! Bounce with me, bounce with me, bounce with me BOUNCE!!"

  • Affectionate Parody: His "DJ GOZMA" persona, a parody of Japanese pop star DJ OZMA which he plays at his entrances.
  • Afro Asskicker: Wears an afro wig as the mentioned parody.
  • The Apprentice: To Volk Han, Kazuyoshi Ishii, Sanae Kikuta and André "Benkei" Vinícius Aurnheimer.
  • Big Entrance: Complete with dancers, fabulous attires and pop music.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Debuted in RINGS at 18 years old.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: His opinion about his victory over Crosley Gracie, which admittedly would have been bigger business had it happened years before.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: You have to be some serious one to enter an arena doing what Gono does.
  • Confusion Fu: Though not in a flashy way, his fighting style is quite unpredictable and full of dodges, counters and strikes from weird angles. He claims he copied it from pro boxer James Toney.
  • Costume Porn: Started the trend in PRIDE.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business
  • Determinator: Had liver cancer when he was 1, underwent major surgery in a situation where the survival rate at that time was almost 0% and his survival was thought of as a miracle (surgical traces remained on the right abdomen). Overcoming such a physical handicap, he sees his success in mixed martial arts as a symbol of strength.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Originally debuted in RINGS but switched to Shooto after the 1994 Lumax cup.
  • I Know Sambo: A command sambo representative and also knew Seidokaikan Karate and is a former All Japan Kickboxing Federation Heavyweight champion.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Aside from MMA and the Lumax Cups, he has competed in Shin Bu Kan (All-Japan Combatives) in 1994 and 1995, as well as Daido-Juku in 1996, grappled at the ADCC, kickboxed for the Krush promotion and even participated in one of Shootboxing's world championship tournaments.
  • Red Baron: "The Japanese Sensation", "Grabaka no Kayaku Ko" ("Grabaka's Powder Keg"), "The Magic Man", "DJ GOZMA", "Nankōfuraku no Biggumausu" ("Impregnable Big Mouth").
  • Shout-Out: He sometimes puts "ROY JONES JR" characters at the front of his trunks as he is a fan. In the rear he puts "LIGHTS OUT" which is the nickname of pro boxer James Toney.
  • Stone Wall: He copied pro boxer James Toney's "Old School" or "Throwback" style of boxing, consisting of his head and shoulder rolls (used to avoid punches), his ability to fight off the ropes, his slick body movements, and his infighting for his own use. He uses this to match other fighters in Kickboxing and the stand up fighting in MMA fights and he calls it "Jakusha no Senryaku" ("Strategy of the Weak").
  • Surprisingly Good English: Apparently he self-taught himself English fluently. He is one of the few Japanese MMA fighters who can talk and interview without an interpreter.
  • The Un-Favourite: To Dana White because he really hated Gono's elaborate entrances and told Gono not to do them in the UFC, though Gono responded by coming up with entirely new ones.

Tomoyuki Horigome

Tenshin Matsumoto

  • The Apprentice: To Volk Han.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: It the current president of the Japan Command Sambo Federation. He was also fought as the head fighter of his SK Absolute team in promotions like Pancrase and ZST.
  • Badass Teacher: Founded SK Absolute, a command sambo-MMA team and gym with branches in Japan, Russia, Korea, and Bulgaria.
  • He Also Did: Was an event producer for Sengoku Raiden Championships (or World Victory Road). He is also part of the Ganryujima promotion's executive committee.
  • I Know Sambo: Trained in Command Sambo under Volk Han.

Motomichi Mori

Jiro Wakabayashi

RINGS Staff

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The Forefathers of ZST

Kōki Hioki

Hideyuki Kumakubo

Koji Kuroda

Akira Ōta

  • Always Someone Better: Strangely not in wrestling but in Judo. He once went to a national judo competition and saw Yasuhiro Yamashita (who was in the same age group as Ōta) dominate the competition. Ōta quit judo afterwards and changed to amateur wrestling as he felt he could never beat Yamashita.
  • Combat Commentator: Has provided commentary for Inoki Genome Federation.
  • Cool Teacher: In 2003, he became Assistant Professor of Waseda University Sports Science Division, then became a full professor in 2011. He was also Kendo Kashin's amateur wrestling coach.
  • Determinator: Went into the finals of the 90kg freestyle wrestling division of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games with broken ribs.
  • I Know Amateur Wrestling: A two time Olympic freestyle wrestling little heavyweight silver medalist. He is also an Asian Wrestling Championships gold and bronze medalist in 1981 and 1992 respectively, as well as an Asian Games bronze medalist in 1982. He also trained a bit in Judo in his junior highschool days.
  • Non-Action Guy: In RINGS, he was a special advisor only.
  • Ur-Example: The first Japanese Olympic freestyle wrestler to medal at the 90kg division.

Keiji Shiozaki

Kenichi Takayagi

Shōgo Tanaka

Tokuichi Tashiro

Motoko Uchida

Jō Uehara

Taro Wakabayashi

  • The Chessmaster: Was a staff member of RINGS and an event coordinator with K-1 before his time in Shooto. In Shooto, he was a matchmaker, referee, judge, and went on to become the driving force behind its comprehensive amateur system.
  • Combat Referee: In Shooto.
  • Hidden Depths: Worked for Japanese advertising company Dentsu Tec before going to RINGS.
  • Non-Action Guy
  • Start My Own: Co-founded the Paraestra gym network with Yuki Nakai.
  • Unrelated Brothers: No relation to Jiro.
  • White Collar Crime: Had at one point "unofficial autocratic control over" over Shooto's finances and allegedly committed financial fraud which lead to the Shooto Tax Scandal in 2011.

    RINGS Korea 
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Benefit Broadly The Human World

Kim Lee Klin

Kim Min-soo

  • The Apprentice: To Akira Maeda.
  • Combat Commentator: Had brief stints as color commentator for Japanese and Korean mixed martial arts and professional wrestling events.
  • Cool Teacher: Is the head Judo head coach for Korean Top Team.
  • Dummied Out: Did not fight in any RINGS events, he represented RINGS Korea in HERO'S in 2005, then he later switched to Korean Top Team.
  • Glass Cannon: Had a notable glass jaw with most of his losses in MMA by knockout, though for some reason he had better defense in actual Kickboxing bouts.
  • I Know Judo: A heavyweight Olympic silver medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Games and is a 4th dan black belt. He also trained in Kickboxing.
  • Jobber
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: While his MMA career was mostly filled with losses, he has a Kickboxing record of 4 wins and 1 loss.
  • Red Baron: "Mr Shark".

Song Sung-il

  • Downer Ending: He died of stomach cancer in Seoul on 29 January 1995, aged 25.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Was contacted by Akira Maeda to be the first RINGS Korea representative in 1994. Then he got terminal cancer and died before he could debut.
  • I Know Greco-Roman Wrestling: Represented South Korea in the 1992 Summer Olympics at Barcelona in the 100kg division. He was also an Asian Games gold medalist in 1994 and also won gold medals at the 1992 and 1993 Asian Championships.

    RINGS Lithuania 

    RINGS Russia 

    RINGS UK 

    RINGS USA 

Miletich Fighting Systems

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The Elite
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Land Of The Free, Home Of The Brave

Lloyd Berg

LaVerne Clark

"I had a wrestling background and when I would lose I would want to punch the guy. After high school I joined boxing. When I would get hit hard in boxing I would want to slam the guy on his head. So when they told me about MMA it was just right for me. They put me in with the big boys and I won my very first professional MMA fight against Shonie Carter."

Monte Cox

"We did that show, which drew eight thousand people, and made $150,000, and I decided I ain’t much a newspaper guy anymore. I did a boxing show, I made $80,000. So I made a quarter-of-a-million dollars in two shows, a month apart. At that point, when at the newspaper they said 'good morning,' I said, 'what the fuck did you say? I’ll quit!'"
— Monte Cox on his first MMA event, Quad City Ultimate.

"I’ve been shut down, picketed, treated like a carny. It was not easy. People these days bitch about it being ‘so hard.’ Try pedaling the thing when people think it’s human cockfighting and people are dying and there are no refs, and you keep saying no, this is actually a sport. Nobody wanted to listen. You couldn’t get sponsors."
— Monte Cox about the early days of MMA.

  • The Apprentice: To his boxing manager Fred Berns.
  • Arch-Enemy: Dana White. It all stems from a contract dispute Cox had with White over Jens Pulver.
  • The Chessmaster: Was president of M-1 Global in 2007.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Robbie Lawyer.
  • I Know Boxing: Was a former boxer and at one point was scheduled to meet George Foreman in the ring and even one of the Klitschko brothers, though those fights never happened for some reason.
  • Jerkass: Plead guilty to a federal tax charge and spent 3 months in prison.
  • Non-Action Guy: Was a boxing and MMA manager and promoter.
  • Special Guest: From Miletich Fighting Systems.
  • Start My Own: Founded Ultimate Productions Inc, Extreme Challenge, Cage Combat, Gladiators, Xtreme Fighting Organization, International Combat Elite, and Adrenaline MMA.

Bart Guyer

Bobby Hoffman

Gabriel Lemley

Pat Miletich

"Pat hated the world. He was such a mean bastard. He was so determined, and I’d never met a more confident person going into a fight. His attitude was, 'I’m going to fuck him up'. Normally he did. It was amazing."
— Monte Cox

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Founder and owner of Miletich Fighting Systems and a good fighter himself.
  • Badass Teacher: Has trained fighters like Matt and Mark Hughes, Jeremy Horn, Tim Sylvia, Jens Pulver, Robbie Lawler, Andre and Tyrone Roberts, Sam Hoger, Barb Honchak, Bart Palaszewski, Ben Rothwell, Brad Imes, Corey Hill, Drew McFedries, Giovanni LaCognata, Ian "The Machine" Freeman, Jason Black, Jesse Lennox, Joe Pearson, Josh Neer, Justin Eilers, LC Davis, LaVerne Clark, Mike Ciesnolevicz, Mike Whitehead, Rory Markham, Sherman Pendergarst, Spencer Fisher, Tony Fryklund, Zach Micklewright, Jason Reinhardt, etc. He also co-founded Fire Horse combatives which trains LEO and military personnel.
  • Bouncer: A former one.
  • Combat Commentator: Was one for Strikeforce under it went under and now does color commentary for AXS TV Fights (formerly HDNet Fights) and ESPN's MMA Live.
  • Combat Referee: He acts as one on occasion.
  • Guest Fighter: From Miletich Fighting Systems.
  • I Know Karate: A Shuri-Ryu black belt. He is also a 3rd degree BJJ black belt, trained in boxing and he is mostly well known for his amateur wrestling training where he was roommates at Bettendorf High School with future MMA champion Mark Kerr.
  • Red Baron: "The Croatian Sensation".

Tyrone Roberts

Nate Schroeder

Joe Slick

Others

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Rising Stars, Future Champions

Brett Al-azzawi

Jermaine Andre

Rocky Batastini

Curtis Brigham

Aaron Brink

  • The Apprentice: To John Lober.
  • Drugs Are Bad: He appeared in a notorious episode of himself during a methamphetamine addiction filmed for the television series Intervention in 2006.
  • I Know Boxing: And Greco-Roman wrestling before he trained in MMA.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Briefly had a career acting in hardcore pornographic films under the name "Dick Delaware", beginning sometime in 2000 and ending in June 2005.

Victor Burtsev

Wesley Correira

John Dixson

""Big" John Dixson, the oft-misspelled, oft-forgotten, never-unshirted pioneer of early mixed martial arts. There are a lot of cases of old-school fighters having early success and failing to adapt to changing times; Dixson's the rare case of a fighter who never really had success in the first place, but kept nobly trucking anyway. Over a career that lasted 10 years and 37 fights, Dixson made it to 15-22 while never having a winning streak longer than -2-. That is some incredible tenacity. Also, whatever his record, the dude came a hair's breadth from knocking out Igor Vovchanchyn once and that's pretty great. His gift to MMA history is being part of the first-ever bout on the first-ever Pride, and we thank him for it."
— A profile of Dixson from a Fire Pro Wrestling user Carl CX from https://steamcommunity.com

Joe Doerksen

Mike Dretsch

Tim Fickes

Lonnie Foster

Rich Franklin

  • Always Someone Better: Got beaten by Anderson Silva twice.
  • The Apprentice: To Kerry Schall, Jorge Gurgel, Joel Jamieson, John Cross, Neal Rowe, Rob Radford, and Matt Hume.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: In April 2014, he became Vice President of the ONE Championship organization.
  • Cool Teacher: Taught mathematics at the Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Genius Bruiser: He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and later earned a master's degree in education at the University of Cincinnati,
  • Guest Fighter: From Meat Truck Inc during his time in RINGS.
  • Hero Killer: Was the first man to knock out Ken Shamrock.
  • Hidden Depths: In 2002, Franklin and his business partner Jeff Adler created American Fighter athletic clothing brand. Initially the brand featured T-shirts, but quickly grew into an athletic apparel brand featuring a full line of athletic training clothing, casual wear and training gear for martial arts. In 2012 Affliction Clothing expressed interest in the name and its widespread appeal. They acquired the majority of the company from Franklin and his business partner bringing the brand to mainstream retailers where it continues to grow.
    • In October 2013, Franklin and friend and business partner Billy Zebe launched Ze/Lin Organic Juice & Fusion Café. Located in Beverly Hills, California. The storefront was closed 9 months later and the company focused on wholesaling and distribution for the bottled juices.
  • Identical Stranger: His nickname "Ace" comes from his resemblance to the actor Jim Carrey, who played the character Ace Ventura. Joe Rogan once called him "Angry Jim Carrey".
  • I Know Karate: Trained at the Harrison Okinawan Karate Dojo in the early 1990s, under Bill George and Steve Rafferty. He is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has also trained in Muay Thai and boxing
  • Red Baron: "Ace".
  • Real Men Love Jesus: Is a born-again Christian and quotes Psalm 144:1 on his webpage and fighter gear

Matt Frost

Bob Gilstrap

Josh Hall

Dan Henderson

"I'm big on the inside, which makes up for a lot."

  • The Ace: Dan owns more major tournament titles than any other athlete in MMA history, winning four different international events in three weight divisions—heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight. In 1997, he won the Brazil Open; in 1998, he won the UFC Middleweight tournament; in 2000 he won the RINGS King of Kings heavyweight tournament; and in 2005, he won the Pride Welterweight Grand Prix. Seriously, see below for some of the people he has beaten.
  • The Apprentice: To Rico Chiapparelli, Bob Anderson, Sam Gollmyer, Bill Henderson, and Joe Barrios.
  • Badass Teacher: Was the coach of Team US in Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter. He also owns a Team Quest gym in Temecula, California. He was also assistant wrestling coach at Cerritos College during the 90's.
  • Cool Old Guy: Over 40 nowadays and still competing.
  • Determinator / Made of Iron: His chin is generally regarded as one of the best in MMA history. A notable example is his fight with Carlos Newton where a punch from Newton broke Henderson's jaw, but he continued fighting through it and won the fight.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Like most of his RAW and Team Quest teammates, he specialised in clinch-fighting using dirty boxing and his wrestling base to grind his opponents down. He also has a mean right hook punch that has been nicknamed the "H Bomb" and even broke Akihiro Gono's jaw with one.
  • Guest Fighter: From Team Quest.
  • Hero Killer: This guy was a killer of Hero Killers, he beat Bakouri Gogitidze, Hiromitsu Kanehara, Gilbert Yvel, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Renato Sobral to win the RINGS 1999 King of Kings Tournament, has victories over Allan Goes, Carlos Newton, Renzo Gracie, Akira Shoji, Shungo Oyama, Murilo Bustamante, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Yuki Kondo, Ryo Chonan, Akihiro Gono, Kazuo Misaki, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Rousimar Palhares, Rich Franklin, Michael Bisping, Rafael Cavalcante, Murilo and Maurício Rua, Tim Boetsch, Héctor Lombard, and Fedor Emelianenko.
  • I Know Amateur Wrestling: Both freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling, with more achievements in the latter. He trained for MMA with the Real American Wrestling team.
  • Last of His Kind: He was the Last Pride Middleweight Champion, the First, Last and Only Pride Welterweight Champion, and the Last Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion.
  • Manly Men Can Hunt: As a hobby. Ryo Chonan describes him as "a genuine hunter".
  • Mixed Ancestry: He is of Native American, English, Scottish and French descent. From all accounts, Henderson is 1/16 Walla Walla Native American.
  • Odd Friendship: With Ryo Chonan. They are apparently hunting buddies.
  • Red Baron: "Hendo", "Hollywood", "Dangerous", "The American Athlete".
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Founded Team Quest with Randy Couture and Matt Lindland.
  • Ur-Example: He was the only mixed martial artist to concurrently hold two titles in two different weight classes in a major MMA promotion.
  • The Worf Effect: Got beaten by Frank Shamrock in grappling match in under a minute.
  • Wrestling Family: His father Bill and his brother Tom are also amateur wrestlers.

Trent Jenkins

Brad Kohler

Tali Kulia'apai

Tim Lajcik

Sione Latu

Chatt Lavender

Sean McCully

Keith Mielke

Craig Montgomery

Harry Moskowitz

Chris Munsen

Roger Neff

Robbie Newman

Jack Nilson

David Pahalui

Eric Pele

Griffen Reynaud

Tom Sauer

  • The Apprentice: To Dieuseul "Tiger" Berto.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His fight with Mike Dretsch saw him KO Dretsch in 13 seconds.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Was in a motorcycle accident on April 24 2010 in Belleview, Fla., that left him with broken bones in both legs, as well as torn ligaments in his pelvis. Subverted, as he won his next 2 fights relatively easy both in the first round, the first one over a year after the accident.
  • Hero Killer: He has a victories over as Enson Inoue, Valentijn Overeem, and Andrei Kopylov.
  • Hidden Depths: Owns Sauer and Sons Construction. He is also a firefighter and paramedic.
  • I Know Karate: A 2nd Dan black belt in Shinote Shotokai karate-jutsu, a cousin to the style Shotokan under Andy Stewart and Charles Gray, the guys who brought it to America, who learned it in Okinawa from Master Kawanabe and Master Egami and also learned Kempo Karate. He also trained in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, amateur wrestling and was a 3 time Florida Firefighter's Olympics Wrestling Champion, and shootfighting at Tiger's World of Martial Arts.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Read this
  • Red Baron: "Tommy Trauma".

Kerry Schall

Mark Schultz

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Bash Brothers: With his brother Dave.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In his fight with Gary Goodridge, his punches made cuts on Goodridge's face, which Schultz then rubbed in order to deepen them and win by doctor stoppage.
    • In amateur wrestling, he and his brother’s use of the Schultz Headlock (at the time a legal technique) would actually choke out some of their opponents (which should not happen in modern amateur wrestling) making it easier to pin them.
  • Cool Teacher: Is now a wrestling and submission grappling coach.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His older brother Dave was shot and killed by Team Foxcatcher founder John du Pont.
  • Defeat Means Respect: He grappled and was beaten by Rickson Gracie in two submission grappling match back-to-back, but even with his lack of submission skills at the time he managed to stall Rickson for about 20 minutes in each match with each man respecting each other's skills and was what convinced Mark to learn BJJ under Pedro Sauer and later under Walt Bayless.
  • Gradual Grinder: In his MMA fight with Gary Goodridge, he controlled the fight by taking Gary down and landing short punches while in Gary’s half guard before Gary got exhausted and let him gain full mount and more punches just before time ran out.
  • I Know Amateur Wrestling: An Olympic freestyle gold medalist, world, Pan-American, and World Cup champion. He is also a BJJ black belt under Pedro Sauer.
  • Instant Expert: Downplayed, he only had a few weeks to prepare for his MMA debut at UFC 9 with Gary Goodridge, replacing an injured Dave Beneteau. Come the fight, he basically dominated Goodridge for most of the fight and won via doctor stoppage.
  • Non-Action Guy: Only served as a judge for the RINGS USA Rising Stars Tournament Block A event.
  • Signature Move: The Schultz Headlock.
  • Wrestling Family: His brother Dave was also a Olympic freestyle wrestling gold medalist and they are the only American brothers to win both World and Olympic Gold; they won more NCAA, U.S. Open, World, and Olympic titles than any American brother combination in history.

Haru Shimanishi

  • Aloha, Hawaii!: Where he lives now. He was originally from Kobe, Japan then moved to Seattle, Washington before going to Hawaii.
  • Badass Teacher: Founded the American Martial Arts Center (AMC) with Matt Hume and subsequently moved to Oahu, Hawaii and established a new school, Hawaiian Martial Arts Center (HMC) and also teaches at United MMA Hawaii. He has trained people like Maurice Smith, Curtis Schuster, Kim Messer, Josh Barnett, BJ Penn, Sidney Silva, Todd Bjornethen, Dennis Hallman, Renato Verissimo, Satoshi Ishi, Dennis Alexio, Matt Brown, Chris Leaven, Christian Lee, Angela Lee, etc. He also previously coached Abu Dhabi’s Combat Team.
  • Combat Referee: Was a referee for the RINGS USA Rising Stars Tournament Block B event in Hawaii.
  • I Know Karate: As well as Muay Thai, boxing, Nihon Kempo, and submission wrestling.
  • Red Baron: "Trainer of Champions".
  • Start My Own: Co-founded the United Full Contact Federation (UFCF) and currently serves as an advisor.

Michael Stam

T. Jay Thompson

  • Aloha, Hawaii!: One of the founding fathers of MMA in Hawaii.
  • The Chessmaster: Was the Head Of Fight Operations for Pro Elite and was an Executive Consultant of Elite XC.
  • Large Ham Announcer: Was the ring announcer for the RINGS USA Rising Stars Tournament Block A and B events.
  • Non-Action Guy: Was not a fighter.
  • Start My Own: Created SuperBrawl/Icon Sport MMA and the Icon Sport Grappling Association.

Michael Vale

Scott Ventimiglia

Falaniko Vitale

Clint Wiggins

Greg Wikan

Leni Zealand

    Others 
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WOWOW

Fumio Akiyama

Toshiyuki Atokawa

Laurent Bonafoux

Tomotsugu Fujiwara

Ciro Gallo

  • The Apprentice: To his Thai trainer Mungsarin, Nigel Howlett and Matt Skelton.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: Is the technical director of Campania IMTE / WMC / IFMA.
  • Bald of Awesome
  • Bouncer: A worked as a bodyguard, one of his clients was Al Fayhed, the head of the HARRODS London.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: A holder of about 5 Guinness World Records based on several feats of strength like running 10km with a 100kg item on his shoulders in 1 hour and 58 minutes in 2007, , had a Harley Davidson of 400kg pass by on his stomach twice in 1997, had a 7500kg truck pass by on his stomach once, having 37 concrete blocks with a total weight of 519.8lbs (235.8kg) placed on his chest and broken with a 14lb sledgehammer while he lay on a bed of nails in 2002, and broke 500 reinforced concrete tiles split with the right hand, the right tibia and his head in 1 minute and 5 seconds in 2001.
  • Cool Teacher: A Muay Thai trainer with his own gym, Gallos Camp International of Muay Thai.
  • Guest Fighter: Only fought at a few RINGS UK events.
  • I Know Muay Thai: A former European and world champion. He also trained in Wing Chun under Carlo Gaetano Mazzacano.
  • Rambunctious Italian
  • Stout Strength: A hefty dude, with feats of strength in the Guinness World Records.

Gela Getsadze

Tony Halme

  • Bouncer: Has worked as one in Finland.
  • Boxing Battler: Fought in RINGS with boxing gloves when possible.
  • Charles Atlas Super Power: Started power training and weightlifting at his late teens when he enjoyed watching his brothers training, who were in the Finnish national team.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: His matches with Dick Vrij were intended to be this as the "Battle of the Fighting Cyborgs".
  • Cool Teacher: Trained Mick Tierney.
  • Downer Ending: On January 8, 2010, two days after his 47th birthday, Halme died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, from an unlicensed handgun.
  • Expy: Sort of one to Dick Vrij, as they were both fair haired, muscle bound, strikers with limited skills in the other aspects of fighting, and both had the nickname of "Fighting Cyborg".
  • Genius Bruiser: Became a politician after he retired from fighting and wrestling.
  • I Know Boxing: Was a professional boxing champion in Finland. He also had some rudimentary grappling training from Gene LeBell and Gokor Chivichyan.
  • Jobber: Was a victim of Dick Vrij, three times.
  • Mighty Glacier: Slow, but hit like a truck.
  • One-Hit Kill: In one match with Tariel Bitsadze, Halme was behind on points and almost lost the bout, then in the final round he managed to get a hit on Tariel that knocked him down and out giving Halme the win.
  • Precision F-Strike: Yelled "What the Fuck!" in his match with Tariel Bitsadze after Tariel punched him in the back when he was trying to get back up.
  • Red Baron: "Viikinki" ("The Viking") "Kakutō Saibōgu" ("Fighting Cyborg"), Gyakusatsu Viking ("Genocide Viking"), "The Hellraiser from Helsinki".
  • Stout Strength
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Thanks to his power and weightlifting training.
  • Ur-Example: The first fighter from the Nordic countries to ever compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Trained by Masa Saito, Brad Rheingans and Verne Gagne. He has wrestled for the Catch Wrestling Association (CWA), NJPW and Wrestling/WWE under the ring name Ludvig Borga.

Allen Harris

Kazunori Hase

Konno Hiroshi

Hideki Hosaka

Minoki Ichihara

Takahito Iida

Shigeo Imai

Wataru Imamura

Kazuyoshi Ishii

  • The Apprentice: Under Karate master Hideyuki Ashihara.
  • Ascended Fan Boy: Was inspired by a Sonny Chiba film to pursue Kyokushin Karate.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: In 1981, Kazuyoshi Ishii established the International Practical Karate Federation Seidokaikan (later World Seidokaikan and became the Kancho (Grandmaster) of Seidokaikan. In 1983, Ishii became the first Chairman of the newly formed All Japan Budo Promotion Association.
  • Cool Teacher: First opened a Kyokushin dojo when he was 16. He has trained Seidokaikan karatekas including Takeo Nakayama, Nobuaki Kakuda, Masaaki Satake, Toshiyuki Atokawa, Toshiyuki Yanagisawa, Akio Mori (Musashi), Arne Soldwedel, Andy Hug, Adam Watts, Michael Thompson, Sam Greco, Takeru Yokawa, Kin Taiei, etc.
  • I Know Karate: A Kyokushin and Ashihara Karate black belt.
  • Non-Action Guy: Never fought in RINGS, but was a cornerman for his fighters.
  • Start My Own: Founded the Seidokaikan style of Karate and the Kickboxing promotion K-1.

Gen Isono

Nobuki Iwashita

Nobuaki Kakuda

"Competition is the destruction of the body and the building of a strong soul."

  • The Apprentice: To Kazuyoshi Ishii.
  • Ascended Fan Boy: He is a fan of Fist of the North Star and named his son Kenshiro and daughter Yuria after those characters and even got to voice a character in the prequel anime series Fist of the Blue Sky.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: In 2003, as a result of prosecutorial objections of K-1, founder Kazuyoshi Ishii departed and Kakuda became a co-owner of the organization. In addition, he served as executive producer and Chairman of the Committee. He is also Vice-chairman of the Seidokaikan Organization. He was also the captain of his university's karate club.
  • Bodybuilding: On September 26, 2015, Kakuda entered the world of competitive bodybuilding by participating in the Japan-Guam Goodwill Bodybuilding Championship, where he placed third in the master class. The following summer, he earned second place at the Bodybuilding Fitness Championship Tournament in Osaka. The victory allowed him to advance to the 28th Japan Masters Championship Competition, where he earned second place.
  • Bouncer: Was once a bouncer in a Nara public bath mostly to keep Yakuza out from scaring the bathers with their tattoos.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: In 2001, he broke the Guinness world record in breaking baseball bats with his shin within one minute with 27 bats. In 2002, he broke it again with 33 bats. On 12 February 2009, he broke it yet again with 54 bats. His record was eventually beaten by German martial artist Kerim Duygu, who managed to break 65 bats in 2017.
  • Combat Referee: In K-1.
  • Cool Old Guy: Was the oldest guy competing in K-1 events.
  • Cool Teacher: Once had his own dojo, but went bankrupt after 2 years. He is also a licensed High School English teacher.
  • Counter Attack: Is primarily a defensive fighter, his style and technique having been molded by his career in karate. Able to absorb a lot of punishment, his plan of action has been to wait for an opening before attacking with high precision. This approach has especially advantaged him over inexperienced fighters who mistake his defensiveness for weakness and consequently fail to anticipate the counterattack.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Masaaki Satake stated that apparently no one from Kakuda's generation at the Seidokaikan dojo likes him.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: His KO wins in Kickboxing usually come from his punches, though he is no slouch in the kicking department.
  • Guest Fighter: From the Seidokaikan organization.
  • Hold Up Your Score: Also served as a kickboxing judge.
  • Hidden Depths: He is a talented dancer with speciality in tango and rumba, he won the 2006 Japanese edition of Dancing with the Stars. He also can sing, he even narrated and sung the ending theme (Muscle Beat) to Kinnikuman Nisei Movie 1.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: From the city of Sakai.
  • I Know Karate: A 6th dan Seidokaikan style black belt and also had training in Kyokushin. He is also a 2nd dan black belt in Shorinji kempo.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Was once beaten up by either 6 or 7 kids for apparently no reason at the age of 10, this is what motivated him into the martial arts.
  • Omniglot: Besides Japanese, he is fluent in English (even taught it at high school level) French, and has some knowledge of Thai and Korean.
  • One-Hit Kill: His first punch knockout win over American mixed martial artist Mavrick at 0:56 seconds in the K-1 Fields Europe GP 2005.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Was one of the shortest K-1 competitors at 5ft 9.
  • Red Baron: "The Bushido Bulldozer".
  • Religious Bruiser: While his actual beliefs are not well known, he is superstitious, believing in ghosts and spirits and possessing a variety of charms, including a stone from the emperor's grave.
  • The Scrappy: Not as a fighter, but as a referee, particularly when refereeing Bob Sapp fights. He even got banned from refereeing in United States, as everybody could see he was there clearly to protect Sapp and nothing more.
  • The Worf Effect: The only guy to lose to Akebono in Kickboxing. He often played the role of K-1’s gatekeeper by testing the organization’s new or junior fighters.

Aziz Karaoglu

Bill Kazmaier

Koichiro Kimura

  • Alliterative Name
  • The Apprentice: To Hidetaka Aso.
  • Canon Immigrant / Guest Fighter: From Submission Arts Wrestling.
  • Combat Referee: Served as one in Smackgirl.
  • Downer Ending: Died in 2014 at the age of 44 from pneumonia.
  • Graceful Loser: After his lose to Rickson Gracie, he said he felt honored to have even been in the same ring with him.
  • Hope Spot: When Todd Hays dropped out of Vale Tudo Japan due to injury, Koichiro avenged his lose with a win over Wayne Emons to go on to face Rickson Gracie.
  • I Know Submission Arts Wrestling: Competed in events before coming to RINGS and Vale Tudo Japan 1995.
  • Shocking Defeat Legacy: He is best known for losing to Todd Hays & Rickson Gracie in the Vale Tude Japan 1995.
  • Start My Own: Founded a number of women's MMA promotions like Smackgirl, AX and the women's division of Shooto; G-Shooto, which gave rise to MMA fighters like Megumi Fujii.
  • The Worf Effect: Lose to Todd Hays, an American bobsledder and kickboxer by submission in the first round of Vale Tudo Japan 1995.
  • Yakuza: Played one in the film Ryū ga Gotoku Gekijōban (Yakuza: Like a Dragon in English).

Sokun Koh

"Koh was one of the early standout students of the Wajyutsu Keisyukai school of fighting, where he was mentored by Yoshinori Nishi, an apprentice of Masahiko Kimura himself, the man who planted the seed that would one day sprout into the sport of MMA by traveling to Brazil and defeating Helio Gracie. Wajyutsu Keisyukai was one of the first schools to transition from traditional martial arts into MMA, shifting from its judo/karate background into a full-fledged vale tudo academy. It was overshadowed by the Takada Dojo, Krazy Bee and other high-profile schools, but it turned out a number of extremely tough, important fighters, including Kotetsu Boku, Eiji Mitsuoka, Daiju Takase, Roxanne Modafferi, Keita Nakamura, Caol Uno, Yushin Okami and Mr. Pride himself, Akira Shoji. At the height of its power, it was a murderer's row of talent. Sokun Koh was one of the first people to show the world how good its fighters could be. He made his debut in Fighting Network RINGS, handling and defeating veteran grappler Ryuki Ueyama, before coming to America for a pair of fights in King of the Cage with a close loss to future UFC vet Floyd Sword and a close win over Sean Gray. When Pride started their regional Pride: The Best series they reached out to the Wajyutsu Keisyukai for fighters and Koh was one of the first they volunteered. He immediately made good on his potential, fighting notoriously tough journeyman Amir Rahnavardi at Pride: The Best Vol. 1 and violently knocking him out, then returning at Vol. 2 in a battle against "Dirty" Bob Schrijber, a champion kickboxer with eight times the experience and a forty-pound weight advantage—and he still went toe to toe and punch for punch with him, and scraped out a split decision victory. Koh was a promising prospect within the early MMA community. Japanese fighters at higher weight classes were already a rare breed, and virtually all of them were grapplers or professional wrestlers with only minimal standup ability: Koh's smooth striking, well-rounded game and outright grit made him an exciting fighter to watch, and with a solid team around him, a 2-0 record in Pride and a 4-1 record overall, people were eager to see what was next for him. The answer, as it turned out, was retirement. Sokun Koh never fought again. I've tried to find any information on why Koh left the game or what he did afterwards, and I've come up with absolutely nothing. The man pulled an Andy Dufresne. It's a shame: He had all the tools to be a star, and the Japanese MMA boom was just a year away. Whatever he left the sport for, I hope he's happy and healthy."
— A profile of Koh from a Fire Pro Wrestling user Carl CX from https://steamcommunity.com

Tatsuya Kurahashi

Lazaro Lazaro

Takahashi Makoto

Hidehiko Matsumoto

  • The Apprentice: To Yōsuke Yamamoto and Noriaki Kiguchi.
  • Cool Teacher: Chairman of the Coach Commission of the Japan SAMBO Federation and has an instructional video on sambo.
  • Guest Fighter: From the Japan SAMBO Federation.
  • I Know Sambo: A 1999 All Japan champion and multiple time medalist with 12 consecutive appearances, and was a silver medalist in 2000 and 2002 World Sambo Championships and a bronze medalist at the 2008 in 62kg class. He is also a 5th dan black belt in Judo and trained in Combat Wrestling at the Kiguchi Dojo.
  • Jobber
  • Red Baron:
  • The Rival: With Jiro Wakabayashi at the All Japan Sambo Championships.

Valerij Matvejev

Hideaki Mikota

Hidetaka Monma

  • The Apprentice: To Yoshinori Nishi.
  • Bishōnen: He is very popular with female fans for this reason.
  • Cool Teacher: Founded his own dojo, Wajutsu Keishukai Brightness Monma Dojo.
  • Guest Fighter: From Wajutsu Keishukai.
  • Identical Stranger: His face bared a resemblance to Ricardo Arona, which he why he is sometimes referred to as the "Japanese Arona".
  • I Know Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: As well as Japanese jujitsu and trained at the Daidōjuku-based Wajutsu Keishukai.
  • Red Baron: "Mon-sama", "Wasei Arōna" ("Japanese Arona"), "Kanaami no Kikōshi" ("Noble Prince of The Cage"), "Doranoana Kara no Shisha" ("Messenger from the Hole of the Tiger").

Kazayuki Mori

Mathieu Nicourt

  • The Apprentice: To Antoine Becaglia.
  • Cool Teacher: Founded and is the head trainer of Free Fight Academy. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Science and Technology of Physical and Sports Activities and also works as a PE teacher.
  • French Jerk: From Paris.
  • Guest Fighter: From Pancrace. He only fought in RINGS UK events and later Pancrase.
  • I Know Karate: As well as boxing, amateur wrestling, Japanese and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He trained for MMA at the Hybrid Pancrace Academy.
  • Red Baron: "The Warrior".

Yoshinori Nishi

"I recognized that refusing to fight for fear of defeat is shame. I want to aim my dream 'to be strong man' no matter what happens in my life."

Hubert Numrich

"We are all one!"

  • Bald of Awesome: What he has now.
  • Braids of Action: Had these during his fighting career.
  • Cool Teacher: He founded the Sharks Gym and now owns of the Raptors Gym and also teaches at Alliance BJJ Frankfurt. He also has a video instructional series called Ultimate Fighting X-treme produced by Budo International.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Ran a social project, described as a martial arts drug treatment program by taking addicts and training them in martial arts as he believes martial arts trains character. It didn't last as his sponsors cut his funding.
  • I Know Kickboxing: A 8-time German champion, 1-time European champion, and a bronze medalist at the W.A.K.O. World Championships 1993 in the superheavyweight division. He also knows boxing, sambo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
  • Ur-Example: One of the first fighters from Germany to compete in both Kickboxing and MMA.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Has wrestled for New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Zero 1.

Masaaki Satake

"Life is a fight. This is already determined under fate, it is an absolute fight. By overcoming the wall of destiny with a strong feeling to believe in yourself, people can open up new paths in their lives."

  • The Apprentice: To Kazuyoshi Ishii.
  • Catchphrase: Tōshi Tenshō Tsang Xi! ("Fighting Spirit Tsang Xi!"). Tsang Xi is actually a self-made word of his, which he describes as meaning, "cutting through fate and aiming for further heights through the fight of life".
  • Cool Teacher: Has his own dojo in Kyoto. He was also the president of a Cram School for business people called Heisei Bushidō.
  • Guest Fighter: From the Seidokaikan organization.
  • The Hero: Was the main character in a manga called Tonarinokakutō-ō.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Pretty much his character in interviews, although a bit less idiotic than the average.
  • I Know Karate: Seidokaikan Karate black belt. Represented it in numerous Karate tournaments, winning most of them.
  • Kick Dude: Had one of the best low kicks among the K-1 fighters according to Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost.
  • The Nicknamer: Gave karateka and kickboxing star Musashi his ring name.
  • One of Us: Is a fan of Magic: The Gathering.
  • Red Baron: "Satayan", "Okite-Yaburi no Karateka" ("Law Breaking Karateka"), "Kaijūōji" ("Monster Prince").
  • Start My Own: Formed his own martial art he calls "Sōgō Dageki Michi".
  • Stout Strength: Technically; he wasn't fat or overweighted, but he competed in the Super Heavyweight division in Karate and Kickboxing, a class typically associated to heftier dudes.
  • Student Council President: Was one in junior high school.

Walter Schnaubelt

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Cool Teacher: He is a Kyokushin instructor now.
  • Guest Fighter: Had only one appearance in RINGS in a Kyokushin rules match against Vladimir Klementiev.
  • I Know Karate: 3rd dan Kyokushin black belt, An international champion, winning national titles places like Australia, Singapore, Canada, Wales, etc.
  • Start My Own: Founded the Papua New Guinea Mas Oyama Kyokushin Karate Association.

Minoru Shinkai

Kiyohito Sugata

Roman Sukoterin

Kazuo Tachi

Hiroya Takada

Atsushi Tamaki

Kevin Thompson

Nobuhiro Tsurumaki

Adam Watt

  • The Apprentice: To Kazuyoshi Ishii.
  • Awesome Aussie
  • Guest Fighter: Had 2 Kickboxing matches in RINGS with Hans Nijman and Peter Aerts representing the Seidokaikan organization.
  • Hidden Depths: As a teenager he loved playing school boy rugby and played at state level. He also was a junior surf life saver and won two gold medals at the national rowing championship.
  • I Know Karate: Seidokaikan Karate, he also knows Kickboxing, and boxing. Before those he learned Zen Chi Ryu.
  • Instant Expert: After only six months of extreme Karate training at Master Ishii’s dojo he entered the Seido-Kia Karate world tournament open division and reached the finals while wearing a white belt wrapped around his gi. The reality of a white belt beating some of the world’s best black belt Karate fighters astounded the fans and his fellow competitors. Not surprisingly, Adam was awarded a black belt soon after.
  • Red Baron: "Lights Out".
  • Ur-Example: The first person in the world to ever fight for world Karate, Kickboxing and boxing titles.

Willie Williams

Shigeru Yasuki

Ken'ichiro/Kenshiro Yukimura

  • The Apprentice: To Kotetsu Yamamoto.
  • Cool Teacher: Founded a project called Kenshiro Yukimura Education Pro Wrestling, which offers pro wrestling seminars to schools. He also works as a cram school teacher.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Was admitted into the New Japan Dojo, but had to return home after ten months for family reasons.
  • Friend to All Children: He is very committed to students from problematic backgrounds.
  • Guest Fighter: Only appeared in one match against Yoshinori Nishi.
  • I Know Karate: As well as amateur wrestling.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Is 5ft 7 and at about 200 pounds.
  • Red Baron: "Kyōiku Resurā" ("Education Wrestler").
  • Start My Own: Founded an obscure indie promotion called Gudo Gun Pro Wrestling.
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