Japanese mixed martial artist who made his UFC debut September 22, 2007 at UFC 76 against Matt Wiman and didn't earn his first UFC victory until 2011.
He began practicing judo while he was still in elementary school.
He lost a decision to Chad Mendes at UFC 126.
He was born in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
He snapped Marlon Sandro's undefeated streak in 2009.