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The Best UFC Fighters From Japan

Updated September 9, 2019 191 votes 39 voters 1.7k views20 items

List RulesVote up the most talented UFC fighters ever from Japan.

The best Japanese mixed martial artists have found major success all over the world. Top fighters have made their appearance in UFC as the top promotion known for having the best MMA fighters in the industry. Every major fighter from Japan will have their own path to take with countless other promotions giving them a platform to get started. 

Some of the greatest fighters born in Japan include talents like Kazushi Sakuraba, Takanori Gomi, and Tatsuya Kawajiri, and all have created their own legacies. The popularity of MMA has grown in recent decades to inspire more fighters hoping to make the jump to the UFC. Expect many more talented Japanese fighters to achieve success in the future as they follow these talents as the next generation. 

But which of these top MMA fighters from Japan deserve to have the highest rank? Vote up for the best fighters to help decide the best fighter to ever come from Japan!

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  • Weight class: Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Openweight
    Fighting style: Catchwrestling

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  • Weight class: Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight
    Fighting style: Shootfighting, Boxing, Wrestling

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    More Takanori Gomi 

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  • Weight class: Middleweight, Welterweight
    Fighting style: Judo, Gaidojutsu

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    Norifumi Yamamoto

    Weight class: Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight
    Fighting style: Kickboxing, Wrestling, Shootfighting

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