Fighter of the week
"Local Simpleton" Shinichi Onizuka
One of the most impressive welterweights of the MMA world is the first 'fighter of the week'. This japanese 170lbs sensation is a current triple world champion, holding a TWGC 1 belt, the SPNY belt and the highly estimated Ascension championship belt. Obviously , the belts make clear already that we are not talking about an average fighter, but lets go a bit more into detail.
He started his career at 18 year old with a solid background in boxing and also decent BJJ skills, but apart from that, he still had a lot to learn obviously. He had 15 fights with his first manager, who also is his current manager now, as he picked him up later on again. He had an 11-4 record in the early goings of his career. He then changed teams to team Davies and went 3-1. After his first loss under Scott's management, he was released and picked up by Agent Dee, under who he lost a fight as well. Michael Knight had seen enough and decided to form a team again with his former student and from then on out, they went on an unbelievable journey. He tried to win the Hells Balls Grapplers Gauntlet title, but didn't succeed. He decided to change orgs and he joined SPNY. After a loss in his debut, Shinichi went on to win a lot of awards and won the 170lbs belt as well. He defended it 2 times succesfully before going to Ascension to test himself against the elite of the elite. In his promotional debut, he fought for the 170lbs title and won it. He would go on to defend his title 3 more times and do a few more superfights as well. His only recent losses come to the hands of Bowser Stormcrow and Renan St. Juste. He put up a great fight against Bowser and lost by decision. He was actually winning against Renan, but got caught in the 3rd by a huge right hook that put his lights out.
He earned the spotlight this week for coming back from the loss to Renan St. Juste by going up against Gary Player to defend his 170lbs Ascension belt. Gary was on a roll lately after getting an impressive 4 fight winning streak, that included wins over Rustam Kersikov, Bobby Digital (former Syn welterweight champion), Guy Georges and Agent 47!
Onizuka showed of his amazing ground game ( Abu Dhabi Champion) by making quick work of Gary Player. He submitted him in the first round after 3'48 and handed him his first career submission loss. It was an excellent performance and amazing to see that he was able to submit Gary Player, something nobody had ever done before in his 43 career fights!
Shinichi Onizuka will fight Rustam Kersikov on the 2nd of august 2015. Good luck !