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Takada with Lou Thesz, Danny Hodge, and Billy Robinson

UWFi was a proto-MMA organization that aimed to show that real, tough, submission wrestling could draw large crowds again. Their aim was to bring back credibility and respect back to the world of professional wrestling.

There are too many styles in the world of pro-wrestling today responsible for the bad reputation that pro-wrestling is sometimes associated with. In particular the "loud-mouthed", popular style that puts a premium on appearance and useless muscles, silly costumes, and trademark "cartoon" characters but very little premium on competitive wrestling, character, or proven skill.

From the UWFi perspective, that kind of show only encourages body abuse and sends the wrong sort of message to audiences, especially younger ones. The UWFi message is to get into the gym; get on the mat, learn from your elders and betters, respect your opponents, and do your best.

The UWFi matched all types of athletes; boxers, kickboxers, wrestlers, martial artists to show how effective the UWFi style is. The UWFi aimed to bring real professional wrestling back to the world!

You may not know this but LONG before Ultimate Fighting Championships and before the Pride Fighting Championships, the UWFi aired a PPV to answer the question;

"What REALLY happens when you mix martial arts styles in competition?! Who will come out on top of everyone else?"

In the early 1980's a group of wrestlers electrified the Japanese pro-wrestling scene. At the height of their popularity they quit pro-wrestling and joined a new promotion called the U.W.F. Their style was called "SHOOTING" (and old wrestling term for when you mean to really do someone in).

Combining elements of kickboxing, Sambo, jiu-jitsu, and catch-as-catch-can wrestling into a new exciting, dangerous and deadly promotion, they began moving professional wrestling away from the theatrics and back toward sport. The addition of kicks and hitting created more action than had ever been seen before.

Some of the members found the fighting too physically grueling and injury inducing. They retired from the ring or they went back to the pro-wrestling circuit. The remaining fighters regrouped and quickly rose to great popularity. At their peak they were able to sell out the 50,000+ seat Tokyo Dome in three hours (a feat the even UFC hasn't matched). People lined up the day before and slept in the streets to see them.

Former real wrestling greats and fighters came to Japan and passed their style of wrestling to the eager, young fighters.

The UWFi shoot-style wrestling promotion gave many fans their first glimpse of martial art legends like:

Kazushi Sakuraba
Nobuhiko Takada
Gary Albright
Dan Severn
Mark Fleming
Kiyoshi Tamura
Kazuo Yamazaki
Yukoh Miyato
Bad News Allen

...the promotion was lent help by legends Lou Thesz (acting commissioner of UWF),
Billy Robinson (head coach), and Danny Hodge (coach)!

The Rules:

A fight is won by knockout, submission, Doctor/referee order stop or points. The point system works as follows: Opponents start with a set number of points. In a singles match it is 15 and in a tag team match it is 21 points.

One point is deducted when a man grabs the rope to stop the action. One point is deducted for a good suplex (a take-down from behind throwing the opponent on his back and head, a dangerous, painful move). Three points are deducted on a colored scoreboard as the fight is in progress for a knockdown.

Some offensive tactics are prohibited: you cannot headbutt, punch to the head with a closed fist (to the body, however, is ok), scratch, bite, eye gouge or attack the groin. Pretty much everything else is allowed.

You can slap or use the heel of the hand to the head. Time limits are set to between 20 and 60 minutes, but fights rarely go to the limit. When a fighter has both hands and knees on the ground, an opponent may attack to anywhere but the head. If even one hand is raised, the head may be attacked.

When a submission hold is applied, the referee pays close attention as it is very dangerous. It is easy to break bones, snap tendons and joints with such tactics. The referee will break the action if an opponent submits and will award the fight to the winner.

If a fighter grabs the ropes, the referee stops the action and a point is deducted. That's why you see a fighter try to get his opponent in the middle of the ring so he can't escape. If the wrestlers naturally roll into the ropes, action is stopped and points are not deducted. A 10 count is given for a knockdown, as in boxing.

However, point wins were rare since the wrestlers, despite how far behind on points, could still win by simply submitting their opponent (in a tag match, the legal opponent) or knocking them out cold.

The commitment to brutal realism was instrumental in the UWFi becoming the smashing success that it did. In fact, Thesz and Takada offered legitimate challenges to other Japanese Pro Wrestling promotions (like New Japan Pro Wrestling) and Takada took on genuinely tough men such as Russian wrestler (and former IWGP Heavyweight Champion) Salman Hashimikov, and fought former WBC Heavyweight Champion Trevor Berbick (in one of the most bizarre shoots in modern history. It really has to be seen to be believed)

With countless hours of fight footage, you will be shocked, amazed and entertained.


Nobuhiko Takada
Hiromitsu Kanehara
Kazushi Sakuraba
Kazuo Yamazaki
Kiyoshi Tamura
Naoki Sano
Yoshihiro Takayama
Yoji Anjoh
Masahito Kakihara
Tatsuo Nakano
Kenichi Yamamoto
Yukoh Miyato
Masakazu Maeda
Shunsuke Matsui
Ryuki Ueyama
Makoto Ohe (kickboxer)

Gary Albright
Dan Severn
Mark Fleming
Victor Zangiev
Salman Hashimikov
Vladimir Berkovitch
Bob Backlund
Gene Lydick
JT Southern
James Stone
Bad News Allen
Tom Burton
Steve Nelson
Mark Silver
Billy (Jack) Scott
Dennis Koslowski
Tommy Cairo
Steve Cox
Greg Bobchuck
Pez Whatley
Jim Boss
Bowy Chowaikun (kickboxer)

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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 75
The Budokan Big Showdown:

Yukoh Miyato vs. Kazushi Sakuraba

Naoki Sano vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

Billy Scott vs. Tatsuo Nakano

SPECIAL RULES MAIN EVENT: Gary Albright vs. Nobuhiko Takada

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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 74
Back in Tokyo, back at the Budokan:

Yoji Anjoh vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara

Naoki Sano vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Dan Severn

MAIN EVENT: Kazuo Yamasaki vs. Masahito Kakihara

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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 73
Another fight night in Osaka:

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Dan Severn

Zangief & Nakano vs. Anjoh & Miyato

MAIN EVENT: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Naoki Sano

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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 72
Osaka at the Castle Hall:

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kenichi Yamamoto

Vladimir Berkovich vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara

MAIN EVENT: Tamura & Lydick vs. Kakihara & Nelson

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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 71

USA vs. Russia - Severn & Albright vs. Khasimikov & Berkovich

JAPAN vs. Russia - Anjoh & Yamasaki vs. Zangief & Hashimikov

REMATCH - Severn & Albright vs. Khasimikov & Berkovich

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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 70
UWF-Bushido Fights:

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

TAG TEAM MAIN EVENT: Tamura & Severn vs. Anjoh & Nelson
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 69
The Budokan hosts a World Championship evening:

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

TAG TEAM MAIN EVENT: Tamura & Severn vs. Anjoh & Nelson
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 68
The Budokan hosts a World Championship evening:

Naoki Sano vs. Vladimir Berkovich

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Yukoh Miyato

ISKA TITLE FIGHT MAIN EVENT: Bovy Chowaikung vs. Danny Steele
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 67
The Budokan hosts epic matches:

Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Mark Silver

Scott & Lydick vs. Kakihara & Sakuraba

MAIN EVENT: Gary Albright vs. Kiyoshi Tamura
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 66
Back in Tokyo!:

Bad News Allen vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara

Salman Khashimikov vs. Yukoh Miyato

Kazuo Yamasaki vs. Tatsuo Nakano

MAIN EVENT: Zangief & Berkovitch vs. Sano & Anjoh
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 65

Masahito Kakihara vs. Tatsuo Nakano

Nabuhiko Takada vs. Koji Kitao

Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Yoji Anjoh
. . .
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 64
The Rubber Match to Decide the Best!

MAIN EVENT: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Gary Albright
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 63
Yokohama Arena is the site for the fight:

HOUR LONG MAIN EVENT: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Gary Albright
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 62
The Budokan in Tokyo hosts more UWFi action!

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Tom Burton

Yuko Miyato vs. Victor Zangiev

Naoki Sano vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

Yoji Anjoh vs. Gary Albright

MAIN EVENT: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Gene Lydick
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 61
At the Mecca of Martial Arts; The Budokan:

Takayama & Kanehara vs. Severn & Scott

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Kazuo Yamasaki

MAIN EVENT: Makoto Ohe vs. Didier Montoya
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 60
The Budokan in Tokyo hosts more UWFi action!

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Tom Burton

Yuko Miyato vs. Victor Zangiev

Naoki Sano vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

Yoji Anjoh vs. Gary Albright

MAIN EVENT: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Gene Lydick
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 59
We are in the Budokan in Tokyo:

Takayama & Kanehara vs. Scott & Severn

Tatsuo Nakano vs. Kazueo Yamazaki

MAIN EVENT: Makoto Ohe vs. Didier Montoya
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 58
Tokyo's Budokan is the place where legends are made:

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Tom Burton

Yukoh Miyato vs. Victor Zangiev

Naoki Sano vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

Yoji Anjoh vs. Gary Albright

MAIN EVENT: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Gene Lydick
. . .
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 57
Osaka showcases the world's toughest sport:

Yukoh Miyato vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

Bad New Allen vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

Masahito Kakihara vs. Dan Severn

MAIN EVENT: Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kazuo Yamazaki
. . .
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UWF Bushido: "Way of the Warrior" - Episode 56
Osaka's Castle Hall Play Host to This Week's INTERNATIONAL Action!

Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Tatsuo Nakano

Gene Lydick vs. Vladmir Berkovitch

Yoji Anjoh vs. Victor Zangief

MAIN EVENT: Billy Scott vs. Gary Albright
. . .
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