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MLS 12-18-2008 06:33 AM

K-1 Fighter Profile: Musashi

Nickname: Musashi (real name, Akio Mori)
Nationality: Japanese
Date of birth: October 17, 1972
Place of birth: Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Fighting out of: Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 225 lb
Style: Karate
Years active: 13 (1995-present)

Kickboxing Record:

Total: 83
Wins: 49
By knockout: 19
Losses: 28
Draws: 5
No contests: 1

Fighter Bio:

Musashi is a professional Japanese Heavyweight karateka and kickboxer competing in K-1. He is 4 time K-1 Japan tournament champion, a former WAKO Heavyweight Muay Thai champion and two time K-1 World Grand Prix finalist.

Musashi was born as Akio Mori in Sakai, Osaka, Japan. After he started practicing Seido-kaikan karate he took his ring name from the famous samurai of the same name Musashi Miyamoto, since his kicking techniques is said to resemble the latter's sword-slashing moves. Musashi is trained by former WBA Super Middleweight Boxing Champion (1994 - 1999) Frankie Liles. His elder brother Tomo fought in K-1 Middleweight division.

Musashi's entrance theme was made by Japanese heavy metal band Loudness. The song is called Battleship Musashi. Musashi also took part in a Loudness 25th anniversary concert at Tokyo International forum where he congratulated the band. Musashi also plays Issei Kurosaki/Kamen Rider Caucasus in Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love.

Titles Held:

2004 K-1 World GP finalist
2003 K-1 World GP finalist
2003 K-1 Japan GP champion
2002 K-1 Japan GP champion
2001 K-1 Japan GP finalist
2000 K-1 Japan GP champion
1999 K-1 Japan GP champion
1999 WAKO World Heavyweight Muay Thai champion

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