Let’s have a list of Asian MMA fighters in the UFC, shall we? Let’s check out their win-loss record as a professional mixed martial arts fighter, their status with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (i.e., whether they are still playing or are already retired), and what they are doing now or their latest updates. We begin our list with:
Lyoto Machida. With his sexy good looks and all, this Japanese-Brazilian — his dad is originally from Japan while his mom is Braziian — MMA fighter can give those male supermodels a run for their money.
According to wikipedia Lyoto is, as of December 2014, ranked #3 in the official UFC middleweight rankings and #5 in the world by Sherdog. Lyoto currently sports a 22-6 win-loss record; he lost his most recent bout last April 18 to Luke Rockhold. Worth $4 million (according to celebritynetworth.net), Machida is married to wife Fabyola with whom he has two kids named Taiyô and Kaitô.
Brandon Vera. Born to a Filipino dad and an Italian-American birth mom, Brandon made his UFC debut in October 2005 where he knocked out Fabiano Scherner. To date, Brandon’s pro-fight record shows a winning tally of 13 wins vs. 7 losses. Nicknamed The Truth, Brandon is worth $2.5 million according to celebritynetworth.net. He is married to Kerry Vera (née Kasik) who’s also an MMA fighter.
Chris Cariaso. Filipino American MMA fighter Chris Cariaso sports a win-loss record of 17 wins and 7 losses. He turned pro in 2006, joined the UFC in 2010, and had his first UFC fight in 2011 (UFC Fight Night 23) where he beat Will Campuzano with an anonymous decision. Media reports state that Cariaso is married with kids, two boys named CJ and Kage.
Takanori Gomi. Takanori’s MMA career started in 2004 when he had his first professional MMA fight with the PRIDE Fighting Championships. He signed with the UFC in 2010. To date, Takanori’s pro fight record stands at 35 wins vs. 10 losses.
Yoshihiro Akiyama. Also known as Sexyama, Yoshihiro is a Japanese MMA fighter (of Korean descent) who made his UFC debut in 2009 (UFC 100) where he beat veteran Alan Belcher. His MMA fight record currently stands at 14 wins and 5 losses. Sexyama is married to Japanese fashion model Shiho Yano with whom he has a daughter.
B.J. Penn. Now retired, BJ Penn is arguably the richest Asian MMA fighter with a current net worth of $22 million. During his career as an MMA fighter, he was considered as one of the one of the top pound-for-pound mixed martial artists in the world and is viewed as one of the best lightweight fighters of all time. BJ is part Korean, part Irish/English, and fully Hawaiian. He has two daughters with girlfriend Shealen Uaiwa.
Mark Munoz. Mark will soon be saying goodbye to MMA as he has stated that he will retire after his fight with Luke Barnatt during the upcoming UFC Fight Night 66 scheduled on 16 May 2015. This Filipino American fighter made his MMA debut at the WEC 34 (World Extreme Cagefighting) in 2008 where he defeated Chuck Grigsby. Currently, his professional MMA record stands at 13 wins vs. 6 losses.
Dong Hyun Kim. South Korean MMA fighter Dong Hyun Kim sports an impressive fight record of 19 wins vs. only 3 losses. He made his UFC debut in 2008 (UFC 84) where he prevailed over Jason Tan by technical knock out.
Kyoji Horiguchi. Japanese MMA fighter Kyoji Horiguchi has an enviable record as an MMA fighter of 15 wins vs. 2 losses. He made his pro MMA debut in 2010 and joined the UFC three years later at UFC 166 where he defeated Dustin Pague by TKO.
Yushin Okami. This Japanese fighter can boast of a winning MMA record as he currently sports a 30 wins vs. 9 losses tally. He was signed with the UFC from 2006 to 2013 but he is currently with the World Series of Fighting.
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