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Date of Birth 20 November 1943Yokohama, Japan
Birth NameKanji Inoki
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Japan's Antonio Inoki is a "living" legend in Asia. The greatest wrestler ever to step in the ring in Asia, he just may be the greatest wrestler of all times. One of the first great wrestlers to compete in "real" fights. Inoki has some of the most impressive fight stats in mat history. His professional wrestling record for single match competition was 611-41-50. His record for tag team matches was 1,466-105-130. His record for mixed martial arts fights was 30-2-3 with 9 knockouts. His overall fighting record was an amazing 2,107 victories, only 148 defeats, and 183 draws. His record in "real" fights is one of the most impressive in the sport's history; a 15 round draw with World's Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali, a submission win over former-heavyweight king Leon Spinks on Oct. 9, 1986, a knockout over World Lightheavyweight Kickboxing Champion Everett "Man Monster" Eddie in 7 rounds on June 7, 1978, a submission over former European Heavyweight Boxing Champ Karl Mildenberger on Nov. 11, 1978, a decision victory over heavyweight boxing contender Chuck Wepner, a submission over Thai-Boxing World Heavyweight King Chota Chochoshvili on Sept. 5, 1989, a choke out over Gerard Gordeau World Heavyweight Savate Champion, submission victories over former world wrestling heavyweight champions Sting and Rick Flair, and a submission victor over former UFC World Heavyweight king Don Frye. Inoki announced his retirement from the ring on April 4, 1998.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained

Spouse (1)

Mitsuko Baishô (1971 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (25)

Was recognized as the greatest foreign wrestler of all time by WCW (1994).
Inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame on May 21st, 1995.
One of the 100 Greatest Wrestlers of the 20th Century (Inside Wrestling Presents, Summer 2000)
In Japan it is considered a privilege to be slapped by Inoki. When you are slapped by Inoki, it is believed he is giving some of his fighting spirit to you.
He fought Muhamed Ali in an 1976 exhibition. The contest ended in a boring draw.
#5 on the Pro-Wrestling Illustrated Top 500 Wrestlers of the PWI Years.
Notable wins in his 38 year career include those over Lou Thesz, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Sting, Vader and André the Giant.
Is a mentor to all MMA fighters in Japan. He ofter appears at their corners for giving them advices and strategies.
With team mate Dan Severn, Inoki won the fight against the team formed by Oleg Taktarov and Yoshiaki Fujiwara at the World Wrestling Peace Festival.
Fought André The Giant in São Paulo, Brazil, on December 15th 1974. The two went to a draw.
Lost his fight against Hulk Hogan by KO in Wrestling Grand Prix Tournament on May 6th 1983.
With his protégé, Walid Ismael, Inoki created the Vale Tudo competition "Jungle Fight" in the Amazônia forest.
Alongside "Jungle Fight", Inoki created another MMA festival called "Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye" in homage to his friend Muhammad Ali.
Was a very close friend of the late Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Carlson Gracie.
Was discovered in Brazil by Wrestling legend Rikidozan.
Original founder of the New Japan Pro Wrestling league.
Despite fighting him, he is a very close friend of Muhammad Ali. The legendary boxer was the guest of honor at Inoki's retirement fight against Don Frye in 1998.
Is the manager, and the trainer, of MMA fighter Ryoto "Lyoto" Machida.
Fought former world heavyweight Judo champion Willem Ruska four times and won every bout.
Fought American Heavyweight Karate Champion Eddie "Monster" Everett on August 8th 1977 at Tokyo Budokan. Inoki won by KO at the fifth round.
Defeated, under NHB rules, boxing champion Chuck Wepner by submission on October 25th 1977
Fought, under NHB rules, Kyokushin Karate Champion Willie Williams on February 27th 1980. The violent fight ended to a draw. Inoki and Williams were both heavily injured after the bout.
Was defeated, under NHB rules, by Jiu-Jitsuka Chota Chochoshvili at the Tokyo Dome on April 24th 1989. Inoki got a rematch one month later and won by submission.
WWE Hall of Famer.
Converted to Islam at the Holy Site of Karbala, Iraq, in 1990. He kept his conversion secret until 2014, revealing his Muslim name as Muhammad Hussein Inoki.

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