Shinsuke Nakamura inducted into the Kocosports Combat Sports Hall of Fame

Shinsuke Nakamura (中邑 真輔 Nakamura Shinsuke, born February 24, 1980) is a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist currently working for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), where he is in his fifth reign as the IWGP Intercontinental Champion, while also being a former three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, one-time IWGP Tag Team Champion and the winner of the 2011 G1 Climax, 2006 G1 Tag League, and 2014 New Japan Cup tournaments. In 2015, Nakamura was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. rofessional wrestling career New Japan Pro Wrestling Super Rookie (2002–2005) Nakamura joined NJPW in March 2002 and quickly began making a name for himself as a bright prospect for the company. Having earned the nickname “Super Rookie”, Nakamura impressed...

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler inducted into the Kocosports Combat Sports Hall of Fame

Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler; May 23, 1954) is an American former professional boxer who was Undisputed World Middleweight Champion from 1980 to 1987. Hagler made twelve undisputed title defenses and holds the highest KO% of all undisputed middleweight champions at 78%. At six years and seven months, his reign as undisputed middleweight champion is the second longest of the last century, behind only Tony Zale, who reigned during WWII. In 1982, annoyed that network announcers often did not refer to him by his nickname, “Marvelous”, Hagler legally changed his name to “Marvelous Marvin Hagler.” Hagler is an inductee of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the...

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Pat Smith inducted into the Kocosports Combat Sports Hall of Fame

Pat Smith (born September 21, 1970) is a former collegiate wrestler at Oklahoma State University and a former assistant coach at OSU. During his collegiate wrestling career, he became the first four-time NCAA wrestlingchampion in the sport’s history, a feat only equalled four other times by Cael Sanderson, Kyle Dake and Logan Stieber in Division I and Marcus LeVesseur in Division III. Smith resigned as Oklahoma State’s assistant coach on May 1, 2006. His brother, Olympic champion John Smith, is the current head coach at OSU. Biography Since 2008, Pat Smith has been running and coaching the Arkansas Wrestling Academy and the youth club the Mighty Bluebirds in Little Rock, Arkansas. At the Arkansas Wrestling Academy, Smith...

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Lyoto Machida inducted into the Kocosports Combat Sports Hall of Fame

Lyoto Carvalho Machida (Portuguese pronunciation: [liˈotu maˈʃidɐ]; 町田龍太) (born May 30, 1978) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who currently fights in the middleweight divisionof the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. As of June 29, 2015, Machida is ranked #5 in the official UFC middleweight rankings. Background Lyoto was born in Salvador, Brazil, as the third son of the highly ranked head of the Brazilian branch of the Japan Karate Association, Shotokan karate master Yoshizo Machida (町田嘉三). Yoshizo moved to Brazil from Japan when he was 22 years old, where he met and married Lyoto’s mother, Ana Claudia, who is of Portuguese and Italian descent. Growing up...

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Takanohana Kōji inducted into the Kocosports Combat Sports Hall of Fame

Takanohana (II) Kōji (貴乃花 光司 Takanohana Kōji, born August 12, 1972 as Kōji Hanada (花田 光司 Hanada Kōji) is a Japanese former sumo wrestler. He was the 65th man in history to reach sumo’s highest rank of yokozuna, and he won 22 tournament championships between 1992 and 2001, the sixth highest total ever. The son of a popular ōzeki ranked wrestler from the 1970s, Takanohana’s rise through the ranks alongside his elder brother Wakanohana and his rivalry with the foreign born yokozuna Akebono saw interest in sumo and attendance at tournaments soar during the early 1990s. Takanohana was the youngest ever to reach the top division at just 17, and he set a number...

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