| July 5, 1988 (age 27)
Tokyo, Japan (1988-07-05) |Hiroki Nakajima Wikipedia
Hiroki Nakajima (born July 5, 1988) in Tokyo, Japan is a Japanese welterweight kickboxer fighting out of Tokyo, Japan for the Bungeling Bay gym. He is the 2009 Krush middleweight tournament champion and 2010 K-1 World MAX Japan runner up, currently fighting in K-1 MAX. He is touted as one of the future Japanese kickboxing stars and is the man picked by the legendary MAX fighter Masato to be his successor.
Nakajima began his kickboxing career in 2006 with the Shoot Boxing organization, winning all four of his fights. In 2009 after fighting for a number of promotions he joined Krush and won their "Road to MAX" 70 kg tournament at the end of the year. As Krush was a feeder league for K-1 MAX, champion Nakajima qualified for the following year's K-1 World MAX Japan tournament.
He went into the competition on a hot winning streak, having won all eleven of his fights, an impressive seven by KO. At the tournament in Saitama Nakajima made his way to the final, stopping both of his opponents including a 0:58 second knockout of fellow prospect Hinata Watanabe. In the final he faced Yuichiro Nagashima in what was an entertaining match with both fighters going all out in their quest for victory. In the second round Nakajima managed to knock down Nagashima but was unable to press home his advantage, losing in the third by knockout. Despite the first ever loss on his record, Nakajima's performance at the tournament earnt him a call up to the K-1 World MAX 2010 Final 16 - Part 1 where he lost his elimination fight to 2002 MAX champion Albert Kraus.
He scored a first round knockout over KEN at Krush Ignition vol. 4 in Tokyo, Japan on June 2, 2013.
He lost to Yoichi Yamazaki via extension round split decision on August 11, 2013 at Krush.30.2010 K-1 MAX Japan runner up -70 kg
2009 Krush "Road to MAX" tournament champion -70 kg