SHINSHO "ANIMAL" ANZAI
Shinsho Anzai (born December 1, 1985) is a Japanese mixed martial artist and wrestler. A professional competitor since 2009, he has fought in the UFC, Bellator, Pancrase and King of the Cage.
Born and raised in Japan, Anzai began wrestling in high school at the age of 15. Anzai later continued wrestling at Meiji University, and also attended Kokugakuin University. In amateur wrestling, Anzai was second place at the 2005 All-Japan Junior Olympic Cup, was first place at the 2008 All-Japan Combat Wrestling Championship (over 80 kg). Anzai also won the ADCC Asia Trials in 2011 at 99 kg and 2013 at 88 kg, respectively.
Anzai made his professional MMA debut in May 2009. He fought exclusively in his native Japan for the Pancrase and King of the Cage (Japan) promotions. During the next six years he amassed a record of 8–1.
In his UFC debut, Anzai stepped in to replace Sheldon Westcott against Alberto Mina on August 23, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 48.
In his second fight for the promotion, Anzai faced Roger Zapata on September 26, 2015, at UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson. He won the fight via TKO due to a hand injury Zapata sustained in the third round.
After the his release from the UFC, Anzai won one fight in his native Deep promotion before signing with the Bellator. He made his promotional debut against Michael Page at Bellator & Rizin: Japan on December 29, 2019
MMA record: 9-4-0 / height: 5'7" (170 cm) / weight: 171 lbs (78 kg)