Japanese mixed martial arts has recently fallen on a bit of hard times and as a result, so has the development of the fighters who live and train there.
It is a far cry from the glory days of MMA in Japan during the 1990's and early to mid 2000's, where the land of the rising sun held epic fight cards regularly under such promotions as "Shooto" Vale Tudo, Pancrase, and of course, Pride FC.
During those glory years, Japanese MMA stood on it's own with many Japanese fighters becoming local heroes for their blood-and-guts performances against countrymen.
In addition, some became national heroes for waving the Japanese flag in fights against the biggest and baddest fighters from the rest of the world.
It is with great honour that I present to you, The 10 Best Japanese Fighters of All Time.