If a movie was ever made about 90’s candy and they needed someone to play the part of ‘Pop Rocks‘, Masakazu Imanari should heel hook the casting director until he gets the role. Hardly anyone knows about this dude in the states but after watching him fight, you can’t help but love the guy. Dude fights like he’s in a constant audition for Barnum and Bailey’s Circus. Yeah he got beat by Bibiano in the Dream 9 tourney, but the dude just sat in the middle of the ring to see what would happen if he did. Imanari fights like a glitchy videogame character. In fact, if Imanari were in a videogame, the best way to fight with him would be to attach chains to your controller, make it a medieval flail and just walk around the street swinging it when people get too close to you. Every once in a while, hit a mailbox just to throw a little funk in there. After you’re done, go back to your pad and Imanari will probably have the other dude in a heel hook, guranteed. Just check out this highlight reel if you’re still an Imanari non-believer.
Masakazu Imanari holds two belts (one of which he uses it as a replacement for underwear, take a close look at that pic. Yeah, wild) one in Cage Rage and the other in Deep Toyama Impact. Imanari is defending his belt for the third time, now against Kazuyuki Miyata (ankle donator). He’s gone through current WEC champ Mike Brown like how you would expect a dude that has claimed 8 of his 16 wins via foot manipulation. If Shinya Aoki were Luke Skywalker, Masakazu Imanari would be his Obi-Wan Kenobi. Check out all 27 seconds of Imanari claiming the Cage Rage belt. [Source]