Hirotaka Yokoi (横井宏考) (born June 8, 1978 in Osaka) is a Japanese former mixed martial artist and professional wrestler who competed in the Heavyweight division. In his mixed martial arts career, Yokoi competed for PRIDE, Shooto, RINGS, and DEEP,   while in professional wrestling he wrestled mainly for Pro Wrestling Zero1.
Yokoi joined Pro Wrestling Zero1 in May 2002. He started teaming up with other shoot-style wrestlers, namely Wataru Sakata, Yuki Ishikawa and Yoshiaki Fujiwara, and also enjoyed significant wins in the Fire Festival, beating Kohei Sato and Tetsuhiro Kuroda. He spent the rest of the year in random tag team matches, as well as losing efforts to Shinjiro Otani and Kazuhiko Ogasawara. Eventually, he formed a tag team with Kohei Sato in midst of the feud between the native wrestlers and Steve Corino's American faction, and they challenged Corino and CW Anderson for the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship in two separate occasions, though coming short in both.
Around the same time, in which their team was named as Rowdy, they started appearing in All Japan Pro Wrestling as Zero-One representatives. Sato and Yokoi put their eyes in the All Asia Tag Team Championship, taking part in a special league for the vacated title. Rowdy was successful, winning the belts against Turmeric Storm (Kazushi Miyamoto and Tomoaki Honma) in July 2003. They retained the title against challengers like King Adamo and King Joe and Nobukazu Hirai and Shigeo Okumura, but ended up losing it in October to the Zero-One team of Kintaro Kanemura and Tetsuhiro Kuroda.
After the All Japan affair, Yokoi diversified to his singles career aside from Rowdy, and challenged The Predator for the Zero-One United States Heavyweight Championship and Masato Tanaka for the NWA United National Heavyweight Championship. He and Sato also challenged for the NWA tag team titles several times, but they failed. From 2004 to 2006, Yokoi competed sporadically in Hustle as a member of the babyface Hustle Army, teaming up with "Hustle K" Toshiaki Kawada, while trying luck in Zero-One's Fire Festival tournaments and keeping his team with Kohei Sato. He was released from Zero-One in February 2007, leaving pro wrestling altogether.
Championship and accomplishmentsEdit
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/news/interviews/Hirotaka-Yokoi-Interview-2168
- ↑ http://fcfighter.com/post/nogueira-pulver-shine-most-in-ufo-event
- ↑ Hirotaka Yokoi Interview
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE - "Enormous 2004"" (in German). PuroLove.com. http://www.purolove.com/zero1/results/04enormous.php. Retrieved 2015-02-05.