Shinobu Ota, Bio and Career | Everything We Know!

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For those unknown, Shinobu Ota is a world-class wrestler and a current mixed martial artist. Well, he is a top-notched wrestler with three Asian Championship medals under his name.

Furthermore, Shinobu has also bagged the ’16 Olympic Silver medal at 59kg, the ’19 World Championship at 63kg, and the ’18 Asian Games Gold medal at 60kg along the way.

Recently, he shifted to the MMA ground after his retirement in the wrestling arena at the end of the year 2020. 

Wrestler and MMA fighter, Shinobu Ota
Wrestler and MMA fighter, Shinobu Ota/Instagram

Ever since his debut on the field, Shinobu has maintained an excellent track record from the edge.

Likewise, before we dive into everything he has devoted to the career, let us go through his quick dose of facts. 

Quick Facts

Full Name Shinobu Ota (太田 忍, Ōta Shinobu)
Date of Birth December 28, 1993
Birth Place Gonohe, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Nick Name Unknown 
Religion Unknown
Nationality Japanese 
Ethnicity Asian
Zodiac Sign  Capricorn
Age 30 years old
Height 1.65 meters (5’5″)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Build Athletic 
Father’s Name Name Unknown
Mother’s Name Name Unknown
Siblings Sister, Rie Ota
Education Yanai Gakuin High School
Nippon Sport Science University
Marital Status Unmarried 
Girlfriend Unknown
Kids None
Profession Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist
(Fighting out of Chiba, Japan)
Club and Team ALSOK
Paraestra Kashiwa
Division and Event Bantamweight
Stance Orthodox
Years Active  2020–present (MMA)
Net Worth Around $3 million or more
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, YouTube
Merch  Wrestling Shoes, Tokyo 2021 Merchandise
Last Update  June, 2024

Body Measurements

Shinobu Ota is an accomplished fighter with a toned physical body. Well, he depicts a firm structure while standing at the height of 1.65 meters (5 feet 5 inches) and weighing 65 kg (143 lb). 

As for his physical appearance, Shinobu has a diamond cuts sharp jawline depicting a rectangle-shaped face. To complement his features, he has light skin and dark black hair and eyes. 

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Shinobu Ota | Life and Career

Shinobu was born on December 28, 1993, under the star sign of Capricorn in Gonohe, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. But, unfortunately, he has never opened up about his childhood days and family.

As a matter of fact, Shinobu has expressed himself only through his professional view and never touched his personal grounds among the public. Anyways, he is a graduate of the Nippon Sport Science University.

Shinobu before a fight
Shinobu before a fight/Instagram

Additionally, he also commenced his wrestling career during his collegiate years as he partook in several international and domestic wrestling tournaments.

Shinobu bagged the Hungarian Wrestling Grand Prix near his university days and then the Emperor’s Cup.


As far back as he can remember, Shinobu Ota has always upped his game for a single target; the gold medal. He first commenced wrestling with one of the best clubs in the country at the Hachinohe Kids in Aomori Prefecture.

At first, Shinobu earned the 2015 All-Japan championship. The year 2016 Rio Olympics was his foremost international arena in his game. 

Initially, he attended the 2016 Asian Olympic qualifier tournament competing in the 59kg Greco Roman event.

After qualification, Shinobu took the silver that Olympics, but before that, Shinobu had defeated Iran’s six-time world champion Hamid Sourian in the round. 

Indeed, he was the underdog who took Hamid by 7-4 on points. Following it, he also took Phils Tuktaev down in the quarterfinals and Kim Seung-Hak in the semifinals.

However, he later lost himself to Wang Lumin in the finals. But in the end, he yet again made it to participate in the Olympic Games.

On the day of the 2016 Olympic games itself, Shinobu again faced Hamid and bagged the victory in the end even though he lost the first round. And the story of the day doesn’t end here.

Shinobu further took the victory over Kazakhstan’s multiple-time world medalist Almat Kebispayev, Norway’s former world bronze medalist Stig-André Berge and Azerbaijan’s 2011 world champion Rovshan Bayramov.

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Moving on…

However, after reaching the Olympic final, Cuba’s Ismael Borrero took the victory on his hand as Shinobu lost by technical fall. After the hustle and bustle, Ota was silent for 2017 only to bag the 2018 Asian Games 60kg Greco-Roman event later. 

The following year, Shinobu partook in the 2019 All-Japan Selection Championship for the 2020 Olympic Games. Well, for it, he stood in the 60kg Greco-Roman event where he made it to the finals. 

However, in the final end, he lost to the 2019 World Championship winner Kenichiro Fumita and therewith, he couldn’t partake in the Olympic Games.

Hence, he later stood up for the 67kg Greco-Roman event, but yet again, he lost the game in the very first round. 

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)

Right near the end of the year 2020, Shinobu Ota transitioned from wrestling to MMA after signing with the Rizin Fighting Federation. Here, he initially fought and won the 63kg world title in Kazakhstan. 

Similarly, he entered the Saitama Super Arena on December 31, 2020, against veteran MMA fighter Hideo Tokoro.

As his fight opponent was announced, Shinobu stated he hadn’t expected it to be Hideo for his debut match. 

Shinobu's match in RIZIN
Shinobu’s match in RIZIN/Instagram

“I think I could not ask for a better place and date to make my MMA debut.”
– Shinobu Ota

Additionally, he added that Hideo had always been one of his favorite fighters, and he had no intention of losing the fight. Well, Shinobu did start training MMA full-time for three months in preparation for his fight. 

However, Shinobu lost the match against Hideo through a second-round armbar. Moving on, his second MMA match was recently accomplished on September 19, 2021.

Well, he fought against the former K-1 Welterweight champion Yuta Kubo at Rizin 30 and bagged the victory by unanimous decision.

Shinobu Ota | Awards And Achievements

Fighting out of Chiba, Japan, Shinobu Ota has only fought two matches in the MMA. Among those two matches, he has a win and a loss playing for the Paraestra Kashiwa. Some of his titles are listed below. 

  • Asian Wrestling Championship in Astana (silver in 2014)
  • Asian Wrestling Championship in Doha (bronze in 2015)
  • Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games (silver in 2016)
  • Asian Game in Jakarta (gold in 2018)
  • Asian Wrestling Championship in Bishkek (gold in 2018)
  • World Championship in Nur-Sultan (gold in 2019)

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Shinobu Ota | Net Worth and Personal Life

As discussed before, Shinobu Ota is a pretty private man regarding his personal venture of life. In fact, he also hasn’t opened up about his net worth and earnings in detail. 

As per the sources, Shinobu Ota has a net worth of around $3 million or more. Further ahead, we will be updating you about more details on his earnings as he releases them up. 

In the meantime, Shinobu also has no rumors, specifications, or even posts regarding or hinting at his relationships and affairs. Indeed, he has maintained a low-key profile to date. 

Social Media

If you are interested in his posts and uploads, check out his social media pages. He is on Instagram as Shinobu Ota (@shinobu_ota_mma) with 3.5k followers. 

Similarly, he is on Twitter as Shinobu Ota (@shinobu_ota_mma) with 5.9k followers. At the same time, he also runs his own YouTube channel named Ota Shinobu with 18.5k subscribers. 


  • “The Olympics was actually less than what I expected. It was very normal and ordinary. It didn’t have a special feeling that I thought it would have.”
  • “I’m proud of what I achieved in wrestling, a silver medal in the Olympics, becoming world number one, but in particular, I was very proud of myself winning the World Championships in 2019. I had a general interest in MMA but wasn’t thinking I would make the transition.”
  • “I think being a professional MMA fighter in Rizin’s stage is a better platform for recognition than being an amateur athlete and staying in the dark.”
Shinobu Ota on a break
Shinobu Ota on a break/Instagram

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Shinobu Ota | FAQs

What is Shinobu Ota’s signature move?

Shinobu Ota’s signature move is the front headlock. 

Who does Shinobu Ota look upon?

According to Shinobu Ota, he looks upon Mirko Crocop as his favorite fighter. He stated that he grew up watching Mirko on the ring. 

Rajani Gurung
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