[EXCLUSIVE] Zurich, Switzerland’s Yasubey Enomoto shares Shamil Zavurov, Vladimir Putin memories

Yasubey Enomoto, 36, of Zurich, Switzerland made his professional mixed martial arts debut in Basel, Switzerland on February 18, 2006. From 2006 to 2019, he had 31 fights, four of which were against Shamil “The Lion of Dagestan” Zavurov, 35, of Dagestan, Russia.

Born in Zurich on December 15, 1983, Enomoto is the brother of Felipe Enomoto, 37, who is also a professional MMA fighter. Their father is Japanese-Peruvian while their mother is Swiss.

Zavurov defeated Yasubey in their first encounter in 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia but the latter won all of their three subsequent rematches. In their fourth match, which was at “WFCA 9: Grozny Battle 6” on October 4, 2015 in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, the Zurich native submitted his Dagestani opponent via guillotine choke in the third round.


Including three fights against Zavurov, Yasubey competed in Russia 18 times between 2011 and 2019. One of those was witnessed by Vladimir Putin, 67, and it happens to be the Zurich native’s first knockout victory in the country.

On August 22, 2018, Yasubey knocked out Alexei Ivanov, 33, of Moscow, Russia via punches at “League S-70: Plotforma S-70: 2018” in Sochi, Russia and Putin did not only watch the fight live. The Russian president also personally congratulated the Japanese-Peruvian-Swiss MMA fighter.


A former M-1 Global Welterweight Champion and Cage Fighters Championships Welterweight Champion, Yasubey now holds a professional MMA record of 20 wins and 11 losses. Here is a short interview I had with the MMA veteran from Zurich:


CONAN ALTATIS: You had 31 fights from 2006 to 2019. Which one is the most memorable one for you and why?

YASUBEY ENOMOTO: I had a couple who was big for me. My fourth fight with Shamil Zavurov in Chechnya (is very memorable) because he hurt me very bad in the first round but I could keep my composure and bounced back and finished the fight in the third round. It taught me a very important lesson, (which is to) never underestimate any opponent. I learned it the very hard way. I had head problems for one month.

Maybe also (another memorable fight was) when I knocked out my opponent in front of Putin who shook my hand after the fight and congratulated me for the win to show me appreciation after eight years of fighting in Russia.

CA: I’m sure you had several fighting mentors. Who among them is the most influential one to you?

YE: I think my brother was the most influential one besides my second martial arts coach. My brother Felipe was always a role model. When it came about hard work, he always did more than me so that pushed me so much.

CA: What else do you want to achieve as an MMA fighter?

YE: I go fight after fight. I think I achieved already a lot in my career. My goal is always (to) fight the best opponents I can find and beat them to test my skills if my system can challenge every opponent who stands in front of me.


Yasubey’s most recent bout was at “Russian Cagefighting Championship 7” in Ekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk, Russia on December 14, 2019. He submitted Ivan “Ural Hulk” Shtyrkov, 31, of Ekaterinburg via rear-naked choke in the second round.

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