Japan and Australia were two of the 21 countries represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor,” the first ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Myanmar. The Singapore-based mixed martial arts promotion held it at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on March 8, 2019.
“ONE: Reign of Valor” featured nine MMA matches and five ONE Super Series contests, which are kickboxing bouts. In the first bout of the evening, “Momotaro” Kohei Kodera, 28, of Japan faced Kenny “The Pitbull” Tse, 26, of Australia.
Kodera was one of four fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Tse was the sole representative of Australia.
Born in Australia to Chinese immigrants, Tse was 13 years old when he started his kickboxing training and was 15 years old when he first competed as an amateur fighter. He went on to become the K-1 South Pacific Champion.
Training out of Team Ultimate Australia, Tse made his ONE Super Series debut on October 6, 2018 at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand and lost to Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 20, of Thailand, formerly known as Petchdam Gaiyanghadao. “ONE: Reign of Valor” marked the Chinese-Australian kickboxer’s second outing in ONE Championship’s striking-only league.
Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, Kodera was in kindergarten when he started his karate training. He was 20 years old when he made his professional martial arts debut.
Kodera went on to become the WBC Muay Thai International Champion. Training out of Oguni Gym, he made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Reign of Valor.”
Kodera and Tse competed in a kickboxing bout in the flyweight division. Elias Dolaptsis served as the referee.
After three three-minute rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Dolaptsis raised the hand of Kodera, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Reign of Valor” improved Kodera’s professional Muay Thai and kickboxing record to 29 wins, 9 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Tse now has 39 wins and 7 losses.
“ONE: Reign of Valor” Main Events
Phoe “Bushido” Thaw, 34, of Myanmar faced “The Iceman” Yohan Mulia Legowo, 38, of Indonesia in the co-main event. The Burmese contender knocked out his Indonesian opponent in the second round.
Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin, 28, of Kazakhstan challenged reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 28, of Sweden in the main event. After two five-minute rounds, the Swedish defending champion won via technical knockout via retirement.
Cambodia, China, Finland, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.