[PHOTOS] Japan vs Australia: Momotaro, Kenny Tse fight at ‘ONE: Reign of Valor’ in Yangon, Myanmar

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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.

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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.

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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.”

Fight Result

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.

[PHOTOS] Japan vs Portugal: Yuta Watanabe, Rui Botelho fight at ‘ONE: Reign of Valor’ in Yangon, Myanmar

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Japan and Portugal 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 second bout of the evening, Yuta Watanabe, 28, of Japan faced Rui Botelho, 24, of Portugal.

Watanabe was one of four fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Botehlo was the sole representative of Portugal.

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Hailing from Mafra, Lisbon, Portugal, Botelho was 16 years old when he started his Muay Thai training. When he made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power” at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China on June 23, 2018, he was knocked out by Yukinori Ogasawara, 26, of Japan.

Representing Dinamite Team, Botelho lost to Panpayak “The Angel Warrior” Jitmuangnon, 22, of Thailand via unanimous decision at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018, at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “ONE: Reign of Valor” marked the Portuguese kickboxer’s third ONE Super Series bout.

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Watanabe holds multiple titles including the MAJKF, J-Network and WPMF Super Bantamweight Championships and the WMC Muay Thai Open Championship. He had his Muay Thai and kickboxing training under the tutelage of former Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai Champion Chutin Sitkuanim.

“ONE: Reign of Valor” marked Watanabe’s ONE Super Series debut. He previous competed in the Martial Arts Japan Kickboxing Federation and J-Network.

Fight Result

Watanabe and Botelho competed in a kickboxing match in the flyweight division. Elias Dolaptsis served as the referee of the bout.

After three three-minute rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Dolaptsis raised the hand of Botelho, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Reign of Valor” improved Botelho’s professional Muay Thai and kickboxing record to 18 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws. On the other hand, Watanabe now has 29 wins, 9 losses and 3 draws.

“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.

Australia, Cambodia, China, Finland, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Philippines, Romania, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.

Jr NBA coaches Jeffrey Cariaso, Natalia Andrei Dos Santos get roses from Sisters of Mary Girls Town girls in Silang, Cavite, Philippines

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Jr. NBA coaches led by coaches Jeffrey Cariaso of Alaska and Natalia Andrei Dos Santos of the NBA received handcrafted roses from the Sisters of Mary Girls Town student at the end of their training session. Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 staged an open clinic for the Sisters of Mary Boys Town and Girls Town on February 23-24, 2019 in Silang, Cavite, Philippines.

American diocesan priest Venerable Aloysius Schwartz founded the Sisters of Mary Congregation in Busan, South Korea in 1964. It officially started its operation in the Philippines in 1985.

The Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 open clinic for the Sisters of Mary Boys Town and Girls Town in Silang reached more than 3,400 students. The children experienced world-class basketball instruction and learning the Jr. NBA core S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect.

The Regional Selection Camps of Jr. NBA Philippines will start on March 9-10, 2019 in Lucena, Quezon, Philippines to search for the country’s most talented athletes. The next stops in the country are Baguio City; Butuan, Agusan del Norte; Dumaguete, Negros Oriental and Metro Manila.

Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 is presented by Alaska, which seeks to engage the youth, especially younger kids, in sports. Given the growing issues on health as well as the fast-changing technological environment, which leads to the change in children’s interests and behavior or sedentary lifestyle, the Philippine manufacturer of milk products believes that there is a need to reinforce its thrust in leading a healthy lifestyle not just by drinking milk but also by leading an active lifestyle.

Looking beyond selling milk, Alaska Milk sells nutrition and by doing so, the company along with its brand is doing its part in nation-building. Through youth sports development programs, it is able to help nourish children for them to develop into champions in the field of interest and, in general, in life.

The overall objective of the Alaska Sports is to strengthen the brand’s equity in nutrition through sports. To portray Alaska Fortified as a brand that helps instill the values of determination, discipline, teamwork, and hard work among the youth through sports.

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Cian Cowley: I had my eye on John Brewin since ‘Brave 13: European Evolution’ in Belfast, Northern Ireland

John Brewin, Cian Cowley

Training out of Straight Blast Gym Ireland in Dublin, Ireland, Cian “The Warrior” Cowley, 25, made his Brave Combat Federation debut on June 9, 2018 at “Brave 13: European Evolution” at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland where he knocked out Daniel “Obi Wan” Olejniczak, 31, of Belfast. Since then, the mixed martial artist from Dublin had his eye on John Brewin, 24, of Auckland, New Zealand.

On March 15, 2019, Cowley and Brewin will compete at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It marks the Irish contender’s third bout in Brave CF and the New Zealander’s fourth outing in the Bahrain-based MMA promotion.

“Brewin is a good fighter,” Cowley stated. “I respect him a lot. I’ve seen him fight live twice and he’s got a great mindset; I can tell that about him.”

“I’m good at reading people but it’s a great fight for me,” Cowley continued. “I had my eye on him since my first fight in Belfast. I knew I was going to end up fighting him down the road. I didn’t know it was going to be this soon but here we are.”

Brewin and Cowley are the sole representatives of New Zealand and Ireland, respectively, at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors.” In the seventh bout of the evening, they will battle it out in the lightweight division.

Cowley is coming out of two-bout winning streak in Brave CF. On the other hand, Brewin is coming out of his first and only loss as a professional MMA fighter.

“This is a great time for me,” Cowley said. “I’m coming off two finishes. He has great finishes in his career as well so it’s going to be a good clash.”

If Cowley becomes successful at “Brave 22: Storm of Warriors,” he wants to challenge reigning Brave CF Lightweight Champion Abdul-Kareem “Pride of Palestine” Al-Selwady, 23, of Amman, Jordan. The latter is set to defend his title against Luan “Miau” Santiago, 24, of Brazil at “Brave 23” in Amman on April 19, 2019.

“He’s the reigning champion at the moment so he’s on top of my hit list,” Cowley said of Al-Selwady. “It’s just the way it goes.”

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