[PHOTOS] Singapore vs Costa Rica: Amir Khan, Ariel Sexton fight at ‘ONE: Call to Greatness’

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Singapore and Costa Rica were two of the countries represented at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” It was the first ONE Championship event in 2019 to be held in Singapore.

Featuring six mixed martial arts matches, four kickboxing contests and one Muay Thai bout, “ONE: Call to Greatness” took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on February 22, 2019. In the 10th bout of the evening, Amir Khan, 24, of Singapore faced Ariel Sexton, 37, of Costa Rica.

Blue Corner

Sexton was 19 years old when he started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training. He went on to earn his black belt under Renzo Gracie.

Training out of Team Daniel Gracie and Athletic Advance, Sexton made his professional MMA debut in 2006 and joined ONE Championship in 2014. “ONE: Call to Greatness” marked his seventh outing in the organization.

Red Corner

When Khan was young, he was bullied for having Tourette Syndrome. He moved from Singapore to Louisiana, United States when he was in high school and it was then that he started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling training with Relson Gracie.

In 2014, Khan returned to Singapore and joined Evolve MMA. “ONE: Call to Greatness” marked his 15th outing in ONE Championship.

Fight Result

With Olivier Coste as the referee, Khan and Sexton competed in an MMA match in the lightweight division. It was the second bout in the quarter-finals of the inaugural ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.

Sexton managed to survive a number of precarious situations and remained relentless in his pursuit to take the action to the ground. Early in the third round, Costa Rican submission specialist easily took Khan down and immediately fastened the submission to force his Singaporean opponent to tap.

Coste put a stop to the contest after 1 minute and 13 seconds in the third round. He raised the hand of Sexton, who won via rear-naked choke submission.

Losing to Sexton at “ONE: Call to Greatness” downgraded Khan’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 5 losses. On the other hand, the Costa Rican contender now has 13 wins, 4 losses and 1 No Contest.

“ONE” Call to Greatness” Main Event

Argentina, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” Check the complete results here.

Here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson giving a “ONE: Call to Greatness” recap:

‘ONE: Call to Greatness’ results: Stamp Fairtex vs Janet Todd, Amir Khan vs Ariel Sexton

'ONE: Call to Greatness' fight card

  • Promotion: ONE Championship
  • Title: “ONE: Call to Greatness” 
  • Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore
  • Date: February 22, 2019

PRELIMINARY CARD

  1. Rudy Agustian (Indonesia) vs Khon Sichan (Cambodia)
  • DIVISION: Flyweight (MMA)
  • WINNER: RUDY AGUSTIAN
  • METHOD: Submission via Rear-Naked Choke
  • TIME AND ROUND: 3:14 of Round 1
  • REFEREE: Olivier Coste
  1. Masakazu Imanari (Japan) vs Kwon Won Il (South Korea)
  • DIVISION: Bantamweight (MMA)
  • WINNER: MASAKAZU IMANARI 
  • METHOD: Submission via Heel Hook
  • TIME AND ROUND: 0:53 of Round 1
  • REFEREE: Yuji Shimada
  1. Ayaka Miura (Japan) vs Laura Balin (Argentina)
  • DIVISION: Women’s Strawweight (MMA)
  • WINNER: AYAKA MIURA
  • METHOD: Submission via Americana
  • TIME AND ROUND: 1:13 of Round 1
  • REFEREE: Olivier Coste
  1. Regian Eersel (Netherlands) vs Anthony Njokuani (Nigeria)
  • DIVISION: Lightweight (Kickboxing, ONE Super Series)
  • WINNER: REGIAN EERSEL
  • METHOD: Knockout
  • TIME AND ROUND: 1:03 of Round 2
  • REFEREE: Yuji Shimada
  1. Kong Sambo (Cambodia) vs Zhang Chenglong (China)
  • DIVISION: Bantamweight (Kickboxing, ONE Super Series)
  • WINNER: ZHANG CHENGLONG
  • METHOD: Split Decision
  • ROUNDS: 3
  • REFEREE: Atsushi Onari
  1. Masahide Kudo (Japan) vs Petchdam Petchyindee Academy (Thailand)
  • DIVISION: Flyweight (Kickboxing, ONE Super Series)
  • WINNER: PETCHDAM PETCHYINDEE ACADEMY
  • METHOD: Knockout
  • TIME AND ROUND: 0:35 of Round 2
  • REFEREE: Olivier Coste
  1. Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (Thailand) vs Jeremy Miado (Philippines)
  • DIVISION: Catchweight (56.9kg) (MMA)
  • WINNER: DEJDAMRONG SOR AMNUAYSIRICHOKE
  • METHOD: Technical Knockout via Strikes
  • TIME AND ROUND: 2:38 of Round 2
  • REFEREE: Yuji Shimada
  1. Nieky Holzken (Netherlands) vs Mustapha Haida (Italy)
  • DIVISION: Lightweight (Kickboxing, ONE Super Series)
  • WINNER: NIEKY HOLZKEN
  • METHOD: Unanimous Decision
  • ROUNDS: 3
  • REFEREE: Atsushi Onari
  1. Ev Ting (Malaysia and New Zealand) vs Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (Turkey)
  • DIVISION: ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Quarter-Final
  • WINNER: SAYGID GUSEYN ARSLANALIEV
  • METHOD: Knockout
  • TIME AND ROUND: 0:25 of Round 1
  • REFEREE: Olivier Coste
  1. Amir Khan (Singapore) vs Ariel Sexton (Costa Rica)
  • DIVISION: ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Quarter-Final
  • WINNER: AMIR KHAN
  • METHOD: Submission via Rear-Naked Choke
  • TIME AND ROUND: 1:13 of Round 3
  • REFEREE: Yuji Shimada

 Main Event

  1. Stamp Fairtex (Thailand) vs Janet Todd (USA)
  • DIVISION: ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship
  • WINNER: STAMP FAIRTEX
  • METHOD: Unanimous Decision
  • ROUNDS: 5
  • REFEREE: Atsushi Onari

Osaka’s Kota Shimoishi to make ONE Championship debut in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hailing from Osaka, Japan, Kota “Genjin” Shimoishi, 31, is a professional mixed martial artist with 21 wins and 5 losses. He aims to improve this as he joins ONE Championship.

Shimoishi’s ONE Championship debut will take place on July 13, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at “ONE: Pursuit of Power.” He will compete against Ariel “Tarzan” Sexton, 36, of San Jose, Costa Rica in the lightweight division.

“ONE Championship returns to the Axiata Arena this 13 July for another blockbuster evening of world-class martial arts action,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced. “We have an amazing event planned for fans in Kuala Lumpur, as our ONE Championship athletes get ready to electrify the stadium with dazzling performances.”

“In the main event, Malaysia’s very own Agilan ‘Alligator’ Thani takes on Zebaztian ‘The Bandit’ Kadestam in a welterweight contest,” Sityodtong also announced. “Also, Jo Nattawut will face Yohann Fairtex Drai in a ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest.”

In Shimoishi’s most recent bout, which was at “Road FC 46,” he lost to Mansour “The Afro-Samurai” Barnaoui, 25, of Paris France via rear-naked choke submission. It ended the five-bout winning streak of the Japanese contender, who consecutively defeated Khuukhenkuu “Amaraa” Amartuvshin, 33, of Mongolia, Yuki Okano, 31, of Japan, Kimihiro Eto, 29, of Japan, “Crazy Dog” Dae Song Park, 25, of South Korea and Yincang Bao, 24, of China.

Shimoishi is known for his well-rounded striking and grappling skills as well as his ability to deliver victories using his craftiness. He will be the first Japanese fighter to face Sexton in a professional MMA bout.

Like Shimoishi, Sexton is also coming out of a loss. In the Costa Rican fighter’s most recent bout, which was at “ONE: Quest for Gold” on February 23, 2018, he lost to Ev “E.T.” Ting, 28, of New Zealand and Malaysia via split decision.

Here is a recap of “ONE: Quest for Gold” by Michael Schiavello and Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson: