USA vs Japan: Belal Muhammad, Takashi Sato fight at ‘UFC 242’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Belal Muhammad, Takashi Sato

  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
  • Title: “UFC 242”
  • Venue: The Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Date: September 7, 2019

Countries represented

Fighters

Brazil

  1. Carlos Diego Ferreira
  2. Davi “The Tasmanian Devil” Ramos
  3. Edson “Junior” Barboza

Canada

  1. Nordine Taleb

England

  1. Lerone “The Miracle” Murphy

Finland

  1. Teemu Packalen

France

  1. Fares “Smile Killer” Ziam

Georgia

  1. Liana “Mgeli” Jojua

Germany

  1. Ottman “Bulldozer” Azaitar

Japan

  1. Takashi Sato

Morocco

  1. Ottman “Bulldozer” Azaitar

Russia

  1. Omari “Wolverine” Akhmedov
  2. Muslim “King of Kung Fu” Salikhov
  3. Zubaira “Warrior” Tukhugov
  4. Mairbek “Beckan” Taisumov
  5. Shamil “Abrek” Abdurakhimov
  6. Islam Makhachev
  7. Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov
 

Scotland

  1. Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood

South Africa

  1. Don “Magic Man” Madge

United States

  1. Zak Cummings
  2. Belal “Remember the Name” Muhammad
  3. Sarah “Cheesecake” Moras
  4. Andrea “KGB” Lee
  5. Curtis “Razor” Blaydes
  6. Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder
  7. Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier

Bout #: 4 of 13 

Blue Corner

  • Name: Takashi Sato
  • Age: 29
  • Hometown: Niigata, Japan
  • Gym: Tribe Tokyo MMA, Tokyo, Japan
  • Professional MMA record before fight night: 15 wins, 2 losses
  • UFC record before fight night: 1 win, 0 loss
  • Opponents defeated in the UFC before fight night: Ben Saunders

Red Corner

  • Name: Belal “Remember the Name” Muhammad
  • Age: 31
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Gym: Roufusport MMA Academy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Professional MMA record before fight night: 15 wins, 3 losses
  • UFC record before fight night: 6 wins, 3 losses
  • Opponents defeated in the UFC before fight night: Augusto Montaño, Randy Brown, Jordan Mein, Tim Means, Chance Rencountre, Curtis Millender

Result

  • Division: Welterweight
  • Referee: Viacheslav Kiselev
  • Winner: BELAL MUHAMMAD
  • Method: Submission via Rear-Naked Choke
  • Time and Round: 1:55 of Round 3

The main event of “UFC 242” was a  UFC Lightweight Championship title unification bout between current champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia and interim champion Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, 30, of Coconut Creek, Florida, United States.

“UFC Fight Night 157” was the third UFC event to take place in Abu Dhabi. Watch the full post-fight press conference here:

 

China vs Japan: Wu Yanan, Mizuki Inoue fight at ‘UFC Fight Night 157’ in Shenzen, Guangdong

Mizuki Inoue, Wu Yanan
Mizuki Inoue, Wu Yanan
  • Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
  • Title: “UFC Fight Night 157” (a.k.a. “UFC on ESPN+ 15″)
  • Venue: Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Arena, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Date: August 31, 2019

Countries represented

Fighters

Brazil
  1. Karolline Rosa Cavedo
  2. Lara Fritzen Procopio
  3. Thiago Moises
  4. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
  5. Jessica Andrade
China
  1. Heili Alateng
  2. Su Mudaerji
  3. Kenan Song
  4. Wu Yanan
  5. Li Jingliang
  6. Zhang Weili
Japan 1. Mizuki Inoue
Mongolia 1. Batgerel Danaa
New Zealand 1. Kai Kara-France
Russia
  1. Damir Ismagulov
  2. Khadis Ibragimov
South Korea
  1. Da Un Jung
  2. Jun Yong Park
United States
  1. Andre Soukhamthath
  2. Anthony Hernandez
  3. Derrick Krantz
  4. Mark de la Rosa

Bout #: 7 of 11

Blue Corner

  • Name: Mizuki Inoue
  • Age: 25
  • Hometown: Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan
  • Gym: Hakushinkai Karate, Toyohashi
  • Professional MMA record before fight night: 13 wins, 5 losses
  • UFC record before fight night: 0 win, 0 loss
  • Opponents defeated in the UFC before fight night: N/A

Red Corner

  • Name: “Mulan” Wu Yanan
  • Age: 23
  • Hometown: Chaoyang, Lianing, China
  • Gym:
  • Professional MMA record before fight night: 10 wins, 2 losses
  • UFC record before fight night: 1 win, 1 loss
  • Opponents defeated in the UFC before fight night: Lauren Mueller

Result

  • Division: Women’s Flyweight
  • Referee: Thomas Fann
  • Winner: MIZUKI INOUE
  • Method: Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Rounds: 3

In the main event of “UFC Fight Night 157,” “Magnum” Zhang Weili, 30, became the new UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion, making her the first ever UFC champion of Chinese descent. She dethroned defending champion Jéssica “Bate Estaca” Andrade, 27, of Parana, Brazil via a first-round knockout.

In the co-main event, Elizeu “Capoiera” Zaleski dos Santos, 32, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil and “The Leech” Li Jingliang, 31,of Xinjiang, China competed in the welterweight division. The Chinese contender knocked out his Brazilian opponent via punches in the third round.

“UFC Fight Night 157” is the third UFC event to take place in Shenzhen. Watch the full post-fight press conference here:

Australia’s Joseph Luciano earns 1st ONE Warrior Series win in Singapore

Koji Shikuwa, Olivier Coste, Joseph Luciano (©ONE Championship)
Koji Shikuwa, Olivier Coste, Joseph Luciano (©ONE Championship)

Fighting out of Australia, Joseph Luciano, 27, was one of the winners at “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warriors Series” Season 7. It was his first bout in the ONE Championship subsidiary headed by mixed martial arts veteran Rich “Ace” Franklin, 44, of the U.S.

“ONE Warrior Series 7” marked Luciano’s professional MMA debut. As an amateur fighter, he had 12 wins and 4 losses.

ONE Championship held “ONE Warrior Series 7” in Singapore on August 6, 2019 featuring one Muay Thai contest and 14 professional MMA matches. In the 11th bout of the evening, Luciano competed in an MMA match in the welterweight division against Koji “Animal” Shikuwa, 28, of Japan with Olivier Coste as the referee.

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

Winning at “ONE Warrior Series 7” improved the professional MMA record of Luciano to 1 win and 0 loss. He is training out of Kimekai MMA in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

On the other hand, Shikuwa now has 5 wins and 8 losses. He trains out of TS Gym in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.

Koji Shikuwa, Olivier Coste, Joseph Luciano (©ONE Championship)
Koji Shikuwa, Olivier Coste, Joseph Luciano (©ONE Championship)

Luciano was born in Australia on March 27, 1992. As an amateur fighter, he competed in the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation from 2016 to 2018.

Including Australia and Japan, 16 countries were represented at “ONE Warrior Series 7.” The others were Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the U.S. and Vietnam.

Australia was represented by three fighters namely Luciano, Caitlin McEwen, 22, and Uyen Ha, 22. Japan also represented by two fighters namely Shikuwa and Akuri Ronda, 30.

Check all the official results of “ONE Warrior Series 7” on Conan Daily. Watch all the 15 bouts here:

Westside MMA’s Michael Walker earns 3rd ONE Super Series win in Singapore

Akuri Ronda, Michael Walker (©ONE Championship)
Akuri Ronda, Michael Walker (©ONE Championship)

Training out of Westside MMA in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States, Michael Walker, 21, was one of the winners at “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warriors Series” Season 7. It was his third bout in the ONE Championship subsidiary headed by mixed martial arts veteran Rich “Ace” Franklin, 44, of the U.S.

ONE Championship held “ONE Warrior Series 7” in Singapore on August 6, 2019 featuring one Muay Thai contest and 14 professional MMA matches. In the eighth bout of the evening, Walker competed in an MMA match at a catch weight of 68 kg against Akuri Ronda, 30, who trains out of  Shingikan MMA in Zama, Kanegawa, Japan.

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

Winning at “ONE Warrior Series 7” improved the professional MMA record of Walker to 3 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Ronda now has 5 wins, 3 losses and 1 win.

“ONE Warrior Series 7” marked Walker’s third ONE Warrior Series win. It was a redemptive win for the Westside MMA product who was coming out of consecutive losses to “The Lion” Lee Hyun Jin, 32, of South Korea and Zechariah “Earth Man” Lange, 30, of the U.S.

Michael Walker, Akuri Ronda (©ONE Championship)
Michael Walker, Akuri Ronda (©ONE Championship)

When Walker made his ONE Warrior Series debut at “ONE Warrior Series 1” on March 31, 2019, he defeated Michael “The Foot Collector” Fangki, 28, of the Philippines via decision. On July 19, 2018, the American fighter submitted Shafkat Khodzhakulov, 26, of Tajikistan via ear-naked choke in the first round.

Including the U.S. and Japan, 16 countries were represented at “ONE Warrior Series 7.” The others were Australia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Myanmar, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

The U.S. was represented by two fighters namely Walker and Lange. Japan was also represented by two fighters namely Ronda and Koji “Animal” Shikuwa, 28, of Japan.

Check all the official results of “ONE Warrior Series 7” on Conan Daily. Watch all the 15 bouts here: