IMMAF president Kerrith Brown looks forward to more successful athletes like Reo Yamaguchi

Reo Yamaguchi
Reo Yamaguchi

To consolidate the development of amateur mixed martial arts as a sport in Japan, the Japanese Mixed Martial Arts Federation has announced ambitious will take it to the next level operationally. It plans to introduce training for referees and officials and host of its first All-Japan National Amateur MMA championships on September 2, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

IMMAF president Kerrith Brown is excited about the plans. He is looking forward to seeing more successful Japanese athletes like International Mixed Martial Arts Federation World and European Junior Silver medallist Reo Yamaguchi, 19, on the IMMAF-World Mixed Martial Arts Association platform.

Yamaguchi was born in Japan on December 5, 1999. He made his amateur MMA debut in 2016 at “Ageo Cage Fight 4″ in Saitama, Japan where he knocked out his fellow Japanese fighter Susumu Inoue.

At the 2019 IMMMA-WMMAA European Senior and Junior Open Championships in Rome, Italy, Yamaguchi has one loss and two wins. He has yet to make his professional MMA debut.

“This is an exciting development from our Japanese MMA Federation and we look forward to watching MMA reach new heights in Japan, one of the founding countries of the contemporary sport,” Brown stated. “We expect the All Japan Amateur MMA Championships to be the first of many and look forward to seeing more Japanese talent follow the successes of IMMAF World and European Junior Silver medallist, Reo Yamaguchi, on the IMMAF-WMMAA platform.”

As the global governing body for MMA working for the development, recognition and regulation of the sport, the IMMAF- WMMAA has a seven-year track record of organising international amateur MMA Championships and developing the sport globally. It currently has 110 member federations with National Olympic Committee recognition in around 50 countries.

The IMMAF-WMMAA has a democratically elected board, audited accounts, General Assemblies, a robust anti-doping programme and a qualifying number of recognized members. Its governance is subject to independent audit by the Sport Integrity Global Alliance.

With Olympian leaders coming from judo, IMMAF- WMMAA fully respects Olympic values. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Yamaguchi:

[PHOTOS] USA vs Japan: Demetrious Johnson, Tatsumitsu Wada fight at ‘ONE: Dawn of Heroes’ in the Philippines

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The United States and Japan were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019. It was the third ONE Championship event in 2019 that took place in the Philippines.

Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the 10th bout of the evening, Danny “The King” Kingad, 23, of the Philippines faced Reece “Lightning” Mclaren, 27, of Australia.

Including the U.S. and Japan, 12 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Johnson was one of the three fighters who represented the U.S.  Wada was one of the six fighters who represented Japan.

Blue Corner

Originally from Yamanashi, Japan, Wada moved to Tokyo, Japan to pursue a career in martial arts. He has been competing professionally since 2008 and he is a former DEEP Flyweight Champion.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Wada’s fifth ONE Championship bout. He was coming out of a unanimous decision victory over Gustavo “El Gladiador” Balart, 32, of Cuba.

Red Corner

Johnson is training out of AMC Pankration in Kirkland, Washington, USA and Evolve MMA in Singapore. He has been competing professionally since 2007.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Johnson’s second ONE Championship bout. In his promotional debut, he knocked out Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 24, of Japan.

Results

Johnson and Wada competed in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

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

Winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” improved the professional MMA record of Johnson to 29 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Wada now has 21 wins, 11 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest.

Check the complete “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” results on Conan Daily. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the press conference:

[PHOTOS] USA vs Japan: James Nakashima, Yushin Okami fight at ‘ONE: Dawn of Heroes’ in the Philippines

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The United States and Japan were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019. It was the third ONE Championship event in 2019 that took place in the Philippines.

Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the fifth bout of the evening, James Nakashima, 30, of the U.S. faced Yushina “Thunder” Okami, 38, of Japan.

Including the U.S. and Japan, 12 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Nakashima was one of the three fighters who represented the U.S. Okami was one of the six representatives of Japan.

Blue Corner

Okami is training out of EX Fight. Born in Kanagawa, Japan on July 21, 1981, he has been competing professionally since 2002.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Okami’s second ONE Championship outing. He was coming out of a knockout loss to Kiamrian “Brazen” Abbasov, 26, of Russia.

Red Corner

Nakashima is training out of MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona, USA. He has been competing professionally since 2015.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Nakashima’s third ONE Championship outing. He was coming out of a knockout victory against Luis “Sapo” Santos, 39, of Brazil.

Results

Nakashima and Okami competed in an MMA match in the welterweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

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

Still undefeated, Nakashima improved his professional MMA record to 12 wins and 0 loss after winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” On the other hand, Okami now has 35 wins and 14 losses.

Check the complete “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” results on Conan Daily. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the press conference:

[PHOTOS] Brazil vs Japan: Samara Santos, Ayaka Miura fight at ‘ONE: Dawn of Heroes’ in the Philippines

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Brazil and Japan were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019. It was the third ONE Championship event in 2019 that took place in the Philippines.

Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the second bout of the evening, Samara “Marituba” Santos, 26, of Brazil faced Ayaka Miura, 28, of Japan.

Including Brazil and Japan, 12 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

Santos was one of the two fighters who represented Brazil. Miura was one of the five representatives of Japan.

Blue Corner

Miura is training out of Tribe Tokyo MMA in Tokyo, Japan. Born in Saitama, Japan on September 17,1900, she made her professional MMA debut in 2014.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Miura’s second ONE Championship outing. She was coming out of an Americana submission over Laura “La Gladiadora” Balin, 39, of Argentina.

Red Corner

Santos is training out of Team Lions Pit. Training in Muay Thai since 2013, she made her professional MMA debut in 2015.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Santos’s second ONE Championship outing. In her promotional debut, she lost to “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China, who is now the reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion.

Results

Santos and Miura competed in an MMA match in the women’s strawweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

Cheng put a stop to the strawweight contest after 39 seconds in the second round. Miura submitted Santos via Americana.

Winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” improved the professional MMA record of Miura to 9 wins, 2 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. Santos now has 11 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw.

Check the complete “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” results on Conan Daily. Meanwhile, here is clip from the press conference: