[PHOTOS] Japan vs Argentina: Mei Yamaguchi, Laura Balin fight at ‘ONE: Enter the Dragon’

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Japan and Argentina were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on May 17, 2019. ONE Championship held the combat sports event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and six ONE Super Series contests, which were six kickboxing bouts, “ONE: Enter the Dragon” was the Singapore-based martial arts organization’s second event in 2019 that took place in Singapore. The fourth bout was between Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi, 36, of Tokyo, Japan and Laura “La Gladiadora” Balin, 39, of Argentina.

Yamaguchi was originally set to face Meng Bo, 23, of China at “ONE: Enter the Dragon.” The Chinese contender was pulled out from the card due to injury and was replaced by Balin.

While Yamaguchi was one of the four representatives of Japan at “ONE: Enter the Dragon,” Balin solely represented Argentina. Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

A former Gladiadores MMA Women’s Strawweight Champion, Balin represents Kaesha Team. She was born in Concordia, Entre Rios, Argentina.

Balin has been competing professionally since 2011 and she joined ONE Championship in 2018. “ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked her third outing in the promotion.

Red Corner

A former DEEP Jewels World Champion, Yamaguchi was 7 years old when she started her training in karate in the U.S. and is currently training out of Riki Gym, Gods and HybridFighter. She went to Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

As an MMA fighter, Yamaguchi has been competing professionally since 2009 and she joined ONE Championship in 2016. “ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked her eighth bout in the promotion.

Fight Result

Yamaguchi and Balin competed in an MMA bout in the women’s atomweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

Coste put a stop to the atomweight bout after 3 minutes and 46 seconds in the first round. Yamaguchi submitted Balin via armbar.

Winning at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” improved the professional MMA record of Yamaguchi to 20 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Balin now has 11 wins and 5 losses.

“ONE: Enter the Dragon” Main Events

Both fighting out of the Netherlands, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, and Regian “The Immortal” Eersel, 25, competed for the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The latter won the title via unanimous decision.

Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Championship: Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan in the main event. The Singaporean challenger dethroned the Japanese defending champion via technical knockout.

Check the complete results for “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on Conan Daily.

[PHOTOS] Japan vs New Zealand: Shoko Sato, Mark Fairtex Abelardo fight at ‘ONE: Warriors of Light’ in Thailand

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Japan and New Zealand were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Thailand.

Featuring three kickboxing contests, four Muay Thai matches and five mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019. The 10th bout of the evening was between Shoko Sato, 31, of Japan and Mark Fairtex Abelardo, 27, of New Zealand.

While Sato was one of the four fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Abelardo solely represented New Zealand. Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal, Thailand and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

Abelardo is a winner of the prestigious ONE Warrior Series and is also known for his finishing ability. He is of Filipino descent and is training out of Fairtex in Bangkok.

“ONE: Warriors of Light” marked Abelardo’s second ONE Championship bout not including his two successful ONE Warrior Series bouts. On February 16, 2019, he knocked out Daichi Takenaka, 29, of Japan at “ONE: Clash of Legends” at the Impact Arena.

Red Corner

Training out of Sakaguchi Dojo and Fight Base Toritsudai, Sato is a former Shooto Bantamweight Champion and a mixed martial arts veteran who is known for his knockout power. Nearly half of his overall victories have come by knockout finish.

Sato made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” He previously competed in Shooto, Road Fighting Championship and Pancrase, among others.

Fight Result

Sato and Abelardo competed in an MMA match in the strawweight division. Yoshinori Umeki served as the referee.

Umeki put a stop to the contest after 1 minute and 58 seconds in the second round. Sato knocked out Abelardo.

Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved Sato’s professional MMA record to 32 wins, 16 losses and 3 draws. On the other hand, Abelardo now has 18 wins and 6 losses.

“ONE: Warriors of Light” Main Events

Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 20, of Thailand and Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi, 21, of Algeria competed for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The Thai contender won via technical decision after an accidental groin attack in the fourth round.

Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki, 34, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.

The official open workout for “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place in Bangkok on April 25, 2019. It featured NongO and Petchdam along with their fellow Thai ONE Championship athletes “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon, 21, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, 38, Superlek Kiatmoo9, 23, and Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 22.

Check the complete results for “ONE: Warriors of Light” on Conan Daily. Watch the recap here:

[PHOTOS] Japan vs Netherlands: Kota Shimioshi, Pieter Buist fight at ‘ONE: Warriors of Light’ in Thailand

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Japan and the Netherlands were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Thailand.

Featuring three kickboxing contests, four Muay Thai matches and five mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019. The third bout of the evening was between Kota “Kong” Shimoishi, 31, of Osaka, Japan and Pieter “The Archangel” Buist, 31, of Breda, North Brabant, Netherlands.

While Shimoishi was one of the four fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Buist solely represented the Netherlands. Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal, Thailand and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

Born in the Netherlands on March 1, 1988, Buist made his professional MMA debut in 2012. He is training out of Team Souwer and Combat Brothers.

Buist made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” He previously competed in Kunlun Fight, Centurion Fight Championship and World Fighting League, among others.

Red Corner

Born in Kitamorokata-gun, Miyazaki, Japan on June 26, 1987, Shimoishi made his professional MMA debut in 2008. He is a former Shooto Welterweight Tournament Champion.

“ONE: Warriors of Light” marked Shimoishi’s third ONE Championship bout. He is training out of Shooto Gym Blows in Osaka under the tutelage of former Shooto Welterweight Champion Takashi Nakamura, 45, of Tokyo, Japan.

Fight Result

Shimoishi and Buist competed in an MMA match in the lightweight division. Yoshinori Umeki served as the referee.

Umeki put a stop to the lightweight contest after 3 minutes and 55 seconds in the second round. Buist knocked out Shimoishi.

Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved the professional MMA record of Buist to 15 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Shimoishi now has 21 wins and 8 losses.

“ONE: Warriors of Light” Main Events

Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 20, of Thailand and Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi, 21, of Algeria competed for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The Thai contender won via technical decision after an accidental groin attack in the fourth round.

Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki, 34, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.

The official open workout for “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place in Bangkok on April 25, 2019. It featured NongO and Petchdam along with their fellow Thai ONE Championship athletes “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon, 21, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, 38, Superlek Kiatmoo9, 23, and Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 22.

Check the complete results for “ONE: Warriors of Light” on Conan Daily. Watch the recap here:

[PHOTOS] Philippines vs Japan: Mark Striegl, Shunichi Shimizu fight at ‘URCC Global: Raw Fury’ at Cove Manila, Parañaque City

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The Philippines and Japan were among the six countries represented at “URCC Global: Raw Fury.” Hosted by Boyet Sison, it was the first event of the Philippines-based mixed martial arts promotion URCC Global in 2019.

Featuring 10 MMA matches, “URCC Global: Raw Fury” took place at The Cove at Okada Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 27, 2019. In the co-main event of the evening, Shunichi “Rolling Star” Shimizu, 34, of Kuchinoerabu, Japan challenged reigning URCC Global Featherweight Champion Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 30, of Baguio City, Philippines.

While Striegl was one the 17 hometown heroes who competed at “URCC Global: Raw Fury,” Shimizu solely represented Japan. China, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

Shimizu has been competing professionally since 2005. He made his URCC Global debut at “URCC Global: Raw Fury.”

Born on January 31, 1985, Shimizu is a former UFC athlete. He is training out of Uruno Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.

Red Corner

Competing professionally since 2009, Striegl captured the URCC Global Featherweight Championship belt in 2018. “URCC Global: Raw Fury” marked his sixth URCC Global bout and on his corner were George Castro, AJ “Pyro”Lias Mansor and Jerry Legaspi.

Striegl is training out of Alliance Gym Philippines in Quezon City, Metro Manila. He was born in Tokyo on June 23, 1988 to a German-American father and a Filipino mother.

Fight Result

The match between Striegl and Shimizu was one of the five title bouts at “URCC Global: Raw Fury.” Joey Lepiten served as the referee.

After 2 minutes and 6 seconds, Shimizu asked for a time-out when he received an accidental knee to the groin from Striegl. The Japanese challenger was given 5 minutes to recover.

Shimizu decided not to continue after the 5-minute recovery time. In the end, the match was declared a No Contest so Striegl is still the reigning URCC Global Featherweight World Champion.

After “URCC Global: Raw Fury,” Striegl’s professional record is 18 wins, 2 losses and 1 No Contest. Shimizu now has 32 wins, 22 losses, 11 draws and 1 No Contest.

“URCC Global: Raw Fury” Main Event

Musa Conteh, 32, of Atlanta, Georgia, United States challenged two-division champion Chris Hofmann, 29, of the Philippines and Switzerland for the URCC Global Middleweight Championship title in the main event. The Filipino-Swiss defending champion knocked out his American challenger.

Check the complete results of “URCC Global: Raw Fury” on Conan Daily. Watch the bout between Striegl and Shimizu here: