Japan vs Poland: Keita Nakamura, Salim Touahri fight at ‘UFC Fight Night 142’ in Australia

Keitaro Nakamura, Salim Touahri
Keitaro Nakamura, Salim Touahri

Japan and Poland were two of the seven countries represented at “UFC Fight Night 142.” The Ultimate Fighting Championship held the mixed martial arts event at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia on December 2, 2018.

“UFC Fight Night 142” featured 12 MMA bouts. In the fourth bout of the evening, Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura (中村圭太), 34, of Tokyo, Japan faced Salim “Grizzly” Touahri, 29, of Cracow, Poland.

Blue Corner

Touahri, who is of  Algerian descent, was born in Krakow on September 28, 1989. He is representing Grappling Krakow, where he started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in 2004.

“UFC Fight Night 142” marked Touahri’s second UFC bout. The Algerian-Polish fighter has been competing professionally since 2010.

Red Corner

Born in Katsushika-ku, Tokyo on May 22, 1984, Nakamura is a Senshu University alum. He is a former Sengoku Welterweight Champion,  Shooto Pacific Rim Middleweight Champion and DEEP Welterweight Champion.

Nakamura has been competing professionally since 2003. “UFC Fight Night 142” marked the Japanese fighter’s 10 UFC bout.

Fight Result

Touahri and Nakamura competed in the welterweight division at “UFC Fight Night 142.” After three five-minute rounds, the contest was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, the referee raised the hand of Nakamura, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. This is the fourth victory of the Japanese fighter in the UFC.

Winning at “UFC Fight Night 142” improved Nakamura’s professional MMA record to 33 wins, 9 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Touahri now has 10 wins and 3 losses.

“UFC Fight Night 142” Main Event

In the main event, Junior “Cigano” dos Santos, 34, of Cacador, Santa Catarina, Brazil will face Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa, 25, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in the heavyweight division.

[Result to be added here]

Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Russia and the United States were also represented at “UFC Fight Night 142.” Check all the fight results on Conan Daily.

Japan vs USA: Mizuto Hirota, Christos Giagos fight at ‘UFC Fight Night 142’ in Australia

Mizuto Hirota, Christos Giagos
Mizuto Hirota, Christos Giagos

Japan and the United States were two of the seven countries represented at “UFC Fight Night 142.” The Ultimate Fighting Championship held the mixed martial arts event at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia on December 2, 2018.

“UFC Fight Night 142” featured 12 MMA bouts. In the second bout of the evening, Mizuto “Pugnus” Hirota (廣田瑞人), 37, of Isahaya, Nagasaki, Japan will face Christos “The Spartan” Giagos, 28, of Hawthorne, California, United States.

Blue Corner

Giagos was born in Azusa, California on January 23, 1990 and is of Greek descent. He started his MMA training in 2009 and made his professional MMA debut in 2010.

Before joining the UFC, Giagos competed in Respect in the Cage, Lights Out Promotions and Resurrection Fighting Alliance, among others. “UFC Fight Night 142” marked the fifth UFC bout of the Greek-American fighter.

Red Corner

Hirota was born in Isahaya on May 5, 1981. He is a former Sengoku Lightweight Champion.

Aside from Sengoku, Hirota also competed in Shooto and DEEP before joining the UFC. “UFC Fight Night 142” marked the ninth UFC bout of the Japanese fighter.

Fight Result

Hirota and Giagos competed in the lightweight division at “UFC Fight Night 142.” After three five-minute rounds, the contest was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, the referee raised the hand of Giagos, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. It improved the professional MMA record of the Greek-American fighter to 16 wins and 7 losses.

This marked Giagos’s first win in the UFC and the fifth loss of Hirota in the promotion. The Japanese fighter now has 18 wins, 9 losses and 3 draws.

“UFC Fight Night 142” Main Event

In the main event, Junior “Cigano” dos Santos, 34, of Cacador, Santa Catarina, Brazil will face Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa, 25, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in the heavyweight division.

[Result to be added here]

Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Poland and Russia were also represented at “UFC Fight Night 142.” Check the complete fight card on Conan Daily.

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:

 

Ex-Pancrase champ Kazuki Tokudome joins ONE Championship

Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan, former Pancrase Lightweight Champion Kazuki Tokudome, 31, will make her ONE Championship debut on July 13, 2018. A match between him and a former ONE Featherweight World Champion has been booked for the “ONE: Pursuit of Power” card, which will take place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tokudome will compete in the featherweight division at “ONE: Pursuit of Power” against Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 42, of Ulaangom, Mongolia. It will be the seventh bout of the evening.

“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 stated. “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.”

Aside from Tokudome, there is another Japanese contender making his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Pursuit of Power.” Kota “Genjin” Shimoishi, 31, of Osaka, Japan will compete in the lightweight division against Ariel “Tarzan” Sexton, 36, of Costa Rica.

Shimoishi competed mostly in Deep and in one Pancrase bout while Tokudome competed mostly in Pancrase and in four Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts. The two are among the most highly touted MMA fighters in Japan today.

With a background in multiple martial arts disciplines including Judo, Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing, Tokudome is training out of Paraestra Hachioji and owns a professional mixed martial arts record of 18 wins, 8 losses and 1 draw. Included in his 18 victories are nine wins by knockout and three by submission.

On the other hand, Jadambaa has 13 wins and 5 losses. “ONE: Pursuit of Power” marks his eighth ONE Championship bout. In his last bout, which was at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power,” he finished top featherweight contender Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 33, of the Philippines via second-round technical knockout.

Here is a “ONE: Pinnacle of Power” recap:

Ticket information for ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER available at www.onefc.com.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.

Nihon University alum Shuya Kamikubo to make ONE Championship debut at ‘ONE: Battle for the Heavens’

One of the proud alumni of Nihon University is Japanese mixed martial artist Shuya “Stealth” Kamikubo, 25. During his studies at the private research university, he dedicated himself to his judo training, achieving several top finishes in major tournaments.

Like Kamikubo, several well-known martial artists studied call Nihon University their alma mater. Among them are UFC fighter Maximo Blanco, judo wrestler Makoto Takimoto, judo instructor Yoshida Yonezuka, karate master Yutaka Yaguchi and sumo wrestlers Kotomitsuki Keiji, Hamanoshima Keishi, Satoyama Kosaku, Ishiura Masakatsu and Higonoumi Naoya.

Born and raised in Yokohama, a part of Japan’s Kawasaki prefecture, Kamikubo is a former collegiate judoka and the DEEP Future King 2014 Tournament Champion. He was inspired to compete in the cage following the success of fellow judoka and Japanese martial arts legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35.

As a professional MMA fighter, Kamikubo put together an impressive record of 7 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw under four years. He competed mostly in Japanese regional promotions such as Pancrase and Tribe Tokyo Fight.

On July 7, 2018, Kamikubo will compete in ONE Championship for the first time. He is scheduled to fight “The Terminator” Sunoto, 33, of Indonesia in the bantamweight division at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.” Currently reigning as the ONE Bantamweight World Champion is Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Brazil.

Taking place at the Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China, “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” will be headlined by Yodcherry Sityodtong, 19, of Thailand and Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei. The winner will be the very first ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion. .

“World-class martial arts makes a triumphant return to the beautiful city of Guangzhou with another spectacular event,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. He added that Yodcherry and Chuang will be joined by “several of the very best martial arts talent from China and the world.”

Meanwhile, watch a recap of ONE Championship’s most recent event here:

Ticket information for ONE: BATTLE FOR THE HEAVENS is available at www.onefc.com.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.

Tokyo’s Tatsumitsu Wada to make ONE Championship debut at ‘ONE: Battle for the Heavens’ in Guangzhou, China

Fighting out of Japan, two-time DEEP Flyweight Champion Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, 29, is scheduled to make his ONE Championship debut on July 7, 2018. The Japanese mixed martial artist and his Filipino-Australian opponent Reece “Lightning” McLaren are co-headlining “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” at the Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China.

Wada and McLaren will compete in the flyweight division at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.” Currently reigning as the ONE Flyweight World Champion is Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines.

Originally from the Yamanashi prefecture, Wada moved to Tokyo after high school to further his martial arts career. He started his training with karate and later added judo to his growing skill set.

Competing professionally since 2008, Wada has established a record of 19 wins, 8 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest. The beginning of his career was rough as he lost in his first five bouts, all in 2008, but in 2009, he had his first MMA win, which seemed to have given him the momentum that he needed.

Wada is riding a huge wave of momentum coming into his ONE Championship debut. He is currently on an eight-bout win streak, which includes five stoppage wins.

The last time Wada lost in the cage was in 2014 when he was submitted by Yuki Motoya at “Deep- 68 Impact” via rear-naked choke. In the same year, Wada redeemed himself by submitting Ryuichi Miki via rear-naked choke at “Deep- Dream Impact 2014: Omisoka Special.”

Following the victory over Miki, Wada defeated Gyu Hwa Kim and Jae Hyun So in 2015, Jae Nam Yoo, Yuya Shibata and Kai Kara-France in 2016 and Kosuke Suzuki in 2017. In Wada’s most recent bout, which was on April 28, 2018 at “Deep- 83 Impact,” he defeated Makoto Takahashi via unanimous decision.

Here is a clip featuring Wada:

Ticket information for ONE: BATTLE FOR THE HEAVENS is available at www.onefc.com.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.