[PHOTOS] Japan vs Philippines: Senzo Ikeda, Danny Kingad fight at ‘ONE: A New Era’ in Tokyo

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Japan and the Philippines were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: A New Era” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019. It was the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in the country.

“ONE: A New Era” featured 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests. In the eighth bout of the evening, Senzo Ikeda, 36, of Japan faced Danny “The King” Kingad, 23, of the Philippines.

Ikeda was one of the six fighters from Japan on the “ONE: A New Era” card. Kingad was one of the three representatives of the Philippines.

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Kingad is training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines. He was riding a four-bout winning streak.

“ONE: A New Era” marked Kingad’s ninth ONE Championship outing. The only opponent he failed to beat in the promotion is reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 29, of Brazil.

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Ikeda is a former Pancrase Flyweight World Champion. He is training out of The Paraestra Matsudo.

“ONE: A New Era” marked Ikeda’s ONE Championship debut. Most of his previous bouts are in Pancrase.

Fight Result

Ikeda and Kingad competed in the quarter-finals of ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

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

Winning at “ONE: A New Era” improved Kingad’s professional MMA record to 12 wins and 1 draw. On the other hand, Ikeda now has 12 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw.

“ONE: A New Era” Main Event 

In the main event, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines in a rematch.

[RESULT TO BE ADDED HERE]

Australia, Brazil, China, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the United States were also represented at “ONE: A New Era.” Check all the official results on Conan Daily.

[PHOTOS] Japan vs Russia: Mei Yamaguchi, Kseniya Lachkova fight at ‘ONE: A New Era’ in Tokyo

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Japan and Russia were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: A New Era” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019. It was the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in the country.

“ONE: A New Era” featured 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests. In the fourth bout of the evening, Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi, 36, of Japan faced Kseniya “The Tigress” Lachkova, 23, of Russia.

Yamaguchi was one of the six fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: A New Era.” Lachkova solely represented Russia.

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Lachkova grew up in Sharanga, Sharangsky District, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia. She is training out of Fight Spirit.

“ONE: A New Era” marked Lachkova’s ONE Championship debut. She was riding a five-bout winning streak.

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Born in Tokyo, Yamaguchi is a former Valkyrie Featherweight Champion and a former DEEP Jewels Featherweight Grand Prix Champion. She is currently training out of Riki Gym, Gods and HybridFighter.

“ONE: A New Era” marked Yamaguchi’s seventh ONE Championship bout. She was riding a two-bout winning streak.

Fight Result

Yamaguchi and Lachkova competed in an MMA match in the women’s atomweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

Cheng put a stop to the atomweight contest after 3 minutes and 18 seconds in the third round. Yamaguchi submitted Lachkova via armbar.

Winning at “ONE: A New Era” improved Yamaguchi’s professional MMA record to 19 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Lachkova now has 10 wins and 3 losses.

“ONE: A New Era” Main Event 

In the main event, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines in a rematch.

[RESULT TO BE ADDED HERE]

Australia, Brazil, China, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the United States were also represented at “ONE: A New Era.” Check all the official results on Conan Daily.

Mark Striegl vs Shunichi Shimizu at ‘URCC Global: Raw Fury’

Previously known as the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), URCC Global will hold its first event in 2019 at the Cove Manila of Okada Manila at New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 27, 2019. Titled “URCC Global: Raw Fury,” it will feature the first title defense of reigning URCC Global Featherweight Champion Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 30, of Baguio City, Philippines.

Set to challenge Striegl at “URCC Global: Raw Fury” is mixed martial arts veteran Shunichi “Rolling Star” Shimizu, 34, of Kuchinoerabu, Japan. The challenger has been competing professionally since 2005 and he is riding a four-bout losing streak.

“Experience is definitely an advantage but I don’t think it gives him an edge against me,” Shimizu said in a statement released by URCC Global. “I’ve also had a lot of professional bouts and many amateur fights before I even turned pro.”

Currently, Shimizu holds a professional MMA record of 32 wins, 22 losses, 11 draws and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Striegl has 18 wins and 2 losses.

Striegl became the new URCC Global Featherweight Champion on September 29, 2018. He dethroned former champion Do Gyeom “The Undead” Lee, 27, of South Korea in the main event of “URCC: Colossal” at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila.

The championship bout between Striegl and Lee at “URCC: Colossal” ended after 2 minutes and 44 seconds in the first round. The challenger submitted the defending champion via standing guillotine choke.

Competing professionally since 2009, Striegl is riding a four-bout winning streak. “URCC Global: Raw Fury” marks his sixth outing in the Philippines-based MMA promotion.

Also confirmed to compete at “URCC Global: Raw Fury” URCC Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Chris Hofmann, 29, of the Philippines. He will be challenged by Musa Conteh of the United States.

Meanwhile, here is a short interview with Striegl back in 2017:

Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang: Shinya Aoki is MMA’s greatest submission artist

Eduard Folayang (© ONE Championship)
Eduard Folayang (© ONE Championship)

On March 31, 2018, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Shizuoka, Japan will challenge reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of Baguio City, Philippines in the main event of “ONE: A New Era” the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. The defending champion recently expressed how much he respects the challenger.

“He’s the greatest submission artist in mixed martial arts history,” Folayang said of Aoki. “I couldn’t be happier to headline this event against him. It is an honor.”

“ONE: A New Era” is the first ONE Championship event to be held in Japan and the main event is a rematch between Folayang and Aoki. The Japanese challenger gets the chance to rematch his tormentor after working his way back up the lightweight ladder with three impressive wins.

“I knew at one point or another, I would be facing Shinya again,” Folayang said. “It was inevitable. He was quickly coming back up and I had just won the title again. Plus, the huge Japan event was announced. I anticipated defending the lightweight belt against him there. “

Folayang was happy to show the world his improvements, especially in the grappling aspect of his game after learning that he will be defending his title against Aoki. To be able to do that against a man known as the Grandmaster of Flying Submissions would be a testament of the Baguio City native’s hard work.

The reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion knows that Aoki is very dangerous when the action hits the mat. Training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, the Filipino champ has been putting in the extra work to fortify his takedown defense to keep the action on the feet.

With an entire nation sitting squarely on his shoulders, Folayang aims to notch what would perhaps be the biggest victory in his career thus far. He said, “Nevertheless, I am grateful for the opportunity to once again face this legend.”

“As much as possible, I will not give him the opportunity to bring me down to the mat,” the Team Lakay fighter continued. “It all boils down to how well I defend myself from his takedowns, knowing how expertly he moves with this sole purpose in mind. Takedown defense is a very important part of my training right now, and I am constantly improving in this area.”

Meanwhile, here is Folayang in an open workout in the Philippines: