[PHOTOS] New Zealand vs Japan: Mark Fairtex Abelardo, Daichi Takenaka fight at ‘ONE: Clash of Legends’ in Bangkok, Thailand

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New Zealand and Japan were among the 14 countries to be represented at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” It was the first ONE Championship event in 2019 to be held in Thailand.

Featuring five Muay Thai contests and seven mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Clash of Legends” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on February 16, 2019. In the ninth bout of the evening, Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo, 27, of New Zealand and Daichi Takenaka, 29, of Japan.

Abelardo was the only fighter who represented New Zealand. Takenaka was one of the three fighters representing Japan.

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Born in Osaka, Japan on January 29, 1990, Takenaka has been competing professionally since 2012. A former Shooto Pacific Rim Featherweight Champion training out of Paraestra Izumi in Izumi, Osaka, Japan, he joined ONE Championship in 2018.

“ONE: Clash of Legends” marked Takenaka’s second ONE Championship bout. He is entering the cage as an undefeated fighter.

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Abelardo was born in New Zealand on October 18, 1991 to Filipino parents and is currently training at Fairtex Pattaya in Pattaya, Thailand. He has been competing professionally since 2010.

In 2018, Abelardo earned victories in the second and third seasons of “Rich Franklin’s ONE Super Series.” The Filipino-Kiwi MMA fighter’s victory over Shinechagtga Zolstsetseg, 22, of Mongolia earned him a ONE Championship contract.

Fight Result

Abelardo and Takenaka competed in an MMA bout in the bantamweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

Cheng put a stop to the contest after 2 minutes and 34 seconds in the third round and raised the hand of Abelardo, who was declared the winner via doctor stoppage. This make the Filipino-Kiwi contender the first fighter to defeat Takenaka in a professional MMA bout.

Winning at “ONE: Clash of Legends” improved Abelardo’s professional MMA record to 18 wins and 5 losses. On the other hand, Takenaka now has 11 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw.

“ONE: Clash of Legends” Main Events

In the co-main event of the evening, Kongsak P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 28, of Thailand faced Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov, 24, of Russia in a Muay Thai bout in the bantamweight division. The Thai contender won via split decision.

In the main event, Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand and Han Zi Hao, 23, of China competed for the inaugural ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship. The Thai contender won via unanimous decision.

Cambodia, China, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” Check all the results here.

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[PHOTOS] USA vs Japan: Emilio Urrutia, Yoshiki Nakahara fight at ‘ONE: Clash of Legends’ in Bangkok, Thailand

 

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The United States and Japan were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” It was the first ONE Championship event in 2019 to be held in Thailand.

Featuring five Muay Thai contests and seven mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Clash of Legends” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on February 16, 2019. In the third bout of the evening, Emilio “The Honey Badger” Urrutia, 32, of the U.S. faced Yoshiki Nakahara, 26, of Japan.

Urrutia was the only fighter representing the U.S. Nakahara was one of the three fighters representing Japan.

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Born in Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan on November 13, 1992, Nakahara is training out of Mach Dojo  in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki, Japan. He has been competing professionally since 2012.

“ONE: Clash of Legends” marked Nakahara’s ONE Championship debut. He is a former Gladiator Featherweight Champion and he previously competed in Pancrase.

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Urrutia was born in Miami, Florida, USA on November 19, 1986. He is the inaugural Singapore Fighting Championship Bantamweight Champion and is currently training and teaching at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand.

Competing professionally since 2013, Urrutia joined ONE Championship in 2017. “ONE: Clash of Legends” marked his fifth bout in the promotion.

Fight Result

Urrutia and Nakahara competed in an MMA bout in the featherweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

Coste put a stop to the contest after 2 minutes and 56 seconds in the third round when Nakahara knocked out Urrutia. It marked the fourth time the Japanese fighter won a professional MMA bout via knockout.

Winning at “ONE: Clash of Legends” improved Nakahara’s professional MMA record to 13 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Urrutia now has 11 wins and 7 losses.

“ONE: Clash of Legends” Main Events

In the co-main event of the evening, Kongsak P.K.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 28, of Thailand faced Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov, 24, of Russia in a Muay Thai bout in the bantamweight division. The Thai contender won via split decision.

In the main event, Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand and Han Zi Hao, 23, of China competed for the inaugural ONE Super Series Bantamweight Muay Thai World Championship. The Thai contender won via unanimous decision.

Cambodia, China, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Clash of Legends.” Check all the results here.

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Russia vs Japan: Usman Nurmagomedov, Issei Moriyama fight at ‘Brave 21: Saudi Arabia’ in Jeddah

Usman Nurmagomedov, Mohammed Shahid, Issei Moriyama
Usman Nurmagomedov, Mohammed Shahid, Issei Moriyama

Russia and Japan were among the 11 countries represented at the Brave Combat Federation event “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” held on December 28, 2018 at the King Abdullah Sports City Indoor Sports Hall in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It is the final event of the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion in 2018.

Featuring 10 MMA bouts, “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” is the first Brave CF event to be held in Saudi Arabia. The sixth bout of the evening was between promotional debutantes Usman Nurmagomedov of Moscow, Russia and Issei Moriyama of Yokohama, Japan.

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Moriyama is training out of Sonic Squad in Konan, Yokohama. He previously competed in Fighting Network ZST.

“Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” marked Moriyama’s fourth professional MMA bout. He was the only fighter who represented Japan at “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia.”

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Nurmagomedov is the cousin of reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The latter is one of the the first members of KHK MMA Fight Team.

“Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” marked Usman’s third professional MMA bout. Six fighters represented Russia in the event namely Usman, Rustam Chsiev, Akhmed Magomedov, Ikram Aliskerov, Gadzhimusa Gadzhiev and Marat Magomedov.

Fight Result

Usman and Moriyama competed in the lightweight division. The referee put a stop to the bout in the first round when the Russian contender knocked out his Japanese opponent.

By winning at “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia,” Usman was able to maintain his undefeated professional MMA record. He now has 3 wins and 0 loss.

On the other hand, it was the first professional MMA loss of Moriyama. He now has 2 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw.

“Brave 21: Saudi Arabia” Main Events

In the co-main event of the evening, Gadzhimusa “Deadshot” Gadzhiev of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia faced Rami “The Russian” Hamed of Beirut, Lebanon in the welterweight division. The Lebanese fighter knocked out his Dagestani opponent in the first round.

In the main event, Marat Magomedov of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia and Jeremy “JBC” Kennedy of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada battled it out in the featherweight division. The Canadian contender knocked out his Dagestani opponent in the third round.

Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Syria were also represented at “Brave 21: Saudi Arabia.” Check the complete results here.

[PHOTOS] Brazil vs Japan: Bruno Pucci, Kotetsu Boku fight at ‘ONE: Eternal Glory’ in Jakarta, Indonesia

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Brazil and Japan were among the 14 countries to be represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19, 2019. It is the first event of ONE Championship in 2019.

Featured on the fight card were two Muay Thai bouts and 12 mixed martial arts matches. In the sixth bout of the evening, Bruno “Puccibull” Pucci, 28, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil faced Kotetsu “No Face” Boku, 41, of Shizuoka, Japan.

Blue Corner

Boku is a South Korean-Japanese MMA fighter and kickboxer. He was born Park Kwang Cheol on May 27, 1977 in Shizuoka.

As an MMA fighter, Boku has been competing professionally since 2001. Early in his career, he competed mostly in Shooto.

When Boku made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Rise of Kings” on October 6, 2012, he knocked out Zorobabel “Zoro” Moreira, 35, of Macae, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “ONE: Eternal Glory” marked the South Korean-Japanese fighter’s 12th bout in the promotion.

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Pucci is a multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion. He holds a professional BJJ record of 170 wins and 55 losses.

As an MMA fighter, Pucci has been competing professionally since 2011. He joined ONE Championship in 2013.

“ONE: Eternal Glory” marked Pucci’s eighth ONE Championship bout. He was coming out of a technical submission victory over “White Dragon” Xie Chao, 26, of Qingzhou, Shandong, China at  “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” on November 17, 2018.

Fight Result

Pucci and Boku competed in an MMA bout in the featherweight division. Referee Olivier Coste put a stop to the contest after 3 minutes and 32 seconds in the first round when the Brazilian fighter submitted his Japanese opponent via rear-naked choke.

Winning at “ONE: Eternal Glory” improved Pucci’s professional MMA record to 7 wins and 3 losses. He is now riding a two-bout winning streak.

On the other hand, Boku now has 26 wins, 13 losses and 2 draws. He is now riding a two-bout losing streak.

“ONE: Eternal Glory” Main Events

In the main event of “ONE: Eternal Glory,” Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta, 31, of Saitama, Japan will challenge Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines. The Japanese challenger won via split decision.

In the co-main event, Alexi “Phet” Serepisos, 24, of New Zealand and Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy, 23, of Thailand competed in a Muay Thai contest in the flyweight division. The Thai contender won via unanimous decision.

China, India, Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Check the complete fight card here.

Watch all the “ONE: Eternal Glory” bouts here: