[PHOTOS] Kazakhstan vs Australia: Kairat Akhtemov, Reece McLaren fight at ‘ONE: A New Era’ in Tokyo, Japan

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Kazakhstan and Australia 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 seventh bout of the evening, Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov, 31, of Kazakhstan faced Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 27, of Australia.

Blue Corner

McLaren holds a professional Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu record to 170 wins and 22 losses.

Red Corner

Akhmetov holds a professional Greco-Roman wrestling record of 200 wins and 25 losses.

Fight Result

Akhtemov and McLaren competed in the quarter-finals of ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

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

Winning at “ONE: A New Era” improved Akhmetov’s professional MMA record to 26 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, McLaren now has 12 wins and 6 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.


Brazil, China, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, 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.

Australia vs Russia: Alex Gorgees, Damir Ismagulov fight at ‘UFC Fight Night 142’

Alex Gorgees, Damir Ismagulov
Alex Gorgees, Damir Ismagulov

Australia and Russia 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 first bout of the evening, Damir Ismagulov, 27, (Дамир Исмагулов) of Orenburg, Russia faced Alex “Hitman” Gorgees, 23, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Both Ismagulov and Gorgees made their UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 142.” Originally, Ismagulov replaced Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson, 34, of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England as the opponent of Joseph “Irish Joe” Duffy, 30, of Donegal, Ireland, who was eventually replaced by Gorgees.

Pearson pulled out of the fight due to a broken nose. Duffy withdrew citing a rib injury.

Blue Corner

Born in Australia on August 11, 1995, Gorgees is representing Australian Top Team. He is entering the cage as an undefeated fighter at “UFC Fight Night 142,” which marked his eighth bout as a professional MMA fighter.

Gorgees’s head trainer and fellow Sydney resident Suman Mokhtarian, 26, is also making his UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 142.” Mokhtarian, who is of Iranian descent, is the younger brother of UFC fighter Ashkan “The Assassin” Mokhtarian, 33.

Red Corner

Ismagulov was born in Kazakhstan on February 3, 1991. He has been competing professionally since 2014 and is training in Orenbug.

Before joining the UFC, Islamagulov competed mostly in M-1 Global. “UFC Fight Night 142” marked the 19th professional MMA bout of the Kazakh fighter.

Fight Result

Ismagulov and Gorgees 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 Ismagulov, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. This made the Kazakh contender the first fighter to defeat Gorgees, who now has 7 wins and 1 loss.

Winning at “UFC Fight Night 142” improved Ismagulov’s professional MMA record to 17 wins and 2 losses. He is now riding a 12-bout winning streak.

“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]

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

Almaty’s Rustem Yensebayev replaces Tang De Pan as Fu Chang Xin’s ‘ONE: Battle for the Heavens’ opponent

Fu Chang Xin, Rustem Yensebayev
Fu Chang Xin, Rustem Yensebayev

Fighting out of Almaty, Kazakhstan, Rustem “Actor” Yensebayev, 28, is scheduled to make his ONE Championship debut on July 7, 2018. He will compete against Fu Chang Xin, 25, of Harbin, China at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens,” which will take place at the Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China.

The Almaty native replaced “The Demolition Man” Tang De Pan, 26, of Changsha, China, who was originally set to face Fu at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.” ONE Championship has yet to explain the replacement.

Yensebayev and Fu will compete in the bantamweight division, which will be the seventh bout at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.” Currently reigning as the ONE Bantamweight World Champion is Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Brazil

On July 4, 2018, Yensebayev and Fu met at the Roof Top Bar of the Park Hyatt in Guangzhou. They joined nine other pairs of ONE Championship athletes for the official face-off of “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.”

Yensebayev is not the first Kazakh mixed martial artist to compete in the ONE Championship cage. Also fighting out of Almaty, Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov, 30, made his debut in the promotion on November 21, 2015 at “ONE: Dynasty of Champions 4” in Beijing, China.

At “ONE: Dynasty of Champions 4,” Akhtemov dethroned Adriano Moraes, who was then the reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion. The current champion in the division is Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines.

“ONE: Battle for the Heavens” will be headlined by Yodcherry Sityodtong, 19, of Thailand and Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei for the very first ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion belt. Prior to the face-off, ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated that the first female ONE Super Series contenders will be joined by “several of the very best martial arts talent from China and the world.”

Meanwhile, watch one of Yensebayev’s previous bouts here: