Australia vs Japan: Adrian Pang, Kota Shimoishi to fight at ‘ONE: Heart of the Lion’ in Singapore

Australia and Japan will be represented at “ONE: Heart of the Lion,” a ONE Championship event taking place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 9, 2018. In the fifth bout of the evening, Adrian “The Hunter” Pang, 41, of Queensland, Australia will face Kota “Genjin” Shimoishi, 31, of Osaka, Japan.

A martial arts veteran with a professional mixed martial arts record of 22 wins, 12 losses and 2 draws, Pang has decimated opponents with his incredible power and no-frills approach to striking in nearly two decades as a professional. He is known for his astounding durability and overwhelming strength, with the ability to walk through opponents with little to no resistance.

However, Pang will need to muster all of his strength when he looks to reinsert himself in the winner’s column. “ONE: Heart of the Lion” gives him a chance to break his four-bout losing streak.

Shimoishi is riding a two-bout losing streak and he currently has 21 wins and 6 losses. Representing Blows Gym, he is one of the top-ranked lightweight contenders in Japan.

The Osaka native is a former Shooto Welterweight Tournament Champion. He is known for his well-rounded striking and grappling skills and his ability to deliver victories using his craftiness.

In the co-main event of “ONE: Heart of the Lion,” Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 30, of Singapore and Kazuki Tokudome, 31, of Tokyo, Japan will compete in an MMA match in a catch weight of 73 kg. In the main event, reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil will defend his title against ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, of Kiangan, Ifugao, Philippines.

The bantamweight title unification bout will be a rematch between Fernandes and Belingon. Here is the full “ONE: Heart of the Lion” fight card:

PRELIMINARY CARD

  1. MMA featherweight: Anthony Engelen (Netherlands) vs Meas Meul (Cambodia)
  2. MMA bantamweight: Hisyam Samsudin (Malaysia) vs Xie Bin (China)
  3. MMA bantamweight: Muhammad Aiman (Malaysia) vs Shuya Kamikubo (Japan)
  4. ONE Super Series sanda featherweight: Shahzaib Rindh (Pakistan) vs Feng Lei (China)
  5. MMA lightweight: Adrian Pang (Australia) vs Kota Shimoishi (Japan)
  6. ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight: Panicos Yusuf (Cyprus) vs Muangthai P.K.Saenchai Muaythaigym (Thailand)
  7. ONE Super Series Muay Thai featherweight: George Mann (United Kingdom) vs Smokin’ Jo Nattawut (Thailand)

MAIN CARD

8. MMA featherweight: Garry Tonon (United States) vs Sung Jong Lee (South Korea)

9. ONE Super Series Muay Thai bantamweight: Andrew Miller (United Kingdom) vs Yodlekpet T-Ded 99 (Thailand)

10. MMA strawweight: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (Thailand) vs Himanshu Kaushik (India)

11. MMA strawweight: Tiffany Teo (Singapore) vs Michelle Nicolini (Brazil)

12. ONE Super Series kickboxing catchweight 71 kg: Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy) vs Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy (Thailand)

Co-Main Event

13. MMA catchweight (73 kg): Christian Lee (Singapore) vs Kazuki Tokudome (Japan)

Main Event

14. ONE Bantamweight World Championship: Bibiano Fernandes (Brazil) vs Kevin Belingon (Philippines)

 

Cancelled Bouts:

  • Featherweight MMA: Abro Fernandes (Indonesia) vs Chan Rothana (Cambodia)
  • Strawweight MMA: Alex Silva (Brazil) Pongsiri Mitsatit (Thailand)
  • ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship: Xiong Jing Nan (China) vs Angela Lee (Singapore)

Ticket information for ONE: HEART OF THE LION is available at www.onefc.com.

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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: