[PHOTOS] Brazil vs Japan: Leandro Issa, Daichi Takenaka fight at ‘ONE: Dawn of Heroes’ in the Philippines

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Brazil and Japan were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019. It was the third ONE Championship event in 2019 that took place in the Philippines.

Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the sixth bout of the evening, Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 35, of Brazil faced Daichi Takenaka, 29, of Japan.

Including the Brazil and Japan, 12 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

Issa was one of the two fighters who represented Brazil. Takenaka was one of the six representatives of Japan.

Blue Corner

Takenaka is training out of Paraestra Izumi in Izumi, Osaka, Japan and HybridFighter in Tokyo, Japan. He has been competing professionally since 2012.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Takenaka’s third ONE Championship outing. He was coming out of a doctor stoppage loss to Mark “Tyson” Abelardo, 27, of New Zealand.

Red Corner

Issa is training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore. Born in Ubatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 19, 1983, he has been competing professionally since 2006.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Issa’s 10th ONE Championship outing. He was coming out of an armbar submission victory against Fu Chang Xin, 26, of China.

Results

Issa and Takenaka competed in an MMA match in the bantamweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

Cheng put a stop to the bantamweight contest after 1 minute and 39 seconds in the third round. Takenaka knocked out Issa.

Winning at “ONE Dawn of Heroes” improved the professionally MMA record of Takenaka to 12 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. On the other hand, Issa now has 17 wins and 8 losses.

Check the complete “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” results on Conan Daily. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the press conference:

[PHOTOS] Brazil vs China: Leandro Issa, Fu Chang Xin fight at ‘ONE: Roots of Honor’ in the Philippines

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Brazil and China were among the 18 countries represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in the Philippines.

The fighters on the main card of “ONE: Roots of Honor” had their face-off during the press conference at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 9, 2019. Led by ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, the panel included representatives from sponsors namely Holcim Philippines Inc. senior vice president and head of sales William C. Sumalinog, City of Dreams Manila senior vice president and chief operating officer Kevin Benning and Grab Philippines transport team head Chris Taylor.

Featuring two kickboxing contests, two Muay Thai bouts and 11 mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: Roots of Honor” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 12, 2019. In the 12th bout of the evening, Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 35, of Brazil faced Fu Chang Xin, 26, of China.

Blue Corner

Hailing from Harbin, China, Fu is training out of Long Yun MMA. He has been competing professionally as an MMA fighter since 2014.

Fu went on to become a Chinese Kungfu Championships Champion. “ONE: Roots of Honor” marked his third ONE Championship bout.

Red Corner

Issa was born in Ubatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 19, 1983. He is teaching at Evolve MMA in Singapore and is training under the tutelage of Eduardo Pamplona.

“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked Issa’s ninth ONE Championship bout. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a BJJ World Champion.

Fight Result

Issa and Fu competed in an MMA match at a catchweight of 68 kg. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

Cheng put a stop to the contest after 3 minutes and 3 seconds in the first round. Issa submitted Fu via armbar.

Winning at “ONE: Roots of Honor” improved Issa’s professional MMA record to 17 wins and 7 losses. On the other hand, Fu now has 9 wins and 2 losses.

“ONE: Roots of Honor” Main Events

In the co-main event, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, of the Philippines challenged reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yosuke “The Ninja” Saruta, 31, of Japan in a rematch. The Filipino challenger knocked out the Japanese defending champion in the fourth round.

In the main event, reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam defended his belt against former champion Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 43, of Mongolia. The Vietnamese-Australian defending champion knocked out the Mongolian challenger in the second round.

Afghanistan, Australia, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.

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Tajikistan’s Muin Gafurov earns 3rd ONE Championship win

Muin Gafurov
Muin Gafurov

On October 6, 2018, Muin “Tajik” Gafurov, 22, of Dushanbe, Tajikistan competed in ONE Championship for the fifth time. He was the only Tajik athlete who competed at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

“ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” featured eight ONE Super Series contests and six mix martial arts bouts. In the ninth bout of the evening, Gafurov competed in an MMA bout the bantamweight division against Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 35, of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Referee Yuji Shimada put a stop to the MMA bantamweight bout between Gafurov and Issa at 2:44 in the first round. The Tajik knocked out his Brazilian opponent.

The win at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” improved Gafurov’s professional MMA record to 16 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Issa now has 16 win and 7 losses.

In the co-main event of the evening, Stamp Fairtex, 20, of Pattaya, Thailand became the new ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Champion by dethroning Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Chinese Taipei. The Thai challenger won via unanimous decision.

In the main event, reigning World Boxing Council Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Sisaket, Thailand and his challenger Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico competed in 12 rounds of boxing. The Thai defending champion retained his title by winning via unanimous decision.

Watch the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” livestreaming here: