[PHOTOS] Brazil vs USA: Luis Santos, James Nakashima fight at ‘ONE: Roots of Honor’ in the Philippines

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

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 10th bout of the evening, Luis “Sapo” Santos, 39, of Brazil faced James Nakashima, 30, of Dwight, Illinois, USA.

Blue Corner

Training out of The MMA Lab in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Nakashima is a former American National Wrestling Champion and a former LFA Welterweight Champion. He is not of Japanese descent but his Caucasian father was adopted by his Japanese parents.

“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked Nakashima’s second outing in ONE Championship. When he made his promotional debut at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on November 23, 2018, he defeated Raimond Magomedaliev, 28, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia via unanimous decision.

Red Corner

Santos was born in Belem, Para, Brazil on January 2, 1980. Training out of American Top Team and Sapo Fight Team and American Top Team, he has been competing professionally as an MMA fighter since 2000.

“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked Santos’s ninth ONE Championship outing. He previously competed in Bellator MMA and Xtreme Fighting Championships.

Fight Result

Santos and Nakashima competed in an MMA match in the welterweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

Coste put a stop to the welterweight contest after 56 seconds in the second round. Nakashima was declared the winner via technical knockout via injury.

Winning at “ONE: Roots of Honor” improved Nakashima’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Santos now has 65 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw.

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

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Luis Santos knocks out ex-UFC fighter Daichi Abe in Myanmar

Olivier Coste, Luis Santos
Olivier Coste, Luis Santos

Former ONE Welterweight World Title challenger Luis “Sapo” Santos, 38, of Brazil recently proved that he still got it. He was one of the victors in the recently concluded ONE Championship event in Myanmar.

Santos was the only contender from Brazil at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness,” which took place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on October 26, 2018. His fellow Brazilian mixed martial artist Rafael “Indio” Nunes, 30, was supposed to face Movlid “Killer” Khaibulaev, 28, of Russia in the co-main event of the evening the bout was cancelled when the Russian contender failed the pre-bout medical test.

In the fourth bout of “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness,” Santos competed in the welterweight division against Daichi Abe, 26, of Japan. The latter is a former UFC fighter who made his ONE Championship debut.

Santos remarkably placed himself back on the winning track, making quick work of the ONE Championship debutante. The Brazilian MMA veteran only needed 33 seconds to get the job done, pulverizing his Japanese opponent with thunderous body kicks to clinch the knockout win.

“ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” was the second ONE Championship event in Myanmar in 2018. Here are the official results:

  1. Flyweight bout: Rudy Agustian defeats Kaji Ebin by Submission (Americana) at 4:01 minutes of round 1
  2. Bantamweight bout: Ahmad Qais Jasoor defeats Ma Xu Dong by Knockout (KO) at 2:16 minutes of round 2
  3. ONE Super Series Kickboxing Flyweight bout: Josh Tonna defeats Joseph Lasiri by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  4. Welterweight bout: Luis Santos defeats Daichi Abe by Knockout (KO) at 0:33 minutes of round 1
  5. Flyweight bout: Ye Thway Ne defeats Mite Yine by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  6. ONE Super Series Kickboxing Bantamweight bout: Han Zi Hao defeats Ryan Jakiri by Knockout (KO) at 1:39 minutes of round 1
  7. Catch Weight bout (67.0kgs): Masakazu Imanari defeats Radeem Rahman by Submission (Armbar) at 1:23 minutes of round 1
  8. ONE Super Series Light Heavyweight Kickboxing bout: Tarik Khbabez defeats Ibrahim El Bouni by TKO at 2:26 minutes of round 3
  9. Featherweight bout: Keanu Subba defeats Phoe Thaw by Submission (Guillotine) at 2:47 minutes of round 1
  10. ONE Middleweight World Championship bout: Aung La N Sang defeats Mohammad Karaki by TKO (Strikes) at 2:21 minutes of round 1

Watch all the “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” bouts here:

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Brazil vs Japan: Luis Santos, Daichi Abe to clash at ‘ONE: Pursuit of Greatness’ in Yangon, Myanmar

Brazil and Japan will be represented in the ONE Championship event titled “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness,” which will take place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on October 26, 2018. The fight card features three ONE Super Series kickboxing contests and nine mixed martial arts matches.

In the fifth bout of the evening, Luis “Sapo” Santos, 38, of Brazil will face Daichi Abe, 26, of Tokyo, Japan. They will compete in the welterweight division.

Santos is an MMA veteran of over 70 professional bouts. He made his MMA debut in 2000, entering an eight-man open weight tournament where he managed to triumph although some of the athletes weighed in at over 100kg.

In the tournament, Santos stopped all three of his opponents in the opening round. He claimed the first title of his incredible career.

More than half of Santos’s victories have come by knockout. While he holds a black belt in judo and in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he is best known for his fearsome striking prowess.

On the other hand, Abe is known for his rapid strikes and the ability to attack from multiple angles. He is the former Pancrase Welterweight Champion.

Abe holds a professional MMA record of 6 wins and 2 losses and a professional kickboxing record of 10 wins and 1 loss. “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” marks the Japanese fighter’s ONE Championship debut.

In the main event of “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness,” two-division world champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar will defend his ONE Middleweight World Championship title from undefeated fighter Mohammad “O Lutador” Karaki, 27, of Lebanon. The former is also the reigning ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion.

“ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” will be the second ONE Championship event in Myanmar in 2018. Here is the complete fight card:

  1. Flyweight MMA: Rudy Agustian (Indonesia) vs Asraful Islam (Bangladesh)
  2. Flyweight ONE Super Series kickboxing: Joseph Lasiri (Italy) vs Josh Tonna (Australia)
  3. Bantamweight MMA: Ma Xu Dong (China) vs Ahmad Qais Jasoor (Afghanistan)
  4. Strawweight MMA: Ye Thway Ne (Myanmar) vs Mite Yine (Myanmar)
  5. Welterweight MMA: Luis Santos (Brazil) vs Daichi Abe (Japan)
  6. Strawweight MMA: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (Thailand) vs Himanshu Kaushik (India)
  7. Bantamweight ONE Super Series kickboxing: Han Zi Hao (China) vs Ryan Jakiri (Philippines)
  8. Featherweight MMA: Emilio Urrutia (USA) vs Kazuki Tokudome (Japan)
  9. Light heavyweight ONE Super Series kickboxing: Ibrahim El Bouni (Morocco) vs Tarik Khbabez (Morocco)
  10. Featherweight MMA: Phoe Thaw (Myanmar) vs Keanu Subba (Malaysia)
  11. Featherweight MMA: Rafael Nunes (Brazil) vs Movlid Khaibulaev (Russia)
  12. ONE Middleweight World Championship: Aung La N Sang (Myanmar) vs Mohammad Karaki (Lebanon)

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Undefeated Spokane fighter Tyler McGuire to make ONE Championship debut in Malaysia

Tyler McGuire (YouTube/BJ Penn)
Tyler McGuire (YouTube/BJ Penn)

Fighting out of Spokane, Washington, Tyler McGuire, 32, has joined ONE Championship. The American mixed martial artist’s debut in the promotion will take place at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 13, 2018 at “ONE: Pursuit of Power.”

McGuire will compete in the welterweight division at “ONE: Pursuit of Power” against Luis “Sapo” Santos, 38, of Belem, Para, Brazil. It will be the eighth bout of the evening.

The Spokane native is entering ONE Championship with a perfect professional MMA record of 10 wins and 0 loss. Training out of Sik-Jitsu Fighting Systems in Spokane, he is known as a submission specialist.

Seven of McGuire’s victories came by way of submission. Known for his ability to display creative grappling techniques, he finds himself travelling halfway across the globe to Asia, where he plans to showcase his skills on the global stage of martial arts competition.

In McGuire’s most recent bout, which was at “ExciteFight: Conquest of the Cage” on February 2, 2018, he submitted his fellow Spokane fighter Jerome Jones, 33, via rear-naked choke. It was the eighth time McGuire finished a professional MMA bout in the first round.

On the other hand, Santos is coming out of a unanimous victory over Kiamrian Abbasov, 24, of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The Brazilian fighter has 64 wins and 10 losses.

Headlining “ONE: Pursuit of Power” are Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 27, of Sweden and Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 22, who will compete in the welterweight division. In the co-main event of the evening, ONE Super Series athletes “Smokin” Jo Nattawut, 28, of Thailand and Yohann Fairtex Drai, 26, of France will battle it out in a Muay Thai contest in the featherweight division.

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

Ticket information for ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER is available at www.onefc.com.

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