[PHOTOS] Japan vs New Zealand: Shoko Sato, Mark Fairtex Abelardo fight at ‘ONE: Warriors of Light’ in Thailand

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Japan and New Zealand were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Thailand.

Featuring three kickboxing contests, four Muay Thai matches and five mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019. The 10th bout of the evening was between Shoko Sato, 31, of Japan and Mark Fairtex Abelardo, 27, of New Zealand.

While Sato was one of the four fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Abelardo solely represented New Zealand. Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal, Thailand and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

Abelardo is a winner of the prestigious ONE Warrior Series and is also known for his finishing ability. He is of Filipino descent and is training out of Fairtex in Bangkok.

“ONE: Warriors of Light” marked Abelardo’s second ONE Championship bout not including his two successful ONE Warrior Series bouts. On February 16, 2019, he knocked out Daichi Takenaka, 29, of Japan at “ONE: Clash of Legends” at the Impact Arena.

Red Corner

Training out of Sakaguchi Dojo and Fight Base Toritsudai, Sato is a former Shooto Bantamweight Champion and a mixed martial arts veteran who is known for his knockout power. Nearly half of his overall victories have come by knockout finish.

Sato made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” He previously competed in Shooto, Road Fighting Championship and Pancrase, among others.

Fight Result

Sato and Abelardo competed in an MMA match in the strawweight division. Yoshinori Umeki served as the referee.

Umeki put a stop to the contest after 1 minute and 58 seconds in the second round. Sato knocked out Abelardo.

Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved Sato’s professional MMA record to 32 wins, 16 losses and 3 draws. On the other hand, Abelardo now has 18 wins and 6 losses.

“ONE: Warriors of Light” Main Events

Petchdam Petchyindee Academy, 20, of Thailand and Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi, 21, of Algeria competed for the inaugural ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The Thai contender won via technical decision after an accidental groin attack in the fourth round.

Hiroaki “Kaibutsukun” Suzuki, 34, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-o Gaiyanghadao, 32, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.

The official open workout for “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place in Bangkok on April 25, 2019. It featured NongO and Petchdam along with their fellow Thai ONE Championship athletes “The Iron Man” Rodtang Jitmuangnon, 21, Singtongnoi Por Telakun, 38, Superlek Kiatmoo9, 23, and Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 22.

Check the complete results for “ONE: Warriors of Light” on Conan Daily. Watch the recap here:

[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.

Blue Corner

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.

Red Corner

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.

“ONE: Clash of Legends” full video