[PHOTOS] USA vs Japan: Demetrious Johnson, Tatsumitsu Wada fight at ‘ONE: Dawn of Heroes’ in the Philippines

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The United States 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 10th bout of the evening, Danny “The King” Kingad, 23, of the Philippines faced Reece “Lightning” Mclaren, 27, of Australia.

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

Johnson was one of the three fighters who represented the U.S.  Wada was one of the six fighters who represented Japan.

Blue Corner

Originally from Yamanashi, Japan, Wada moved to Tokyo, Japan to pursue a career in martial arts. He has been competing professionally since 2008 and he is a former DEEP Flyweight Champion.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Wada’s fifth ONE Championship bout. He was coming out of a unanimous decision victory over Gustavo “El Gladiador” Balart, 32, of Cuba.

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Johnson is training out of AMC Pankration in Kirkland, Washington, USA and Evolve MMA in Singapore. He has been competing professionally since 2007.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Johnson’s second ONE Championship bout. In his promotional debut, he knocked out Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 24, of Japan.

Results

Johnson and Wada competed in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

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

Winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” improved the professional MMA record of Johnson to 29 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Wada now has 21 wins, 11 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest.

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

[PHOTOS] Japan vs Cuba: Tatsumitsu Wada, Gustavo Balart fight at ‘ONE: Roots of Honor’ in the Philippines

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Japan and Cuba 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 13th bout of the evening, Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, 30, of Japan faced Gustavo “El Gladiador” Balart, 32, of Cuba.

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Born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba on February 10, 1987, Balart stands 4’11” and is training out of American Top Team. As an amateur Greco-Roman wrestler, he won gold in his division at the Pan American Games in Mexico in 2011 and represented Cuba at the Summer Olympics in London, England in 2012.

“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked Balart’s ONE Championship debut. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2015.

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Originally from Yamanashi, Japan, Wada moved to Tokyo, Japan to pursue a career in martial arts. He was a former DEEP Flyweight Champion.

Wada has been competing professionally since 2008. “ONE: Roots of Honor” marked his fourth ONE Championship bout.

Fight Result

Wada and Balart competed in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix quarter finals. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

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

Winning at “ONE: Roots of Honor” improved Wada’s professional MMA record to 21 wins, 10 losses and 2 draws. On the other hand, Balart now has 8 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, Brazil, China, Indonesia, 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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[PHOTOS] Philippines vs Japan: Danny Kingad, Tatsumitsu Wada, fight at ‘ONE: Hero’s Ascent’

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The Philippines and Japan were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” It is the second ONE Championship event in 2019.

Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the ninth bout of the evening, Danny “The King” Kingad, 23, of the Philippines faced Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada of Japan.

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Wada was born in Kofu, Yamanshi on November 16, 1988. He is a former DEEP Flyweight Champion.

On July 7, 2018, Wada made his ONE Championship debut, falling to Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 27, of Australia via split decision. On November 17, 2018, the Japanese fighter bounced back by defeating Eugene Toquero via first-round rear-naked choke.

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Training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, Kingad is a National Wushu Champion in the Philippines. He hails from Sadanga, Mountain Province, Philippines but he went to school in Baguio City.

Kingad has been competing professionally since 2014. He joined ONE Championship in 2016.

Fight Result

Kingad and Wada competed in an MMA match in the flyweight division. 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 the Team Lakay fighter, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” improved Kingad’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Wada now has 20 wins, 10 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest.

“ONE: Hero’s Ascent” Main Events

In the co-main event, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Benguet, Philippines and Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, United States competed in the first bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals. The Hawaiian fighter knocked out his Filipino opponent in the first round.

In the main event, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil challenged reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines. The challenger dethroned the defending champion via unanimous decision.

Australia, Algeria, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and the U.S. were also represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” Check the complete results here.

[PHOTOS] Philippines vs Japan: Eugene Toquero, Tatsumitsu Wada at ‘ONE: Warrior’s Dream’ in Indonesia

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The Philippines and Japan were represented at the ONE Championship event “ONE: Warrior’s Dream,” which took place on November 17, 2018 at the Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia. The fight card featured three ONE Super Series striking contests and 11 mixed martial arts matches.

In the fifth bout of the evening, Eugene Toquero, 37, of Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines faced Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, 29, of Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan. They competed in the flyweight division.

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Wada was a DEEP Flyweight Champion. Originally from Yamanashi, he moved to Tokyo after high school to further his martial arts career.

Originally, Wada started his training with karate and later added judo to his growing skill set. He has gone on an incredible run in his career thus far and twice captured the flyweight belt in DEEP.

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Toquero is a former celebrity martial arts and fitness coach. He offers solid striking skills combined with sufficient grappling knowledge to put together a unique style that can end bouts instantly.

The Filipino stalwart has a knack for executing highlight-reel stoppages and is highly unpredictable, operating at a pace opponents find difficult to keep up with. He entered the ONE Championship cage riding a four-bout losing streak at “ONE: Warrior’s Dream.”

Fight Result

Referee Yuji Shimada put a stop to the flyweight bout between Toquero and Wada at 0:52 of the first round. The Japanese fighter submitted his Filipino opponent via rear-naked choke.

Winning at “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” improved Wada’s professional MMA record to 20 wins, 9 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Toquero now has 8 wins and 7 losses.

“ONE: Warrior’s Dream” Main Events

In the co-main event of the evening, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, of Helmond, Netherlands and Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexandre, 36, of Sao Paulo, Brazil battled it out in a ONE Super Series kickboxing contest. The Dutch kickboxer knocked out his Brazilian opponent in the second round.

In the main event, Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 28, of Arsta, Uppsala, Sweden and Tyler McGuire, 32, of Spokane, Washington, United States competed for the vacant ONE Welterweight World Championship. The Swedish contender captured the belt by knocking out his American opponent in the fourth round.

Watch all the “ONE: Warrior’s Dream” bouts here:

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