[PHOTOS] Brazil vs Japan: Alex Silva, Yoshitaka Naito fight at ‘ONE: Enter the Dragon’ in Singapore

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Brazil and Japan were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on May 17, 2019. ONE Championship held the combat sports event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and six ONE Super Series contests, which were six kickboxing bouts, “ONE: Enter the Dragon” was the Singapore-based martial arts organization’s second event in 2019 that took place in Singapore. The seventh bout was the third time Alex “Little Rock” Silva, 36, and Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, 35, of Japan competed inside the ONE Championship cage.

Silva was one of the two representatives of Brazil at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” while Naito was one of the four representatives of Japan. Argentina, Australia, Argentina, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

Born in Japan on February 17, 1984, Naito has been competing professionally since 2012. He joined ONE Championship in 2016.

Training out The Paraestra Matsudo in Chiba, Japan, Naito reigned as the ONE Strawweight World Champion from May 27, 2016 to December 8, 2017 and from May 12, 2018 to September 22, 2018. “ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked his seventh bout in ONE Championship.

Red Corner

Born in Brazil on October 10, 1982, Silva has been competing since 2011. He joined ONE Championship in 2012.

Training out Evolve MMA in Singapore, Silva reigned as the ONE Strawweight World Champion from December 9, 2017 to May 12, 2018. “ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked his 10th ONE Championship bout.

Fight Result

Silva and Naito competed in an MMA match in the strawweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

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

Winning at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” improved the professional MMA record of Naito to 14 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Silva now has 7 wins and 4 losses.

“ONE: Enter the Dragon” Main Events

Both fighting out of the Netherlands, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, and Regian “The Immortal” Eersel, 25, competed for the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The latter won the title via unanimous decision.

Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Championship: Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan in the main event. The Singaporean challenger dethroned the Japanese defending champion via technical knockout.

Check the complete results for “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on Conan Daily.

[PHOTOS] Japan vs Philippines: Yoshitaka Naito, Rene Catalan fight at ‘ONE: Reign of Valor’ in Yangon, Myanmar

 

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Japan and the Philippines were two of the 21 countries represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor,” the first ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Myanmar. The Singapore-based mixed martial arts promotion held it at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on March 8, 2019.

“ONE: Reign of Valor” featured nine MMA matches and five ONE Super Series contests, which are kickboxing bouts. In the 11th bout of the evening, Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, 35, of Japan faced Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 40, of the Philippines.

Naito was one of the four fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Catalan was one of the two representatives of the Philippines.

Blue Corner

Naito is  a former Shooto Flyweight Champion and a former ONE Strawweight World Champion. He held the title from May 27, 2016 to December 9, 2017 and from May 12, 2018 to September 22, 2018.

At the age of 22, Naito started his martial arts training. He has been competing professionally since 2012.

Red Corner

Catalan won both the Wushu World Championship and Wushu World Cup two times each. He has also won gold medals for wushu at the Asian Games, South East Asian Games and Asian Championships.

Hailing from Iloilo, Philippines, Catalan is currently based in the capital of his home country. He is the head coach of Catalan Fighting System.

Fight Result

Naito and Catalan competed in an MMA match in the strawweight division. The Filipino fighter knocked out his Japanese opponent via strikes after 4 minutes and 32 seconds in the first round.

Winning at “ONE: Reign of Valor” improved Catalan’s professional MMA record to 6 wins, 2 losses and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Naito now has 13 wins and 3 losses.

“ONE: Reign of Valor” Main Events

Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin, 28, of Kazakhstan challenged reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 28, of Sweden in the main event.

Phoe “Bushido” Thaw, 34, of Myanmar faced “The Iceman” Yohan Mulia Legowo, 38, of Indonesia in the co-main event. The Burmese contender knocked out his Indonesian opponent in the second round.

Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin, 28, of Kazakhstan challenged reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 28, of Sweden in the main event. After two five-minute rounds, the Swedish defending champion won via technical knockout via retirement.

Australia, Cambodia, China, Finland, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.

Rene Catalan: Yoshitaka Naito is dangerous but I’m confident

Rene Catalan
Rene Catalan

Rene “The Challenger” Catalan, 40, of Iloilo, Philippines is set for the biggest battle of his career in ONE Championship. He is wrapping up the most rigorous training camp he has ever had as he takes on former ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, 35, of Chiba, Japan at “ONE: Reign of Valor” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on March 8, 2019.

Knowing what is at stake in the contest, Catalan is leaving no stones unturned as he puts his five-match winning streak on the line against the submission wizard like Naito. The Filipino contender said, “Definitely, this is the toughest and biggest match of my career.”

“Naito is a former World Champion, well-experienced and we all know how dangerous he is on the mat,” Catalan continued. “But I’m confident with my skills and I will do whatever it takes to win and get my title shot.”

The battle between Catalan and Naito is another classic striker versus grappler match-up with the Filipino fighter getting the advantage on the feet being a multiple-time Wushu World Champion himself. On other hand, the Japanese contender will expectedly be looking to turn this into a grappling match-up as the bout will expectedly tilt to his favor the moment it hits the ground and when that happens, his Filipino opponent vows to be ready.

“For the past few months, I’ve been focusing on my ground game, especially with my takedown defense with the help of our Philippine and SEA Games wrestling champ Roque Verangel Mana-ay Jr,” Catalan shared. “This is definitely one of the best camps I had, which is just in time for the most important match of my career.”

After starting with two loss in ONE Championship, Catalan is just a stone’s throw away from reaching his ultimate goal of winning a World Title. Standing in his way is Naito, who looks to redeem himself after relinquishing the ONE Strawweight World Championship to Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, in their rematch September 22, 2018.

Catalan made a promise to do everything he can to go past the former World Champion from Japan. He said, “I’ve been training for these kinds of guys for so long, and I’ve been training hard almost every day.”

“I feel good and confident about this match,” the Iloilo native added. “I will win in Yangon and put myself closer to my dream of becoming a World Champion.”

Watch one of Catalan’s previous ONE Championship bouts here: