[PHOTOS] USA vs Japan: James Nakashima, Yushin Okami 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 fifth bout of the evening, James Nakashima, 30, of the U.S. faced Yushina “Thunder” Okami, 38, of Japan.

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.

Nakashima was one of the three fighters who represented the U.S. Okami was one of the six representatives of Japan.

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Okami is training out of EX Fight. Born in Kanagawa, Japan on July 21, 1981, he has been competing professionally since 2002.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Okami’s second ONE Championship outing. He was coming out of a knockout loss to Kiamrian “Brazen” Abbasov, 26, of Russia.

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Nakashima is training out of MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona, USA. He has been competing professionally since 2015.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Nakashima’s third ONE Championship outing. He was coming out of a knockout victory against Luis “Sapo” Santos, 39, of Brazil.


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

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

Still undefeated, Nakashima improved his professional MMA record to 12 wins and 0 loss after winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” On the other hand, Okami now has 35 wins and 14 losses.

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

[PHOTOS] Japan vs Kyrgyzstan: Yushin Okami, Kiamrian Abbasov fight at ‘ONE: For Honor’ in Jakarta, Indonesia

*More photos to be added after the bout

Japan and Kyrgyzstan were among the 16 countries represented at “ONE: For Honor.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 that took place in Indonesia.

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and four ONE Super Series contests, which are four Muay Thai bouts, “ONE: For Honor” took place at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 4, 2019. In the co-main event of the evening, Yushin “Thunder” Okami, 37, of Kanagawa, Japan and Kiamrian “Brazen” Abbasov, 25, of Novorossiysk, Kyrgyzstan.

Okami was one of the four fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: For Honor” while Abbasov solely represented Kyrgyzstan. Australia, Cambodia, China, England, India, Lithuania, Malaysia, Russia, Scotland, South Korea, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam were also represented.

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Originally from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Abbasov is training out of Novoros Fight in Novorossiysk. He was born in Bishkek on July 8, 1993.

A former Prime Selection GP Welterweight Champion, Abbasov has been competing professionally since 2011 and he joined ONE Championship in 2018. “ONE: For Honor” marked his third ONE Championship bout.

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Born on July 21, 1981 in Kanagawa, Okami has been competing professionally since 2002. He previously competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Okami made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: For Honor.” He is training out of Wajutsu Keishukai Tokyo in Koto, Tokyo, Japan.

Fight Results

Okami and Abbasov competed in an MMA match in the welterweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

Coste put a stop to the contest after 1 minute and 10 seconds in the second round. Abbasov knocked out Okami.

Winning at “ONE: For Honor” improved the professional MMA record of Abbasov to 21 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Okami now has 35 wins and 13 losses.

“ONE: For Honor” Main Event

Jonathan “The General” Haggerty, 21, of Walworth, London, United Kingdom challenged reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao, 34, of Buriram, Thailand in the main event. [RESULT TO BE ADDED HERE]

Check the official results for “ONE: For Honor” on Conan Daily.

Japanese MMA legend Yushin Okami joins ONE Championship

Yushin Okami
Yushin Okami

21 February 2019 – Singapore: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced that Japanese mixed martial arts legend Yushin “Thunder” Okami has joined the promotion.

With a professional record of 35 wins and 12 losses, Okami is one of the most prolific martial artists to emanate from Japan over the last two decades. With a career that began in 2002, Okami has competed in numerous weight classes — from light heavyweight all the way down to welterweight — in various Japanese promotions including Pride and Pancrase.

Okami has defeated some of the biggest names in the industry, athletes such as Ryuta Sakurai, multiple-time mixed martial arts World Champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva, Evan Tanner, Mike Swick, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz, multiple-time Pancrase Middleweight World Champion Nate Marquardt, and former Bellator World Champion Hector Lombard, among others.

A black belt holder in Judo, Okami has also taken part in numerous high-profile grappling tournaments including the famed ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in 2003.

Okami is highly-skilled in all areas of martial arts, featuring world-class grappling skills paired with tremendous knockout power. He brings his veteran experience over to ONE Championship, instantly becoming a top contender.

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Russia vs Japan: Alexey Kunchenko, Yushin Okami at ‘UFC Fight Night 142’ in Australia

Alexey Kunchenko, Yushin Okami
Alexey Kunchenko, Yushin Okami

Russia and Japan were two of the seven countries represented at “UFC Fight Night 142.” The Ultimate Fighting Championship held the mixed martial arts event at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia on December 2, 2018.

“UFC Fight Night 142” featured 12 MMA bouts. In the sixth bout of the evening, Alexey “Wolverine” Kunchenko (Алексей Кунченко), 34, of Tyumen, Russia faced Yushin “Thunder” Okami (岡見 勇信), 37, of Kanagawa, Japan.

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Okami was born in Kanagawa on July 21, 1981. He is representing Wajyutsu Keisyukai, an MMA academy based in Nagasaki, Japan.

“UFC Fight Night 142” marked Okami’s 21st bout in the UFC. Before joining the UFC, the Japanese MMA fighter competed in Pancrase and Rumble on the Rock.

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Kunchenko was born in Tyumen on May 2, 1984. He is a Muay Thai specialist and a former M-1 Challenge Welterweight Champion.

Training out of Fighter Gym, Kunchenko entered the UFC octagon as an undefeated fighter at “UFC Fight Night 142.” It marked his third bout in the UFC.

Fight Result

Kunchenko and Okami competed in the welterweight division at “UFC Fight Night 142.” After three five-minute rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, the referee raised the hand of Kunchenko, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. With the victory, the Russian fighter was able to maintain his undefeated record.

“UFC Fight Night 142” marked the second victory of Kunchenko in the UFC. In his promotional debut at “UFC Fight Night 136” on September 15, 2018, he defeated Thiago “Pitbull” Alves, 35, of Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil via unanimous decision.

While Kunchenko now holds a professional MMA record of 20 wins and 0 loss, Okami now has 35 wins and 12 losses. This is Japanese fighter’s seventh loss in the UFC.

“UFC Fight Night 142” Main Event

In the main event, Junior “Cigano” dos Santos, 34, of Cacador, Santa Catarina, Brazil will face Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa, 25, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in the heavyweight division.

[Result to be added here]

Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Poland and the United States were also represented at “UFC Fight Night 142.” Check all the fight results on Conan Daily.