One Championship returned to the Thuwunna Indoor
Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on Friday evening for the third time this year.
One: State of Warriors brought fans up to the edge of their seats with
mixed martial arts action from the absolute best in local and
international MMA talent.
In the main event, Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Chiba, Japan successfully
defended his One Strawweight World Championship with a gutsy
victory over Joshua Pacio of Baguio City,
Philippines’ famed Team Lakay MMA. Pacio tagged Naito repeatedly
with accurate strikes, utilizing his world-class wushu sanshou
skills to stifle the champion who tried for repeated takedowns. In
the third round however, Naito came out of nowhere and was able to
take Pacio down, secure his back and lock in a rear naked choke to
force the tap.
“Definitely the happiest and the best
fight ever. This is definitely my best fight. I just did what I
came to do. I showed Myanmar what I can do, all my skills, and I
won,” said Naito in the post-fight interview inside the cage.
Hometown hero “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang sent the
Thuwunna Indoor Stadium crowd into a frenzy with a masterful striking and wrestling performance, defeating Michal Pasternak of
Poland in a three-round middleweight bout. Aung peppered Pasternak
with pinpoint combinations and very heavy blows for the duration
of the bout as he stalked his larger opponent all throughout the
cage. In the end, all three judges scored in favor of Aung for the
unanimous decision victory.
“Myanmar wants the world
championship title. Bigdash, you owe us that title!” said Aung
in the post-fight interview inside the cage.
In the One
Myanmar Featherweight Tournament Final, Phoe Thaw extended his win
streak to four, remaining unbeaten by stopping fellow Myanmar
fighter Saw Yan Paing in an entertaining scrap between local
fighters. After a scramble for position on the ground, Thaw was
able to end up in full mount and worked to finish the bout with
Wushu sanshou expert Kevin “The
Silencer” Belingon of Philippines engaged combat sambo world
champion Muin Gafurov of Tajikistan in a high-level striking
battle for three grueling rounds. Leg kicks played a huge factor
for Belingon, who landed accurate strikes on the inside and on the
outside. Gafurov looked to take Belingon down, but was unable to
close the gap on his attempts. All three judges scored in favor of Belingon for the unanimous decision win.
Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Yusup Saadulaev executed an
impressive submission on Australia’s Jordan Lucas in the first
round of a bantamweight bout. After Lucas successfully thwarted Saadulaev’s takedowns in the opening minutes, the Russian fighter
was finally able to take his younger opponent to the mat through
repeated attempts. From side control, Saadulaev worked to secure a
beautifully modified press-down rear naked choke.
Pakistani MMA pioneer Bashir Ahmad drew cheers from the crowd with
an impressive quick submission victory over Egypt’s Mahmoud
Mohamed. After Mohamed connected with a few strikes from range,
Ahmad closed the gap and took his opponent to the ground where he
secured a heel hook in round one, forcing the tap.
the One Myanmar Featherweight Tournament alternate bout, Saw Ba Oo
earned the second victory of his young professional mixed martial
arts career by defeating Kyal Sin Phyo by unanimous decision.
Local fighters Saw Yan Paing and Ye Yint Aung went to
battle for two tough rounds to the delight of the local fans who
packed the stadium to the rafters. In the end, Saw Yan Paing was
able to earn a unanimous decision after two rounds.
Local Myanmar fighters Phoe Thaw and Kat Pali
climbed into the One Championship cage to kick off all the action
at One: State of Warriors. The undefeated Thaw spoiled Pali’s mixed martial arts
debut by delivering a quick finish, winning by technical knockout
just 22 seconds into the very first round.
Results for One: State of Warriors
One Strawweight World
Championship: Yoshitaka Naito defeats Joshua Pacio by
Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:33 minutes of round 3.
Middleweight: Aung La N Sang defeats Michal Pasternak by
Unanimous Decision (UD) after three rounds.
Featherweight: Phoe Thaw defeats Saw Yan Paing by TKO (Strikes) at 3:23
minutes of round 1.
Bantamweight: Kevin Belingon
defeats Muin Gafurov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after three rounds.
Bantamweight: Yusup Saadulaev defeats Jordan Lucas by
Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:28 minutes of round 1.
Featherweight: Bashir Ahmad defeats Mahmoud Mohamed by
Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:23 minutes of round 1.
Featherweight: Saw Ba Oo defeats Kyal Sin Phyo by Unanimous
Decision (UD) after two rounds.
Featherweight: Saw Yan Paing defeats Ye Yint Aung by Unanimous Decision (UD) after two
Featherweight: Phoe Thaw defeats Kat Pali by
TKO (Strikes) at 0:22 minutes of round 1.
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