On Dec. 9, Saturday, Alex “Little Rock” Silva, 35, of Brazil successfully snatched the ONE Championship Strawweight World Champion title from Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, 33, of Japan. Their match was the main event of “ONE: Warriors of the World” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Neither Naito nor Silva was knocked out or submitted during the championship bout. After five five-minute rounds, the three judges made a unanimous decision in favor of the Brazilian challenger.
Before facing Naito, Silva defeated Hayato Suzuki, 31, of Japan via armbar submission at 1:22 of Round 1 at “ONE: Legends of the World” on Nov. 10 at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It was Suzuki’s first loss as a professional MMA fighter.
Silva made his professional MMA debut on Sept 24, 2011 at “Dare Fight Sports: Dare 2/11” at Clum Insomnia in Bangkok. He submitted Suchat “White Shark” Lukamkuha of Thailand via rear-naked choke at 2:12 of Round 1.
On Feb. 11, 2012, Silva made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Battle of Heroes” at Kelapa Gading Sports Mall in Jakarta, Indonesia. He had his first loss when the judges made a unanimous decision in favor of Team Lakay fighter Geje Eustaquio, 28, of the Philippines.
After losing to Eustaquio, Silva started his winning streak. Before defeating Suzuki in the Philippines, the Brazilian fighter defeated four Filipino fighters namely Rene Catalan, Ruel Catalan, Robin Catalan and Roy Doliquez all via submission.
Rene lost to Silva on April 5, 2013 at “ONE: Kings and Champions” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. After this, the latter went on hiatus for more than two years and returned on April 11, 2015 at “ONE: Spirit of Champions” at the Mall of Asia Arena where he defeated Ruel.
On March 18, 2016, Robin lost to Silva at “ONE: Union of Warriors” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. The Brazilian fighter returned to the cage on Feb. 10 and defeated Doliguez at “ONE: Throne of Tigers” at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
After losing to Silva, Naito is no longer an undefeated fighter and his record is downgraded to 12 wins and 1 loss. The reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion, on the other hand, now holds a record of 7 wins and 1 loss.