MMA

Yoshitaka Naito loses ONE Strawweight World Champion belt, undefeated record

Yoshitaka Naito, Alex Silva (Twitter/ONE Championship)

Yoshitaka Naito, Alex Silva (Twitter/ONE Championship)

A unanimous decision after five five-minute rounds in favor of Alex “Little Rock” Silva made the Brazilian fighter a new champion. On the other hand, it meant his Japanese opponent Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito is no longer the ONE Strawweight World Champion and is no longer an undefeated fighter.

The strawweight world championship bout between Silva and Nobita was the main event of “ONE: Warriors of the World,” which took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Dec. 9, Saturday. Prior to the fight, the former champion from Japan was an undefeated fighter with 12 wins.

It was also at the Impact Arena where Naito won the ONE Strawweight World Champion belt. Making his ONE Championship debut, the Japanese fighter submitted Dejdamrong Sor “Kru Rong” Amnuarysirichoke via rear-naked choke at 4:00 at Round 4 at “ONE: Kingdom of Champions” on May 27, 2016.

On Oct. 7, 2016, Naito successfully defended the ONE Strawweight World Champion title from Team Lakay fighter Joshua Pacio of the Philippines. The then reigning champion submitted the Filipino challenger via rear-naked choke at 1:33 of Round 3.

After losing to Silva, Naito now has 12 wins and 1 loss. Likewise, Silva also has one 1 loss in his record.

The new and reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion is now 7 wins and 1 loss.  The only fighter he lost to was Team Lakay fighter Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio.

On Feb. 11, 2012, Silva made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Battle of Heroes” at Kelapa Gading Sports Mall in Jakarta, Indonesia where he faced Eustaquio. The judges made a unanimous after three five-minute rounds in favor of the Filipino fighter.

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