It was at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines where Japanese mixed martial artist Hayato Suzuki, 31, lost a bout for the first time. In the same venue, he redeemed himself and earned his 18th win as a professional MMA fighter.
On August 5, 2017, Suzuki entered the ONE Championship cage for the first time facing the very promising Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, from Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines. Both fighters were undefeated at the time.
The flyweight bout between Suzuki and Pacio was the eighth match at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors,” which took place in Macau, China. The Japanese contender defeated his Filipino opponent via a first-round rear-naked choke submission.
Still undefeated, Suzuki fought his second ONE Championship bout at “ONE: Legends of the World.” He had his first MMA loss after tapping out in the first round and losing to Alex “Little Rock” Silva, 35, of Brazil via armlock submission.
After defeating Suzuki, Silva faced yet another Japanese veteran MMA fighter. On December 9, 2017, the Brazilian MMA fighter became the new ONE Strawweight World Champion after dethroning Yoshitaka Naito at “ONE: Warriors of the World” in Bangkok, Thailand via unanimous decision.
On the other hand, Suzuki faced yet another Brazilian opponent at “ONE: Global Superheroes” on January 26, 2018. The Japanese fighter submitted Yago “Codorninha” Bryan, 25, via rear-naked choke.
It was the eighth time Suzuki won a professional MMA bout via rear-naked choke submission. While his record improved to 18 wins and 1 loss, Bryan now has 3 wins and 4 losses.