On March 24, 2018, “ONE: Iron Will” shook the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand with the historic superfight between ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil and ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Vietnam and Australia. It was the fifth event of ONE Championship in 2018.
In the third bout on the main card, Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev of Turkey and Tetsuya Yamada of Japan competed in the lightweight division. It was the seventh bout of the evening.
The lightweight bout between Arslanaliev and Yamada ended at 2:51 of Round 3. The Turkish fighter submitted his Japanese opponent via armbar.
Yamada was Arslanaliev’s fifth opponent in the ONE Championship cage. Arslanaliev made his promotional debut January 29, 2016 at “ONE: Clash of Heroes” where he knocked out Mishal Alfad via punches.
On May 6, 2016, Arslanaliev knocked out Ma Jia Wen via punches at “ONE: Ascent to Power.” On August 27, 2016, the former submitted Jietebusibai Haolan via guillotine choke at “ONE: Titles and Titans.”
It was on January 14, 2017 when Arslanaliev had his first loss of his career. He was disqualified due to a kick to a grounded opponent at “ONE: Quest for Power” making his opponent Georgi Stoyanov the winner.
On the other hand, Yamada made his promotional debut on January 29, 2016 at “ONE: Clash of Heroes.” He lost to Eduard Folayang via unanimous decision.
On September 2, 2017, Yamada returned to the ONE Championship cage and earned a redemptive win. He submitted Kyle Rozewski via rear-naked choke at “ONE Championship: Shanghai.”
After losing to Arslanaliev, Yamada now has 22 wins and 6 losses. After the recent “ONE: Iron Will” victory, the Turkish fighter now holds a record of 5 wins and 1 loss.