The bout between a South Korean fighter and a Japanese opponent at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” was expected to be intense. It did turn out to be intense, but surprisingly, the two fighters gave the fight fans the wackiest bout of the evening.
“ONE: Heroes of Honor” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 20, 2018. The sixth bout of the evening was the one between Masakazu “Ashikan Judan” Imanari, 42, of Tokyo, Japan and “Ottogi” Dae Hwan Kim, 31, of Seoul, South Korea in the bantamweight division.
The bantamweight bout between Imanari and Kim at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” ended after three playful and entertaining five-minute rounds. All three judges scored it with a unanimous decision in favor of the South Korean contender.
After losing to Kim, Imanari now holds a professional MMA record of 36 wins and 18 losses. On the other hand, Kim improved his record to 13 wins and 3 losses.
Kim and Imanari were among the first fighters to competed in the five-rope ring of ONE Championship, which made its debut at “ONE: Heroes of Honor.” In the same event, the promotion launched a striking martial arts league called ONE Super Series.
In the main event of the MMA card, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines battled it out with Andrew Leone of the United States in the bantamweight division. The Filipino fighter knocked out his American opponent at 1:27 of Round 2.
In the main event of the ONE Super Series card, Giorgio Petrosyan, an Armenian kickboxer based in Italy, competed against Thai Muay Thai star “Smokin” Jo Nattawut of Thailand in a kickboxing bout in the 76 kg division. After three five-minute rounds, the judges declared the Armenian-Italian fighter as the winner via unanimous decision.
Watch a clip from the bout between Imanari and Kim at “ONE: Heroes of Honor” here: