Japan’s Yoshitaka Naito: Brazil’s Alex Silva is very good at everything

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9 May 2018 – Jakarta, Indonesia: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held an open workout for athletes competing at “ONE: Grit and Glory.” One of them was former ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Matsudo, Japan.

Held at the Jakarta Muay Thai and MMA Gym in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 9, 2018, the “ONE: Grit and Glory” open Workout featured main event competitors, Naito and reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The two are set to have a rematch.

“Silva is very good at everything,” Naito said of his “ONE: Grit and Glory” opponent. “I underestimated his striking previously, but he is very well-rounded. I could not do what I wanted to do in the cage. This time, things will be different.”

“This is a really important bout for me, and I am working very hard to win this time,” Naito said of his rematch with Silva. “I think the opportunity that I have for this rematch this soon is very rare, so I’m not taking it lightly. He is the champion now, and I am the challenger.”

Naito owns a stellar professional record of 12-1, which includes six victories by submission and one by knockout. He made a name for himself at Japan’s world famous Korakuen Hall competing for Shooto as its Flyweight Champion, and captured the ONE Strawweight World Championship by submitting Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in his ONE Championship debut in 2016.

In Naito’s most recent bout, he succumbed to Silva. The Japanese fighter returns to action looking to reclaim championship glory against Silva in a rematch at “ONE: Grit and Glory.” Watch the teaser here:

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