[PHOTOS] Rafael Nunes vs Tetsuya Yamada at ‘ONE: Spirit of a Warrior’ in Yangon, Myanmar

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In collaboration with Telenor Myanmar, ONE Championship conducted the “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” press conference at the Pullman Yangon Centrepoint Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar on June 27, 2018 featuring the face-off of 20 fighters. ONE Championship chief commercial officer Jack Lim and Telenor Myanmar chief financial officer Yin Yin Htay attended the event.

Including three ONE Super Series matches, the 10 “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” bouts fired up the crowd at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon  on June 29, 2018. The sixth bout of the evening was between Rafael “Indio” Nunes, 30, of Brazil and Tetsuya Yamada, 28, of Japan.

Nunes and Yamada battled it out in the featherweight division. Currently reigning as the ONE Featherweight World Champion is Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam, who is also the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion.

Yamada put together one of his most impressive grappling performances to date, finishing Nunes in the second round. After two rounds of back-and-forth action on the mat, it was the Japanese fighter who showcased his grappling mastery.

With seemingly effortless transitions, Yamada stifled Nunes while threatening constantly with submissions. The end came in the final minute of the second frame, after the Japanese contender blasted his Brazilian opponent with ground-and-pound which opened up a deep cut.

The cageside physician was coerced to call a halt to the featherweight bout between Yamada and Nunes almost a minute before the second round ended. Here are the official “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” results:

  1. ONE Super Series Kickboxing Lightweight bout: Elliot Compton defeats Matthew Semper by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  2. Flyweight bout: Mite Yine defeats Saw Darwait by TKO (Strikes) at 2:48 minutes of round 1
  3. ONE Super Series Kickboxing Catchweight bout (67.0kg): Tukkatatong Petpayathai defeats Mehdi Zatout by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  4. Strawweight bout: Kritsada Kongsrichai defeats Jeremy Miado by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  5. Bantamweight bout: Chen Lei defeats Ahmad Qais Jasoor by TKO (Strikes) at 1:27 minutes of round 3
  6. Featherweight bout: Tetsuya Yamada defeats Rafael Nunes by TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) at 4:05 minutes of round 2
  7. Featherweight bout: Sagetdao Petpayathai defeats Ma Jia Wen by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  8. ONE Super Series Kickboxing Catchweight bout (72.0kg): Sorgraw Petchyindee Academy defeats Samy Sana by Majority Decision (MD) after 3 rounds
  9. Bantamweight bout: Leandro Issa defeats Roman Alvarez by Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 1:26 minutes of round 1
  10. ONE Middleweight World Championship bout: Aung La N Sang defeats Ken Hasegawa by Knockout (KO) at 3:13 minutes of round 5

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