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Brazil’s Leandro Issa earns 6th ONE Championship win

Leandro Issa

Leandro Issa

Representing Brazil, Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 34, conquered his Guamanian opponent at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on June 29, 2018. It was the sixth time the Brazilian mixed martial artist won in ONE Championship.

Issa competed against Roman “Sonic Boom” Alvarez, 23, of Guam in the bantamweight division in the co-main event of “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior.” Currently reigning as the ONE Bantamweight World Champion is Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil.

With Kemp Cheng as the referee, the bantamweight bout between Issa and Alvarez at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” ended at 1:26 of Round 1. The Brazilian contender submitted his Guamanian opponent via arm-triangle choke.

Before Alvarez, the five ONE Championship athletes who lost to Issa were Soo Chul Kim, 26, of South Korea, Masakazu “Ashikan Judan” Imanari, 42, of Japan, Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev, 33, of Russia, Toni “Dynamite” Tauru, 33, of Finland and Dae Hwan “Ottogi” Kim, 31, of South Korea. When Issa made his ONE Championship at “ONE: Champion vs Champion” on September 3, 2011, he defeated Soo Chul via unanimous decision.

Imanarari and Saadulaev lost to Issa both via unanimous decision at “ONE: Destiny of Warriors” on June 23, 2012 and at “ONE: Kings and Champions” on April 5, 2013. On August 5, 2017, Issa knocked out Tauru via punches at “ONE: Kings and Conquerors” and on November 24, 2017, Dae Hwan lost to Issa via unanimous decision at “ONE: Immortal Pursuit.”

“ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” marked Issa’s seventh bout in ONE Championship. It also marked Alvarez’s promotional debut.

Winning at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” improved Issa’s professional MMA record to 16 wins and 6 losses. On the other hand, Alvarez’s record downgraded to 6 wins and 2 losses.

In the main event of “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior,” “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, win successfully defended his ONE Middleweight World Champion title from Ken Hasegawa, 31, of Japan. The Burmese champion knocked out his Japanese challenger at 3:13 of Round 5.

Here is a clip from the “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” bout between Issa and Alvarez:

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