MMA

Japan’s Tetsuya Yamada earns 3rd ONE Championship win

Rafael Nunes, Tetsuya Yamada

Rafael Nunes, Tetsuya Yamada

Representing Japan, Tetsuya Yamada, 28, conquered his Brazilian opponent at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on June 29, 2018. It was the third win of the Japanese mixed martial artist in ONE Championship.

“ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” marked Yamada’s fifth bout in ONE Championship. He faced Rafael “Indio” Nunes, 30, of Brazil in the featherweight division.

Currently reigning as ONE Featherweight World Champion is Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam. He is also the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion.

The featherweight bout between Yamada and Nunes at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” ended at 4:05 of Round 2 when the doctor called for a stop to check on the Japanese fighter’s injury caused by the Brazilian contender’s elbow. The Japanese contender was declared the winner via technical knockout.

After defeating Nunes at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior,” Yamada improved his professional MMA record to 26 wins and 6 losses. In ONE Championship, he has 3 wins and 2 losses.

Both Yamada and Nunes were coming out of a victory over Eric “The Natural” Kelly, 35, of the Philippines. The Filipino fighter lost to the Brazilian fighter on January 26, 2018 at “ONE: Global Superheroes” and to the Japanese fighter on May 12, 2018 at “ONE: Grit and Glory.”

The first ONE Championship athlete to lose to Yamada was Kyle “Kyote” Rozewski, 34, of the United States. The Japanese fighter submitted his American opponent via rear-naked choke at “ONE Championship: Shanghai” on September 2, 2017.

Kemp Cheng served as the referee of the featherweight bout between Nunes and Yamada at “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior.” It was the sixth bout of the evening.

In the co-main event of “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior,” Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 34, of Brazil submitted Roman “Sonic Boom” Alvarez, 23, of Guam via arm-triangle choke. It was Guamanian fighter’s first bout in ONE Championship.

In the main event, “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.

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