ONE Championship is preparing for its first venture into Japan in the first quarter of 2019. The organization has bolstered its promising pool of world-class talents with the acquisition of Japanese prospects Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 23, and Koyomi Matsushima, 25.
Wakamatsu and Matsushima will make their respective ONE Championship debuts on the undercard of “ONE: Conquest of Heroes” on September 22, 2018 at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Including the two promotional debutantes, three Japanese mixed martial artists are on the fight card.
Holding a professional MMA record of 10 wins and 2 losses, Wakamatsu is an aggressive knockout artist with shocking power. He is a force to be reckoned with at flyweight with nine of his 10 victories coming by way of knockout.
“I am happy to be part of the growing ONE Championship family,” Wakamatsu stated. “I would also like to thank everyone who made this possible. I can’t wait to have my promotional debut and exhibit what I am capable of doing.”
Fighting out of Kagoshima, Japan, Wakamatsu has decided to direct his career path to ONE Championship. He won 10 of his 11 most recent bouts.
At “ONE: Conquest of Heroes,” Wakamatsu will lock horns with former ONE Flyweight World Championship challenger Danny “The King” Kingad, 23, of the Philippines. The Japanese contender promised, “The fans must not blink every time I am inside the ring or cage because I could finish the contest at any time.”
On the other hand, Matsushima is one of the fastest rising MMA fighters hailing from Kanagawa prefecture located in the Kantō region of Japan. With 9 wins and 3 losses, he has put together a handful of solid performances while competing in local Japanese promotions such as Pancrase and Shooto.
Matsushima will compete in the featherweight division at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes.” His opponent is former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “The Cobra” Gafurov, 33, of Dagestan, Russia.
“ONE: Conquest of Heroes” will be headlined by reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, 34, of Japan and Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of the Philippines. Here is a recent interview with the Filipino challenger: