MMA

Japan’s Masakazu Imanari earns 2nd ONE Championship win

Radeem Rahman, Masakazu Imanari

Radeem Rahman, Masakazu Imanari

Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan, Masakazu “Ashikan Judan” Imanari, 42, just earned his second victory in ONE Championship. On October 26, 2018, the mixed martial artist known as the leg-lock master defeated his Singaporean opponent at “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness,” which took place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

When Imanari made his ONE Championship on March 31, 2012 at “ONE: War of the Lions,” he submitted Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, of Kiangan, Ifugao, Philippines via reverse heel hook. The latter is now the reigning ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion.

On June 23, 2012, Imanari had his first loss in ONE Championship. He was defeated by Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 35, of Ubatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil via unanimous decision at “ONE: Destiny of Warriors.”

From 2013 to 2017, Imanari competed mostly in Deep. He made his ONE Championship comeback on January 20, 2018 at “ONE: Kings of Courage” where he lost to Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev, 33, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia via unanimous decision.

On April 20, 2018, the Tokyo native competed in ONE Championship for the fourth time. He lost to Dae Hwan “Ottogi” Kim, 31, of Seoul, South Korea via unanimous decision at “ONE: Heroes of Honor.”

At “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness,” Imanari faced Radeem Rahman, 31, of Singapore. The Singaporean contender was submitted by the Japanese MMA veteran via armbar at 1:23 of Round 1.

Watch all the “ONE: Pursuit of Greatness” bouts here:

 

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