MMA Lab’s James Nakashima makes successful ONE Championship debut

James Nakashima, Yuji Shimada, Raimond Magomedaliev (© ONE Championship)

James Nakashima, Yuji Shimada, Raimond Magomedaliev (© ONE Championship)

Representing MMA Lab, James “Nako” Nakashima, 30, of Dwight, Illinois, United States recently made a successful debut in ONE Championship. He was one of the winners at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” on November 23, 2018 and was the only fighter who represented the United States in the event.

Featuring eight mixed martial arts matches, two Muay Thai bouts and two kickboxing contests, “ONE: Conquest of Champions” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It was the fourth and last ONE Championship event to be held in the country in 2018.

In the eighth bout of the evening, Nakashima competed in an MMA bout in the welterweight division against Raimond Magomedaliev, 28, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia. Both contenders entered the cage as ONE Championship debutantes and undefeated fighters.

After Magomedaliev’s range posed a problem for Nakashima in the first round, the American fighter bucked a slow start. In the succeeding rounds, the MMA Lab athlete’s grappling prowess was put on display as he took his Russian opponent down at will and consistently pounded him out.

In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Nakashima. It made his the first MMA fighter to defeat Magomedaliev, whose professional MMA record downgraded to 5 wins and 1 loss.

Nakashima is a former American National Wrestling Champion. As a professional MMA fighter, he now has 10 wins and 0 loss.

After “ONE: Conquest of Champions,” the Philippines now has five reigning world champions in ONE Championship. Here are the official results:

  1. MMA flyweight bout: Rudy Agustian defeats Asraful Islam by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  2. MMA flyweight bout: Akihiro Fujisawa defeats Rockie Bactol by TKO (Strikes) at 4:40 of Round 3
  3. MMA strawweight bout: Jeremy Miado defeats Peng Xue Wen by TKO (Strikes) at 0:53 of Round 2
  4. ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Han Zi Hao defeats Azwan Che Wil by TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 2:52 of Round 1
  5. Heavyweight bout: Alexandre Machado defeats Hideki Sekine by TKO  at 1:44 of Round 2
  6. ONE Super Series Kickboxing Catch Weight bout (73.0kgs): Samy Sana defeats Armen Petrosyan by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  7. ONE Super Series Kickboxing Bantamweight bout: Hiroaki Suzuki defeats Deividas Danyla by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  8. MMA welterweight bout: James Nakashima defeats Raimond Magomedaliev by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  9. ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Saemapetch Fairtex defeats Alaverdi Ramazanov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  10. Catch Weight bout (79 kg): Honorio Banario defeats Rahul Raju by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Co-Main Event

  1. ONE Lightweight World Championship bout: Eduard Folayang defeats Amir Khan by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds

Main Event

  1. ONE Heavyweight World Championship bout: Brandon Vera defeats Mauro Cerilli by Knockout (KO) at 1:04 of Round 1

Watch the recent ONE Championship bout between Nakashima and Magomedaliev in the Philippines:


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