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Tokyo, Japan’s Mei Yamaguchi earns 3rd ONE Championship win in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jomary Torres, Olivier Coste, Mei Yamaguchi (© ONE Championship)

Jomary Torres, Olivier Coste, Mei Yamaguchi (© ONE Championship)

Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan, mixed martial arts veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi, 35, has earned her third victory in ONE Championship. She was one of the winners at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“ONE: Destiny of Champions” featured nine MMA matches and four Muay Thai contests. The third bout of the evening was a women’s atomweight bout between Yamaguchi and Jomary “The Zamboanganian Fighter” Torres, 22, of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines.

In every aspect of the match, Yamaguchi was a step ahead of Torres. The Japanese fighter picked her Filipino opponent apart in the stand-up and on the mat, the former outmaneuvered the latter.

After three five-minute rounds, referee Olivier Coste aised the hand of Yamaguchi, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. It improved the Japanese fighter’s professional MMA record to 18 wins and 11 losses and downgraded Torres’s record to 4 wins and 2 losses.

Yamaguchi is training out of Riki Gym, Gods and Hybrid Fighter. In 2009, she won a four-woman tournament to become the Valkyrie Featherweight Champion.

In 2015, Yamaguchi claimed the second championship of her veteran career. The Tokyo native won the DEEP Jewels Featherweight Grand Prix and the belt by beating three opponents.

It was on June 30, 2017 when Yamaguchi earned her first win in ONE Championship. She submitted Jenny “Lady GoGo” Huang, 27, of Taipei, Taiwan via rear-naked choke at “ONE: Light of a Nation” at the Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

On November 24, 2017, Yamaguchi triumphed inside the ONE Championship cage for the second time. She defeated Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 29, of Baguio City, Philippines at “ONE: Immortal Pursuit” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

Three athletes represented Japan at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” including Yamaguchi. The other two were Yuki “Yu-King” Niimura, 35, of Saitama, Japan and Daichi Takenaka, 28, of Osaka, Japan.

Including Japan and the Philippines, 18 countries were represented at “ONE: Destiny of Champions.” The other countries were Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Greece, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

For more photos from the bout between Yamaguchi and Torres, visit Top Sports Asia. Meanwhile, watch all the “ONE: Destiny of Champions” bouts here:

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