Saitama, Japan’s Yosuke Saruta makes successful ONE Championship debut in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Alex Silva, Olivier Coste, Yosuke Saruta (© ONE Championship)

Alex Silva, Olivier Coste, Yosuke Saruta (© ONE Championship)

Fighting out of of Saitama, Japan, Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta (猿田洋祐), 31, recently made his successful debut on Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship. He was one of the winners at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Featuring seven mixed martial arts matches and four Muay Thai contests, “ONE: Destiny of Champions” was the last ONE Championship event in 2018. In the sixth bout of the evening, Saruta faced former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex “Little Rock” Silva, 36, of Sao Paulo, Brazil in an MMA bout in the strawweight division.

In Saruta’s promotional debut, he pulled off a major upset, defeating the former ONE Strawweight World Champion by way of unanimous decision. The Japanese fighter posed problems in both the striking and grappling departments against his Brazilian opponent over the course of three rounds.

Saruta consistently clipped Silva with crisp combinations. The unrelenting attacks of the former on the ground overwhelmed the latter in the later rounds.

The Saitama native smoothly secured dominant positions to pound Silva out. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of the Japanese ONE Championship debutante.

Winning at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” improved Saruta’s professional MMA record to 18 wins, 8 losses and 3 draws. On the other hand, Silva now has 7 wins and 3 losses.

A former Shooto Strawweight World Champion, Saruta is training out of Wajutsu Keishukai HEARTS in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. “ONE: Destiny of Champions” marked his 28th bout as a professional MMA fighter.

Including Japan and Brazil, 16 countries were represented at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018. The other countries were Australia, Cambodia, Chinese Taipei, Greece, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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

Check the complete “ONE: Destiny of Champions” results here

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