MMA

Never Quit’s Koji Ando earns 4th ONE Championship win, beats Rasul Yakhyaev in Indonesia

Koji Ando, Olivier Coste, Rasul Yakhyaev (© ONE Championship)

Koji Ando, Olivier Coste, Rasul Yakhyaev (© ONE Championship)

Training out of Never Quit in Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan, Koji “The Commander” Ando of Tokyo, Japan, 33, has earned his fourth victory in ONE Championship. He was one of the winners at “ONE: Eternal Glory” on January 19, 2019.

Featuring two Muay Thai bouts and 12 mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: Eternal Glory” took place at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia. In the fourth bout of the evening, Ando faced Rasul Yakhyaev, 27, of Grozny, Chechnya, Russia in an MMA match in the lightweight division.

Early on, Ando showcased his pinpoint striking, setting up his jabs to land his stinging left straights. Yakhyaev gamely traded strikes with the Japanese veteran, but it did not deter the latter from consistently connecting on his combinations.

After three five-minute rounds, two of three judges saw the bout in favor of Ando. Referee Olivier Coste raised the hand of the Never Quit athlete, who was declared the winner via split decision.

Winning at “ONE: Eternal Glory” improved Ando’s professional MMA record to 13 wins, 7 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest. It ended the three-bout losing streak of the Never Quit fighter in ONE Championship.

On the other hand, Yakhyaev now has 11 wins, 2 losses and 1 No Contest. He replaced Kharun “Predator” Atlangeriev, 26, of Dagestan, Russia, who was originally set to face Ando at “ONE: Eternal Glory.”

Born in Ota, Tokyo on March 9, 1985 and a graduate of Tokyo University, Ando has been competing professionally since 2008. He joined ONE Championship in 2014.

Ando defeated the first two opponents he faced in ONE Championship. He submitted Rafael “Indio” Nunes, 31, of Brazil via rear-naked choke at “ONE: War of Dragons” at the NTU Sports Center in Taipei, Taiwan and knocked out Zorobabel “Zorro” Moreira Jr., 35, of Brazil via punches and kicks at “ONE: Battle of Lions” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

On September 27, 2015, Ando defeated Roger “El Matador” Huerta, 35, of Austin, Texas, United States via unanimous decision at “ONE: Odyssey of Champions” at the Istora Senayan. “ONE: Eternal Glory” marked the eighth ONE Championship bout of the Japanese fighter.

Here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson giving a “ONE: Eternal Glory” recap:

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