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Algeria’s Elias Mahmoudi makes successful ONE Super Series debut, beats Japan’s Yukinori Ogasawara

Yukinori Ogasawara, Atsushi Onari, Elias Mahmoudi (© ONE Championship)

Yukinori Ogasawara, Atsushi Onari, Elias Mahmoudi (© ONE Championship)

Fighting out of Algeria, Elias “The Sniper” Mahmoudi, 21, was one of the winners at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent.” It marked his debut in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series.

Featuring one kickboxing contest, four Muay Thai matches and nine mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 25, 2019. In the fourth bout of the evening, Mahmoudi faced Yukinori Ogasawara, 26, of Japan in a Muay Thai bout in the flyweight division.

Over the course of three rounds, Mahmoudi outstruck Ogasawara. In the opening frame, the French-Algerian fighter was on point as he unloaded a storm of thunderous kicks and pinpoint-accurate elbows on his opponent.

Mahmoudi proved to be the faster and stronger man and was constantly a step ahead of his opponent in the succeeding rounds. In the end, referee Atsushi Onari raised the hand of the French-Algerian contender, who was earned the nod of all three judges.

Winning at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” improved Mahmoudi’s professional Muay Thai record to 30 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Ogasawara now has 15 wins, 6 losses and 4 draws.

Born on January 14, 1998 in France, Mahmoudi is a K-1 veteran. He is the World Professional Muaythai Federation Champion.

Aside from Algeria, Japan and the Philippines, 11 other countries were represented at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” namely Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and the United States. Mahmoudi was the only fighter who represented Algeria.

In the main event of the evening, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil dethroned Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines as the ONE Flyweight World Champion. In the co-main event, Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, United States knocked out Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of Benguet, Philippines in the first bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals.

Watch Mahmoudi’s ring walkout at “ONE: Hero’s Ascent” here:

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