Hailing from Busan, South Korea, “The Big Heart” Yoon Chang Min, 24, was one of the winners at “ONE: A New Era” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019. It was his debut in the Singapore-based martial arts organization and first win as a professional mixed martial artist.
“ONE: A New Era” featured 11 MMA bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests. In the first bout of the evening, Yoon faced Bala “The Tulunad Warrior” Shetty, 36, of India in an MMA match in the lightweight division with Yoshinori Umeki as the referee.
Umeki put a stop to the contest after 4 minutes and 16 seconds in the first round when Yoon submitted Shetty via rear-naked choke. The victory improved the Korean contender’s professional MMA record to 1 win and 1 loss while the Indian fighter now has 0 win and 3 losses.
Including South Korea and India, 19 countries were represented at “ONE: A New Era,” which is the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in Japan. The other countries represented were Australia, Brazil, China, Cyprus, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.
Yoon was the only fighter from South Korea on the “ONE: A New Era” card. Shetty solely represented India, as well.
In high school, Yoon trained in kickboxing and eventually became an amateur boxing champion. He is currently training at Team MAD under the tutelage of Yang Sung Hoon.
Watch all the “ONE: A New Era” bouts here: