Training out of Top Team Makhachkala in Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov, 34, was one of the winners at ‘ONE: For Honor.” It was his eighth victory in ONE Championship.
Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and four ONE Super Series contests, which were four Muay Thai bouts, “ONE: For Honor” took place at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 4, 2019. In the 12th bout of the evening, Gafurov fought Tetsuya “MMA Fantasista” Yamada, 29, of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan in an MMA match in the featherweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.
After three five-minute rounds, the featherweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Cheng raised the hand of Gafurov, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: For Honor” improved the professional MMA record of Gafurov to 17 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Yamada now has 26 wins, 7 losses and 2 draws.
While Yamada was one of the four fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: For Honor,” Gafurov was one of the two representatives of Russia. Australia, Cambodia, China, England, India, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Scotland, South Korea, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam were also represented.
Born in Russia on November 21, 1984, Gafurov has been competing professionally as an MMA fighter since 2010. He joined ONE Championship in 2014.
Gafurov reigned as the ONE Featherweight World Champion from November 21, 2015 to August 18, 2017. “ONE: For Honor” marked the Top Team Makhachkala athlete’s 10th ONE Championship bout.
Check more photos of the bout between Gafurov and Yamada on Top Sports Asia. Meanwhile, watch all the “ONE: For Honor” bouts here: