MMA

Paraestra Hachioji’s Kazuki Tokudome earns 1st ONE Championship win at ‘ONE: Warriors of Light’ in Bangkok, Thailand

Kazuki Tokudome (© ONE Championship)

Kazuki Tokudome (© ONE Championship)

Training out of Paraestra Hachioji in THachioji, Tokyo, Japan, Kazuki Tokudome, 32, was one of the winners at “ONE: Warriors of Light.” It marked his third bout in ONE Championship.

It was a redemptive win for the Japanese mixed martial artist. He lost both of his first two ONE Championship bouts.

Featuring three kickboxing contests, four Muay Thai matches and five MMA bouts, “ONE: Warriors of Light” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10, 2019. In the sixth bout of the evening, Tokudome fought Adrian “The Hunter” Pang, 41, of Australia in an MMA match in the lightweight division with Olivier Coste as the referee.

Tokudome came back from being dominated in the first round to stopping Pang in the second with a fierce offensive. The two warriors traded their best offense from the opening bell, tagging each other with powerful combinations.

In the second round, a  left straight from Tokudome opened up a cut above Pang’s left eye. The official physician deemed the Papua New Guinean Australian contender unable to continue.

Coste put a stop to the lightweight contest after 1 minute and 57 seconds in the second round. Tokudome was declared the winner via doctor stoppage.

Winning at “ONE: Warriors of Light” improved the professional MMA record of Tokudome to 19 wins, 10 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Pang now has 23 wins, 13 losses and 2 draws.

Born in Hachioji on March 4, 1987, Tokudome has been competing professionally since 2007 and he is a former Pancrase Lightweight World Champion. The Paraestra Hachioji athlete previously competed in Pancrase and the Ultimate Fighting Championship, among others.

While Tokudome was one of the four fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: Warriors of Light,” Pang solely represented Australia and Papua New Guinea. Algeria, Australia, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Cyprus, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Portugal, Thailand and the United States were also represented.

More photos from Tokudome and Pang’s bout are on Top Sports Asia. Watch the “ONE: Warriors of Light” recap by Stephen Dawson and Mitch Chilson here:

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