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Finland’s Aleksi Toivonen earns 1st ONE Championship win, submits Japan’s Akihiro Fujisawa at ‘ONE: Masters of Destiny’ in Malaysia

Aleksi Toivonen (© ONE Championship)

Aleksi Toivonen (© ONE Championship)

Training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore, Aleksi “The Giant” Toivonen, 27, of Finland was one of the winners at “ONE: Masters of Destiny” at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 12, 2019. The Finnish mixed martial artist defeated Akihiro “Superjap” Fujisawa, 39, of Japan.

“ONE: Masters of Destiny” marked the fourth ONE Championship outing of Fujisawa not including his ONE Warrior Series bout. For Toivonen, it was his promotional debut.

ONE Championship included four kickboxing contests, two Muay Thai matches and 10 mixed martial arts bouts on the “ONE: Masters of Destiny” card. In the sixth bout of the evening, Toivonen and Fujisawa competed in an MMA match in the flyweight division with Yoshiniro Umeki as the referee.

Toivonen made his ONE Championship debut a triumphant one. Fujisawa tried to stay on the outside to counter.

As soon as Toivonen closed the gap, he was able to bring the action to the ground. On the mat, the Finnish fighter swiftly transitioned into a rear-naked choke, forcing the tap.

Umeki put a stop to the flyweight contest after 3 minutes and 27 seconds in the first round. Toivonen submitted Fujisawa via rear-naked choke.

Winning at “ONE: Masters of Destiny” improved the professional MMA record of Toivonen to 7 wins, 1 loss, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Fujisawa now has 5 wins and 2 losses.

Including Finland and Japan, 20 countries were represented at “ONE: Masters of Destiny.” The others were Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam and the United States.

More photos from the bout between Toivonen and Fujisawa are on Top Sports Asia. Watch all the “ONE: Masters of Destiny” matches here:

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