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9 undefeated ONE Championship fighters in 2019

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Several mixed martial artists lost their undefeated professional MMA record in 2019. Among them were reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 23, of Singapore, “The Ghost” Chen Rui, 22, of China, Jihin “Shadowcat”Radzuan, 20, of Malaysia and former ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren, 35, of the United States.

Currently, ONE Championship has nine undefeated athletes. Here are some details about them:

 

#9. Tial “The Dragon Leg” Thang, 25, Myanmar (1-0)

Born in Myanmar, Thang was 10 years old when he and his family moved to the U.S. He competes at bantamweight and trains out of Hard Knocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States.

Thang made his ONE Championship debut on March 8, 2019 at “ONE: Reign of Valor” in Myanmar, which was also his first professional MMA bout. He defeated Rin Saroth, 24, of Cambodia via unanimous decision.

 

#8. Itsuki “Strong Heart Fighter” Hirata, 18, Japan (4-0)

Hirata was born on August 24, 1999 in Tokyo, Japan. She competes at women’s atomweight division and trains out out of K-Clann in Katsushika-ku, Tokyo.

When Hirata made her ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Legendary Quest” in China on June 15, 2019, she submitted Angelie Sabanal, 29, of the Philippines. It improved the Japanese fighter’s professional MMA record to 4 wins and 0 loss.

 

#7. Troy “Pretty Boy” Worthen, 26, United States (5-0)

A University of Central Florida alum, Worthen is a former National Collegiate Wrestling Association champion. He competes at bantamweight and trains out of Evolve MMA in Singapore.

When Worthen made his ONE Championship debut on July 12, 2019 at “ONE: Masters of Destiny” in Malaysia, he knocked out “The Ghost” Chen Rui, 22, of China. It improved the professional MMA record of the American fighter to 5 wins and 0 loss.

 

#6. Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon, 27, United States (5-0)

Tonon started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training when he was 14 years old and went on to become a champion in the martial art. He competes at featherweight and trains out of Evolve MMA in Singapore and Renzo Gracie Academy in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

While Tonon made his ONE Championship debut in a grappling bout in 2017, he had his first professional MMA bout in 2018. He improved his professional MMA record to 5 wins and 0 loss after defeating Richard “Notorious” Corminal, 37, of the Philippines, Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju, 28, of India, Sung Jong Lee, 33, of South Korea and Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, 33, of Netherlands and Indonesia.

 

#5. Ivanildo “Mostrinho” Delfino, 29, Brazil (8-0)

Delfino started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training when he was 19 years old. He competes at flyweight and trains out of Marajó Brothers Team in Belem, Brazil.

With a professional MMA record of 8 wins and 0 loss, Delfino was scheduled to make his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: A New Era” in Japan on March 31, 2019. However, the bout was cancelled because the Brazilian fighter was injured.

 

#4. Lowen Tynanes, 28, United States (10-0)

Hailing from Hawaii, USA, Tynanes enjoys surfing and working with charities for children. He competes at lightweight and trains out of Hawaii Elite MMA in Waipahu, Hawaii.

Tynanes made his professional MMA debut in 2011 and joined ONE Championship in 2013. He improved his record to 10 wins and 0 loss after defeating six opponents in the promotion namely Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines, Vuyisile “The Cheetah” Colossa, 36, of South Africa, Felipe Enomoto, 36, of Japan, Kuat “Naiman” Khamitov, 31, of Kazakhstan, Rasul Yakhyaev, 28, of Russia, Koji “The Commander” Ando, 33, of Japan and Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 29, of the Philippines.

 

#3. Reinier “The Dutch Knight” de Ridder, 28, Netherlands (11-0)

De Ridder started his judo training when he was 5 years old. Training out of Combat Brothers in Breda, Netherlands, he is competing in the middleweight division.

When de Ridder made his ONE Championship debut on January 25, 2019 at “ONE Hero’s Ascent” in the Philippines, he submitted “King Kong Warrior” Rong Fan, 25, of China. On June 15, 2019, the Dutch fighter improved his professional MMA record to 11 wins and 0 loss after knocking out Gilberto “Giba” Galvão, 37, of Brazil at “ONE: Legendary Quest” in China.

 

#2. James Nakashima, 30, United States (11-0)

Nakashima started his wrestling training when he was 7 years old. He went to the University of Nebraska and is training out of MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona, USA.

A welterweight fighter, Nakashima made his professional MMA debut in 2015 and joined ONE Championship in 2018. After defeating two opponents in the promotion namely Raimond Magomedaliev, 29, of Russia and Luis “Sapo” Santos, 39, of Brazil, the American fighter now has 11 wins and 0 loss.

 

#1. Iurie Lapicus, 23, Moldova (13-0)

Originally from Moldova, Lapicus moved to Italy when he was 15 years old. He is training out of Team Petrosyan in Milan, Italy and is competing in the lightweight division.

Competing professionally since 2014, Lapicus made his ONE Championship debut on May 17, 2019 at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” in Singapore where he submitted Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai, 30, of Thailand. It improved the professional MMA record of the Moldovan-Italian fighter to 13 wins and 0 loss.

 

Meanwhile, here is a “ONE: Enter the Dragon” recap:

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