MMA, martial arts

Japan’s Daichi Takenaka earns 2nd ONE Championship win, beats at ‘ONE: Dawn of Heroes’ in the Philippines

Leandro Issa, Kemp Cheng, Daichi Takenaka (© ONE Championship)

Leandro Issa, Kemp Cheng, Daichi Takenaka (© ONE Championship)

Daichi Takenaka, 29, of Japan was one of the winners at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” It was the second victory of the Japanese mixed martial artist in ONE Championship.

Featuring 13 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the sixth bout of the evening, Takenaka faced Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 35, of Brazil in an MMA match in the bantamweight division with Kemp Cheng as the referee.

Takenaka and Issa began the bout testing each other’s grappling skills with both men taking turns in dominant positions. But as the bout wore on, action shifted to the feet and the Japanese contender began to pull away with superior striking.

In the third round, a right hand put Issa down. Takenaka followed up with a plethora of punches on the ground.

Cheng put a stop to the bantamweight contest after 1 minute and 39 seconds in the third round. Takenaka knocked out Issa via ground and pound.

Winning at “ONE Dawn of Heroes” improved the professionally MMA record of Takenaka to 12 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. On the other hand, Issa now has 17 wins and 8 losses.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Takenaka’s third ONE Championship outing. When he made his professional debut on February 23, 2018, he defeated Dae Hwan “Ottogi” Kim, 32, of South Korea via disqualification due to illegal spike.

Including the Brazil and Japan, 14 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

Issa was one of the two fighters who represented Brazil. Takenaka was one of the six representatives of Japan.

More photos of the bout between Issa and Takenaka are on Top Sports Asia. Here is a clip from the “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” press conference:

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