Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 24, of Japan was one of the winners at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” It was the 10th victory of the undefeated 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 eighth bout of the evening, Wakamatsu faced Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 30, of the Philippines in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout with Kemp Cheng as the referee.
Wakamatsu timed his shot, found the opening and unloaded a solid straight right hand that had Eustaquio out before hitting the canvas. The heavy-handed Japanese contender followed up with a few more shots before the referee stepped in to stop the bout.
Cheng put a stop to the flyweight contest after 1 minute and 59 seconds in the first round. Wakamatsu knocked out Eustaquio via punches.
Winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” improved the professional MMA record of Wakamatsu to 11 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Eustaquio now has 12 wins and 8 losses.
Including the Philippines and Japan, 14 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.
Training out of Tribe Tokyo MMA in Tokyo, Japan, Wakamatsu was one of the six representatives of Japan. Eustaquio was one of the five hometown fighters on the card.
“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Wakamatsu’s third ONE Championship bout. He lost to his first two opponents in the promotion namely Danny “The King”Kingad, 23, of the Philippines and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, 32, of the U.S.
More photos of the bout between Wakamatsu and Eustaquio are on Top Sports Asia. Here is a clip from the “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” press conference: