Training out of MMA Lab in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, James Nakashima, 30, was one of the winners at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” It was the third 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 fifth bout of the evening, Nakashima faced Yushina “Thunder” Okami, 38, of Japan in an MMA match in the welterweight division with Olivier Coste as the referee.
Nakashima put together a well-rounded performance. He came out to a fast and aggressive start, taking the action right to Okami in the opening moments of the contest.
For three full rounds, Nakashima got the better of Okami in the striking and grappling departments. After three five-minute rounds, the welterweight contest was left in the hands of the judges.
In the end, Coste raised the hand of Nakashima, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. It means the American fighter is still undefeated.
Winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” improved Nakashima’s professional MMA record to 12 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Okami now has 35 wins and 14 losses.
Including the U.S. and Japan, 14 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
Okami was one of the six representatives of Japan. Nakashima was one of the three fighters who represented the U.S.
“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Nakashima’s third ONE Championship outing. He defeated his first two opponents in the promotion namely Raimond Magomedaliev, 29, of Russia and Luis “Sapo” Santos, 39, of Brazil.
More photos of the bout between Nakashima and Okami are on Top Sports Asia. Here is a clip from the “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” press conference: