Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev, 34, of Russia was one of the winners at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” It was the Russian mixed martial artist’s sixth victory in ONE Championship.
Featuring MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai, “ONE: Dreams of Gold” took place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on August 16, 2019. In the sixth bout of the evening, Saadulaev fought “Ottogi” Dae Hwan Kim, 32, of South Korea in an MMA contest in the bantamweight division.
Olivier Coste served as the referee. Dom Lau was the cage announcer while Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson were the commentators.
Saadulaev was undeniable in his domination of Kim. For the better part of the three-round bout, the Russian contender was in the driver’s seat taking down his Korean opponent and attacking him with strikes.
After three five-minute rounds, the bantamweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Coste raised the hand of Saadulaev, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Dreams of Gold” improved the professional MMA record of Saadulaev to 18 wins, 5 losses, 1 draw and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Kim now has 15 wins, 5 losses and 1 draw.
Including Russia and South Korea, 19 countries were represented at “ONE: Dreams of Gold.” The others were Brazil, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Serbia, Thailand, Vietnam, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Saadulaev was one of the three fighters who represented Russia. Kim solely represented South Korea.
“ONE: Dreams of Gold” marked Saadulaev’s 10th ONE Championship. The first five opponents he defeated in the promotion were Ryan “Lion” Diaz, 40, of the U.S., Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 30, of Brazil, Sotir Kichukov, 29, of Bulgaria, Jordan “Showtime” Lucas, 25, of Australia and Masakazu “Ashikan Judan” Imanari, 43, of Japan.
Born in Dagestan, Russia on March 31, 1985, Saadulaev has been competing professionally since 2008. He is currently training out of Uflacker Academy in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
More photos from the bantamweight bout Saadulaev and Kim are on Top Sports Asia. Watch the “ONE: Dreams of Gold” recap here: