ONE Championship subsidiary Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series recently held its eighth event titled “ONE Warrior Series 8: Japan vs the World.” The standout performers were So Yul Kim, Satomi Takano, Ayaka Miyauchi, Sandra Godvik, Yuko Suzuki, and Shoa Arii.
Featuring mixed martial arts, kickboxing and Muay Thai bouts, the combat sports event was held at the Bellesalle Shibuya Garden in Tokyo, Japan on October 5, 2019 during the inaugural ONE Martial Arts Fan Fest, a two-day celebration of martial arts and esports brought by ONE Championship and ONE Esports.
ONE Martial Arts Fan Fest kicked off an exciting World Martial Arts Week in Tokyo. It will culminate at “ONE: Century 世紀,” ONE Championship’s historic 100th live event taking place at the iconic Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on October 13, 2019.
At “ONE Warrior Series 8: Japan vs the World,” Warrior Bonuses were awarded to Kim, Takano, Miyauchi, Godvik, Suzuki and Arii for standout performances. In the main event, Emmanuel “The Biafran Warrior” Onyedikachi of Nigeria walked away with a technical decision victory over De’von “Bam Bam” Morris of the United States after an illegal kick to the groin caused a halt to the action in the third and final round.
De’von Morris vs Emmanuel Onyedikachi
In the first minute of the contest, Onyedikachi landed two huge left hooks. It quickly became apparent that the Nigerian contender owned the power advantage.
Onyedikachi continuously poured on the pressure, with Morris trying his best to weather the early storm. The American fighter would find his mark in the second round but his Nigerian opponent would remain dangerous throughout the bout.
In the third round, Morris increased his activity. He pushed Onyedikachi up against the ropes.
Morris then inadvertently connected on a kick to the groin, which prompted the referee to give Onyedikachi a five-minute recovery period. With the Nigerian athlete unable to continue with just 35 seconds left in the match, the judges reached a technical decision.
Ryoji Kudo vs Jerry Olsim
In the co-main event, Ryoji Kudo of Japan put together an impressive performance. He defeated Jerry “The Bokodian Warrior” Olsim of the Philippines, which marked the Filipino fighter’s first loss as a professional MMA fighter.
Olsim looked to keep the action standing but Kudo was intent on taking matters to the ground in the first round. The Japanese athlete would shoot for a double-leg takedown in the opening moments of the bout but the Filipino contender would defend well with a sprawl.
In the second round, Kudo turned up the pressure on the feet, doing damage with a well-placed left hook that staggered Olsim momentarily. From then on, the Filipino fighter became hesitant and wary of the ability of his Japanese opponent to switch seamlessly between his boxing and his wrestling.
In the end, Kudo won via unanimous decision. Check the complete “ONE Warrior Series 8: Japan vs the World” results on Top Sports Asia.