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Japan’s Yuya Wakamatsu earns 2nd ONE Championship win, decisions Dae Hwan Kim at ‘ONE: Century 世紀’ in Tokyo

Yuya Wakamatsu, Chatri Sityodtong, Dae Hwan Kim (©ONE Championship)

Yuya Wakamatsu, Chatri Sityodtong, Dae Hwan Kim (©ONE Championship)

Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 24, of Kagoshima, Japan was one of the winners at “ONE: Century 世紀” in Tokyo, Japan. It was the Japanese mixed martial artist’s second victory in ONE Championship.

Featuring mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing matches, “ONE: Century 世紀” took place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on October 12, 2019. In the seventh bout of the first part, Wakamatsu and Dae Hwan “Ottogi” Kim, 32, of Seoul, South Korea competed in an MMA bout in the flyweight division with Kemp Cheng as the referee.

Wakamatsu constantly fired a stinging left jab, followed by punishing combinations at the center of the ONE Championship cage. Kim was game all throughout but struggled to find his range.

After three five-minute rounds, the flyweight contest was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Cheng raised the hand of Wakamatsu, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Century 世紀” improved the professional MMA record of Wakamatsu to 12 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Kim now has 15 wins, 6 losses and 1 draw.

 

Born in Nerima, Tokyo on February 9, 1995, Wakamatsu has been competing professionally since 2015. Before joining ONE Championship, he competed in Pancrase.

In 2018, Wakamatsu joined ONE Championship. Before facing Kim at “ONE: Century 世紀,” the Japanese fighter knocked out former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 30, of the Philippines at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Including Japan and South Korea, a total of 18 countries were represented in the two parts of “ONE: Century 世紀.” The others were Algeria, Belarus, Brazil, China, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.

Wakamatsu was one of the 12 fighters who represented Japan while Kim was one of the three representatives of South Korea. Watch the highlights of “ONE: Century 世紀” part 1 here:

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