Japan’s Yoshitaka Naito earns 5th ONE Championship win, decisions Pongsiri Mitsatit at ‘ONE: Masters of Fate’ in Manila, Philippines

Yoshitaka Naito, Kemp Cheng, Pongsiri Mitsatit (©ONE Championship)

Yoshitaka Naito, Kemp Cheng, Pongsiri Mitsatit (©ONE Championship)

Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, 35, of Japan has earned his fifth victory in ONE Championship. The former ONE Strawweight World Champion was one of the winners at “ONE: Masters of Fate.”

Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and three Muay Thai contests, ONE Championship held “ONE: Masters of Fate” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 8, 2019. In the seventh bout of the evening, Naito fought Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 23, of Thailand in an MMA match in the strawweight division.

Kemp Cheng served as the referee. An experienced grappler, Naito imposed his game plan well as he was able to ground Mitsatit at will.

Mitsatit looked to reverse his fortunes by pressuring Naito with his striking. However, it was not enough as the former ONE Strawweight World Champion remained unstoppable with his takedowns.

After three five-minute rounds, Cheng raised the hand of Naito. The Japanese contender was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Masters of Fate” improved the professional MMA record of Naito to 15 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Mitsatit now has a professional MMA record of 10 wins and 4 losses.

Including Japan and Thailand, 15 countries were represented at “ONE: Masters of Fate.” The others were Brazil, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Finland, France, India, Indonesia,  Mongolia, the Philippines, South Korea, the United States and Vietnam.

Naito was one of the three  fighters who represented Japan. He trains out of The Paraestra Matsudo.

Mitsatit was one of the five representatives of Thailand. He trains out of Tiger Muay Thai.

It was Naito’s eighth ONE Championship bout. It was the eighth outing of Mitsatit in the Singapore-based martial arts organization.

The first four opponents Naito defeated in ONE Championship were Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Joshua Pacio and Alex Silva, who he defeated twice. Meanwhile, here is a “ONE: Masters of Fate” recap:

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