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Vietnam’s Thanh Le earns 3rd ONE Championship win, knocks out Japan’s Ryogo Takahashi at ‘ONE: A New Tomorrow’ in Thailand

Thanh Le, Mitch Chilson

Thanh Le, Mitch Chilson

Fighting out of Vietnam by way of the United States, Thanh Le, 34, has earned his third victory in ONE Championship. The Vietnamese-American mixed martial artist was one of the winners at “ONE: A New Tomorrow.”

Featuring six MMA matches, five Muay Thai contests and one kickboxing bout, ONE Championship held “ONE: A New Tomorrow” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on January 10, 2020. In the ninth bout of the evening, Le competed in an MMA bout in the featherweight division against Ryogo “Kaitai” Takahashi (高橋遼伍), 30, of Japan.

Olivier Coste served as the referee. In the very first round, Le connected on a thunderous right hand that dropped Takahashi and spelled the beginning of the end.

Sensing a finish was within reach, Le turned up the aggression and swarmed on Takahashi, landing punches and knees. Coste put a stop to the featherweight contest after 2 minutes and 51 seconds in the first round when the Vietnamese-American fighter knocked out his Japanese opponent.

Winning at “ONE: A New Tomorrow” improved the professional MMA record of Le to 11 wins and 2 losses. It was his third ONE Championship bout.

On the other hand, it was Takahashi’s second ONE Championship bout. He now has 13 wins and 4 losses.

Including Japan, the U.S. and Vietnam, 15 countries were represented at “ONE: A New Tomorrow.” The other countries were Algeria, Brazil, China, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Takahashi was one of the three representatives of Japan. He is training out of Krazy Bee.

Le solely represented Vietnam and was one of the two representatives of the U.S. He is training out of 50/50 and MidCity MMA.

Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA on August 28, 1985 to a Vietnamese father and an American mother, Le was 5 years old when he and his family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2013.

A former Legacy Fighting Allliance Featherweight Champion, Le joined ONE Championship in 2019. In one year, he defeated two opponents in the Singapore-based martial arts promotion namely Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev, 34, of Russia and Kotetsu “No Face” Boku (朴光哲), 42, of Japan.

“ONE: A New Tomorrow” was the first ONE Championship event to take place in 2020. Here is a recap:

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