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Japan’s Taiki Naito earns 3rd ONE Super Series win at ‘ONE: Warrior’s Code’ in Jakarta, Indonesia

Savvas Michael Petchyindee Academy, Olivier Coste, Taiki Naito (©ONE Championship)

Savvas Michael Petchyindee Academy, Olivier Coste, Taiki Naito (©ONE Championship)

Taiko “Silent Sniper” Naito, 34, of Japan has earned his third victory in ONE Championship’s striking-only league ONE Super Series. He was one of the winners at “ONE: Warrior’s Code.”

Featuring three Muay Thai contests and eight mixed martial arts bouts, ONE Championship held “ONE: Warrior’s Code” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 7, 2020. In the third bout of the evening, Naito competed in a Muay Thai bout in the flyweight division against Savvas “The Babyface Killer” Michael Petchyindee Academy, 20, of Cyprus.

Olivier Coste served as the referee. A counter right hand from Naito in the second round put Michael down for the first time, setting the tone for the rest of the bout.

Another well-placed right hand from Naito in the final round sent Michael down once more. After three three-minute rounds, the flyweight contest was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, Coste raised the hand of Naito. The Japanese contender was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Losing to Naito downgraded the professional Muay Thai record of Savvas to 41 wins and 4 losses. It was the third ONE Super Series bout of the Petchyindee Academy representative.

On the other hand, Naito now holds a professional Muay Thai and kickboxing record of 32 wins and 8 losses.

Including Cyprus and Japan, 15 countries were represented at “ONE: Warrior’s Code.” The others were Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Indonesia, Italy, Moldova, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Timor Leste and the United Kingdom.

Savvas solely represented Cyprus. Naito was one of the three representatives of Japan.

“ONE: Warrior’s Code” marked Naito’s third ONE Super Series bout. The first two opponents he defeated in the league were Alexi “Phet” Serepisos, 25, of New Zealand and Rui Botelho, 25, of Portugal.

Naito is training out of Bell Wood Fight Team. Meanwhile, here is a “ONE: Warrior’s Code” recap:

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