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Iran’s Mehdi Bagheri earns 1st ONE Warrior Series win, knocks out Japan’s Koji Shikuwa in Singapore

Mehdi Bagheri (©ONE Championship)

Mehdi Bagheri (©ONE Championship)

Mehdi Bagheri, 31, of Iran was one of the winners at “ONE Warrior Series 10.” It was his second fight and first victory in the ONE Championship subsidiary.

Featuring two kickboxing bouts and 12 mixed martial arts matches, “ONE Warrior Series 10” took place in Singapore on February 19, 2020. In the 10th bout of the evening, Bagheri competed in an MMA match in the welterweight division against Koji “Animal” Shikuwa (宿輪幸治), 28, of Japan.

The referee put a stop to the welterweight contest after two five-minute rounds. In the end, he raised the hand of Shikuwa, who was declared the winner via doctor stoppage.

Winning at “ONE Warrior Series 10” improved the professional MMA record of Bagheri to 5 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Shikuwa now has 6 wins and 9 losses.

Born in Shahr-e Kord, Iran on September 23, 1988, Bagheri is training out of Monarch MMA in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and he has been competing professionally since 2016. He previously competed in Ultimate Beatdown, Golden Warriors Fighting Championship and Full Metal Dojo.

Including Shikuwa, five of the 28 “ONE Warrior Series 10” fighters received Warrior Bonuses and each of them received a six-figure contract with ONE Championship. The others were Michael Walker, 22, of the United States, Marc “The Gyrocopter” Grayson, 31, of Australia, Min Hyuk Lee of South Korea and Ryoji Kudo, 26, of Japan.

“What a card from top to bottom!” ONE Warrior Series CEO Rich Franklin stated. “Tonight, we gave out more bonuses to warriors who lost their matches than those who won.”

Including Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea and the U.S., 16 countries were represented at “ONE Warrior Series 10.” The others were Brunei Darussalam, Egypt, Estonia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Ukraine, Pakistan, South Africa and Thailand.

Among the top ONE Warrior Series alums are Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang, 26, of the Philippines and Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo, 28, of New Zealand. Meanwhile, watch all the “ONE Warrior Series 10” bouts here:

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