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Japan’s Ryoji Kudo earns 2nd ONE Warrior Series win, decisions South Korea’s Lee Min Hyuk in Singapore

Ryoji Kudo (©ONE Championship)

Ryoji Kudo (©ONE Championship)

Ryoji Kudo (工藤諒司), 26, of Tokyo, Japan was one of the winners at “ONE Warrior Series 10.” It was his second fight and second 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 12th bout of the evening, Kudo competed in an MMA match in the featherweight division against Lee Min Hyuk (이민혁) of Goyang, South Korea.

After three five-minute rounds, the featherweight bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, the referee raised the hand of Kudo, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE Warrior Series 10” improved the professional MMA record of Kudo to 7 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. On the other hand, Lee now has 5 wins and 2 losses.

 

Born in Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan on April 3, 1993, Kudo is training out of Tribe Tokyo and has been competing professionally since 2017. He previously competed in TTF Challenge, Shooto Infinity League Finals, GRANDSLAM and Shooto.

Kudo and Lee were two of the five “ONE Warrior Series 10” fighters who were awarded the 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 and Koji “Animal” Shikuwa, 28, 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, Japan, South Korea and the U.S., 16 countries were represented at “ONE Warrior Series 10.” The others were Brunei Darussalam, Egypt, Estonia, India, Iran, 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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