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South Africa’s Daniel van Heerden earns 1st ONE Warrior Series win, knocks out Iran’s Arash Mardani in Singapore

Daniel van Heerden (©ONE Championship)

Daniel van Heerden (©ONE Championship)

Daniel “The Pitbull” van Heerden, 33, of South Africa was one of the winners at “ONE Warrior Series 10.” It was his first 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 eighth bout of the evening, van Heerden competed in an MMA match at a catch weight of 110 kg against Arash Fairtex Mardani of Iran.

The referee put a stop to the catchweight contest after 3 minutes and 57 seconds in the first round. Van Heerden knocked out Mardani via ground and pound.

Winning at “ONE Warrior Series 10” improved the professional MMA record of van Heerden to 17 wins and 8 losses. On the other hand, Mardani now has 0 win and 1 loss.

Training out of Pitbull Dojo in Three Rivers, Gauteng, South Africa, van Heerden has been competing professionally since 2009. He previously competed in the Extreme Fighting Championship Worldwide, Fight Force Cage Fighting and Last Fighter Standing, among others.

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

“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 Africa, 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 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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