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Japan’s Kimihiro Eto earns 1st ONE Championship win, chokes Singapore’s Amir Khan at ‘ONE: King of the Jungle’

Amir Khan, Olivier Coste, Kimihiro Eto (©ONE Championship)

Amir Khan, Olivier Coste, Kimihiro Eto (©ONE Championship)

Kimihiro Eto, 31, of Japan was one of the hometown winners at “ONE: King of the Jungle.” It was the first official victory of the ONE Warrior Series alum in ONE Championship.

Featuring one Muay Thai title bout, one kickboxing title bout and nine mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: King of the Jungle” was a closed-door event held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. In the ninth bout of the evening, Eto competed in an MMA match in the lightweight division against Singaporean Muay Thai Champion Amir Khan, 25.

Olivier Coste served as the referee. Eto impressed with his grappling skill as he effortlessly cancelled out Khan’s dangerous striking.

As soon as the bell rang, Khan and Eto met immediately at the center of the cage, engaging in the clinch position. The Japanese contender then drove his Singaporean opponent against the wall.

Within moment, Eto was able to bring Khan to the mat and from there, the former took the back of the latter. Coste put a stop to the welterweight contest after 1 minute and 39 seconds in the first round when the Japanese fighter submitted his Singaporean oppoent via rear-naked choke.

Winning at “ONE: King of the Jungle” improved the professional MMA record of Eto to 17 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws. On the other hand, Khan downgraded to 12 wins and 7 losses.

Including Japan and Singapore, 13 countries were represented at “ONE: King of the Jungle.” The others were Australia, Canada, Egypt, India, New Zealand, the Philippines Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

Khan was three hometown heroes at “ONE: King of the Jungle.” It was his 18th outing in ONE Championship.

Eto was one of the four fighters who represented Japan. “ONE: King of the Jungle” marked his second ONE Championship bout.

Before officially joining ONE Championship, Eto competed in ONE Warrior Series from 2018 to 2019. When he made his promotional debut at “ONE: Masters of Destiny” on July 12, 2019, he was knocked out by Dae Song Park of South Korea.

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