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Japan’s Akihiro Fujiwara earns 3rd ONE Championship win, knocks out Pongsiri Mitsatit in Thailand

Pongsiri Mitsatit, Nick Chapman, Akihiro Fujisawa (©ONE Championship)

Pongsiri Mitsatit, Nick Chapman, Akihiro Fujisawa (©ONE Championship)

Akihiro “Superjap” Fujisawa (藤沢彰博), 40, of Tokyo, Japan was one of the winners at “ONE: No Surrender 2” in Bangkok, Thailand. The Japanese mixed martial artist earned his third victory in ONE Championship.

Featuring one kickboxing, two MMA and three Muay Thai fights, “ONE: No Surrender 2” took place in Bangkok on August 14, 2020. In the fourth bout of the evening, Fujisawa fought Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 24, of Chiang Mai, Thailand in an MMA bout at a catch weight of 59.5kg.

Mitsatit joined ONE Championship in 2016 while Fujisawa made his promotional debut in 2018. Both fighters were coming out of a three-bout losing streak.

Nick Chapman served as the referee. He put a stop to the catchweight contest after 4 minutes and 53 seconds in the second round when Fujisawa knocked out Mitsatit via punch.

Winning at “ONE: No Surrender 2” improved the professional MMA record of Fujisawa to 6 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Mitsatit now has 10 wins and 6 losses.

 

Due to travel restrictions amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, only ONE Championship athletes currently in Thailand were included in the fight card of “ONE: No Surrender 2,” which was a closed-door, audience-free event. Seven countries were represented namely Algeria, China, France, Japan, Thailand, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.

Fujisawa solely represented Japan. He is a ONE Warrior Series alum and he trains at YORKY Mixed Martial Arts in Bangkok.

Mitsatit was one of the six representatives of the host country. Training at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand, he competed in Full Metal Dojo before joining ONE Championship.

Like Mitsatit, Fujisawa previously competed in Full Metal Dojo. The first two opponents the Japanese MMA fighter defeated in ONE Championship were Rockie “God’s Warrior” Bactol, 21, and Kaji “Alpha” Ebin, 28, who are both fighting out of the Philippines.

The main event of “ONE: No Surrender 2” was a ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament Semifinal bout between Thai fighters Saemapetch Fairtex, 25, and Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym, 30. The former won via unanimous decision.

Dom Lau was the announcer at “ONE: No Surrender 2” while Michael Schiavello and Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson were the commentators and the judges were Ian Cartwright of Canada and Rob Cox and Alastair McOnie of the U.K. Watch all the bouts here:

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