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South Korea’s Kim Jae Woong earns 2nd ONE Championship win, beats Tetsuya Yamada at ‘ONE: Big Bang 2’ in Singapore

Tetsuya Yamada, Olivier Coste, Kim Jae Woong

Tetsuya Yamada, Olivier Coste, Kim Jae Woong

“The Fighting God” Kim Jae Woong (김재웅), 27, of South Korea was one of the winners at the ONE Championship event “ONE: Big Bang 2.” It was the Korean mixed martial artist’s second victory in the Singapore-based martial arts organization.

Featuring three MMA matches, two kickboxing contests and one Muay Thai fight, ONE Championship held “ONE: Big Bang 2” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on December 11, 2020. In the fourth bout of the evening, Kim fought Tetsuya “MMA Fantasista” Yamada (山田哲也), 30, of Japan in an MMA bout in the featherweight division.

Olivier Coste served as the referee. He put a stop to the featherweight contest after 4 minutes and 39 seconds in the second round when Kim knocked out Yamada.

Winning at “ONE: Big Bang 2” improved the professional MMA record of Kim to 11 wins and 4 losses. It his third ONE Championship fight.

On the other hand, Yamada now has 26 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws. He is now riding a two-bout losing streak.

 

A total of 11 countries were represented at “ONE: Big Bang 2” namely Australia, China, Curacao, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Serbia, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Kim solely represented South Korea while Yamada was one of the two fighters who represented Japan.

Yamada stands 180 cm. He trains at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand and Y&K MMA Academy in Japan.

Kim is 7 cm shorter than Yamada. The Korean MMA fighter trains at Extreme Combat in Goyang, South Korea and in Top Gym BF in Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Competing professionally since 2012, Kim joined ONE Championship in 2019. The first opponent he defeated in the promotion was Rafael”Indio” Nunes, 32, of Brazil.

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