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Japan’s Kohei Kodera earns 3rd ONE Super Series win, beats Walter Goncalves at ‘ONE: Collision Course 2’ in Singapore

Kohei “Momotaro” Kodera, 30, of Japan was one of the winners at “ONE: Collision Course 2,” the last ONE Championship event in 2020. It was the Japanese Muay Thai fighter’s third victory in the Singapore-based martial arts promotion’s striking-only league ONE Super Series.

Kodera trains at Oguni Gym in Toshima, Tokyo, Japan. The first two ONE Super Series opponents he defeated were Kenny “The Pitbull” Tse, 27, of Australia and Singtongnoi Por Telakun, 40, of Thailand.

Featuring four MMA fights and two Muay Thai contests, “ONE: Collision Course 2” took place place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore and broadcast in the evening of December 25, 2020. It was pre-recorded with a limited audience in attendance due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

In the fourth bout of the evening, Kodera fought Walter Goncalves, 22, of Brazil in a Muay Thai fight in the flyweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

Coste put a stop to the flyweight contest in the second round. Kodera knocked out Goncalves.

 

Winning at “ONE: Collision Course 2” improved the professional Muay Thai record of Kodera to 30 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw. On the other hand, Goncalves now holds a professional Muay Thai record of 65 wins and 7 losses.

Training at Blackthai CT in Fortaleza, Brazil, Goncalves stands 161 cm. Kodera is 8 cm taller than the Brazilian Muay Thai fighter.

Nine countries were represented at “ONE: Collision Course 2” namely Algeria, Brazil, China, France, Japan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Singapore and South Korea. Kodera was one of the two fighters who represented Japan while Goncalves was one of the two representatives of Brazil.

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