Brazil and Japan were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” on May 17, 2019. ONE Championship held the combat sports event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and six ONE Super Series contests, which were six kickboxing bouts, “ONE: Enter the Dragon” was the Singapore-based martial arts organization’s second event in 2019 that took place in Singapore. The seventh bout was the third time Alex “Little Rock” Silva, 36, and Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, 35, of Japan competed inside the ONE Championship cage.
Silva was one of the two representatives of Brazil at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” while Naito was one of the four representatives of Japan. Argentina, Australia, Argentina, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States were also represented.
Born in Japan on February 17, 1984, Naito has been competing professionally since 2012. He joined ONE Championship in 2016.
Training out The Paraestra Matsudo in Chiba, Japan, Naito reigned as the ONE Strawweight World Champion from May 27, 2016 to December 8, 2017 and from May 12, 2018 to September 22, 2018. “ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked his seventh bout in ONE Championship.
Born in Brazil on October 10, 1982, Silva has been competing since 2011. He joined ONE Championship in 2012.
Training out Evolve MMA in Singapore, Silva reigned as the ONE Strawweight World Champion from December 9, 2017 to May 12, 2018. “ONE: Enter the Dragon” marked his 10th ONE Championship bout.
Silva and Naito competed in an MMA match in the strawweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.
After three five-minute rounds, the strawweight bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Coste raised the hand of Naito, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Enter the Dragon” improved the professional MMA record of Naito to 14 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Silva now has 7 wins and 4 losses.
“ONE: Enter the Dragon” Main Events
Both fighting out of the Netherlands, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, and Regian “The Immortal” Eersel, 25, competed for the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship in the co-main event. The latter won the title via unanimous decision.
Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Championship: Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan in the main event. The Singaporean challenger dethroned the Japanese defending champion via technical knockout.
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