ONE: State Of Warriors Results

The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned to the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium for the third time this year to a raucous Yangon, Myanmar crowd. ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS brought fans up to the edge of their seats with world-class mixed martial arts action from the absolute best in local and international MMA talent. In the main event, Yoshitaka Naito overcame a spirited performance from 20-year-old Joshua Pacio to retain his ONE Strawweight World Championship via submission victory.

Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Chiba, Japan successfully defended his ONE Strawweight World Championship with a gutsy victory over live opponent Joshua Pacio of Baguio City, Philippines’ famed Team Lakay MMA. Pacio tagged Naito repeatedly with accurate strikes, utilizing his world-class wushu sanshou skills to stifle the champion who tried for repeated takedowns. In the third round however, Naito came out of nowhere and was able to take Pacio down, secure his back and lock in a rear naked choke to force the tap.

“Definitely the happiest and the best fight ever. This is definitely my best fight. I just did what I came to do. I showed Myanmar what I can do, all my skills, and I won,” stated Naito in the post-fight interview inside the cage.

Hometown hero “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang sent the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium crowd into a frenzy with a masterful striking and wrestling performance, defeating Michal Pasternak of Poland in a three-round middleweight bout. Aung peppered Pasternak with pinpoint combinations and very heavy blows for the duration of the bout as he stalked his larger opponent all throughout the cage. In the end, all three judges scored in favor of Aung for the unanimous decision victory.

“Myanmar wants the world championship title. Bigdash, you owe us that title!” stated Aung in the post-fight interview inside the cage.

In the ONE Myanmar Featherweight Tournament Final, Phoe Thaw extended his win streak to four, remaining unbeaten by stopping fellow Myanmar fighter Saw Yan Paing in an entertaining scrap between local fighters. After a scramble for position on the ground, Thaw was able to end up in full mount and worked to finish the bout with ground-and-pound.

Wushu sanshou expert Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines engaged combat sambo world champion Muin Gafurov of Tajikistan in a high-level striking battle for three grueling rounds. Leg kicks played a huge factor for Belingon, who landed accurate strikes on the inside and on the outside. Gafurov looked to take Belingon down, but was unable to close the gap on his attempts. All three judges scored in favor of Belingon for the unanimous decision win.

Russian Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Yusup Saadulaev executed an impressive submission on Australia’s Jordan Lucas in the first round of a bantamweight bout. After Lucas successfully thwarted Saadulaev’s takedowns in the opening minutes, the Russian fighter was finally able to take his younger opponent to the mat through repeated attempts. From side control, Saadulaev worked to secure a beautifully modified press-down rear naked choke.

Pakistani MMA pioneer Bashir Ahmad drew cheers from the crowd with an impressive quick submission victory over Egypt’s Mahmoud Mohamed. After Mohamed connected with a few strikes from range, Ahmad closed the gap and took his opponent to the ground where he secured a heel hook in round one, forcing the tap.

In the ONE Myanmar Featherweight Tournament alternate bout, Saw Ba Oo earned the second victory of his young professional mixed martial arts career by defeating Kyal Sin Phyo by unanimous decision.

Local fighters Saw Yan Paing and Ye Yint Aung went to battle for two tough rounds to the delight of the local fans who packed the stadium to the rafters. In the end, Saw Yan Paing was able to earn a unanimous decision after two rounds.

Local Myanmar fighters Phoe Thaw and Kat Pali climbed into the ONE Championship cage to kick off all the action at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS. The undefeated Thaw spoiled Pali’s mixed martial arts debut by delivering a quick finish, winning by technical knockout just 22 seconds into the very first round.

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Official results for ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS

ONE Strawweight World Championship bout: Yoshitaka Naito defeats Joshua Pacio by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:33 minutes of round 3

Middleweight bout: Aung La N Sang defeats Michal Pasternak by Unanimous Decision (UD) after three rounds

Featherweight bout: Phoe Thaw defeats Saw Yan Paing by TKO (Strikes) at 3:23 minutes of round 1

Bantamweight bout: Kevin Belingon defeats Muin Gafurov by Unanimous Decision (UD) after three rounds

Bantamweight bout: Yusup Saadulaev defeats Jordan Lucas by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:28 minutes of round 1

Featherweight bout: Bashir Ahmad defeats Mahmoud Mohamed by Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:23 minutes of round 1

Featherweight bout: Saw Ba Oo defeats Kyal Sin Phyo by Unanimous Decision (UD) after two rounds

Featherweight bout: Saw Yan Paing defeats Ye Yint Aung by Unanimous Decision (UD) after two rounds

Featherweight bout: Phoe Thaw defeats Kat Pali by TKO (Strikes) at 0:22 minutes of round 1

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BLOCKBUSTER FIGHT CARD CONFIRMED FOR ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS

The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returns to the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium on 7 October for ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS. In the global main event, ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito will make the first defense of his belt against the Philippines’ Joshua Pacio. In the local main event, Aung La “Burmese Python” N Sang goes to battle against Poland’s Michal Pasternak. Additional bouts to complete the blockbuster fight card have also been confirmed.

Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Chiba, Japan, is an unbeaten mixed martial artist with a perfect 11-0 record. He owns five victories by submission and one by knockout. The 32-year-old, who made a name for himself at Japan’s world famous Korakuen Hall competing for Shooto as its Flyweight Champion, captured the ONE Strawweight World Championship in his last bout, submitting the defending Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke. Naito makes the first defense of his strawweight belt against Joshua Pacio in the evening’s global main event.

Unbeaten strawweight Joshua Pacio of Baguio City, Philippines, owns a stellar 8-0 professional mixed martial arts record and is one of the country’s most highly-regarded mixed martial arts prospects. A member of the famed Team Lakay MMA gym, Pacio is a wushu specialist with a solid grappling skill set. All eight of his victories have come by finish, including three wins by knockout and five wins by impressive submission. Pacio takes on the toughest test of his young career next against ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito.

31-year-old middleweight standout Aung La N Sang is arguably one of the world’s most renowned fighters from Myanmar whose constricting style of fighting has earned him the moniker of the “Burmese Python”. Born in Myitkyina in the mountainous Kachin State, Aung belongs to an ethnic minority known as the Kachin. A veteran of 27 professional bouts with a record of 18-9-0 and 1NC, Aung is on a three-fight win streak in ONE Championship, with all three victories coming by highlight-reel finish. He fights Michal Pasternak in front of his hometown crowd next.

Middleweight contender Michal Pasternak of Pinczow, Poland, is a tall, lanky fighter with a 11-1 professional mixed martial arts record. A well-rounded mixed martial artist, more than half of Pasternak’s victories have come either by knockout or by submission. In his last bout, Pasternak competed for the inaugural ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship across the cage from Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend Roger Gracie. Now he takes on Myanmar’s favorite son, Aung La N Sang.

20-year-old bantamweight prospect Muin “Tajik” Gafurov is a relentless, aggressive fighter with solid all-around mixed martial arts skills. He owns a stellar 10-1 professional MMA clip and is known as one of the top talents to come out of Tajikistan. Gafurov utilizes a frenetic fighting pace that opponents find difficult to match, featuring high-level grappling techniques and powerful striking. A force to be reckoned with in his weight class, Gafurov will take on one of the best fighters from the Philippines in Kevin Belingon.

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Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the famed Team Lakay MMA in Baguio City, Philippines, is one of the country’s most talented mixed martial artists. With a professional record of 13-5-0, Belingon is known as a devastating striker with the ability to finish opponents in a variety of ways. The 28-year-old wushu stalwart owns five knockouts on his resume and in his last bout, challenged reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes. He now faces another tough task in rising star Muin Gafurov.

31-year-old Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev of Dagestan, Russia, is one of the promotion’s most talented bantamweights. A 15-4-1 and 1NC professional mixed martial arts record, Saadulaev is a Combat Sambo world champion who has won numerous grappling competitions. He is known for his submission skills, having won 10 of his total victories by submission finish. Victorious in his last outing inside the ONE Championship cage, Saadulaev is hungry to further his career and will get another opportunity when he takes on Australia’s Jordan Lucas.

22-year-old Jordan “Showtime” Lucas of Melbourne, Australia, is a ONE Championship bantamweight prospect with a professional mixed martial arts record of 8-1-0. He is the former BRACE Bantamweight Champion and is one of Australia’s top MMA talents, with a skillset that includes pinpoint striking and solid technical grappling. In his return to the ONE Championship cage following his debut last March, Lucas will face a stern challenge from one of the best grapplers in his division in Yusup Saadulaev.

Bashir “Somchai” Ahmad of Lahore, Pakistan is widely known as the “Father of Pakistani MMA”. He is extremely quick and relentless with his striking, and always looks to overwhelm opponents from the sound of the opening bell. Ahmad owns a professional mixed martial arts record of 3-3-0 which includes two impressive submissions. A ONE Championship veteran with a full range of striking and grappling skills, Ahmad will take on Egypt’s Mahmoud Mohamed next.

Egypt’s Mahmoud Mohamed is a ONE Championship prospect from Cairo with a 3-3-1 professional mixed martial arts record. He made his promotional debut last January against Singapore’s Christian “The Warrior” Lee, showcasing his well-rounded MMA skills against a young and talented opponent. He now returns to the cage seeking victory, but will have to go through Pakistan’s Bashir Ahmad to claim success.

Making his professional mixed martial arts debut, 22-year old Lethwei fighter Kat Pali will take on the unbeaten Phoe Thaw while 2014 Regional Gold Belt Champion Ye Yint Aung will do battle against Saw Yan Paing in the ONE Myanmar Featherweight Tournament Semi-Finals. In the tournament alternate bout, Saw Ba Oo goes head-to-head with Kyal Sin Phyo.

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The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returns to Myanmar for another exciting evening of world-class mixed martial arts action. ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS is set for Friday, 7 October at the state-of-the-art Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon. Headlining the event will be “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang as he takes on top Polish middleweight Michal Pasternak. In the global main event, ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Chiba, Japan will defend his title against Joshua Pacio of Baguio City, Philippines.

CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui stated: “The way Aung La N Sang can carry a crowd is unparalleled. The fans effortlessly move to the beat of his drum and it’s an atmosphere ONE Championship just can’t get enough of. Aung La N Sang is ready to take on the biggest challengers the promotion has to offer, and he’ll get to work this October starting with Michal Pasternak.”

Managing Director of AGD, Htoo Htet Tay Za stated: “To be a part of ONE Championship and Aung La N Sang’s triumphant return to Myanmar was an immensely proud moment for us at AGD Bank, and we want to keep that momentum going. We cannot wait to see the Myanmar people come together once again to cheer for our heroes in the cage as they compete for national pride on the largest stage in Asian MMA.”

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Deputy Managing Director of the First National Insurance (FNI), Mr. Aung Ko Ko Tin Win stated: “We are excited to be joining AGD Bank as a co-presenting partner for this pinnacle event in Myanmar. ONE Championship’s live events bring a unique atmosphere to the city and it’s something we are proud to help deliver to the fans.”

31-year old middleweight standout Aung La N Sang is arguably one of the world’s most renowned Burmese fighters whose constricting style of fighting has earned him the moniker of the “The Burmese Python”. Born in Myitkyina in the mountainous Kachin State, Aung belonged to an ethnic minority known as the Kachin. A veteran of 27 professional bouts with a record of 18-9-0, 1NC, Aung is on a three-fight win streak in ONE Championship, with all three victories coming by highlight-reel finish. He fights Michal Pasternak in front of his hometown crowd next.

Aung La N Sang stated: “The people of Myanmar are awesome MMA fans. Although MMA is a fairly new sport in Myanmar, it brings me fulfillment to see fans enjoy the sport back home. I am truly honored to represent the nation and I will do my best to beat my opponent Michal Pasternak and make my people proud.”

Middleweight contender Michal Pasternak of Pinczow, Poland is a tall, lanky fighter with a 11-1 professional mixed martial arts record. A well-rounded mixed martial artist, more than half of Pasternak’s victories have come either by knockout or by submission. In his last bout, Pasternak competed for the inaugural ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship across the cage from Brazilian jiu jitsu legend Roger Gracie. Now he takes on Myanmar’s favorite son, Aung La N Sang.

Michal Pasternak stated: “My last bout taught me a lot. I am young and talented, and I will show the world why I deserve to be called one of the top middleweight contenders in ONE Championship. I know Aung is the hometown hero, but I’m not here to stand in awe of others. I’m here to spoil the party and take over the division.”

Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Chiba, Japan is an unbeaten mixed martial artist with a perfect 11-0 record. He owns five victories by submission and one by knockout. The 32-year old, who made a name for himself at Japan’s world famous Korakuen Hall competing for Shooto, captured the ONE Strawweight World Championship in his last bout, submitting former champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke. Naito makes the first defense of his strawweight belt against Joshua Pacio.

Unbeaten strawweight Joshua Pacio of Baguio City, Philippines owns a stellar 8-0 professional mixed martial arts record and is one of the country’s most highly-regarded mixed martial arts prospects. A member of the famed Team Lakay MMA gym, Pacio is a wushu specialist with a solid grappling skill set. All eight of his victories have come by finish, including three wins by knockout and five wins by impressive submission. Pacio takes on the toughest test of his young career next against the champion, Yoshitaka Naito.

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