The eighth edition of ONE Warrior Series took place at Bellesalle Shibuya Garden in Shibuya City, Tokyo, Japan on October 5. The event titled “Japan vs. The World” featured a mixed-fight card comprising MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai.
The headline-bout saw a pair of welterweights, Emmanuel Onyedikachi and De’von Morris, squaring off for the second time. Their first encounter last February ended in favor of the latter, who took the win by knockout in the second round. Their second battle also ended prior to the final, due to an illegal kick to the groin.
“In the opening stanza, it quickly became apparent that Onyedikachi owned the power advantage after landing two huge left hooks in the first minute of the contest. The Nigerian athlete continuously poured on the pressure, with Morris trying his best to weather the early storm,” reads the event recap sent out by the promotion.
“Morris would find his mark in the second round, however, but Onyedikachi would remain dangerous throughout the bout. In the third round, Morris increased his activity, pushing Onyedikachi up against the ropes. Morris then inadvertently connected on a kick to the groin, which prompted the referee to give Onyedikachi a five-minute recovery period. With Onyedikachi unable to continue with just 35 seconds left in the match, the judges reached a technical decision.”
In the co-headline bout Ryoji Kudo came out victorious by unanimous decision from his featherweight bout against Jerry Olsim. Also on the card Sandra Godvik scored a unanimous decision against Ayaka Miyauchi in women’s Muay Thai battle at atomweight. In addition, Sean Rush TKO’d Koki Shimokawa in the second round of their lightweight kickboxing matchup.
The complete ONE Warrior Series 8 results can be found below.
Emmanuel Onyedikachi def. De’von Morris by technical decision (illegal kick to the groin)
Ryoji Kudo def. Jerry Olsim by unanimous decision
Sandra Godvik def. Ayaka Miyauchi by unanimous decision
Min Jong Song def. Kodai Murata by unanimous decision
Nobutaka Naito def. Alex Schild by unanimous decision
Hikaru Yoshino def. Chan Samart by unanimous decision
So Yul Kim def. Satomi Takano by unanimous decision
Otgonbaatar Nergui def. Takuya Nagata by submission (Guillotine Choke, R1 at 4:10)
Asuka Tsubaki def. Long La by TKO (Strikes, R2 at 4:27)
Ahmed Faez Anuar def. Ryuichi Yamashita by submission (Triangle Choke, R1 at 4:55)
Sean Rush def. Koki Shimokawa by TKO (R2 at 2:11)
Yuko Suzuki def. Edilah Johany by submission (Armbar, R1 at 2:12)
Hiroyasu Sakurai def. Shimamura Naoki by split decision
Shoa Arii def. Lehe by TKO (R3 at 1:54)
Kanta Motoyama def. Cep Holik by unanimous decision