ONE Warrior Series 8 kicks off a big week for ONE in Japan

Emmanuel Onyedikachi walked away with a decision win over De’von Morris. Photo: ONE Championship.

The first of three big events ONE Championship has planned for the coming week is in the bag.

ONE Warrior Series 8: Japan vs. The World went down at the Bellesalle Shibuya Garden early Saturday as part of ONE’s so-called Martial Arts Fan Fest.

ONE Warrior Series 8 saw several familiar faces on the line up, including the main event participants Emmanuel Onyedikachi, who walked away with a decision win over De’von Morris.

It was the second time both men had danced inside the Warrior Series ring, the last being Warrior Series 4 where Morris defeated Onyedikachi.

This time around it was all Onyedikachi who owned the power advantage after landing two huge left hooks in the first minute of the contest.

Nobutaka Naito spoilt the debut of Alex Schild with a dominant decision win.

The Nigerian continuously poured on the pressure, with Morris trying his best to weather the early storm. Morris would find his mark in the second round, however, but Onyedikachi remained dangerous throughout the bout.

The co main event saw Ryoji Kudo of Japan put together an impressive performance, dealing Jerry Olsim of the Philippines the first loss of his professional mixed martial arts career.

The longer, more powerful Olsim looked to keep the action standing, but Kudo was intent on taking matters to the ground in the first round. The Japanese athlete would shoot for a double-leg takedown in the opening moments of the bout, but Olsim would defend well with a sprawl.

The event kicked off a big week for ONE in in Tokyo, which culminates at ONE: Century, which spans two full fight cards in one day on Sunday, 13 October.

Results: ONE Warrior Series 8

Welterweight bout:
Emmanuel Onyedikachi def. De’von Morris
Technical Decision (TD)

Featherweight bout:
Ryoji Kudo def. Jerry Olsim
Unanimous Decision

Muay Thai Women’s Atomweight bout:
Sandra Godvik def. Ayaka Miyauchi
Unanimous Decision

Bantamweight bout:
Min Jong Song def. Kodai Murata
Unanimous Decision

Flyweight bout:
Nobutaka Naito def. Alex Schild
Unanimous Decision

Bantamweight bout:
Hikaru Yoshino def. Chan Samart
Unanimous Decision

Women’s Atomweight bout:
So Yul Kim def. Satomi Takano
Unanimous Decision

Lightweight bout:
Otgonbaatar Nergui def. Takuya Nagata
Submission (guillotine choke) at 4:10 of R1

Featherweight bout:
Asuka Tsubaki def. Long La
TKO (strikes) at 4:27 of R2

Lightweight bout:
Ahmed Faez Anuar def. Ryuichi Yamashita
Submission (Triangle Choke) at 4:55 of R1

Kickboxing Lightweight bout:
Sean Rush def. Koki Shimokawa
Technical Knockout (TKO) at 2:11 of R2

Women’s Atomweight bout:
Yuko Suzuki def. Edilah Johany
Submission (armbar) at 2:12 of R1

Catchweight bout:
Hiroyasu Sakurai def. Shimamura Naoki
Split Decision

Kickboxing Catchweight bout:
Shoa Arii def. Lehe
Technical Knockout (TKO) at 1:54 of R3

Kickboxing Strawweight bout:
Kanta Motoyama def. Cep Holik
Unanimous Decision


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here