ONE: Warriors of the World

Naito vs Silva

ONE Warriors of the World this Friday

This Friday, ONE travels to Bangkok, Thailand for a night of epic fights. And as ONE chairman and CEO, Chatri Sityodtong has learned, Thailand is a tremendous venue to host the best martials arts a promotion could offer…

“Bangkok is among the most thrilling places in the world to visit, because the fans are so passionate and energetic. ONE Championship always has a great time when we are out here. The atmosphere we create at the Impact Arena is unique and you have to experience it yourself. This main event we have lined up is sure to produce fireworks, as Yoshitaka Naito prepares to defend his belt against Alex Silva. Fans will certainly not want to miss all the action that is set for ONE: WARRIORS OF THE WORLD.”

But it’s not just the strawweight title that makes this card compelling. In the co-main event, Thai hero, Shannon Wiratchai squares off with Rasul Yakhyaev in a contest that is likely to decide the next challenger to the lightweight belt. It’s a serious fight for the division but the winner won’t only find themselves standing across from the champion next time out. As it’s a home crowd for Wiratchai, both men have added motivation to prove to the fans that night they are the best martial artist between them.

Some may call that bragging rights. Others call that stakes…

Strawweight Title Fight

This Friday at ONE: Warriors of the World, Yoshitaka Naito’s strawweight title is on the line when he faces top contender Alex Silva. Holding an undefeated record with 12 wins and 6 submissions, Yoshitaka Naito puts his belt in harm’s way for the 2nd time since taking it home last year. However, inactivity has kept the belt undefended the past year and that has allowed contenders, like Alex Silva, to close the gap between himself and the champ.

The Competitors

Alex “Little Rock” Silva is just 7 fights into his pro career. However, he is no stranger to martial arts. He’s got over 15 years of experience in jiu jitsu and has won several championships in the sport, including the Copa do Mundo. And while jiu jitsu is his first love, his striking game has come along smoothly. But don’t get it twisted, he wants this on the floor. A test Yoshitaka Naito is more than willing to answer.

The reigning strawweight champion of the world, Yoshitaka Naito has had more than his fair share of competition. Taking a simple look at his loaded record confirms his skills have been put to the test more often than not. With wins over formerly undefeated contenders, Joshua Pacio and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in his two title fights in ONE, Naito has proven himself a worthy champion. Add on his famed run in Japanese promotion Shooto, eventually taking the flyweight belt, Naito is the toughest test Alex Silva has faced.

This match is surely a fight of the night type match-up with dueling styles and inevitablely exiting ground exchanges. Silva is as hot a contender as they come. But Yoshitaka Naito will not go gentle into that good night.

The Co-Main Event

ONE has called this an official “title eliminator” for the lightweight strap. And for good reason. In Thailand, there aren’t many current martial artists who are as highly regarded as Shannon Wiratchai. And with a professional standing of 8-1 alongside 4 knockouts and 2 submissions it’s easy to see why. Now he comes back to his home country to battle it out with lightweight contender Rasul Yakhyaev. On display Friday, will be his innovative striking style known as “Oneshin”. Fitting as he trains out of one of the best Muay thai camps in the world, Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket. But he’ll have a tough task when he steps into the cage.

To date, Yakhyaev will be his most experienced opponent despite being just 26 years old. And while he’s been on a bit of a slide as of late, Yakhyaev has a golden opportunity to stop the bleeding. With a win over Thailand’s most exciting martial artist, the Grozny native will catapult himself to the top of the contenders list in ONE. And he’s got several ways to make that happen. He’s a well-rounded fighter with an even spread of 4 submissions and 3 knockouts. And that wide array of skills must be executed to near perfection to secure a victory over “Oneshin”.

However, it’s not an overwhelming match-up for him either. The contest will play out on an even ground. The question is, can Wiratchai land clean? He’s been pretty consistent as of late. But Rasul Yakhyaev is a SUPER tough out. Don’t overlook him. And don’t blink.

You might miss the highlight of the night.

Christian Lee vs Kotetsu Boku

I’m not going to go too in depth with this match yet. Just keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for my thoughts on Christian Lee and his fight with Kotetsu Boku. For now i’ll say this…Christian Lee is a legitimate martial arts prodigy. At just 19 years old, he holds a professional record of 7 wins and just 1 loss coming to the current featherweight and lightweight champion, Martin Nguyen.

His opponent, Kotetsu Boku, is a long time veteran of martial arts having competed in Shooto as far back as 2001. The man has seen it all. And that perhaps is the most dangerous advantage he has over Christian Lee. It’s a real experience vs. youth showdown. But after winning 5 of his last 6 with all five wins coming by knockout, Boku is far from over-the-hill. He’s looking for one last chance to touch gold. And with a win over Christian Lee at ONE :Warrior of the World, one last taste of gold he surely will get.

The Rest of the Card

If you’re not already convinced this card is electric, let me drop some more bombs on you.

ONE: Warriors of the World is an absolutely stacked card, top to bottom. The aforementionaed former strawweight and Lumpinee champion, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is in action against Riku Shibuya, whose penchant for exiting brawls has made him a must watch at ONE. As Dejdamrong has only lost to Naito and Pacio, a win here puts him back in line for a title shot. Shibuya would like to be there as well and getting back on the winning track is the first step.

We’ve got female atomweight prospects Rika Ishige and ONE debutante, Rome Trinidad battling for three rounds. That is on the off chance these two perpetual finishers don’t end it it early. This fight is a certainty for fast paced ground exchanges and fireworks from the jump.


9-1 female flyweight contender Xiong Shandong is back in action on Friday and looking to extend her win streak to five against April Osenio. With 6 finishes to her name, the enthralling Chinese contender has the opportunity to make herself known in front of the passionate Thai crowd. And as a Chinese Open Brazilian jiu jitsu gold medalist in 2017, a full martial artist is what she is. Fitting that she chose to sign with the best martial arts organization on the world.

And you boxing fans will know this name. Former WBA super featherweight champion Yodsanan Sityodtong returns to the ONE cage on a 2 fight winning streak after consecutive finishes over Khon Sichan and Ramon Gonzalez respectively. With 47 finishes in boxing and 3 under the ONE banner, Sityodtong comes to end the night early. But against Indonesian combat sports veteran Dodi Mardian, that goal will be tough to reach. Nevertheless, these two will come forward to put on a show for the fans.


Don’t miss this card, you will regret it if you do.

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