The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced additional bouts for ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR, which is set for 29 June at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. In the main event, reigning two-division world champion, Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang of Myanmar, will defend his ONE Middleweight World Championship against Ken Hasegawa of Japan.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “I can’t wait to go back to Myanmar for a star-studded event in Yangon. In anticipation of the extreme passion that Myanmar fans demonstrate, we have prepared the best card that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark in martial arts history. Their hero, Aung La N Sang, will face a talented and tough challenger from Japan, Ken Hasegawa, in the main event. Aside from the thrilling headliner, we have included the biggest names from the world of martial arts in the lineup. Whether you are in Myanmar or in any part of the world, this will be an event that you can’t afford to miss.”
30-year-old Rafael Nunes is a martial artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil with an 11-1 record. He is the former Premier FC Lightweight Champion and has steamrolled through the competition in his home country with a knack for winning by exciting finish. All but one of Nunes’ 11 wins have ended within the distance. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, Nunes is equally comfortable finishing his opponents by submission or by strikes. Nunes made a triumphant return to ONE Championship this past January, defeating Filipino veteran Eric Kelly via second-round submission. He looks to showcase his multi-faceted skill set in his next bout, squaring off with grizzled Japanese combatant Tetsuya Yamada.
Rafael “Indio” Nunes after his win over Eric Kelly at ONE: Global Superheroes
28-year-old Tetsuya Yamada of Kanagawa, Japan, is an established martial artist with a distinct ability to seek out highlight-reel stoppages. He made his ONE Championship debut in January 2016, in an extremely high-level wrestling showdown against Eduard Folayang of the Philippines. A seasoned grappler, over half of Yamada’s 25 career victories have come by spectacular finish, with the ability to end bouts either by submission or knockout. In his most recent bout, Yamada made quick work of Eric Kelly to win by first-round rear-naked choke. On 29 June, Yamada will take on Rafael Nunes.
Tetsuya Yamada after his win over Kyle Rozewski at ONE: Shanghai