The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced additional bouts for ONE: PURSUIT OF POWER, set for Friday, 13 July at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The absolute best in local and international martial arts talent are ready to enter the ONE Championship cage once again to showcase their incredible martial arts skill. In the main event, “Smokin’” Jo Nattawut takes on Yohann Fairtex Drai in ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “ONE Championship returns to the Axiata Arena this 13 July for another blockbuster evening of world-class martial arts action. We have an amazing event planned for fans in Kuala Lumpur, as our ONE Championship athletes get ready to electrify the stadium with dazzling performances. In the main event, Jo Nattawut will face Yohann Fairtex Drai in ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest. Also, we have four welterweights on the card competing in the ONE Welterweight Grand Prix. Agilan Thani takes on Zebaztian Kadestam, while Luis Santos faces Tyler McGuire.”
ONE Championship also announced a Lightweight fight between Ariel Sexton and Kota Shimoshi has been added to the card. Ariel Sexton (11-4) lost his last fight against lightweight contender Ev Ting via split decision at ONE: Quest for Gold in February this year. Kota Shimoishi (21-5) is making his promotional debut for ONE Championship on this card.
Two-time Costa Rican Brazilian jiu-jitsu National Champion Ariel Sexton grew up in Costa Rica and was an extremely athletic child who first began training in BJJ back in 2001. He soon fell in love with martial arts and decided to quit his job to become a full-time professional martial artist. Sexton went on to earn his BJJ black belt under the famed Renzo Gracie and established himself as the best mixed martial artist Costa Rica has ever produced. In 2013, he beat Malaysian superstar Peter Davis at the MIMMA Season 1 Finale, and since joining ONE Championship, he has also defeated standouts the likes of Eddie Ng and Anvar Alizhanov. Sexton aims for the top of the lightweight division but will have to face Kota Shimoishi to progress in his career.
Ariel Sexton (right) in his last fight against Ev Ting (left)
30-year-old martial arts veteran Kota Shimoishi of Osaka, Japan is one of his country’s top-ranked lightweight contenders. Representing Shooto Gym Blows, he has a professional mixed martial arts record of 21-5 and is set to join ONE Championship’s deep and talented lightweight division. A winner of five of his last six contests, Shimoishi is known for his well-rounded striking and grappling skills, as well as his ability to deliver victories using his craftiness. He will face Ariel Sexton in his ONE Championship debut.