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Japanese MMA fighter Shuya Kamikubo gets 1st ONE Championship win in Guangzhou, China

Shuya Kamikubo, Sunoto

Shuya Kamikubo, Sunoto

Fighting out of Kanagawa, Japan, Shuya “Stealth” Kamikubo, 25, made a successful ONE Championship debut on July 7, 2018. The Japanese mixed martial artist defeated his Indonesian opponent at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens,” which took place at the Guangzhou Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China.

“ONE: Battle for the Heavens” featured seven MMA matches and three striking-only bouts under ONE Super Series. In the third bout of the evening, Kamikubo battled it out with “The Terminator” Sunoto, 33, of Jakarta, Indonesia.

With Olivier Coste as the referee, Kamikubo and Sunoto competed in the bantamweight division. The referee put a stop to the contest at 3:54 of Round 2 when the Japanese newcomer knocked out his Indonesian opponent.

After beating Sunoto at “ONE: Battle for the Heavens,” Kamikubo improved his professional MMA record to 8 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Sunoto’s record downgraded to 9 wins and 4 losses.

Before joining ONE Championship, Kamikubo he competed in Deep and Pancrase, among others. While “ONE: Battle for the Heavens” marked the Japanese fighter’s first ONE Championship outing, it was Sunoto’s 11th bout in ONE Championship.

In the co-main event of the evening, Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 26, of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia competed against Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, 29, of Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan in the flyweight division.

In the main event, Yodcherry Sityodtong, 19, of Thailand and Kai Ting “Killer Bee” Chuang, 23, of Taiwan competed for the inaugural ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship.

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