Combat Sports

Kanagawa, Japan’s Koyomi Matsushima to make ONE Championship debut in Jakarta, Indonesia

Koyomi Matsushima

Koyomi Matsushima

Koyomi Matsushima, 25, is one of the fastest rising mixed martial artists hailing from Kanagawa prefecture located in the Kantō region of Japan. He is one of the newest athletes of ONE Championship and his promotional debut is set to take place in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“I am honored to be part of this world-class martial arts organization,” Matsushima stated. “With ONE Championship opening its doors for other martial artists like me to join and showcase our talent on a global stage, it means a lot to me as an athlete.”

With a professional MMA record of 9 wins and 3 losses, Matsushima has put together a handful of solid performances while competing in local Japanese promotions such as Pancrase and Shooto. Having a penchant for scoring highlight-reel stoppages, he owns five victories by knockouts and has shared the cage with notable names outside of ONE Championship, including Rolando Gabriel Dy and Kyle Aguon.

Matsushima brings his all-action style to ONE Championship when he makes his first appearance on September 22, 2018 at “ONE: Conquest of Heroes,” which will take place at the Jakarta Convention Center. He will compete in the featherweight division against former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “The Cobra” Gafurov, 33, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia.

“This is a new challenge and I love challenges,” Matsushima declared. “I am looking forward to my debut in ONE Championship.”

Knowing the relevance of Japanese combatants in the sport, ONE Championship houses the best and brightest competitors from “The Land of the Rising Sun” as they form an integral part of the roster, with exciting prizefighters such as Koji Ando and Kotetsu Boku, as well as former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki and ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito.

From fearless strikers to elite submission grapplers, Japan has provided the forever-expanding world of MMA with a long list of extraordinary athletes with the likes of Caol Uno, Hayato Sakurai, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, Takanori “Fireball Kid” Gomi and Kazushi Sakuraba. Other Japanese members of the ONE Championship locker room are Mei Yamaguchi, Hayato Suzuki, Riku Shibuya, Tetsuya Yamada, Yuki Kondo, Kazunori Yokota, Nobutatsu Suzuki and Masakazu Imanari.

Meanwhile, watch the bout between Matsushima and Dy here:

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