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Russia vs Japan: Rasul Yakhyaev, Koji Ando fight at ‘ONE: Eternal Glory’ in Jakarta, Indonesia

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Russia and Japan were among the 13 countries to be represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19, 2019. It is the first event of ONE Championship in 2019.

Featured on the fight card were two Muay Thai bouts and 12 mixed martial arts matches. In the third bout of the evening, Rasul Yakhyaev, 27, of Grozny, Chechnya, Russia faced Koji “The Commander” Ando, 33, of Tokyo, Japan.

Ando was originally set to face Kharun “Predator” Atlangeriev, 26, of Dagestan, Russia at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” However, the latter was replaced by Yakhyaev.

Blue Corner

Born in Ota, Tokyo on March 9, 1985, Ando is a Tokyo University alum. He is training out of Wajutsu Keishukai Tokyo.

Ando has been competing professionally since 2008. He was coming out of three consecutive ONE Championship losses.

“ONE: Eternal Glory” marked Ando’s eighth ONE Championship bout. Aside from him, two more Japanese fighters were on the card namely Kotetsu “No Face” Boku, 41, and Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta, 31.

Red Corner

Yakhyaev was born in Russia on June 20, 1991. He is a Chechen Jiu-Jitsu and Combat Sambo Champion.

As a professional MMA fighter, Yakhyaev has been competing professionally since 2010. He started competing in Eastern Europe.

In ONE Championship, the Grozny native defeated Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai, 30, of Bangkok, Thailand but lost to Lowen Tynanes, 28, of Hawaii, United States and Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Tokyo, Japan. “ONE: Eternal Glory” marked the Russian fighter’s fourth bout in the organization.

Fight Result

Yakhyaev and Ando competed in an MMA match in the lightweight division. After three five-minute rounds, the contest was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, referee Olivier Coste raised the hand of Ando. The Japanese fighter was declared the winner via split decision.

Winning at “ONE: Eternal Glory” improved Ando’s professional MMA record to 13 wins, 7 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Yakhyaev now has 11 wins, 2 losses and 1 No Contest.

“ONE: Eternal Glory” Main Events

In the main event of “ONE: Eternal Glory,” Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta, 31, of Saitama, Japan will challenge Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines. The Japanese challenger won via split decision.

In the co-main event, Alexi “Phet” Serepisos, 24, of New Zealand and Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy, 23, of Thailand competed in a Muay Thai contest in the flyweight division. The Thai contender won via unanimous decision.

Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Check the complete fight card here.

Here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson giving a “ONE: Eternal Glory” recap:

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