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[PHOTOS] Japan vs Argentina: Ayaka Miura, Laura Balin fight at ‘ONE: Call to Greatness’ in Singapore

 

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Japan and Argentina were among the 17 countries represented at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” It was the first ONE Championship event in 2019 to be held in Singapore.

Featuring six mixed martial arts matches, four kickboxing contests and one Muay Thai bout, “ONE: Call to Greatness” took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on February 22, 2019. In the third bout of the evening, Ayaka Miura, 28, of Japan faced Laura “La Gladiadora” Balin, 39, of Argentina.

Miura was one of the three fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” Balin was the sole representative of Argentina.

Blue Corner

Born in Concordia, Entre Rios, Argentina, Balin was introduced to kickboxing through her husband who is a professional martial artist. As an MMA fighter, she has been competing professionally since 2011 and held the Gladiadores MMA Women’s Strawweight Championship title.

Training out of Kaeshi Team in Concordia, Balin joined ONE Championship in 2018. “ONE: Call to Greatness” marked her second outing in the promotion.

Red Corner

Miura was born on September 17, 1990 in Saitama, Japan. She is training out of Tribe Tokyo MMA in Tokyo and has been competing professionally since 2013.

“ONE: Call to Greatness” marked Miura’s ONE Championship debut. She previously competed in DEEP and Pancrase, among others.

Fight Result

Miura and Balin competed in an MMA bout in the women’s strawweight division with Olivier Coste as the referee. The Japanese debutante showed off her impressive grappling prowess as she locked in a wrenching Americana to force her Argentinian opponent to tap.

Coste put a stop to the contest after 1 minute and 13 seconds. Miura was visibly emotionally as the referee raised her hand.

Winning at “ONE: Call to Greatness” improved Miura’s professional MMA record to 8 wins, 2 losses and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Balin now has 11 wins and 4 losses.

“ONE” Call to Greatness” Main Event

In the main event of the evening, Stamp Fairtex, 21, of Thailand and Janet Todd, 33 of the U.S. competed for the inaugural ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship title. The Thai contender won via unanimous decision.

Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Call to Greatness.” Check the complete results here.

Here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson giving a “ONE: Call to Greatness” recap:

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