Brazil and China were among the 18 countries represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in the Philippines.
The fighters on the main card of “ONE: Roots of Honor” had their face-off during the press conference at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 9, 2019. Led by ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, the panel included representatives from sponsors namely Holcim Philippines Inc. senior vice president and head of sales William C. Sumalinog, City of Dreams Manila senior vice president and chief operating officer Kevin Benning and Grab Philippines transport team head Chris Taylor.
Featuring two kickboxing contests, two Muay Thai bouts and 11 mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: Roots of Honor” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 12, 2019. In the 12th bout of the evening, Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 35, of Brazil faced Fu Chang Xin, 26, of China.
Hailing from Harbin, China, Fu is training out of Long Yun MMA. He has been competing professionally as an MMA fighter since 2014.
Fu went on to become a Chinese Kungfu Championships Champion. “ONE: Roots of Honor” marked his third ONE Championship bout.
Issa was born in Ubatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 19, 1983. He is teaching at Evolve MMA in Singapore and is training under the tutelage of Eduardo Pamplona.
“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked Issa’s ninth ONE Championship bout. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and a BJJ World Champion.
Issa and Fu competed in an MMA match at a catchweight of 68 kg. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.
Cheng put a stop to the contest after 3 minutes and 3 seconds in the first round. Issa submitted Fu via armbar.
Winning at “ONE: Roots of Honor” improved Issa’s professional MMA record to 17 wins and 7 losses. On the other hand, Fu now has 9 wins and 2 losses.
“ONE: Roots of Honor” Main Events
In the co-main event, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, of the Philippines challenged reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yosuke “The Ninja” Saruta, 31, of Japan in a rematch. The Filipino challenger knocked out the Japanese defending champion in the fourth round.
In the main event, reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam defended his belt against former champion Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 43, of Mongolia. The Vietnamese-Australian defending champion knocked out the Mongolian challenger in the second round.
Afghanistan, Australia, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.