Brazil and the United States were among the 18 countries represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in the Philippines.
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 10th bout of the evening, Luis “Sapo” Santos, 39, of Brazil faced James Nakashima, 30, of Dwight, Illinois, USA.
Training out of The MMA Lab in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Nakashima is a former American National Wrestling Champion and a former LFA Welterweight Champion. He is not of Japanese descent but his Caucasian father was adopted by his Japanese parents.
“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked Nakashima’s second outing in ONE Championship. When he made his promotional debut at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on November 23, 2018, he defeated Raimond Magomedaliev, 28, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia via unanimous decision.
Santos was born in Belem, Para, Brazil on January 2, 1980. Training out of American Top Team and Sapo Fight Team and American Top Team, he has been competing professionally as an MMA fighter since 2000.
“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked Santos’s ninth ONE Championship outing. He previously competed in Bellator MMA and Xtreme Fighting Championships.
Santos and Nakashima competed in an MMA match in the welterweight division. Olivier Coste served as the referee.
Coste put a stop to the welterweight contest after 56 seconds in the second round. Nakashima was declared the winner via technical knockout via injury.
Winning at “ONE: Roots of Honor” improved Nakashima’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 0 loss. On the other hand, Santos now has 65 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw.
“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, China, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam were also represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.