Yoshitaka Naito had to grind it out for 25 minutes, but his reward was a title in Friday’s ONE Championship 72 headliner.
Naito (13-1), who lost the strawweight belt to Alex Silva (7-2) by unanimous decision in December, avenged the defeat with a ground-based game plan and got his hand raised with a split-decision victory.
The event took place at Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the entire card streamed on the organization’s new app.
Check out the highlights of those and other fights in the video above.
Official ONE Championship 72 results included:
MAIN CARD (ONE Championship app, 9:45 a.m. ET)
- Yoshitaka Naito def. Alex Silva via split decision – to win strawweight title
- Stefer Rahardian def. Himanshu Kaushik via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:25
- Leandro Ataides def. Vitaly Bigdash via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:41
- Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol def. Rome Trinidad via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:27
- Sor Sey def. Victorio Senduk via unanimous decision
- Tetsuya Yamada def. Eric Kelly via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:00
PRELIMINARY CARD (ONE Championship app, 8 a.m. ET)
- Ognjen Topic def. Stergos Mikkios via unanimous decision
- Radeem Rahman def. Tang De Pan via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:19
- Elipitua Siregar def. Dodi Mardian via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:59
- Riski Umar def. Doan Birawa via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:22
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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