Kiamrian Abbasov Spoils Yushin Okami’s Debut at One Championship: For Honor

By Tudor Leonte May 3, 2019

Jakarta, Indonesia was the home of One Championship’s latest event, as One: For Honor went down at the Istora Senayan on May 3.

The main event of the MMA card saw Japanese martial arts veteran Yushin Okami making his debut in the Singapore-based promotion. On the other side of the cage stood Kyrgyz fighter Kiamrian Abbasov, who arrived riding a two-bout winning streak. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship title challenger Okami displayed his wrestling skills during the first round, with Abbasov trying to limit the damage. Early in the second, a straight right from Abbasov hit his opponent right in the face, sending him to the canvas. Okami landed on his back and struggled to recover, but the Kyrgyz fighter dropped some seriously damaging ground-and-pound. Eventually, referee Olivier Coste stopped the contest at 1:10 of the second stanza.

In the co-feature, former One featherweight champion Marat Gafurov took on Japanese fighter Tetsuya Yamada. The fight was quite one-sided, as the Russian imposed his superior wrestling, while Yamada struggled in his submission attempts from the bottom. Yamada had his moments; he seemed close to securing a guillotine choke in the second stanza, then showed a glimpse of offense in the last seconds of the third round. However, those moments were not enough to convince the judges, who awarded Gafurov a unanimous decision.

In a 115-pound contest, Indonesian fighter Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol took home a victory by defeating Nou Srey Pov via unanimous decision in front of a partisan crowd.

Elsewhere, One newcomer Thanh Le crushed Yusup Saadulaev with a spectacular right knee to end their featherweight contest mere seconds into the second round. The knee strike left Saadulaev out cold, snapping a five-bout winning streak, and marked a very successful promotional debut for Le, a veteran of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series and Legacy Fighting Alliance.

In the opening bout of the main card, bantamweight Dae Hwan Kim spoiled Jumayi Ayideng’s debut in One Championship, as “Ottogi” smashed his Chinese opponent via TKO at 4:11 of the first stanza.
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