ONE Championship: Alex Silva outstrikes Yoshitaka Naito to become new ONE strawweight champion
Santino Honasan on Dec 10, 2017 12:32 AM
#AndNew! Alex Silva decisions Yoshitaka Naito to become the new ONE Championship Strawweight world champion at ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok, Thailand.
With his grappling prowess nullified, Brazil's Alex 'Little Rock' Silva used his striking to dethrone Yoshitaka 'Nobita' Naito and become the new ONE Championship strawweight world champion at ONE: Warriors of the World, Saturday evening at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
Silva picked the Japanese grappler apart with strikes while preventing the former Shooto champion to mount any significant offense on the ground.
Towards the latter moments of the fight, Silva outworked Naito and scored a few takedowns of his own to keep the fight in his favor.
Naito, who had been undefeated in in twelve fights heading into his second title defense, had nothing for Silva, who remained the more aggressive fighter throughout the 25 minute fight.
That proved to be enough for the judges to award Silva the unanimous decision nod, crowning him the new ONE Championship strawweight king.
Silva improves to 7-2 in his career with six straight wins, while Naito suffers his first defeat in thirteen professional bouts.
Official results for ONE: WARRIORS OF THE WORLD
ONE Strawweight World Championship bout: Alex Silva defeats Yoshitaka Naito by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds
Lightweight bout: Rasul Yakhyaev defeats Shannon Wiratchai by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Featherweight bout: Christian Lee defeats Kotetsu Boku by Knockout (KO) at 3:24 minutes of round 1
Strawweight bout: Riku Shibuya defeats Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:36 minutes of round 1
Flyweight bout: Yodsanan Sityodtong defeats Dodi Mardian by Knockout (KO) at 1:32 minutes of round 1
Bantamweight bout: Tang De Pan defeats Asraful Islam by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds