ONE Warrior Series 8 was held at the Bellesalle Shibuya Garden in Tokyo today. In the main event Emmanuel Onyedikachi avenged the only loss in his professional career with a technical decision win over Devon Morris.
The second encounter between two hard-hitting welterweights was an intense back-and-forth affair as they stood toe-to-toe and went strike-for-strike until the abrupt end in the third round.
Learning from the mistakes made in their initial meeting, Onyedikachi pressed the action from the get-go. He put together blistering combinations of solid punches that had his opponent frantically backtracking.
When Morris was able to momentarily halt the Nigerian’s momentum by uncorking a jab-straight combination in the second stanza Onyedikachi retaliated with a huge left hook of his own.
Change of plan
As Morrisâ stinging right hands found a home Onyedikachi changed his plan of attack and unloaded a series of unforgiving leg kicks that caused the American to struggle in keeping his balance and range.
The difficulties in defending the low kicks persisted for Morris. Capitalizing on the situation, Onyedikachi saw a clear opening to clobber an uppercut that turned out to be the key highlight of the entire five-minute period.
Onyedikach seemed to be in the lead going into the third round. However he was not guilty of complacency and continued to be the aggressor.
Onyedikachâs drive to finish the dying seconds of the final frame saw the fight end on an anticlimactic note. Morris fired back but inadvertently landed an illegal blow to the groin.
Although he was given five minutes to recover, Onyedikach could barely walk due to the pain, forcing the referee to wave off the contest. With the best part of three rounds having elapsed we went to the scorecards and theÂ Nigerian won by unanimous decision.
Onyedikach improves to 4-1 and avenges the only loss of his professional career. Meanwhile Morris drops to 5-5 after suffering his first OWS defeat.
In the co-headlinerÂ Japanese prospect Ryoji Kudo (6-1-1) sent a strong message to the promotion’s featherweight roster by blemishing the previously-unscathed MMA record of Jerry Olsim (6-1).
Kudo put on an impressive display of dominance to defeat Olsim by way of unanimous decision. The hometown favorite was more aggressive and able to get the action to the ground.
He succeeded in grinding out Olsim in the final round, landing a last-second takedown that effectively ended any faint hopes the Filipino might have had of winning the decision.