Japan and Portugal were two of the 21 countries represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor,” the first ONE Championship event in 2019 held in Myanmar. The Singapore-based mixed martial arts promotion held it at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on March 8, 2019.
“ONE: Reign of Valor” featured nine MMA matches and five ONE Super Series contests, which are kickboxing bouts. In the second bout of the evening, Yuta Watanabe, 28, of Japan faced Rui Botelho, 24, of Portugal.
Watanabe was one of four fighters who represented Japan at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Botehlo was the sole representative of Portugal.
Hailing from Mafra, Lisbon, Portugal, Botelho was 16 years old when he started his Muay Thai training. When he made his ONE Super Series debut at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power” at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China on June 23, 2018, he was knocked out by Yukinori Ogasawara, 26, of Japan.
Representing Dinamite Team, Botelho lost to Panpayak “The Angel Warrior” Jitmuangnon, 22, of Thailand via unanimous decision at “ONE: Destiny of Champions” on December 7, 2018, at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “ONE: Reign of Valor” marked the Portuguese kickboxer’s third ONE Super Series bout.
Watanabe holds multiple titles including the MAJKF, J-Network and WPMF Super Bantamweight Championships and the WMC Muay Thai Open Championship. He had his Muay Thai and kickboxing training under the tutelage of former Rajadamnern Stadium Muay Thai Champion Chutin Sitkuanim.
“ONE: Reign of Valor” marked Watanabe’s ONE Super Series debut. He previous competed in the Martial Arts Japan Kickboxing Federation and J-Network.
Watanabe and Botelho competed in a kickboxing match in the flyweight division. Elias Dolaptsis served as the referee of the bout.
After three three-minute rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Dolaptsis raised the hand of Botelho, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Reign of Valor” improved Botelho’s professional Muay Thai and kickboxing record to 18 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws. On the other hand, Watanabe now has 29 wins, 9 losses and 3 draws.
“ONE: Reign of Valor” Main Events
Phoe “Bushido” Thaw, 34, of Myanmar faced “The Iceman” Yohan Mulia Legowo, 38, of Indonesia in the co-main event. The Burmese contender knocked out his Indonesian opponent in the second round.
Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin, 28, of Kazakhstan challenged reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, 28, of Sweden in the main event. After two five-minute rounds, the Swedish defending champion won via technical knockout via retirement.
Australia, Cambodia, China, Finland, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Philippines, Romania, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Reign of Valor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.