Mixed martial artist Kim Jae-woong (29) became the first Korean fighter to participate in Asia’s largest organization’ONE Championship’ in 2023.
‘ONE Fight Night 6’ will be held on the 14th (Korean time) at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand (capacity: 11,440). Kim Jae-woong plays Sato Shoko (35, Japan) against Korea-Japan.
Matches 1 to 7 of the main card of ‘ONE Fight Night 6’ will be scheduled to be watched live on the global OTT service ‘Amazon Prime Video’ from 8:00 pm on the 13th in New York, USA.
Jaewoong Kim and Sato are one of the two matches of ‘ONE Fight Night 6’ that will be additionally played at the Impact Arena after the main card is over. Both fighters agreed to fight at the intermediate weight between bantamweight and featherweight.
Sato served as the Japanese ‘Shuto’ bantamweight champion from 2017 to 2018. Jaewoong Kim is the 2017 Korean TFC Featherweight Champion. This is why the two fighters face each other in the middle of the familiar weight class.
They also have one thing in common: 토토 they are hard hitters who advanced to the One Championship in 2019. After entering, Kim Jae-woong is recording 4 wins and 3 losses, and Sato is recording 3 wins and 2 losses. As for the KO win rate in mixed martial arts, Jaewoong Kim boasts 69.2% (9/13) and Sato boasts 60.1% (20/33).
Sato stands out for his rich experience in 51 professional mixed martial arts matches (33 wins, 2 draws, 15 losses, 1 null). In the One Championship, Jaewoong Kim was more successful. He also competed in a title challenger fight as he qualified for the number one spot in the official featherweight rankings.
Kim Jae-woong fell away from the top of the featherweight division in March of last year when he suffered a punch KO defeat by Tang Kai (26, China), who was ranked 4th in the One Championship at the time. Seven months later, he surrendered to Shamil Gasanov (27, Russia)’s strangulation technique.
Tang Kai took the featherweight throne by driving the momentum of defeating Kim Jae-woong. 2015 Abu Dhabi Professional Jiu-Jitsu World Championship Gold Medalist Gasanov also rose to 5th place in the official ranking of the One Championship in recognition of his performance overtaking Kim Jae-woong.
Kim Jae-woong, who had difficulties in the featherweight division, made his one-championship bantamweight debut in splendor by TKOing former champion Kevin Bellingon (35, Philippines) in 2 minutes and 33 seconds last November.
If Jaewoong Kim defeats Sato in this match, which will be held at intermediate weights between bantamweight and featherweight, it will be a stepping stone for him to move down his weight class more smoothly.